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Dak Bokkeum - Korean Stewed Chicken with Spinach

Delicious recipe, if a bit spicy. Good kind of spicy.

Definitely a remake. A multiple-time remake.

Dak Bokkeum - Koread Stewed Chicken with Spinach


Takes about 30-40 minutes of prep time, to a total of about 1.5 hours.

The recipe calls for 1 small bag of spinach; I would suggest using only half or 3 quarters and adding one or two big potatoes, cubed, to the mix right at the beginning of the cooking phase.


  • 1/3 cup gochujang (Korean Chile paste) (so delicious I’ve been eating it on bread)
  • 1/4 cup (1/2-inch) slices green onion bottoms
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic (can add more, but it’ll be even spicier)
  • 2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1/2-inch strips (use chicken breasts - easier to deal with)
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked short-grain white rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2-inch) slices green onion tops
  • 1 (5-ounce) bag fresh baby spinach (I used only half and added potatoes instead)
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds


  1. Combine first 8 ingredients (through the crushed red pepper) in a large bowl.
    Stir in chicken.
    Cover and marinate 30 minutes.
  2. Place rice in a medium saucepan; cover with water to 2 inches above rice.
    Stir rice; drain.
    Repeat procedure twice.
    Add 1.5 cups water to drained rice in pan.
    Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
    Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes.
    Remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes.
  3. While rice cooks, bring 1/3 cup water to a boil in a Dutch oven.
    Add chicken mixture; bring to a simmer.
    Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes.
    Uncover and simmer 10 minutes or until mixture thickens, stirring occasionally.
    Remove from heat; stir in green onion tops and spinach.
    Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Serve with rice. Serves 6 (serving size: 1 cup chicken mixture and 3/4 cup rice)

  • calories 433;
  • fat 12g (sat 2.2g, mono 3.9g, poly 3.6g);
  • protein 33.5g;
  • carbs 45.2g;
  • fiber 29g;
  • cholesterol 125mg;
  • iron 6.3mg;
  • sodium 649mg;
  • calcium 54mg
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