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Korean Chicken Skewers (Dakkochi)

Delicious Korean chicken skewers – Dakkochi recipe!

Dakkochi (닭꼬치) is a popular grilled chicken on a stick. It’s often coated with thick, sticky, and addictive sauce. Some sauces are sweet and salty and some are sweet and spicy. But below you will find both options, so you get to choose!

Chicken skewers stacked on a plate

You can easily spot a food stall selling chicken skewers / chicken kebab on a street in Korea as it’s one of the most popular Korean street foods.

The chicken skewers look a lot like Japanese yakitori (chicken and green onions skewer), but the most import part – the sauce – is truly Korean flavored. (Yes, I’m talking about gochujang, lots of garlic and sesame oil!)

These chicken sticks are perfect to serve at a BBQ party or you can conveniently cook it in a skillet too. The only downside is that you can’t fit as many sticks as outdoor grills in a skillet. But at least you don’t have to wait for the warm weather to do a BBQ! 😉

Are you ready to give it a go? Enjoy!

Korean Chicken Skewers

Ingredients for Korean Chicken Skewers (Dakkochi), Yields 12 Chicken on a Sticks

Main

  • 900g / 2 pounds chicken thigh (boneless and skinless), cut into small pieces (cubes)
  • 290g / 10 ounces green onion, cut into 4 cm to 5 cm / 1.5 inch to 2 inch length
  • 2 Tbsp rice wine
  • fine sea salt, to taste
  • black pepper (freshly ground), to taste
  • Some cooking oil (spray)

Dakkochi sauce

Spicy gochujang sauce – enough for 4 to 5 basting on 6 chicken skewers on a 25cm / 9.8 inch stick
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce / ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp gochujang (Korean chilli paste)
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
Sweet soy sauce – enough for 4 to 5 basting on 6 chicken skewers on a 25cm / 9.8 inch stick
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 Tbsp corn starch or potato starch

*1 Tbsp = 15 ml

**If you want to learn about Korean ingredients, check my essential Korean ingredients list.

How to Make Dakkochi Sauce

Spicy gochujang sauce

1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix them well. Set it aside until needed.

Sweet Soy Sauce

1. Combine the soy sauce, honey, ginger and garlic in a sauce pan and boil it over medium low heat until it starts lightly bubbling. In the mean time, combine the water and cornstarch in a small bowl and whisk it well.

When the sauce in the sauce pan starts bubbling, pour over the cornstarch mixture. Whisk them well until the sauce is well blended and thickens. (Do not over-thicken as it will be difficult to spread over the chicken later. The sauce should be still slightly runny.)

Remove from the heat and set it aside until needed.

Korean Chicken Skewer Sauce

How to Make Korean Chicken Skewers

1. Immerse the skewers in some water (if using wooden skewers) for about 30 mins.

2. Place the chopped chicken pieces into a mixing bowl. Add the rice wine, some salt and pepper. Mix them well. Set it aside while other ingredients are being prepared (about 5 mins).

Seasoned chicken pieces in a bowl

3. Remove your bamboo skewers from the water (from step 1) and gently wipe them with kitchen paper. Put through chicken and green onion pieces onto a skewer in alternating order. Make sure all the meat and green onions are tightly packed. It should give you 12 skewers based on mid length skewers (25cm / 9.8 inch).

Chicken and green onions on a stick

4. Spray some cooking oil over your choice of cooking element (e.g. grill / skillet / sheet pan). Place the chicken skewers on a grill / skillet or under broiler and cook them over medium high heat. About 3 mins later turn the skewers around and start brushing your choice of sauce onto the chicken and green onions.

In about 2 mins, reduce the heat to medium and turn the skewer over again and brush the sauce. Reduce the heat to low.

From here onward, continue to turn the skewers and brush the sauce on the skewers until the chicken is fully cooked and charred to your taste. Serve immediately.

Chicken skewers on a grill

Quick tips

  • Chicken will cook faster when covered with a lid.
  • Chicken also cooks faster when cooked on a grill and a skillet than under the broiler. (I also actually find that the broiler cooking is a bit annoying as I have to repeatedly open my oven door and slide out the tray every few minutes before turning the skewers and brushing the sauce.)
  • If you’re using a 30cm / 12 inch skillet, you can fit three – 25cm / 9.8 inch skewers at a time.

Q & A

Is soaking wooden skewers in water necessary?

If you google the above question, you will get heaps of contradicting answers. Some says ‘yes, it’s a must because it minimises the chances of sticks being caught on fire’. While other’s say ‘it doesn’t make any difference’.

