I love my slow cooker! Once I prepare the ingredients, I can rest my arms and legs while it does the cooking for me. What’s there not to like? If you don’t have a crock pot, put it on your holiday gift list. If you have it tucked away deep in the kitchen cabinet or on a shelf, get it out and put it to work during this busy holiday season. Trust me! With a good recipe, the slow cooked food turns out tender and flavorful, not mushy and watery. Here, I am showing you how to make a slow cooker version of a classic Korean chicken dish. I’ve also provided the method for stove top cooking.
Dakdoritang (닭도리탕 ) is a chicken dish that’s cooked in a spicy red sauce along with vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, and onions. It’s also called dakbokkeumtang (닭볶음탕) or dakmaeuntang (닭매운탕). It’s usually made by cutting up a whole chicken into small pieces, but here I used a combination of chicken thighs and wings I had in the freezer. To make this dish on the stove, water has to be added because liquids evaporate quickly on the stove. That’s not the case with the slow cooker. The amount of sauce and other ingredients in this recipe yields sufficient liquid for slow cooking, leaving just enough sauce at the end. The result is succulent pieces of chicken packed with spicy and savory flavors!
4 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey or corn syrup
2 tablespoons Korean red chili pepper paste (gochujang)
Place the prepared chicken and vegetables (except the scallions) in the slow cooker. Add all the sauce ingredients (except the sesame oil and seeds). Stir well to coat the chicken and vegetables evenly.
Turn the slow cooker on high heat. Cover, and cook for about 4 hours. (You can cook on low heat if you’ll be out longer, about 6 hours). Stir in the scallions, sesame oil and sesame seeds. Skim off excess fat before serving, if desired. Serve with a bowl of rice.
Stove top method: To make this dish on the stove, add 1-1/2 cups water to a large pot along with the chicken and the sauce (except the sesame oil and sesame seeds). Stir well. Bring it to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, covered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the vegetables (except the scallions). Cover, and cook for an additional 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Continue to cook, uncovered this time, until the chicken is tender and the sauce is slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Stir in the scallions, sesame oil and sesame seeds right before turning off the heat.