Korean-style Simmered Chicken

This simmered chicken dish ‘Jim Dak’ reminds me of an American slow-cooker pot roast.  Chicken, potatoes, carrots, and onions are simmered together in a simple sauce to create a delicious comforting one-pot meal.  Your house will smell amazing while this is cooking!

Korean-style Simmered Chicken

Servings: 3


-5-6 bone-in chicken drumsticks or chicken thighs, rinsed, skin removed (optional)

-4-5 small round potatoes, cut into 4ths

-1 large carrot, sliced diagonally

-1 small onion, sliced

-5-7 cloves garlic, cut in half

-2 Tbls soy sauce (low sodium preferred)

-2 Tbls oyster sauce

-2 Tbls dark rice syrup (or honey/sugar)

-2 tsp sesame oil

-1/4 tsp ground pepper

-1/4 tsp crushed fennel seeds (optional, but adds a nice flavor)

-2 1/2 cups water

-1 Tbls sesame seeds


1) Mix the soy sauce, oyster sauce, and dark rice syrup together in a bowl.  Set aside.

2) Add the sesame oil to a pot and add the chicken.  Cook the chicken for 2 minutes on each side on medium-high heat.

3) Add in the garlic and onions, simmer for 1 minute.

4) Add in the potatoes, carrots, sauce mix, pepper, fennel and water.  Bring to a simmer and then turn the heat to low.  Continue to cook for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.  Don’t overcook or the potatoes will fall apart resulting in mush (I did this once…..)

5) Remove the large stuff, the carrots, potatoes and chicken from the pan and place in a separate dish.

6) Turn the heat up to medium-high and let the sauce reduce to about 1/2 until it is a little thicker, about 3-5 minutes.

7) Return the carrots, potatoes and chicken to the sauce in the pot.

8) Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and serve.  You can serve by itself or with rice or fresh noodles.

Below are the ingredients used in this recipe.  You can find all the ingredients at Home Plus or your local mart except the fennel.  I bought mine online here, it is sold as a loose-leaf tea.


Nutrition Information

For 1 Serving: 349 Calories, 8.9 g Fat, 1.2 g Saturated Fat, 67.9 mg Cholesterol, 863.7 mg Sodium, 41.6 g Carbohydrates, 4.8 g Fiber, 10.6 g Sugars, 25.2 g Protein.


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