One-Pot Wonders

Spicy Korean Chicken & Potato Stew (Dakdoritang)

February  1, 2019
14 Ratings
Photo by Ty Mecham
Author Notes

Dakdoritang is hot, spicy, and bold like my mother, but also sweet (from the gochujang and carrots). Love is not an ingredient here according to the FDA, but time is. It's crazy to me that in just 40 minutes, you can have a stew as penetrating with flavor as this one. After the fiery-red chicken, the potatoes are probably the best part, and the most comforting to eat. They almost fall apart in the broth and make it even thicker. Lastly, it's important to serve with fresh white rice—soft, fluffy relief from the heat—because is there anything better than starch on starch in the winter? —Eric Kim

Test Kitchen Notes

Featured in: This Spicy, One-Pot Chicken & Potato Stew Is a Blaze of Korean Comfort. —The Editors

  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 35 minutes
  • Serves 4
  • 2 pounds chicken drumsticks
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup gochugaru (red pepper powder)
  • 2 tablespoons gochujang
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 8 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 large onion, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 large potato, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 medium carrot, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 4 scallions, sliced on the diagonal, for garnish (optional)
  • White rice, for serving
In This Recipe
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the chicken, poaching for 5 minutes. It may not come up to a boil again (that’s fine!). Drain and rinse with cold sink water. Add back to the empty pot.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the water, soy sauce, red pepper powder, gochujang, brown sugar, and garlic, and add to pot with the chicken. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to medium, and cook at a rolling simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the onion, potato, carrot, and optional jalapeño and continue simmering for 20 more minutes, or until the chicken and vegetables are cooked through. Stir in the sesame oil.
  4. Garnish with scallions and serve with white rice.
  5. Instant Pot variation: Add all of the ingredients (using only 1/2 cup water, not the full 1 1/3 cups), save for the sesame oil, scallions, and white rice. Pressure-cook on High for 30 minutes, then let release naturally for about 10 minutes. Stir in the sesame oil and garnish with scallions. Serve with white rice.

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Eric Kim is the Table for One columnist at Food52. Formerly the managing editor at Food Network and a PhD candidate in literature at Columbia University, he is currently working on his first cookbook, to be published by Clarkson Potter in Spring 2022. His favorite writers are William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, and Ernest Hemingway, but his hero is Nigella Lawson. You can find his bylines at Saveur, Bon Appétit, and The New York Times and follow him on Twitter @ericjoonho. Born and raised in Georgia, Eric lives in a tiny shoebox in Manhattan with his dog, Quentin "Q" Compson.