Dakdoritang (Spicy Hen Stew)

Dakdoritang is a purple spicy braised rooster dish. This recipe reveals two methods to prepare dinner it – range high and gradual cooker.

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What’s Dakdoritang

Additionally known as dakbokkeumtang (닭볶음탕) or dakmaeuntang (닭매운탕), dakdoritang (닭도리탕) is a traditional rooster dish that’s cooked in a spicy purple sauce together with greens reminiscent of potatoes, carrots, and onions. The result’s succulent items of rooster full of spicy and savory flavors! It’s a extremely common rooster dish each at house and eating places.

The identify of this dish has been an issue in Korea. Dakdoritang is the identify I grew up with. Dak means rooster and tang means stew. Nonetheless, in 1980’s, the center half “dori” grew to become controversial. Some individuals had an opinion that “dori” originated from a Japanese phrase, so the Korean authorities got here up with the opposite names talked about above. In recent times, language students have confirmed a special view, saying that “dori” originated from a pure Korean phrase dorichida, which means “lower up.”     

The Hen

Dakdoritang is made with small, bone-in rooster items. In Korea, it’s often made by reducing up an entire rooster into small items. Since this dish is often made at house, an entire rooster is bought pre-cut at markets in Korea. 

If you happen to’re shopping for rooster components at your native groceries, bone-in and skin-on thighs and drum sticks would be the finest for this recipe as a result of they lend way more juice and flavors to the sauce. I generally use solely rooster wings. 

The greens

For this dish, potatoes, carrot, onion, mushrooms, and scallions are traditional greens. You should use Korean radish or candy potatoes as a substitute of potatoes. Mushrooms are additionally good, and a purple chili pepper or two give the dish an additional spicy kick and a pop of colour. I additionally wish to throw in complete garlic cloves as a substitute of minced garlic. The mellowed and seasoned garlic is scrumptious! The extra the higher! 

You can too add some starch noodles or tteokbokki rice muffins if you would like. You might want extra water if utilizing any of those. 

How one can make dakdoritang

Right here, I’ve included two methods to make this dish — range high and gradual cooker. For my Instantaneous Pot adaptation of this dish, see Pressure cooker dakbokkeumtang

To prepare dinner this on range high, add about 1.5 cups water to a pot together with the rooster and the sauce substances. Boil the rooster for about quarter-hour, stirring sometimes. After which stir within the greens, and prepare dinner for a further 10 minutes. Proceed to prepare dinner, uncovered this time, till the rooster is tender and the sauce is barely thickened, about 5 minutes.

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Sluggish cooker methodology

In contrast to range high cooking, the liquid doesn’t evaporate rapidly within the gradual cooker. The quantity of sauce and different substances on this recipe yields ample liquid for gradual cooking, leaving simply sufficient sauce on the finish. Merely place the rooster items and greens within the pot, and prepare dinner on excessive warmth for about 4 hours (6 hours on low warmth).

Extra braised rooster recipes:

Pressure Cooker Dakbokkeumtang
Jjimdak (Braised chicken)
Slow cooker Dakjjim

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Dakdoritang (Korean spicy rooster stew)


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook dinner Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4

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Stovetop methodology

  • Add 1.5 cups water to a big pot together with the rooster and the sauce (besides the sesame oil and sesame seeds). Stir properly. Convey it to a boil over excessive warmth. Scale back the warmth to medium and prepare dinner, coated, for quarter-hour, stirring sometimes.

  • Stir within the greens (besides the scallions). Cowl, and prepare dinner for a further 10 minutes, stirring sometimes.

  • Proceed to prepare dinner, uncovered this time, till the rooster is tender and the sauce is barely thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir within the scallions, elective chili pepper, sesame oil and sesame seeds proper earlier than turning off the warmth.

Sluggish cooker methodology

  • Place the ready rooster and greens (besides the scallions) within the gradual cooker. Add all of the sauce substances (besides the sesame oil and seeds). Stir properly to coat the rooster and greens evenly.

  • Flip the gradual cooker on excessive warmth. Cowl, and prepare dinner for about 4 hours. (You possibly can prepare dinner on low warmth if you happen to’ll be out longer, about 6 hours). Stir within the scallions, sesame oil and sesame seeds. Skim off extra fats earlier than serving, if desired.

This recipe was initially posted in December 2012. I’ve up to date it right here with new photographs, extra data and enhancements to the recipe. 

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