How to Make Korean Chicken Soup 삼계탕

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Jan. 13, 2014

An easy one pot meal of tender chicken, thick milky porridge, and soft chestnuts, ginseng, and dates. Called Sam-gye-tang in Korean.


Cornish hen 1
Sweet rice 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Dried ginseng 2
Chestnuts 3
Red dates 4
Green onion 1 , chopped



1. In a medium bowl, soak the sweet rice, ginseng, chestnuts and dates for about an hour.

2. Rinse the rice and other ingredients and set aside.

3. Clean the Cornish hen and trim excess fat.


4. Fill the hen with the soaked ingredients. Close up the hen and tie up the legs as shown in the video.

5. Tuck the hen into a small pot and add in the remaining soaked ingredients. Fill the pot with water and simmer for an hour. Half way in, rotate the hen and cover with more water if necessary.

6. Garnish with green onions and boil for a few minutes.


7. Ladle out the soup and serve.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 60 Minutes
Ready In: 60 Minutes
Servings: 2

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 448Calories from Fat 154

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 17 g26.2%

Saturated Fat 4 g20%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 124 mg5.17%

Total Carbohydrates 50 g16.7%

Dietary Fiber 2 g8%

Sugars 11 g

Protein 24 g48%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet