Recipe by sarakyong
"A very easy meal to make! Chicken drumettes, potato, carrots, and onion simmer in a spicy sauce that goes best with white rice. You can find Korean hot pepper paste in a Korean/Asian market. I haven't tried looking in a grocery store. It's Korean name is 'gochujang.'"
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2 1/2 pounds
potatoes, cut into large chunks
carrots, cut into 2 inch pieces
onion, cut into 8 pieces
hot pepper paste
I just wanted to add some information to my mom's recipe. When the recipe says 3 tbs, that's 3 heaping tbs. You may reduce the soy sauce down to 1/3 cup, if you're sensitive to salty. You can throw the chicken in the pot still frozen, it still gets well cooked all the same. I use baby carrots instead of cutting large ones--much easier to toss in. (If you're using Red potatoes, add them at the same time as the chicken since they need more time to soak the sauce in.) I liked someone's suggestion of bell peppers, I'm using it now myself. Once everything is in the pot, reduce the heat to med-low. The sauce won't cover all the ingredients, so you'll need to stir occasionally. It's ready when you can half a carrot & potato piece and see the sauce has soaked inside (won't soak very far into Red potatoes). The liquid will thicken more as it cools.
The meat, potatoes, onions and carrots all tasted the same. It all had the same flavor. I grew tired of the taste after a couple of bites.
This is dish is very delicious and very authentic. I remember my mom making it when I was younger. Here are some of my changes: I added 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped ginger and instead of the red hot bean paste, I used Korean red pepper. The commercial red hot bean paste has a lot of extra stuff you might not want. The red pepper will give it the same flavor without the extra stuff. Yummy! Would make it again!
One recommendation I would make is although, you might want the dish to be healthier by using boneless chicken breast, you will loose a lot of flavor by doing so. Use the the drumettes or chicken thighs with bones. Something about cooking meat with the bone in makes it so much better! I usually trim as much of a the fat as possible off most of it and leave one piece of chicken with the fat. It's part of the whole flavoring thing. Growing up the only way we ate this dish was served with white rice.
Great recipe! I am not Korean, but I love Korean food. I actually came to love Korean food from watching Korean Dramas (sounds weird, but makes total sense to a Korean drama addict!).
I loved this recipe, but it took me two tries to get it right. Here is what I have learned:
1. It is a good idea to use drumettes--because the bones and small size help to thicken the sauce. Using a breast or other chicken parts won't thicken it as well.
2. I stir fry my drumettes in a tablespoon of vegetable oil to brown the skin while I make the sauce and finish chopping the vegetables. This makes the drumettes so delicious! I stir fry them until they are slightly browned (about 10 minutes), and then pour the sauce on top and stir in the vegetables. I cover it and lower the heat and let it simmer for about 20 minutes more until the vegetables are softened. Browning the drumettes helps to make the sauce much richer, too--because as they brown I stir them and the little bits get scraped up, so by the time I add my sauce--the chicken flavors have been released and enhanced.
3. I don't use the red pepper sauce--instead I add a teaspoon of ginger and some red pepper dry spice (not too much, because I have children). This works fine.
4. You have to eat this with the potatoes and rice (from a rice cooker, please!)--to skip the rice because the potatoes are already a "starch" is just sad. Korean food--you need the rice!
for posting it! Bashya--you will be blessed.
I'm korean and this recipe is definitely authentic. It is meant to be spicy so if you dont like spicy this is not the recipe for you. I used a combination of boneless skinless breasts and legs. Definitely use a combination. Something about the bone-in makes it juicy. I used about 1 cup of water because I like a little more sauce and plus the potatoes tend to soak it a good bit of it. I used 1/3 cup of low sodium soy sauce and only 1 Tbs of sugar as someone had recommended. I also added a good 1/2 cup of green onions in the last 10 mins of cooking. My aunt used to add this. I also added extra garlic- minced! and red pepper flakes because I love spicy!! Also about the hot pepper paste: this is a key ingredient. Must use the korean hot pepper paste otherwise you are making a totally different recipe and definitely use 3 huge heapings of it. One last thing....it definitely has to be served over rice. Not serving this with rice would be like serving meat sauce without the spagetti pasta! Thanks for the recipe! My husband raved about it!! The meat just fell off the bones and was very juicy. I can see myself making this very often!
My boyfriend and I eat Korean food quite often and this particular dish has always been a favorite of his. This was my first time cooking it for him. Overall he really enjoyed it. The only part that neither one of us cared for was that the recipe was too sweet. I would definitely cut back on the sugar next time and add bell peppers as we have had before. Thank you for the recipe!
My wife is part korean and had the paste already on hand to make this. She told me the Korean name for this meal is "tak toritang." "Gochujang" is the Korean name for the paste. It was her first time and it came out soooo good! I'd say it was a mild spicy. It's a good hardy meal and I can't wait to have it again.
Food was great!!!! I used chicken breast instead but turned out delicious.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Korean Spicy Chicken and Potato (Tak Toritang)
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 447
** Calories from Fat: 127
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