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. This recipe was a HUGE hit. It barely made it to the table. Everyone loved it. Thanks for your help! :D

  2. Maangchi

    I made the dakkangjung for our Korean exchange student living with us. I had never seen or tasted this dish so I was unsure of how the taste and texture should be. We loved it and she seemed to enjoy it but said it was not as crispy as it should be. My sauce was sticky and from what I got from her was that the sauce should be a crunchy coating I think maybe like the coating of a candy apple. Is this correct?

    Thanks for your recipes and the videos. They are great. I will be trying more.

  3. Hi,

    I’m planning to make this dish for two potlucks coming up. What type of dried ingredients can I use? Is there anything besides the nuts and ginger you mentioned?

  4. WOW! DELICIOUS! it is 9:30 PM in LA right now and i am tempted to go to the store to buy some wings to make this recipe now! haha..i will wait until tomorrow ^^ thank you!

  5. I just made this. This recipe is awesome.

  6. Hi Maangchi!

    I cannot wait to try out this crispy chicken recipe. My question is can I use tapioca starch in place of potato starch? Would using tapioca starch prevent the chicken from getting crispy?

    I just made the kimchee porridge and will finish that recipe tomorrow!

    Thank you so much for sharing your recipes.

  7. HI maangchi, its happymom again, i wonder instead of using chicken wings, can I use chicken breast? because my husband has very high cholesterol, i wonder if i use chicken breast, it would taste as delicious as the wings?

  8. Thanks so much maangchi, this recipe is super duper delicious! me and my husband had a wing fiesta tonight! thanks so much for posting your recipe!

  9. Richard Nguyen& has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi!

    Tonight guess what I am having for dinner! You guessed it! I made it just now and it tasted wonderful we didn’t have any leftovers and it was not over powering at all!

  10. Hi Maangchi,

    all your food is delicious. I have a Korean boyfriend and sometimes he wonders how do I know to cook all these Korean foods well of coz i got cheat sheets from your sites…i just wonder if you post a recipe for jjimttak ( the soy sauce chicken with potato nooddle). My Bf cooked it once and I really like it but he won’t cook anymore coz he said it troublesome and he won’t tell me the exact recipe!!! so if you could help tat would be great!!! thanks Maangchi!!!

  11. hellooo i have a little question

    if i dont add the peanuts it wil change the flavor ?

  12. Hello Maangchi!!!
    I’ve been watching Kdrama for a year now and only recently i finished watching Gourmet by Kim Rae Won. From that, I was fascinated with Korean cuisine so last night i started browsing internet for recipes. until I had this chance to get onto your site. I was amazed with your dedication in sharing your expertise to us that you made all your instructions simple as possible. Also, I’m very impressed with the way you spend time replying to every comments you get from your supporters. I want to thank you for all your hard works.

    Today, i tried this “dakkangjung” and we did liked it, specially my kids loved it so much!!!First time that we had emptied the rice cooker!!! Anyways, I really wanted to try all your recipes but unfortunately here in Qatar we don’t get most of the needed ingredients. But still, i’ll work this out, maybe purchasing online will help…

    Thank you so much and pls. continue uploading recipes in future… All the best for you Maangchi!!!

  13. Manngchi,

    Your recipe is awesome it is soo delicious and tasty, it went down a treat with the entire family. God bless and keep uploading those delicious recipes !

  14. Maangchi, can I able to use the ginger powder instead of ginger root?

  15. An-Yong!!!

    Maangchi I love your recipes and videos! I recently visited one of my favorite Korean markets and I purchased a pancake, it middle was taste like brown sugar maybe. I went back to the store and i notice that they actually sold a green tea flavor. Do you think you will ever make these delicious pancakes? or in Los Angeles they have a Korean Taco truck…or well maybe not the tacos, lol but pancakes??

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