Korean Spicy Chicken Stew.
In Korean, this famous stew is known as Dakbokkeumtang or Dakdoritang.
It’s one of the first “shareworthy” dishes that beginners’ cooks learn how to make in Korea.
The dish pairs perfectly with a bowl of hot rice – and it’s an easy way to get your family or dinner guest fed.
Over the years, we’ve made several iterations of this recipe (older recipe here). But now, I think we’ve settled on a final master recipe!
For our spicy braising sauce, we will build on a mixture of White Wine and Mirim (rice wine).
The white wine provides the dry flavor while mirim adds a layer of sweetness.
Mirim (also spelled Mirin) is a type of rice wine similar to Japanese Sake – it has a lower alcohol content and higher sugar content.
Note: The sugar content in Mirim is a complex carbohydrate that forms naturally during the fermentation process; no sugars are added!
Both wines help to remove any poultry smell or odors from the chicken meat.
More importantly, wine helps to intensify, enhance, and accentuate the flavor and aroma of the spicy marinade.
To this layer, we’ll add a mixture of gochujang and gochugaru.
Key cooking tips for Korean Spicy Chicken Stew:
Feel free to select any white wine – no need to get anything expensive, go under $10.
If you’re using a large potato like us, quarter it into 4 pieces. If you’re using a medium-sized potato, cut it in half.
The potatoes – are often my favorite part about this dish! So cut em’ big!
In this dish, we’ll let the potatoes and chicken reduce until there is barely any sauce left.
We like it when all that flavor is soaked into the chicken and potato.
But… if you would like slightly more sauce – simply turn off the heat a bit earlier!
This dish is not meant to be eaten straight – make sure to cook some fresh rice in the background.
Alrighty, I hope you guys enjoy this Korean Spicy Chicken Stew!
If you make it, tag us on IG – we enjoy seeing your dishes!!
-Daniel out! 🙋♂️
Spicy Chicken Stew Ingredients
- 1 kg Chicken Drumsticks & Wings (~2lbs)
- 3 Large Potatoes
- 1 Large Onion
- 1 Stalk Spring Onion
Spicy Braising Marinade
- 1/2 cup White Wine (Any white wine ok)
- 1/2 cup Mirim (Rice Wine)
- 4 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
- 3 Tablespoons Gochujang (Korean Red Chili Paste)
- 1 Tablespoon Gochugaru (Korean Red Chili Flakes)
- 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
- 2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Sugar
- 3-4 shakes Black Pepper
Blanche Chicken & Prep Ingredients
- Bring a pot of water up to boil. Then add-in 1 Tablespoon of Mirim. Add in the chicken pieces. Quickly blanche them for 3 minutes (set a timer!). Then drain and set aside for now.
- Peel and cut large 3 potatoes into 1/4 pieces. If you're using smaller potatoes, simply cut them in half - we want large potato pieces in this stew! (Next, this is optional: use a knife and carefully trim off the sharp edges on the potatoes - reference the video)
- Cut 1 whole onion into medium sized slices.
- Cut 1 stalk of spring onion into pinky-finger length pieces.
Make Braising Sauce
- Take out a mixing bowl and add: White Wine (1/2 cup), Mirim (1/2 cup), Soy Sauce (4 Tablespoons), Gochujang Paste (3 Tablespoons), Gochugaru Flakes (1 Tablespoon), Minced Garlic (1 Tablespoon), Sesame Oil (2 Tablespoons), Sugar (1 Tablespoon), Black Pepper (few cracks).
- Take out your largest pot! Place in the blanched chicken pieces and the spicy braising sauce. Place it on a medium-high heat at first.
- When it comes to a boil, place a lid on! Then reduce the heat to a medium-low and let it simmer away for 10 minutes. Remember to give it a stir once in a while - so that the chicken pieces don't stick to the bottom or sides.
- After 10 minutes, open the lid and add-in the potatoes and onion slices. Carefully stir them in - yes, your pot will be crowded but don't worry! Place the lid back on - and let it simmer away on a medium-low for another 20 minutes.
- During those 20 minutes, remember to check-in on the pot very 3-4 minutes and give it a stir so that none of the chicken pieces stick to the bottom or sides
- After 20 minutes, there should be a small amount of sauce left in the pot. Turn off the heat now! Add in the spring onion slices and give IT one final stir.
- Plate and serve alongside a bowl of hot rice! Bon Appetit!