Monday, May 17, 2010

Korean Spicy Chili Paste Chicken (Mae-un Dak Gui)

Korean Spicy Chili Paste Chicken

I'm 90% sure I was Korean in a past life. Lately I cannot get enough of Korean inspired recipes and recently I even took another trip to Korea town to get ingredients I didn't really need, but really wanted to have. However I didn't have to purchase anything new for this recipe which was the beauty of it. Another great thing about this was that I was able to prep all of the marinade the previous evening and just cook this off when I was ready to eat. Because of that simplicity, this makes a really great weeknight meal that is jam packed with flavor. I needed a touch more depth in the final outcome so I would probably add more sugar next time, but otherwise this is a great "school night" recipe. Since it only takes a few minutes to actually cook, this is perfect for any night of the week and the marinade is great for maximum flavor with minimum effort. I am ready to play with this again and see what else I can come up with.

Korean Chili Paste Spicy Chicken (Mae-un Dak Gui)
(From New Asian Cuisine)

Makes 4 servings

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
2 tablespoons gochujahng (Korean chili pepper paste)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon water
3 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons sake
1 small onion, pureed
1 tablespoons ginger, minced
2 tablespoons garlic, minced

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients except chicken together. Wearing gloves (or using clean hands), mix all the chicken into the marinade. Make sure each chicken piece is thoroughly coated and well mixed with the marinade. Cover and marinate for at least 8 hours or overnight.

Heat a grill pan over medium high heat. Cook for about 6-8 minutes per side over lower heat.

Serve with rice or noodles.

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Maria said...

My hubs will love this one, he can handle the heat. I am kind of a wimp though:)

Diana said...

Sook (yutjangsah) tells me I'm secretly Korean because I smack people when I get excited. And am crazy neurotic.

Maybe I should start making some of these recipes too?

Joanne said...

School night recipes...that's what I need. I love the sound of this marinade! Spicy and delicious.

MaryMoh said...

I love the Korean hot chili paste...just so good with everything, even just mixed with rice!

Unknown said...

that looks really good. I am really into asian food lately.

Juliana said...

Oh! My mouth is watering at the list of the ingredients in this chicken...looks fabulous!

vanillasugarblog said...

i love the sauces in asian cooking. i love french sauces, but asian sauces have it down pat. noooooo korean anything near me, only bad chinese rest. this bowl of goodness looks so good esi.

Memória said...

I think you were Korean in your past life, too. Maybe you should dig deep and teach me Korean (if you don't know it already) haha. This dish looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

Esi said...

Diana, yes you definitely should start making some of these recipes.

Joanne, this is a great school night recipe!

Dawn, I think you can order some of these ingredients online. Or you can just move back to Cali!

Memoria, I guess I need to learn Korean!

angela@spinachtiger said...

And, it also looks so healthy. You are now making me want to know more about Korean food.

beyondkimchee said...

Awesome! Being a true Korean woman, this looks great. You know you can't go wrong with gochujang. Great job!
Also when you start covering your mouth as you are laughing, that is the sign that your are becoming a true Korean woman.

Lori said...

Fantastic!! I lived in Korea for one year and while ALL the food wasn't for me, there are just some items I really miss... I noticed a photo of bibimbap below, I'm going to take a look!!

Thanks for posting this, it looks amazing, and I can imagine how good it would taste over rice noodles... I'm a sucker for rice noodles:)



La Bella Cooks said...

Love the spice going on here. Looks amazing.

Leslie said...

I'm making this for the fourth time tonight. It's so good, thanks for the recipe!

Esi said...

Leslie, so glad to hear you like it!