Spicy Chicken Bulgogi
Dak Bulgogi (Korean Spicy Chicken) is a must-try for spicy food lovers. This sweet and spicy marinade turns any meat dish into a celestial one. It is especially great with chicken or pork. Chicken thigh meat is the best for flavor and texture, but white meat also goes well with the marinade. Ginger adds a nice kick and removes the gamy smell and taste.
|1 lb||Chicken meat 닭고기 (dark meat preferred but white meat works too)|
|½||Onion (Medium) 양파|
|2||Green Onion 파|
|2½ tsp||Garlic (minced) 다진 마늘|
|2½ tsp||Ginger (minced) 다진 생강|
|5 tbs||Gochujang (Hot Pepper Paste) 고추장(spiciness and saltiness may vary depending on the brand)|
|2 tbs||Sugar 설탕 (honey and other sweeteners)|
|2 tbs||Cheongju, Korean Rice Wine 청주 (optional, or white wine)|
|2 tbs||Soy Sauce for Soup (Gukganjang) 국간장 (Try our Wholly Ganjang)|
|2 tsp||Sesame Oil 참기름|
|2 tsp||Gochugaru, Korean Hot Pepper Flakes 고추가루(optional)|
|1 tsp||Black Pepper 후추|
|1 tsp||Sesame Seeds 깨(optional)|
|¼ tsp||Vegetable Oil 식용유|
Optional Ingredients and Substitutions
Chicken: You can use pork or beef instead. Make sure to thinly slice the meat for the best result. Dark meat is best for texture and flavor. But, white meat works too. For white meat, make sure to marinate for 24 hours.
Sesame seeds: can be omitted.
Red or green chili peppers: Red or green chili peppers add a very nice spicy kick. Add them when you cook the meat.
Sugar: can be replaced with honey or other sweeteners.
Good to Know
The amount of gochujang and sugar can vary depending on your preference. If you use less gochujang, you may want to increase the amount of soy sauce or use salt to season.
To make it extra spicy, add more gochugaru (red chili flakes).
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Ingredient amounts in the recipe instructions are for the default serving size.
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Ingredient amounts in the recipe summary are for the default serving size.
1. Cut chicken
If the chicken is thick, slice thinly (about 3/8” to ¼” thickness). Cut into roughly 3” squares. They don’t have to be square shaped as long as the area is about that size.
Cut into 3” square
2. Slice onion & green onions
Peel and slice onion. Wash and cut green onions into 1-2 inches.
Wash, cut into 1-2”
3. Mince garlic and ginger
Mince garlic and ginger.
4. Make marinade
Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
Mix the meat with the marinade using your hand (using plastic or latex gloves to protect your hand from hot paste). Mix everything thoroughly and work in the marinade for 3-5 minutes.
Mix meat and marinade
Massage by hand 3 min
Cover and refrigerate for at least 12 hours. If your meat is thicker, marinate for 24 hours.
Refrigerate 720 min
7. Preheat pan
Preheat a pan with some vegetable oil.
Coat pan with
Preheat on Med Heat
8. Cook meat
Cook both sides of the meat on BBQ or pan-fry on medium to high heat until chicken is cooked through and browned.
Cook Med Heat
until cooked through
Serve on a plate and sprinkle sesame seeds to garnish (optional). You can enjoy it with a bowl of rice or make “ssam” (wrapping a piece of meat with a dab of ssamjang (lettuce wrap sauce) in leafy lettuce).
Sprinkle sesame seeds