Fiery Seoul Delight: Spicy Korean Chicken Stew (Dakdoritang)


Embark on a spicy culinary journey with Fiery Seoul Delight: Spicy Korean Chicken Stew (Dakdoritang). This hearty stew is a staple in Korean cuisine, known for its bold flavors and comforting warmth. Combining tender chicken, vegetables, and a rich, fiery sauce, it’s a perfect dish to satisfy your cravings for something spicy, savory, and utterly delicious.

Fiery Seoul Delight: Spicy Korean Chicken Stew (Dakdoritang)

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4 people
  • Serving Size: 1 generous bowl per person

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 360 kcal
  • Protein: 28g
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Fat: 18g
  • Sodium: 950mg
  • Cholesterol: 95mg


Main Ingredients

  • 800g (1.76 lbs or 28.2 oz) chicken thighs, cut into pieces
  • 2 medium potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped


  • 30g (1 oz) gochugaru (Korean red chili flakes)
  • 60ml (2 oz) soy sauce
  • 20g (0.7 oz) sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 20g (0.7 oz) ginger, minced
  • 30ml (1 oz) sesame oil
  • 500ml (17 oz) chicken broth


  • Sesame seeds
  • Chopped green onions

Detailed Method of Preparation

  • Sauté Vegetables: In a large pot, sauté onion, carrots, and potatoes for about 5 minutes.
  • Prepare the Sauce: Mix gochugaru, soy sauce, sugar, garlic, ginger, and sesame oil in a bowl.
  • Cook the Chicken: Add chicken pieces to the pot and cook until they start to brown.
  • Combine and Simmer: Add the prepared sauce and chicken broth to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Finish and Garnish: Add green onions, simmer for an additional 10 minutes. Garnish with sesame seeds and more green onions before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Adjust Spice Level: Modify the amount of gochugaru to suit your spice tolerance.
  • Use a Heavy Pot: A heavy pot or Dutch oven is ideal for even cooking and flavor development.
  • Stew Consistency: If you prefer a thicker stew, mix a tablespoon of cornstarch with water and add it to the stew during the last 10 minutes of cooking.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use boneless chicken?

Yes, boneless chicken can be used, but bone-in pieces add more flavor.

What can I substitute for gochugaru?

A mix of paprika and cayenne pepper can be used as a substitute.

Can I make this stew in advance?

Yes, it tastes even better the next day as the flavors meld together.