Have I mentioned how Filipinos love Korean dishes just like this Chicken Bulgogi? The sweet-salty-spicy flavors seem to appeal to most Pinoys. With the recent limited supplies in groceries, I was left with few choices of meat cuts and dinner ideas. I bought skinless chicken thighs that were fast flying off the shelf, I noticed.
I wanted to cook a Korean chicken dish, similar to what we enjoyed when we ate out in the past. It was thinly-sliced, cooked in a sweet-salty, slightly spicy glaze. One sample bite, held up from a tray of sampling dishes to lure customers was not enough. We kept going back to eat more samples, till we ended up going to the restaurant and ordered the entire dish. It was Korean Chicken Bulgogi, or dak bulgogi, I learned later.
Bulgogi in Korean literally means ‘fire meat’, according to Korean food experts. It is a Korean-style grilled or roasted dish. To my delight, it was quick and easy to prepare. We’re still on lockdown here in our state. But I’m not always in the kitchen. So, this fast-cooking meal was ideal. You only need to marinate the meat a few hours, or even overnight. The ingredient list is short and has items that may be in your pantry or are readily available. Instead of the roasting or grilling the way this entrée is famous for, I cooked the chicken stovetop in the griddle skillet.
The hiss and the sizzle from the griddle skillet were tempting and irresistible. The sweet aroma was intoxicating and filled the air. I sliced the shiny chicken into bite-sized pieces. I finished it off by pouring the sauce all over the chicken cuts, then served it with rice. If lockdown life was always this superb, then we may never want to leave the house. Be safe, friends!
Korean Chicken Bulgogi
- Large Grill Skillet; or a large regular skillet or wok
- 1 pound chicken thighs, boneless, skinless You can also use skin-on pieces.
- 4 Tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 Tablespoon calamansi or lemon juiece
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- 1 Tablespoon rice wine or use white wine
- ½ cup chicken broth
- 6 cloves garlic peeled; minced fine
- 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 4 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
- steamed rice
- Wash the chicken pieces in cold, running water. Set aside.
- To marinate chicken: In a large bowl, combine the marinade ingredients: Soy sauce, calamansi (or lemon) juice, brown sugar, honey, rice wine, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, salt and pepper. Mix well. Add the chicken and marinate for 3 hours or overnight. Keep covered in the refrigerator while marinating.
- When ready to cook, remove the chicken pieces from the marinade. Reserve the marinade. Set the liquid aside.To cook: In a large, grill pan, over medium-high heat, add the vegetable oil. When oil is hot enough. add the chicken pieces. Cook the chicken pieces thoroughly, about 8 to 10 minutes, turning the pieces to cook evenly. Lower the heat to medium if the skillet becomes too hot. You don't want the pieces to burn because of the sugar and honey content in the marinade.When the chicken is cooked, transfer to a chopping board and slice into bite-sized pieces, about 1-2 inches in length each.Pour the reserved marinade into the skillet. Add the 1/2 cup chicken broth. When the liquid boils and is slightly reduced in about 1 to 2 minutes, return the sliced cooked chicken. Mix well.Garnish with sesame seeds. Serve warm with rice.
Notes on Nutrition: The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.
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