Dak-Galbi (닭갈비) – Korean Spicy Stir-Fried Chicken

Dak-galbi (닭갈비) is a spicy and sweet, stir-fried chicken dish that primarily uses Korean hot pepper for seasoning. Korean hot peppers aren’t too spicy. They tend to make you feel warm without chemically burning your tongue.

Dak-Galbi (닭갈비) - Korean Spicy Stir-fried Chicken
Dak-Galbi (닭갈비) – Korean Spicy Stir-fried Chicken

Once you have all of the ingredients, this dak-galbi is fairly easy and quick to make. You will need to go to your Asian or Korean food market to find Korean hot pepper paste (gochujang – 고추장) and coarse hot pepper flakes (gochu-karu – 고추가루). Other than that, other ingredients are easy to find.

For the chicken, traditionally chopped, bone-in chicken thighs and legs are used. In the video below, we use chicken breast. If you use bone-in thighs, let people know to be careful when eating.

View the video below for the recipe, or scroll further for ingredients and directions:


  • 2~4 c – Chopped chicken pieces (either chicken breast or legs)
  • 1~2 c – Chopped cabbage
  • 1 c – Chopped onion
  • ½ c – Chopped green onion
  • 1 c – Chopped potato or sweet potato
  • (Optional) – 1 c – Ddeok (떡) Rice cake pieces
  • Seasoning
    • 3 T – Korean hot pepper paste – GoChuJang (고추장)
    • 3 T – Korean coarse hot pepper flakes – GoChuKaru (고추가루)
    • 3 T – Soy sauce
    • 2 T – White sugar
    • 1 T – Minced garlic
  • Sesame oil
  • Sesame seeds
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  • Chop the meat and vegetable ingredients into medium-small pieces
  • Combine the Five sauce ingredients and mix.
  • Heat a pan or wok and add some cooking oil.
  • Add the chicken and stir-fry for a couple minutes until lightly cooked.
  • Add the onions and sweet potato next (hard veggies first, then soft).
  • Add one or two spoonfuls of sauce and stir-fry – cook another minute or two.
  • Add more sauce and some water until the mixture is a deep red and liquidy.
  • Continue to cook (2~3 minutes) until chicken and potato ingredients are fully cooked.
  • Add the green onions.
  • Sprinkle sesame oil and sesame seeds and stir.
  • Remove from heat and serve.

If you spicy dishes, try our Korean Spicy Stir-fried Pork (Jaeyook Bokeum – 제육볶음) or visit our main page at Yorihey.com.

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