Friday, May 22, 2009

Korean BBQ Chicken

Copyright 2009 by Cooking With The Single Guy

1 lb. chicken breasts (boneless and skinless)
2 T crushed hot pepper paste
¼ cup sugar
½ cup rice vinegar
½ cup soy sauce
1 T fresh ginger, skin removed, minced
1 clove garlic, minced

Butterfly your chicken breast so that they’re thinner and of equal thickness. Mix all other ingredients in a shallow dish or plastic Ziploc bag, then place chicken to marinate. Refrigerate for at least three hours or overnight.

Fire up an outdoor grill or grill pan and cook over medium high heat. Shake off excess marinade from the chicken before placing on the grill. How long they take to cook depends on the thickness of your chicken and the heat, but average about 6 to 8 minutes per side, especially if you’ve made the breasts thin cuts.

While the chicken cooks, you can place some of the marinade in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat, allowing it to concentrate and thicken up. Serve on the side when eating.

Serve your chicken with steam rice and some panchan dishes (traditional Korean sides) such as kim chee, spicy pickled cucumbers, sautéed bean sprouts, or sautéed broccoli.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Pair with dry sake.

TIP: I get my crushed hot pepper paste from a Korean grocery store in Oakland, but you can find it at large Asian grocery stores as well. Called kochujang, you can also order it online at KoaMart in Los Angeles.


foodhoe said...

Single Guy, that looks like a delicious meal. I love the sides, gotta have kimchee with this eh? How much soy sauce do you use in the recipe? I always like a drizzle of sesame oil too.

Single Guy Ben said...

Ooops, thanks Foodhoe for bringing up soy sauce. Yes, it's definitely in the recipe and I neglected to type it in even though I had it in my notes. It's half a cup, and I just fixed the post. I think it's the combination of soy sauce, hot pepper and sugar that creates that great caramelizing smell during the cooking process. And there's a lot of Korean restaurants near my neighborhood so I can always smell it after work on the way home!