These Korean-style chicken skewers are made with marinated chicken, grilled and brushed with delicious Gochujang sauce. This easy recipe comes together using just 8 main ingredients plus garnishes. Marinate, prep and cook in just 45 minutes for a quick and yummy dinner!
You'll enjoy the vibrant and bold flavors of Korean cuisine with just a handful of ingredients, minimal prep and cook time, and flexible marinade time.
These tasty chicken skewers pair well with rice and a veggie for a complete meal.
★ Why You'll Love this Recipe ★
These Korean-style chicken skewers do in fact taste as goods as they look.
Tender chunks of chicken are marinated in honey-gochujang sauce then lightly grilled and coated with a second layer of sauce before serving.
The result? Crispy, caramelized edges and juicy, flavorful meat. Garnished with sesame seeds and green onions, they will dazzle both your eyes and your taste buds!
Pair these saucy chicken pieces with streamed broccoli and cooked rice for an amazing meal, that's ready in no time!
From marinade to plate only takes 45 minutes. You can lengthen the marinade time to infuse more flavor and to save time. Prep the chicken the night before so it's ready to grill the next day and dinner is ready in under 20 minutes.
★ Ingredients You'll Need ★
This recipe is very simple. The marinade doubles as a sauce, streamlining prep time.
Here's everything you'll need:
Chicken Marinade and Sauce:
- Chicken breast. You'll want to cut into uniform 1" cubes for even cooking.
- Garlic. I like to use garlic paste to save tije but you can use fresh cloves or minced garlic as well.
- Gochujang chili paste. This is a Korean staple which adds a blend of sweet, savory, and spicy flavors.
- Honey. Sugar or brown sugar can be used in place of honey if prefered.
- Rice vinegar. This adds tangy and tenderizes the chicken.
- Ginger. I like to use ginger paste to save time but fresh grated ginger works nicely as well.
- Soy sauce. I prefer low sodium soy sauce so that salt does not over power.
- Sesame oil. This adds lovely flavor and prevent sticking as well.
- Green onions. Slice at an angle for a more elegant look!
- White sesame seeds. I prefer to buy them pre-toasted. You can also use them untoasted or toast them very briefly in a toaster oven. About 1 minute will do until they are light golden brown. Remove them from the hot baking pan quickly as they will continue to toast on the hot pan. No need to grease or line the pan.
- Rice. Cooked, warm white rice. Short grain rice aka "sushi rice" is typically served with Korean foods.
- Broccoli or other veggies. Steamed or grilled.
★ How to Make this Recipe ★
★ Tips & FAQs ★
What does Gochujang taste like?
Gochujang is a Korean fermented red chili paste, and its taste is a harmonious blend of sweet, savory, and spicy flavors.
The primary ingredients in gochujang include red chili peppers, glutinous rice, fermented soybeans, and salt.
The paste undergoes a fermentation process, which contributes to its complex and rich taste.
Are there any substitutions I can make?
You can use boneless chicken thighs instead of breasts. Cook time may vary. Check for a temperature of 165ºF using a meat thermometer.
Can I make this recipe ahead of time?
You can marinate the chicken for up to 24 hours before cooking.
What is the key to maximum flavor?
The key to infusing flavor lies in the marination process. The chicken is infused with sweet, savory, and spicy notes and is tenderized at the same time so the texture is more enjoyable as well.
How can I adjust the spice level to my liking?
The spice level can be adjusted by varying the amount of gochujang in the marinade. You can increase or decrease the quantity based on your preference for spiciness.
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
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Korean Chicken Skewers
Chicken and Marinade
- 1 lb chicken breast cut into 1 inch cubes
- 3 tablespoon garlic paste
- ¼ cup gochujang chili paste
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 tablespoon rice vinegar
- ½ tablespoon ginger paste
- ½ cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoon sesame oil divided
- 2 green onions sliced
- 2 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 2 cups cooked white rice
- 2 cups steamed broccoli
- Make the marinade and sauce. In a large bowl combine garlic, gochujang, honey, rice vinegar, ginger, soy sauce, and 1 tablespoon sesame oil.Pour half of the mixture to use as sauce, into a ziploc bag or tupperware container, and refrigerate for later.To the bowl with remaining mixture, add in chicken breast cubes and toss to coat. Cover and place in the fridge to marinate for at least one hour or overnight.
- Soak skewers in water so they don’t burn when connected to the heat. Soak for at least 30 minutes.
- Grill chicken. Prep grill or griddle with remaining sesame oil. Heat to about 375ºF.Make your skewers by placing the marinated chicken cubes onto each one. About 4-5 cubes per skewer, loosely touching.Place skewers on grill cooking for 5-7 minutes per side or until internal temp reaches 165ºF.
- Prepare sauce (while chicken is cooking). Add marinade from the ziplock bag to a small saucepan. Heat on low to warm.When chicken is done, brush chicken skewers generously with heated marinade sauce.
- Serve skewers hot with cooked white rice and steamed broccoli. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.