Sweet and crispy fried chicken

Dakgangjeong 닭강정

Dakgangjung is a very popular traditional Korean dish and is usually made with chunks of chicken from a whole chicken. I’m using chicken wings in this recipe, but you could use chunks.

Each piece of chicken wing is coated with sweet and crispy sauce. Of the ingredients, thinly sliced ginger will turn into something like candy which has not only its own special chewy taste but also influences the whole flavor of chicken. Peanuts turn it into an amazingly crispy snack!

I also posted an easier version of dakgangjeong where you don’t need to mix a batter or slice ginger. It’s just as delicious as this one, so check it out!


40 pieces of chicken wings, salt, flour, starch powder, eggs, ground pepper, vegetable oil, ginger, soy sauce, brown sugar, corn syrup (mulyeot), vinegar, peanuts, sesame seeds, dried and crushed red hot chili pepper.


  1. Prepare 40 chicken wings or chunks of chicken, rinse them off in cold water and drain them.
  2. Transfer the chicken into a big bowl.
  3. Add 2 ts of salt, 1 ts of ground pepper, 2 eggs, and the mixture of ½ cup of flour and ½ cup of starch powder. Mix it by hand.
  4. Deep fry the chicken wings in vegetable oil 2 times at about 350-380 degrees (F).

Make sauce:

  1. Prepare a big wok or pan.
  2. Place 1 cup of water in the wok and heat it up.
  3. Slice 1 cup of ginger thinly after peeling the skin off and washing, and add it into the boiling water.
  4. Add 2 tbs of soy sauce, 1 cup of brown sugar, ¼ cup of vinegar and boil it over medium heat.
  5. 5 minutes after, add 1 cup of corn syrup and keep boiling over low medium heat about 30 minutes.
  6. Raise a spoon of the sizzling sauce above the wok in the air and drop it until the sauce begins stopping halfway. Then turn off the stove.

Mix it up:

  1. Reheat the sauce.
  2. Add the deep fried chicken, 1 cup of peanuts (or any kind of nuts), ½ tbs dried red hot chili pepper, and ½ cup of toasted sesame seeds into the sizzling sauce and mix it with a spatula. The amount of sticky sauce will decrease while you are stirring. Then turn off the heat and you are done!

Tip: Before the chicken cools down, you may have to separate each piece of chicken wings to prevent them from sticking to each other.

dakgangjeong - fried chicken

For spicy food lover:
You can sprinkle 2 tbs of dried and crushed red chili pepper instead of ½ tbs.

For vegetarians:
Just make the sauce following the recipe above, and then add whatever dried ingredients you like and make candy! You can use sliced ginger, nuts (almond, walnuts, pine nuts, and peanuts), or sesame seeds.

  1. Place plastic wrap on your cuttingboard
  2. After mixing all the dried ingredients with the sticky sauce, spread it on the plastic wrapper on your cuttingboard. Wait a few minutes for it to harden.
  3. Cut it into bite size pieces and enjoy!


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  1. LovelyKiki Japan My profile page joined 12/14
    Posted December 18th, 2014 at 8:23 am | # |

    Hey Maangchi, I’m a Jamaican living in Japan. I am happy I found your recipes because you explain so that anyone can do it. I made your Jap Chae and it was beautiful now I’ve made the braised potatoes and sweet and spicy chicken wings for my children’s end of term party tomorrow. They’ll be so happy. If I could have shared pics, I would.

  2. tharini123 chennai My profile page joined 6/14
    Posted June 19th, 2014 at 12:53 pm | # |

    Eonni i tried the recipe . I loved it and my brother appreciated it a lot . I love Korean cuisine , drama and culture . Kamsahamnida eonni

  3. Omi Pop Humboldt Co, CA My profile page joined 3/14
    Posted March 9th, 2014 at 12:34 am | # |

    안녕하세요! Does the vegetarian-ginger-candy version of this recipe have the same name in Korean or a different name?

  4. luxy indonesia My profile page joined 7/13
    Posted July 17th, 2013 at 10:07 pm | # |

    hi maangchi..i really love all your recipes..i’ve been trying some of your recipes from youtube and this is one of my favorite dish..
    i’m from indonesia, and because i can’t find any corn syrup, i use red sugar or “gula jawa” instead of corn syrup..it is made from coconut’s essence. but still i find it scrumptious!!
    oh also i try to replace the chicken with home made potato chips and cassava chips..and my family loves it..
    thx maangchi for your recipes..

