Chicken and rice porridge

Dakjuk 닭죽

One morning in Fortuna, Costa Rica, I asked my travel agent to find shuttle bus tickets for Quepos. He called a shuttle bus company and said all the tickets were sold out for the day. So I had to book tickets for the next day. Consequently I had a whole free day.

What shall I do? Hmm, a few seconds later, an exciting idea came up in my mind. How about cooking some Korean food for my friends I made there? Ooh whoo, it made me very excited! Then what shall I make without using special Korean ingredients? The recipe should be very easy! Yes! I had some leftover rice in my backpack from making gimbap lunch box the other day. Dakjuk! Yes, yes! Yayee! Let’s go to the supermarket!


I picked up a whole chicken, garlic, watermelon, and some other fresh vegetables and seasoning sauce to make Korean style salad (geotjeori); chicken soup for main dish, geotjeori for side dish, and watermelon for dessert! Oh my! Fuji mama! Perfect!  : )

Do I have any memories about dakjuk? Are you joking to me? Lol yes, of course I do! I can’t forget watching my late grand mother (father side) killing a chicken. The chicken was running around her yard just before it got killed! My grand mother was kind of a tough woman. She picked one chicken among the dozens of her chickens running and playing in her yard.

I watched her twisting its neck and waiting until it died. Then she put the chicken in hot water to remove all its feathers, and cut its stomach with a knife and took out all guts! It sounds horrible, but I never felt scared or disgusted at the time. Even though I felt sorry for the chicken, I remember, we were going to have delicious dakjuk soon for dinner, that’s all I was dreaming. When the chicken was boiling with lots of garlic, the smell spread in the village!

Her chickens were her live food resources just like her vegetables grown in her patch! : )

In Korea, sons-in-law are treated very well by their mothers-in-law. So when a son-in-law visits his mother-in-law’s house, he will expect her to cook chicken to welcome him. These days the custom may be changing.

My dakjuk in Costa Rica turned out great! All of my friends enjoyed the soup. They liked my geotjeori, too.

When you have many unexpected visitors, make dakjuk. You can feed so many people! If you want to add more side dishes, I recommend vegetable pancake or green onion (or Asian chives) pancake. What else? Of course don’t forget to serve kimchi.

Yield: 8-10 servings


A whole chicken (about 3 to 4 pounds)
1½ cups of garlic cloves
1½ cups of rice
2 eggs
3 green onions

For 2 kinds of  dipping sauce:

Salt and pepper, soy sauce, vinegar, hot pepper flakes, green onion, sesame seeds, sugar.


  1. Soak 1½ cups of rice in cold water for 1 hour.
    *tip: if you like thinner soup style, use 1 cup of rice.
  2. Wash and drain the whole chicken.
  3. Trim the fat from the chicken’s stomach area with kitchen shears; cut off the tip of bum part. : )
  4. Place the chicken in a large pot and add 12-13 cups of water.
  5. Add 1½ cups of garlic cloves and bring to a boil over high heat for about 30 minutes.
  6. Turn down the heat to medium low and cook 30 more minutes.
  7. Drain the rice, and add to the boiling chicken soup. Cover and cook for another 30 minutes.
  8. Remove any fat floating on top of the soup with a spoon or ladle.
  9. Chop green onions and beat 2 eggs and set aside.
  10. Check if the chicken is cooked tender or not by poking the meat with a fork or chopsticks. If it’s not tender enough, cook a little longer.
  11. Stir in 1 tablespoon salt with a ladle. The amount of salt depends on your taste, so use more or less as you like.

Serve the chicken:

  1. Take the chicken out of the pot, transfer to a large plate, and put it on the table to serve.

Make 2 kinds of dipping sauce:

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon salt and ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper in a small bowl.
  2. Combine 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon hot pepper flakes, 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, and  1 tablespoon chopped green onion in a small bowl and mix it well.

Finish the chicken soup:

  1. Add the chopped green onions (from #9).
  2. Add the beaten eggs. Pour them in and wait for 10 seconds before stirring, to let them cook.
  3. Remove from the heat and ladle the soup to individual bowls and serve along with the chicken.




  1. BenjieM State of Kuwait joined 3/10 & has 2 comments

    Hi! Maangchi,

    Anyong Haseyo!!! I would like to congratulate you on your well deserved nomination, may you continue to shower us with your delectable recipes.

  2. tinaishung austin joined 3/10 & has 1 comment

    I made this recipe the day you posted it, and it just so happened my boyfriend and I were both sick. This delicious porridge sure nursed us back to health! Thank you!

  3. Pure_Hapa Redondo Beach, California joined 8/09 & has 20 comments

    I looooooooove chicken and rice! Such comfort food. This will be cooking in my kitchen soon. And I’m going to go vote at Saveur now too!

  4. JudySong Chicago, IL joined 3/10 & has 1 comment

    I am making dakjuk right now! ;) I’ll try to take some pics before diving in!

  5. Kutin NYC joined 2/10 & has 6 comments

    hi maangchi,

    I love this recipe, it reminds me of the chicken congee that my mom makes when I was young. I would definitely tried this recipe. It also seem liked you had fun in Costa Rica. I am glad you are back and sharing this recipe. Thanks so much maangchi.

  6. leeemur SF Bay Area joined 7/09 & has 9 comments

    Looks like you had so much fun! They’re so lucky to be able to try your food! I miss my mom’s dakjuk. She’s coming over in 2 weeks. I’m gonna force her to make some. haha

  7. violin123 Arizona joined 1/10 & has 10 comments

    I so want to eat DakJuk now. It was a really good idea you did that at the location. Your friends look so happy eating your food. I would too if I was there. Fun video Maangchi! Thanks for posting.

  8. Amber727 New Jersey joined 7/09 & has 36 comments

    Could I use chicken pieces instead of a whole chicken? Will it still be just as tasty?

  9. ztawan joined 2/10 & has 4 comments

    Amazing video! Would you be coming to San Diego???

  10. Tuty joined 5/09 & has 14 comments


    Congrats on your nomination as the Most Innovative Video Content

    I am excited for you!!! Very well deserved.
    It’s great to have you, as Korean, to teach all of us the authentic Korean cuisine.
    I will vote for you, right after this.

    Tuty @Scentofspice

  11. Tuty joined 5/09 & has 14 comments

    We call this type of dish bubur ayam (bubur=porridge ; ayam=chicken). Wow, the broth must be fragrant with that much garlic. It’s the ultimate comfort food for me. Better for the soul than chicken soup…

  12. jimin Oakville, Ontario . Canada joined 9/08 & has 18 comments

    This is my favourite video. Thank you for sharing this. You make food such an adventure.

  13. miles2go North Jersey joined 12/09 & has 1 comment

    This is a beautiful video, Maangchi is the Korean cooking ambassador to the world. You are truly my hero!


  14. some1unknown australia joined 12/09 & has 8 comments

    is there a podcast out yet??
    looks delicous
    i think i might try it out

  15. ahrumg joined 3/10 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi,

    Long time fan from NC, first time commenter. I love your dakjuk recipe. I will definitely be trying this out soon. Your trip to Costa Rica looks awesome. and those watermelons look amazing! I can’t wait until the summer. Looking at those amazing watermelons definitely make me long for summer fruits.

    My husband and I both love your site because it really makes Korean food so accessible. We really appreciate your work. One day, we hope to attend one of your cooking classes in NYC. :)

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