Simmered Chicken, Jjim Dak
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prep time: 
30 min
inactive time: 
20 min
cooking time: 
40 min
total time: 
90 min
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Jjimdak is a hidden gem of Korean cuisine. Although it's widely enjoyed by Koreans, few north americans are familiar with this toothsome dish. Chicken, potatoes and carrots are perfectly cooked in a deletable sweet and savory sauce with a hint of spiciness. Glass noodles in this dish are to die for. All you need is a bowl of rice to complete this celestial meal.

You can serve this for lunch or dinner. It's a great dish to impress your guests with minimal effort. You can use this recipe for other meat as well.
Buy Jjim Dak ingredients online here.

tags: main dish/entrée, healthy, nut free, poultry, noodles, braise, mild(spiciness)

ingredients

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main ingredients
Pre-cut Whole Chicken (about 1 kg) 자른 닭 (or legs or thighs, bone in)
Potato 감자 (small)
11 oz Carrot (large Korean carrot) 당근 (1 large Korean carrot is about 11oz / 300g)
Onion (Medium) 양파
4 oz Glass Noodles 당면
½  Green Onion 파
 
for chicken broth
½ tsp Black Pepper 후추
3 tbs Cheongju, Korean Rice Wine 청주 (or white wine)
5 cups Water 물
½  Green Onion 파
3 clove(s) Garlic Clove (whole) 통마늘
 
for seasoning sauce
1½ cups   Soy Sauce (regular) 왜간장
⅔ cup Cheongju, Korean Rice Wine 청주 (or white wine)
⅔ cup Sugar 설탕
Dried Red Chili Pepper 마른고추 (optional)
 
for thickening agent (optional)
1 tbs Potato Starch 감자 전분 (optional)
¼ cup Water 물 (optional)
Simmered Chicken, Jjim Dak

tips

Optional Ingredients and Substitutions
Chicken: Traditionally a whole small chicken is used in this recipe but you can use just legs or thighs instead. Chicken bones make the broth richer.
Dried red chili pepper: Dried chile peppers add a very nice spicy kick without overpowering the flavor or changing the color of the broth. However, you can omit this if you cannot tolerate any spiciness.
Cheongju (Korean rice wine): you can use white wine instead.
Potato starch: You can omit or use flour instead.

More questions? Please leave your questions below in the comment section. We will do our best to answer as soon as we can.

instructions
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Ingredient amounts in the recipe summary are for the default serving size.

1. Prepare chicken (optional)

Wash the chicken thoroughly. Soak in milk for 20 min. This helps remove gamey smell but it is optional.

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Wash chicken

Soak in milk

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2. Prepare vegetables

Peel and wash all vegetables. Cut 2 potatoes and 1 carrot into cubes (about 1½” or 2 cm) and cut 1 onion into bite size pieces. Cut a green onion in half and slice half of the green onion diagonally.

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Peel and wash vegetables

Cut into cubes

  • 2 small potatoes
  • 1 carrot

Cut 1 onion into bite size

Cut green onion in half

  • slice half diagonally

3. Glass noodles

Soak glass noodles in water for 20 min. Then, drain water in a strainer.

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Soak glass noodles

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Drain

4. Wash and Dry

Wash chicken thoroughly under running water. Drain water in a strainer and pat dry with kitchen towel.

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Wash

Drain

Pat dry

5. Seasoning

Season chicken with ½ teaspoon of black pepper and 3 tablespoons of cheongju (Korean rice wine).

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Season chicken

  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 3 tbs cheongju (rice wine)

6. Chicken Broth

Boil 5 cups of water in a pot. When boiling, add 3 garlic cloves, ½ green onion (uncut) and seasoned chicken. When it starts to boil again, skim off the foams and fats. Then, lower the heat to medium and simmer it with a lid for 15 min.

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Boil 5 cups water

Add

  • 3 garlic cloves
  • ½ green onion
  • seasoned chicken

Skim off foams & fats

Simmer with lid

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7. Chicken Broth

Take out the chicken pieces from the broth and put them in a bowl. Filter the chicken broth through a strainer.

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Take out chicken

Filter broth

8. Seasoning sauce

In a bowl, mix 4 cups of chicken broth made in the previous steps, 1½ cup of soy sauce, ⅔ cup of cheongju (Korean rice wine) and ⅔ cup of sugar. Place chicken, carrot, potato, onion and 6 pieces of dried red chili peppers in a pot. Pour seasoning sauce over the ingredients.

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Mix

  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1½cup soy sauce
  • ⅔ cup rice wine
  • ⅔ cup sugar

Place chicken & vegetables in pot

Pour sauce over

9. Boil

Boil without lid on high heat for 5 min. Lower the heat to medium and simmer without lid for 20 min. Skim off the foams. Stir every 5-10 min to prevent burning.

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Boil without lid

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Redue heat

Simmer without lid

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Skim off foams

Stir every 5-10 min

10. Finish

When the sauce is reduced to half, add cut green onion and soaked glass noodles. Add starch water (Thoroughly mix 1 tablespoon of potato starch with ¼ cup of cold water.) if you like thicker sauce. Boil it for 5-10 min on medium heat or until the noodles are fully cooked.

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When sauce reduced to half

Add

  • cut green onions
  • glass noodles

Add starch water (optional)

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11. Serve

Serve with rice. Enjoy!

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Enjoy!

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Comments

stephanie's picture

My favourite dish!

My favourite dish!
evcim02's picture

Hi ladies.I was wondering is

Hi ladies.I was wondering is this recipe the traditional one or a professional alternative created by you?because i am gonna cook this dish for a competition and looking for a generally aknowleged recipe.people usually blanched the chicken and cooked it with sauce.and the quantities of materials differs tremendously.if there is a story or information about this dish can you tell?
Grace's picture

Hello evcim02, this is a

Hello evcim02, this is a traditional Korean recipe. Often in Korea this dish is called "An-dong Jjimdak" because it originated from An-dong which is a city in the province of Gyeong-sang-buk-do, Korea. "Jjim" means steam in Korean. "dak" means chicken. Some believe this dish goes back to the era of Joseon dynasty (1392 - 1897). More popular theory is that it originated from a farmer's market in Andong in the 80's. There was a "fried chicken" alley in the farmer's market but when people started to get tired of fried chicken. They needed to come up with something new. So they used traditional galbijjim seasoning on chicken and vegetables to create a new dish. Today this dish is very popular throughout all regions in Korea. There are quite a few restaurants that specialize in just dish and are very successful. What kind of competition is it? where? Hope it goes well!
evcim02's picture

thank you so much for

thank you so much for replying.it is for 'global "taste of Korea"contest 2014'.I have to make a video cooking a korean dish so i chose this dish 'cause it is easy to find ingridients.sorry for asking a lot but i have seen people use oyster sauce in every other recipes and a little less wine.(have already bought oyster sauce:(( )should i keep the recipe same or would it be good to replace some of soy sauce with oyster just to show that i'm using more materials? hope it is not a stupid question.(English is not my mother tongue)
Grace's picture

Some people use oyster sauce.

Some people use oyster sauce. You can use it if you like. The reason why we don't use oyster sauce is most of oyster sauces have flavor enhancers which is not the healthiest. But, for people who don't care much about it use it to enhance flavor. So it's up to you. Maybe you can try both ways and decide. Happy cooking!