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!




  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 kosher salt, ground pepper, eggs, and a mixture of the flour and the starch powder. Mix it by hand.
  4. Deep fry the chicken wings in vegetable oil 2 times at about 350” to 380”F.

Make sauce:

  1. Prepare a big wok or pan.
  2. Place 1 cup of water in the wok and heat it up.
  3. Add the ginger to the boiling water.
  4. Add soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar and boil it over medium heat.
  5. 5 minutes after, add 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 starts to stop halfway down. Then turn off the stove.

Mix it up:

  1. Reheat the sauce.
  2. Add the deep fried chicken, peanuts (or any kind of nuts), dried red hot chili pepper, and the 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, separate each piece of chicken to prevent them from sticking to each other.

dakgangjeong - fried chicken

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


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  1. atchielyn Philippines joined 12/10 & has 2 comments

    Thanks for your prompt reply. Am going to cook this for our Noche Buena :D Happy Holidays! :D

  2. peonygirl portland, oregon joined 8/09 & has 18 comments

    Maangchi, Do you think I could slice garlic in with the ginger too? Have you ever tried it with it?

  3. atchielyn Philippines joined 12/10 & has 2 comments

    Hi Maangchi, thank you for sharing your recipes… I love watching your videos and you inspire me to try your recipes. I would like to ask if I can substitute corn syrup with honey for this recipe? Thanks and more power!

  4. lykaclaire Philippines joined 10/10 & has 1 comment

    you are very beautiful and kind..
    im from Philippines, and im very glad that most of the ingredients were accessible in our supermarket. thank you!!I’ll continue trying your recipes!!

  5. peonygirl portland, oregon joined 8/09 & has 18 comments

    Maangchi,do you think it would be good to add garlic to it? Would I add it with the ginger in the boiling water? I used to eat chicken wings like these at a Chinese restaurant and they were garlicky and sweet- so good!

  6. hi i don’t have sesame seeds what can i use instead?

  7. Mini joined 9/10 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi, love your recipes.
    One question, i cannot really eat deep fried stuff, do you think i could bake the wings? any advice or variation so that the chicken will be crispy even though you bake it?


  8. OMG! The dakkangjung was a big hit at the potluck party thank you, thank you, thank you for this recipe. People could not get enough of them and to be honest I believe that cooking these wings got me a date for next Saturday so thank you again. Looking forward to trying out your Japchae recipe you make cooking Korean food look really, really easy thank you again…lol

  9. love2eat joined 8/10 & has 1 comment

    I tried your recipe and it was yummy!!! How do I keep the chicken crispy if I cook in the morning and won’t eat until night time even if I don’t mix the sauce with the chicken? Any suggestions.

  10. erika1990 New Jersey joined 3/10 & has 12 comments

    This recipe is so delicious…I cooked it for my brothers and my mom they loved it… Thanks Maangchi!!! :)

  11. Laury Tan rowland heights, california joined 3/10 & has 11 comments

    I failed to make this once, but I’ve learned my mistake, and I’m going to try it again >:]

  12. vavavoom joined 5/10 & has 1 comment


    If I want to use chicken breasts instead of wings, how many pounds of chicken should I use for one recipe?

    Thank you!:)

  13. Laury Tan rowland heights, california joined 3/10 & has 11 comments

    maangchi, is it okay for me to use corn starch?D:

  14. Amie VA joined 4/10 & has 4 comments

    I made this dish last night and it was soooo good!! My husband loved it <3 I am so happy that this website is up, it is hard to find a korean recipe and video in English… Thank You!! I can't wait to try all the other recipes! :o)

  15. Redwun joined 3/10 & has 1 comment

    I just made these wings…WOW they were amazing!!! Best wings I have had in a very long time!! Thanks for the recipe!!

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