Incredibly savory and slightly sweet, this chicken bulgogi (Korean bbq) is so satisfying. Serve over rice in lettuce cups with kimchi, or make it a bowl meal with rice and tons of crunchy veggies.
- ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce, gluten free if needed
- ¼ cup grated white or yellow onion
- 3 tablespoons honey, or brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon gochujang, gluten free if needed
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon mirin or rice wine*
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
- ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
- 2 teaspoons grapeseed oil, or other neutral oil
Whisk together soy sauce, onion, honey, gochujang, garlic, mirin, sesame oil, ginger and black pepper in a large bowl until combined. Add chicken and toss to coat; cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, ideally 4 hours, or up to overnight.
Heat a grill to high. Brush grill grate clean; brush grate with grapeseed oil to coat. Working in batches if needed, arrange sliced chicken on grill grate and cook just until cooked through and browned, about 1½ minutes per side.
Heat a cast-iron grill pan or cast-iron skillet over medium-high for 5 minutes. Brush pan with grapeseed oil and, working in batches, arrange chicken in a single layer in pan, making sure not to over crowd. Cook chicken until charred and just cooked through, 1½–2 minutes per side; transfer to a serving platter. Repeat cooking process with remaining chicken.
Optional: reserve the marinade and transfer to a small saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat; cook until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Serve sauce with bulgogi.
Serve chicken bulgogi with rice, butter lettuce cups, kimchi, scallions, sesame seeds, and ssamjang, if desired.
- Serving Size: ¼ of the recipe (using chicken thighs)
- Calories: 220
- Sugar: 9g
- Sodium: 647mg
- Fat: 10g
- Saturated Fat: 2g
- Carbohydrates: 10g
- Fiber: 0g
- Protein: 23g
- Cholesterol: 95mg
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