Korean Spicy Braised Chicken

January 21, 2016


Hey all you spicy food lovers! I have a yummy recipe for you. If you’re not into spicy, no problem because you can just reduce the red pepper paste and pepper flakes. However, then it would just be Korean Braised Chicken. πŸ˜€

This is basically a one pot meal and I’m all into that kind of cooking because I need simple, healthy recipes during the week that don’t require me slaving away in the kitchen. I tested this recipe two times using my dutch oven and crock pot. I prefer the dutch oven because I noticed it was more flavorful but either works. If you don’t have a dutch oven, you can also use a standard pot. Here’s my take on this popular Korean dish.

Korean Spicy Braised Chicken λ‹­λ„리탕


  • About 12 Drumsticks but you could also use thigh meat
  • About 2 cups chopped up veggies including carrots, potatoes, and onions

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp Korean red pepper paste aka gochujang (buy in Asian market)
  • 2 tsp Korean red pepper flakes aka gochugaru
  • 1/3 cup minced garlic (yassss stanky breath)
  • 2/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce or 1/2 cup reg soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp ginger powder or 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 cup water


Place your chicken and veggies in the pot. Mix all the sauce ingredients in another bowl.

IMG_9091-1Place that bomb sauce on top of the chicken and veggies.


Mix thoroughly. This is when those clear plastic disposable gloves come in handy! Cook under medium heat for 30 minutes and then reduce it for another 30. Check on it a few times to ensure all the chicken gets dunked in the sauce. 

IMG_9096-1 When it’s done, it should look something like this! 


Since I cook for my kids too, I will usually decrease the hot pepper paste to 2 tbsp and the red pepper flakes to 1 tsp so it still has a kick. If you like it really spicy, add more flakes and paste.


Serve with some rice and you have an awesome dinner ready!


When I looked in my pot, I still had some delicious sauce left. I noticed I had some rotisserie chicken that needed to be eaten quickly so I shredded that and placed it in the sauce and simmered it for about 10 minutes. I get tired of figuring out how to eat leftover rotisserie chicken so I felt brilliant when I thought of this! 


Try it and let me know how you like it!


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