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Easy Sweet and Spicy Gochujang Chicken

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Tasty gochujang chicken glazed with a spicy-sweet Korean-inspired sauce. Serve with rice and quickly stir-fried vegetables for a fast, healthy weeknight meal.

Sweet and Spicy Gochujang Chicken

Do you love good food but often feel time-squeezed when it comes to actually cooking?

I can relate. At the same time, I’m always on the lookout for super-tasty chicken recipes.

This gochujang chicken is one of the most delicious quick recipes in my file, and it only takes about 20 minutes to make.

For better or worse, chicken is the happy mealtime mediator in my family, a neutral canvas that everyone seems to like.

Two glazed chicken thighs on a plate with gochujang sauce and chopped scallion.

If you love discovering new flavors and ideas for spicing-up your everyday meals, especially when it comes to chicken, I promise you’re going to fall in love with this tangy-sweet, kinda-spicy Korean gochujang chicken.

Gochujang chicken has been on weekly repeat in my kitchen for a few reasons.

It’s not only a great choice to cook on a busy weeknight, but the sauce is addictively craveable.

Sliced chicken thighs on a plate with gochujang glaze and chopped scallion.

The secret ingredient in the sauce/glaze on the chicken is gochujang, a type of chili paste.

Have you tried gochujang? Well, if not you’re about to meet a seriously delicious new best friend!

What’s Korean gochujang?

Gochujang is a type of chili paste that’s often called the flavor backbone in Korean cooking.

Based on a mixture of dried red chili (gochugaru), fermented rice and soybeans, gochujang is versatile condiment you’ll always want on hand.

It has a mellow heat — although not searingly hot — and a deep savory flavor with a touch of sweetness.

Sweet and Spicy Korean Gochujang Chicken

Once I discovered what is now my favorite brand of gochujang, I keep a jar in the fridge at all times.

While the paste isn’t really an ingredient you’d want to eat straight-up, it’s a fantastic condiment to use when you want to boost the flavor of sauces, salad dressings and soups, much like you’d use miso or hoisin sauce.

My glaze recipe is actually a great little sauce by itself, something to dab on tacos, vegetables or a salad, and it keeps for weeks in the fridge.

Serve this chicken with stir-fried baby bok choy or other greens and short grain rice for a perfect weeknight meal.

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Sweet and Spicy Gochujang Chicken

Karen Tedesco
Super tasty and quick to make – easy Korean gochujang chicken glazed with a quick, sweet and savory sauce.For a fast weeknight meal, slice the chicken and serve in rice bowls with steamed or stir-fried vegetables.
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4.55 from 35 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Chicken
Cuisine Asian
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients

Gochujang Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup (70 g) gochujang paste
  • 1/4 cup (70 g) white miso
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) mirin or honey
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) toasted sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated or pressed
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) grated fresh ginger
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons (45 ml) water
Chicken
  • 2 pounds (900 g) boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup (25 g) very thinly sliced green onion

Instructions 

  • Mix all the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl.
  • Put the chicken in another bowl, add 1/4 cup of the sauce and toss around to coat. Prepare a gas or charcoal grill for medium-hot direct grilling, or place a heavy, lightly oiled skillet over medium-high heat on the stovetop.
  • Cook the chicken about 5 minutes per side, turning frequently, until the chicken is cooked through. Transfer to a cutting board and let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing 1/2-thick.
  • Serve the chicken sprinkled with the green onion and additional sauce drizzled over.

Notes

Extra sauce will keep refrigerated for a week.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 609mg | Potassium: 448mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 110IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 2mg
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11 Comments

  1. Paula Trigg says:

    5 stars
    Lovely flavours. We really enjoyed this. We will definitely be having this on a regular basis.

  2. Is there any substitute for the miso?
    Thanks

  3. I haven’t made this yet it looks so delicious. How long on the stovetop to cook the chicken thighs? Thank you,

    1. Great question! The chicken should cook through in 12-15 minutes total on the stovetop depending on their size, turning them over halfway through.

  4. The link to your favourite gochujang gets blocked by my firewall, so I’m just really curious as to what it could be. I’m on the hunt for the best gochujang, so would love to hear your recommendation!

    1. Hi Jojo – Sorry that link didn’t work for you! My favorite brand is Mother in Law – I buy it at Whole Foods and on Amazon.

  5. This is the best recipe not only for chicken but works well for hangar steak too. The full 1/4 c of gochujang is a little too hot for my husband so I cut that in half, but it’s still delicious and plenty spicy. Be sure to sprinkle plenty of green onions on the cooked chicken as well as on the rice – it really makes the dish! Truly wonderful plate and super simple to make!

  6. Deborah Sykes says:

    Omg, I make this nearly every week! So easy, quick and tasty!!!
    Definitely 5 stars!!