Kona K's Korean Chicken Ginseng Soup (Samgyetang)

READY IN: 3hrs 15mins
Recipe by Kona K

Korean version of chicken soup -- incredibly satisfying and healthy.

Top Review by N. Lavendula

I really enjoyed this recipe. I admit I did take out the dates and chestnuts just becasue I don't like them. This dish was very easy to make and in fact, I am right now making this dish again for my best friend who is going through chemo.
Thank you for the post KonaK

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Clean the hen thoroughly under cold running water.
  2. Place hen in medium-sized pot and cover with cold water. Bring to boil. Once the water starts boiling and white foam forms at the surface, take pot off the burner.
  3. Throw away the water, and rinse the hen thoroughly under running water until it's very clean (there should be no blood).
  4. Stuff the chicken with approximately 1/2 cup uncooked sweet rice, 3 garlic cloves and 3 dried dates (if there's still room, add more garlic or dates). The chicken should be completely stuffed.
  5. Place chicken in the pot. Add in the 10 cups water.
  6. Toss in remaining garlic cloves, dates, dried chestnuts, and sweet rice.
  7. Place over medium-high heat. Once water starts boiling, reduce heat to medium and let it simmer. Check on chicken every 20 minutes or so, spooning liquids over top of chicken so that it doesn't dry out.
  8. Flip chicken over once after about an hour of cooking so it cooks evenly.
  9. If the soup boils too hard, reduce heat to medium-low. It should be simmering gently for about 3 hours.
  10. To serve, break chicken apart. Ladle chicken, rice and soup into a bowl, and garnish with scallions. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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