Wednesday 9 May 2012

Gochujang Chicken Stew - 닭도리탕

Gochujang Chicken Stew(DakDoriTang - 닭도리탕) is one of the warming Autumn stew which is filled with vegetable and spices to ward off the cold. The use of "chillies" and "gochujang" chilli paste supply a vivid red colour to this dish and it also give the chicken a fiery quality with a delicious hint of aftertaste sweetness.

Although this Korean Guchujang Chicken Stew(닭도리탕) recipe seems to use a lot of ingredients but it's fairly easy to prepare and cooks in about 30 minutes. And instead of using whole chicken mentioned in most of the recipes, you could also choose to use fillet, drumstick or wings according to your preference.

DakDoriTang - 닭도리탕

As you notice from the recipe below, the chicken pieces is marinated with either mirin or rice wine to enhance its flavour as well as get rid of any chicken smell. And in order to get that lovely "spicy red" colouring and fiery flavour of this Korean dish, both Gochujang(red chilli paste) and Gochugaru (red chilli powder) are a must for this dish. But if Gochugaru is not available at your area, you could also replace it with same or half the amount of ground paprika.

(Serves: 4 | Preparation: 10 minutes | Cooking: 30 minutes)

1/2 Portion of Chicken, about 500g
2 Medium Potato, cut into 1" cubes
1 Medium Carrot, peeled cut into 1/2" thick
1 Medium Brown Onion, coarsely chopped
2 Garlic Cloves, lightly crushed
1 Tablespoon of Cooking Oil
1 Tablespoon of Sesame Oil
1 Green Chilli, thinly sliced
1 Red Chilli, thinly sliced
1 Spring Onion, finely chopped to garnish

1.5 Tablespoons of Mirin or Rice Wine
Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Seasoning Sauce:
1/2 Tablespoon Roasted Sesame Seeds
1/2 Tablespoon Light Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons Gochujang Chilli Paste
1 - 2 Tablespoon Korean Chilli Powder(Gochugaru)

1. Soak the potato cubes in cold water for about 15 minutes (to remove starch from the potato) and drained well. Set aside.

2. Combine the marinade ingredients and pour over the chicken pieces. Stir to coat thoroughly and leave it in the fridge for about 15 - 30 minutes.

3. Heat about 1 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan or Happy Call Pan(with 1/2 tablespoon oil) and do a quick stir-fry with the crushed garlic till fragrant. Add in marinated chicken(drained well) and fry for about 3 minutes on each side till lightly browned.

4. Remove the chicken and set aside on plate. Using the same pan, add in another 1/2 tablespoon of oil and stir in the the potatoes, carrot and onions. Cook on medium heat for about 3 minutes before adding back the chicken pieces.

5. Next pour in about 150ml of hot water so that about 2/3 of the meat and vegetables are immersed in water, bring the mixture to boil before adding in the chilli seasoning.
To make the chilli seasoning, combine the soy sauce, gochujang paste, chilli powder and sesame seeds in a bowl and mix together thoroughly.
6. Simmer the mixture until the liquid has reduce to about 1/3, add in the sliced green and red chilli. Continue to simmer for a another 3 - 5 minutes until liquid has thickened slightly.

7. Drizzle some sesame oil on it and transfer the mixture to serving bowl and garnish with chopped spring onion and serve hot with steamed rice.

This is a wonderful one pot dish which is full of flavour and it taste quiet similar to our Asian-style of Chicken With Potato Stew using dark soy sauce. And if your family can't take very spicy dishes, perhaps you can omit or cut down the amount of chilli powder used so that you could still enjoy this mouthwatering dish without fear of it's fiery taste.

Lastly hope you have enjoy reading and hopefully trying out these quick and and easy Korean dishes from my Korean Cooking Project posts.


  1. Oh Ellena, I'm about to go sleep but your gochujang chicken stew looks so delicious. I was hungry but now I am even more hungry... I'll have to make this soon. Perfect with steamed rice (two bowls minimum kinda dish!).

    1. Thank Nami :) Wish you a Happy Blessed Mother's Day on Sunday!


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