Saturday, November 2, 2013

Dakbokkeumtang (Spicy Braised Chicken)

My first dish for this month is definitely this piping hot, spicy but yet heartwarming dish :) It is perfect for the rainy and gloomy weather that we have been getting these days. Honestly, even if the weather is really hot, I would STILL eat this ;P 

Do you know that bokkeum is generally described as a Korean dish made by stir-frying ingredients with a sauce? And yes, you guessed it, dak means chicken and tang means soup. Koreans are more familiar with this as dakdoritang. Generally, this dish consists of well-seasoned chicken, potatoes and is eaten with lots of bap (rice).

I've gotten this easy recipe from Maangchi.


1 kg chicken wings or drumsticks
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup minced garlic
1/4 cup or 3 tbsp hot pepper paste (alter to your taste)
1/4 cup or 2.5 tbsp hot pepper flakes (alter to your taste)
1 tbsp brown sugar
2-3 medium sized onions, chopped in chunks
3-4 large potatoes, chopped in chunks
2 carrots, chopped in chunks
2 stalks green onions or spring onions, chopped
2 green chilli peppers, chopped


Use a packet of chicken wings or chicken drumsticks. Wash and drain clean.

Make seasoning paste by mixing soy sauce, minced garlic, hot pepper paste (gochujang), hot pepper flakes and sugar together. Mix well.

Put chicken and onions into the seasoning paste and mix well with a spoon.

Add 2 cups of water to the pot and mix it up.

Bring to a boil over medium high heat for 20 minutes with the lid of your pot sealed.

Meanwhile, peel the potatoes, wash and drain them then cut them into large chunks. I used carrots to replace potatoes as I'm not really a fan of potatoes.

Chop green chilli peppers and spring onions into small pieces and set aside.

After about 20 minutes or so, add the potatoes (or carrots in my case) and chopped green chilli peppers to the pot. Stir with a spoon, then let it cook with the lid closed for another 20 minutes.

Open the lid and cook for another 3-5 minutes and keep the lid open to boil away some broth and thicken.

This is what you get at the end of it.

Mr G was all thumbs up for this spicy one-dish meal. He absolutely loves it!!! With lots of rice of course ;)

To me, this is a perfect one-dish meal for busy people who want a delicious meal but yet need not make your whole kitchen stove all dirty. Best of all, you wash very little dishes even after making this. It's a win-win situation for me :)

I'm submitting this dish to Aspiring Bakers #37: Korean - Feast of Hansik (November 2013) hosted by Grace(Life can be simple).

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