Based on my experience with my electric grill, skillet and broiler, I didn’t notice any difference, but I’m just covering my bases in case it causes a problem for you. Obviously, if you’re using metal skewers, there’s no need to soak.

However, my husband finds that when using a BBQ with flame, that the sticks will char less if they have been soaked.


Chicken skewers stacked on a place

Korean Chicken Skewers (Dakkochi)

Learn how to make Korean chicken skewers. This recipe comes with two flavoring option!
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Main
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: chicken skewers
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 220kcal
Author: Sue | My Korean Kitchen

Ingredients

MAIN

  • 900 g chicken thigh (2 pounds), boneless and skinless, cut into small pieces (cubes)
  • 290 g green onion 10 ounces, cut into 4 cm to 5 cm / 1.5 inch to 2 inch length
  • 2 Tbsp rice wine
  • fine sea salt , to taste
  • black pepper (freshly ground), to taste
  • some cooking oil (spray)

SPICY GOCHUJANG SAUCE – ENOUGH FOR 4 TO 5 BASTING ON 6 CHICKEN SKEWERS ON A 25CM / 9.8 INCH STICK

  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce / ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp gochujang (Korean chilli paste)
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic

SWEET SOY SAUCE – ENOUGH FOR 4 TO 5 BASTING ON 6 CHICKEN SKEWERS ON A 25CM / 9.8 INCH STICK

  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 Tbsp corn starch or potato starch

Instructions

How to Make Dakkochi Sauce - Spicy Gochujang Sauce

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix them well. Set it aside until needed.

How to Make Dakkochi Sauce - Sweet Soy Sauce

  • -Combine the soy sauce, honey, ginger and garlic in a sauce pan and boil it over medium low heat until it starts lightly bubbling. In the mean time, combine the water and cornstarch in a small bowl and whisk it well.
    -When the sauce in the sauce pan starts bubbling, pour over the cornstarch mixture. Whisk them well until the sauce is well blended and thickens. (Do not over-thicken as it will be difficult to spread over the chicken later. The sauce should be still slightly runny.)
    -Remove from the heat and set it aside until needed.

How to Make Korean Chicken Skewers

  • Immerse the skewers in some water (if using wooden skewers) for about 30 mins.
  • Place the chopped chicken pieces into a mixing bowl. Add the rice wine, some salt and pepper. Mix them well. Set it aside while other ingredients are being prepared (about 5 mins).
  • Remove your bamboo skewers from the water (from step 1) and gently wipe them with kitchen paper. Put through chicken and green onion pieces onto a skewer in alternating order. Make sure all the meat and green onions are tightly packed. It should give you 12 skewers based on mid length skewers (25cm / 9.8 inch).
  • -Spray some cooking oil over your choice of cooking element (e.g. grill / skillet / sheet pan). Place the chicken skewers on a grill / skillet or under broiler and cook them over medium high heat. About 3 mins later turn the skewers around and start brushing your choice of sauce onto the chicken and green onions.
    -In about 2 mins, reduce the heat to medium and turn the skewer over again and brush the sauce. Reduce the heat to low.
    -From here onward, continue to turn the skewers and brush the sauce on the skewers until the chicken is fully cooked and charred to your taste. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 425mg | Potassium: 260mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Vitamin C: 5.4mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1.1mg
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Written by: Sue

Last Updated: May 13, 2019

Hi, I'm Sue and I am the creator of My Korean Kitchen. Thank you for joining me in this delicious culinary journey!

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13 thoughts on “Korean Chicken Skewers (Dakkochi)”

  1. Those are most delicious and my and my daughters favourite. We do double or even triple batches of your recipe. I take the cooked, cold dakkochi to work next day and get some French rolls from the baker. Open roll, baste with sauce, add a salad / perilla leaf, put one or two dakkochi in roll, close, hold tight, pull skewers out – voilà: Dakkochi Sandwich for work lunch. Best 🙂

    Thank you for this delicious recipe! Foto on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/28330648@N03/28127722608/

    Best wishes for the New Year!

  2. Wow… This recipe is so simple and easy to make and I hope this will also very yummy. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe with us.

  3. Made them yesterday for dinner on the BBQ, they were a hit. Tried both basting sauces, both excellent. My 6 year old loved the dakkochi!

  4. Sue, these were fabulous! Used only the gojuchang sauce (doubled) with extra garlic and had a cook out!!! Easy, tasty and spot on! Thank you! Keep it coming!

  5. This looks amazing Sue! Making me so hungry. I’ll have to try it. I love I work right near a Korean grocery shop too 🙂

    Carolyn, why not substitute tofu?

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