  5. Pink Washington, DC My profile page joined 6/13
    Posted June 24th, 2013 at 1:27 pm | # |

    I made this recipe this weekend & the chicken was pretty good BUT the sauce was a little too sweet. But this recipe was good overall. THANK YOU!!!!

  6. skaun Earth My profile page joined 5/13
    Posted May 30th, 2013 at 5:47 pm | # |

    This looks so goo.

    Can you use Korean rice syrup instead of corn syrup? Just bought rice syrup today.

    Thanks for the great recipes.

  7. Mmandap Philippines My profile page joined 5/13
    Posted May 8th, 2013 at 7:37 am | # |

    Can I substitute ginger to ginger powder? If so how much ginger powder should i put?

  8. Kirstihi Estonia My profile page joined 1/13
    Posted January 21st, 2013 at 1:09 pm | # |

    Thank you very much ! I tried to do this and it was very tasty ! :) stomach is full

  9. starfish28 South Korea My profile page joined 1/13
    Posted January 2nd, 2013 at 11:38 pm | # |

    I was at a loss as what to make for dinner tonight. My husband is Korean and I live in Korea, and we have chicken in the fridge, I was going to make 닭볶음탕 but my wee son loves sticky and spicy things..so this is what we are having tonight!!!

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted January 3rd, 2013 at 12:16 am | # |

      oh delicious dakgangjeong! That’s what your son said? : ) Happy New Year to you and your family!

  10. iamrhart Namhae, South Korea My profile page joined 10/12
    Posted October 29th, 2012 at 1:10 am | # |

    Please help me with this recipe. I have tried it, and it keeps coming out….well….
    I now know how to make Peanut-Brittle….or “Chicken-Brittle”….i thought maybe i boiled the sauce too long, and that is why it was so hard. Do you have any ideas?
    Please let me know.

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted October 29th, 2012 at 9:44 am | # |

      “i thought maybe i boiled the sauce too long, and that is why it was so hard. Do you have any ideas?”
      yes, you are right. You probably boiled the sauce too long.

  11. Jasper Philippines My profile page joined 5/11
    Posted September 27th, 2012 at 2:59 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi. I’m a university student, and I’m living with my friend (also a university student) at his grandmother’s house. The other night I made dakkangjeong. I offered some to that friend, and he loved it. He told me it was even better than buttered kitchen. He kept saying all sorts of nice things “Oh, you should make this for the girl I’m courting. I think she likes Korean food” “Thanks, you can be my mother now!” “we should make a business with delicious chicken, we’ll be rich” “I’m sure the person you will marry will be very lucky” “This is so good”

    I felt happy that my cooking was appreciated that way. At some point though I thought to myself “hey, you’re getting too much! That’s supposed to be my meal for 2 days! I don’t have anymore allowance to buy more food” haha… However I was so happy that he liked, so I just allowed him to get as much as he wanted. Maybe next time I will be stricter. haha… Thanks so much Maangchi. Dakkangjeong was the first korean recipe I ever tried. It’s been over a year now since I tried korean food, and I’m still very happy with it.. Thank you for teaching me and so many others to cook delicious food!

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted September 29th, 2012 at 10:49 am | # |

      wow, thank you so much sharing your dakkangjeong story with us! Your dakkangjeong must have been so tasty! “I felt happy that my cooking was appreciated that way.” yes, I know how you feel! : )
      Happy cooking!

  12. shin_raymun15 Texas My profile page joined 2/12
    Posted May 2nd, 2012 at 5:04 pm | # |

    Hello! ^ ^ Erm, I was wondering.. I do not have a “wok” .. Could I use something else? o:

  13. MoonFaeree Lompoc, CA My profile page joined 2/12
    Posted February 28th, 2012 at 12:10 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi ^_^ I love, love, love your site! I’m a huge Korean fan -total egg ;) anyhow, Can I use corn starch in place of starch powder? I’m not really familiar with starch powder… Also, is their a big difference between chives, and asian chives? Kam-sa-hap-mi-da!!!

  14. hyeypark NY My profile page joined 2/12
    Posted February 6th, 2012 at 4:23 pm | # |

    Hello, mannchi :)
    I have a quick question for you!
    How do you take care of used oil after frying something?
    Please share with us how to clean the mess!

  15. igarci18 Mexico My profile page joined 11/11
    Posted December 16th, 2011 at 3:18 pm | # |

    Every time I try a new recipe, I found answers in posted comments , this one was very delicious, awesome, thank you Maangchi, thank you for share and thanks for bring to my life again in Korean flavor.

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