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!

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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!

Ingredients

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Directions

  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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340 Comments:

  1. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,049 comments

    james,
    mashiso yo! I agree with you!

  2. i love your blog! thanks for all the great instruction. i feel like i’m in the kitchen watching, and helping, my mom cook, she’s korean.

    i made this dish the other night for my boyfriend, and a friend, after we got back from the bar, along with some fresh kim chi i recently made. they both loved it. my boyfriend said it was like sesame chicken but way better.

    mashiso!

  3. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,049 comments

    andrea H,
    Welcome to my recipe blog!
    I already posted the dish “Job chae” on my blog and YouTube. Check it out. : )

    https://www.maangchi.com/recipe/job-chae

  4. hi Maangchi, I am really a big fan of korean cusine, I went to New York this summer and all I had were korean foods, I would love to know how to make chapche ??? I know that I say it wrong, sorry, It kind of like potatoes noodles veggies mix, Can you help me please ?? :)

  5. Wow this looks great! I have a cousin also allergic to peanuts. I’m assuming you can leave them out and people can add it themselves if they want them? Thanks for sharing. I’m bookmarking your page. :D

  6. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,049 comments

    kyra’s mom
    Your child’s name must be kyra. Say hello to him or her. : )
    Anyway I’m glad to hear that you can try out my recipes. You won’t regret following my recipes to make korean dishes. Ask me questions if you have while making. Thanks,

  7. Hi Maangchi!
    I found your video last night when i browse for korean side dishes.
    I’m so glad and happy that I found your blog.
    I love korean food especially Tofu stew,Dduk bok kie,Radish kimchi and Napa kimchi.
    B’cause of you, now I can try to make it myself.
    Thank you.

  8. Hi Maangchi!
    I found your video last night when i browse for korean side dishes.
    I’m so glad and happy that I found your blog.
    I love korean food especially Tofu stew,Dduk bok kie,Radish kimchi and Napa kimchi.
    B’cause of you, now I can try to make it myself.
    Thank you.

  9. Hi Maangchi!
    I found your video last night when i browse for korean side dishes.
    I’m so glad and happy that I found your blog.
    I love korean food especially Tofu stew,Dduk bok kie,Radish kimchi and Napa kimchi.
    B’cause of you, now I can try to make it myself.
    Thank you.

  10. Hi Maangchi!
    I found your video last night when i browse for korean side dishes.
    I’m so glad and happy that I found your blog.
    I love korean food especially Tofu stew,Dduk bok kie,Radish kimchi and Napa kimchi.
    B’cause of you, now I can try to make it myself.
    Thank you.

  11. Hi Maangchi!
    I found your video last night when i browse for korean side dishes.
    I’m so glad and happy that I found your blog.
    I love korean food especially Tofu stew,Dduk bok kie,Radish kimchi and Napa kimchi.
    B’cause of you, now I can try to make it myself.
    Thank you.

  12. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,049 comments

    Hi,anonymous,
    Yes, I used all purpose flour in this dish.

  13. HI! I’m loving your blog!! I wanted to tried many different recipes so much but I have to wait until I can go the Korean market, but I have a question…You mentioned the ingredient “flour” like what kind? All purpose or???Thanks

  14. this looks soo delish :) i guess im going to ask my mom to make it for mee ^^ haha.. the only time i really get to eat chicken like this is at partys >< because my mom order from the chan chi jeep place ..thankss

  15. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,049 comments

    Thank you, ruth!

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