Chicken and Mushroom Juk With Scallion Sauce

Chicken and Mushroom Juk With Scallion Sauce

Originally created to soothe an upset stomach, this nourishing Korean porridge has become popular as a satisfying meal no matter how you feel. The simplest juk is made with just rice and broth, but here, the addition of chicken turns the porridge into a hearty one-pot dinner. Start by poaching a whole chicken, which creates a rich chicken stock as well as juicy, tender meat. Simmer rice in the homemade broth until it breaks down, forming a creamy porridge, then add thinly sliced mushrooms for an earthy flavor. Finish with a tangy ginger-scallion sauce, which brings brightness. (You can also prepare juk in a pressure cooker with this recipe, which uses boneless, skinless chicken thighs.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    In a bowl, combine rice with enough water to cover by 2 inches. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Drain well.
  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, in a large pot or Dutch oven, combine chicken, halved scallions, garlic, half the ginger and 4 quarts water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium and simmer, skimming any foam and fat that rises to the top. Cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 degrees, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Transfer chicken to a large bowl and let stand until cool enough to handle. Strain liquid through a fine-mesh sieve. Discard solids. You will have about 12 cups of broth.
  3. Step 3

    Clean out the pot or Dutch oven, then heat the sesame oil over low. Add drained rice and cook, stirring constantly, until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and carrot, and stir until pan is very dry, scraping up the rice that sticks to the bottom, about 1 minute. Add 8 cups of the broth and bring to a boil over high heat. (Reserve or freeze remaining broth for future use.) Reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is reduced, rice is plump and a porridge forms, about 30 minutes.
  4. Step 4

    Meanwhile, julienne the remaining ginger and transfer to a small bowl. Add the chopped scallions, safflower oil and vinegar, and season with salt and pepper. Mix well. Set aside.
  5. Step 5

    Remove skin from the cooled chicken and discard. Shred chicken meat and discard bones. Reserve 4 cups of the shredded chicken for the juk and save the remaining chicken for another use. Add the spinach and 2 cups of the reserved chicken to the juk and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Step 6

    Divide juk among bowls. Top each with some of the remaining 2 cups chicken and drizzle with the scallion sauce. Serve with soy sauce and chile oil or hot sauce on the side, if desired.