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Spicy Korean Braised Chicken and Vegetables

4 Servings

FAST: 55 minutes
Slow: 4½ to 5½ hours 10 minutes active

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This flavor-packed stew, called dakbokkeumtang, counts gochujang, or Korean fermented chili paste, as one of its primary seasonings. The thick, bright-red paste usually is sold in plastic tubs or bottles in Asian markets or in the international aisle of regular supermarkets. Soy sauce and a dose of brown sugar add salty-sweet flavor to balance to the dish, while sesame oil and seeds add nutty notes. The potatoes and carrots absorb the seasonings so the pieces are flavored throughout; make sure to cut the vegetables into pieces about 1 inch in size, not smaller, so they don’t wind up overdone. Serve the stew with steamed rice.




Don’t use chicken breasts instead of thighs. Sturdy dark meat does well when braised, but more delicate white meat dries out and turns tough. Dark meat also lends the finished dish richer, meatier flavor.

FAST: 55 minutes
Slow: 4½ to 5½ hours

10 minutes active



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Jessica S.
March 19, 2023
Family staple
This has become a go to in my home. We have used sweet potatoes on occasion and skipped the sugar and the flavor is still amazing.
Ester B.
June 30, 2022
Warming comfort food
Comfort food! The spice level is good and the whole dish is lovely, warming and soothing. Very easy to make as well.
Rachel L.

I grew up eating Korean food. I really enjoyed making this and I felt like it had authentic flavors! I think I'll add just a tad bit more ginger next time. If you make this, get the gochujang with korean words on it like the one they recommend on this website. The Americanized ones aren't the real deal and taste way too sweet.

Debra D.

So how does one make this without an instant pot or pressure cooker?

Janelle C.

Hi Debra,

We’re so glad you're exploring our recipes. When we developed the recipes for our Instant Pot book, Fast and Slow, we offered pressure cooker and slow cooker instructions for every recipe that worked well cooked either way. Recipes that have only one set of instructions did not produce good results when prepared with the alternative method. And unfortunately, it’s not possible for us to reverse engineer Instant Pot recipes for stovetop cooking. But the good news is that many of them were inspired by recipes we’d already prepared for conventional cooking methods. If you check our website, you might find what you are looking for.

The Milk Street Team

Jovanna K.

This was very tasty. I had bone in thighs and removed the skin. I did high pressure for 10 min and natural release for 15 min to compensate for the larger pieces. I used baby carrots and cut the potatoes a bit larger. Also used the recommended gochujang. Everyone loved it and will make often.
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