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Spicy Garlic Dakgangjeong
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Spicy Garlic Dakgangjeong - Korean Lunchbox


  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • ½ whole Cheongyang Chili Pepper (Or Jalapeno)
  • 15-20 cloves Garlic
  • 3-4 Tablespoons Potato Starch Powder (Or Corn Starch Powder)
  • ¼ cup Water

Chicken Pre-Seasoning

  • ½ Tablespoon Minced Garlic (2 garlic cloves)
  • 1 Tablespoon Mirim
  • 2 pinches Salt
  • Few cracks Black Pepper

Spicy Marinade Glaze

  • 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Gochujang Paste
  • 1 Tablespoon Ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon Oligodang (or Mulyeot) (Or Use Honey!)


Pre-Season Chicken

  • Chop chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces.
  • Place the chicken pieces into a mixing bowl. Add Minced Garlic (½ Tablespoon), Mirim (1 Tablespoon), Salt (few pinches), Black Pepper (few cracks). Mix it all together with your hands. Then set it aside for at least 15-20 minutes.

Make Spicy Marinade Glaze

  • Dice ½ a chili pepper into small pieces.
  • Take out a bowl and mix: Soy Sauce (1 Tablespoon), Gochujang Paste (1 Tablespoon), Ketchup (1 Tablespoon), Oligodang Syrup or Honey (1 Tablespoon). Give a thorough mix.
  • Add-in the diced chili pepper to the marinade as well. Then give a final mix.

Prep Garlic

  • Cut-off the stem parts from the garlic cloves. If there are any large cloves, cut them in half as well.

Coat Chicken

  • Place the marinated chicken pieces into a plastic or Ziploc bag. Add in Starch Powder (3-4 Tablespoons). Twist the bag and give it a thorough shake. Make sure all the pieces get an even coating.

Make Dakgangjeong

  • Place the frying pan on a MEDIUM heat. Once the pan is hot, place in the water (¼ cup). Then add in the garlic cloves. Stir-fry around until the water in the pan evaporates.
  • Once the water is almost gone, reduce to a MEDIUM-LOW heat (important!)
  • Move the garlic cloves to one side. Add some vegetable oil in - not too much.
  • Now add the chicken pieces onto the frying pan (you can add a few more dashes of oil as needed).
  • Let the chicken pieces fry until they start to get golden browning on one side. Then use a spatula and stir-fry the chicken around until they get cooked through.
  • Now add in the spicy marinade sauce. Stir-fry the chicken in the spicy glaze until it is well coated (about 1 minute!)
  • Bon Appetit y'all - Serve with Rice!