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5 from 3 votes

Dakdoritang - Spicy Korean Chicken Stew

A special dish which combines the power of Korean red chili flakes and chicken. Spicy, tasty and addictive. Make sure to pair with a bowl of rice. 


  • Whole chicken - 1 Or just use 600-800 grams of chicken thigh/drumsticks
  • Potato - 2 medium-sized each potato, size of your palm
  • Onion - 1 whole
  • Carrot - ¼ a whole
  • Spring onion - 10-inch piece
  • Sugar - 3 Tablespoons
  • Minced garlic - 1 Tablespoon
  • Soy sauce - ⅓ cup
  • Korean red chili flakes - ¼ cup Add a bit more later - up to ⅓ cup - if needed
  • Water - 2 cups


Prep Work

  • Slice up a whole chicken into smaller pieces (or buy pre-cut). 
  • Take out a large mixing bowl and place the chicken in it.
  • Fill the mixing bowl with water and soak the chicken in it for 30 minutes - will help remove impurities from the bones
  • While you wait, dice-up the potatoes, onions and carrots into small pieces. Slice spring onions into circles for garnish.

Cook the Chicken

  • Drain the chicken and give it a rinse under cold water. Then place in large pot (or a large frying pan). Fill the large pot with two cups of water. Then add sugar to the water.
  • Place pot on medium-heat and bring it up to a boil. Skim off the impurities that surface to the top of the  broth. When chickens are cooked about half-way through, add-in the vegetables. Let the vegetables boil - until the potatoes turn soft.

Finish the Dish

  • When potatoes are soft, add garlic, soy sauce and Korean red chili flakes. Use a soup ladle and gently mix-in the three seasonings into the soup for about 1 minute.
  • Turn off the heat and add sprinkle spring onions on top for garnish.
  • Eat the dish with some hot sticky rice!


  • Every brand of Korean red chili flakes has slightly different spice level. I would recommend starting with ¼ cup and adding a bit more later, if needed. (I like it real spicy - so I use ⅓ cup)
  • If the sauce reduces too quickly while boiling, simply add a bit of water.
  • See video below for more details