Low Maintenance Korean Chicken Soup

In the realm of comforting and nourishing soups, Korean chicken soup, known as "dakguk" or "dak-juk," stands out for its simplicity, hearty flavors, and healthful ingredients. This traditional Korean dish is often enjoyed for its soothing qualities and is believed to provide warmth and comfort 

especially during cold weather or when feeling under the weather. While some versions of dakguk require hours of simmering, this recipe offers a low-maintenance approach, allowing you to enjoy all the benefits of this classic soup 

with minimal effort. Let's dive into the world of Korean chicken soup and learn how to create a delicious and fuss-free version that's perfect for any occasion. 

 Prepare the Chicken: Rinse the whole chicken under cold water and pat it dry with paper towels. Remove any giblets from the cavity if necessary. Cut the chicken into pieces, including the breast, thighs, wings, and legs. You can also ask your butcher to do this for you to save time.

Skim the Surface: As the soup comes to a boil, you may notice foam and impurities rising to the surface. Use a slotted spoon or a fine mesh skimmer to skim off any foam and impurities that accumulate on the surface of the soup. This step helps to ensure a clearer and cleaner broth.

Simmer Gently: Once the soup has come to a boil and you've skimmed off any foam, reduce the heat to low and let the soup simmer gently. Cover the pot partially with a lid, leaving a small gap to allow steam to escape. Allow the soup to simmer for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until the chicken is tender and cooked through 

Season the Soup: Once the chicken is fully cooked and tender, season the soup with soy sauce, salt, and pepper to taste. Adjust the seasoning according to your preferences, adding more soy sauce for depth of flavor or salt and pepper for seasoning 

 Serve the Soup: Ladle the hot Korean chicken soup into bowls, along with cooked rice if desired. Garnish each bowl with chopped green onions and a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds for added flavor and texture. Serve the soup hot, alongside kimchi if desired for a traditional Korean accompaniment.


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