The hubbie and I recently ate the most gorgeous Korean food at our local food market and, after being reminded of the wonderful flavour combinations from the area, I thought it was about time I added another recipe to my Korean collection.
You can buy Korean chilli paste from most Asian supermarkets or you can buy it online (I bought mine from souschef.co.uk). It has the most amazing flavour; a little savoury, a little sweet but nice and spicy. I also ordered the Korean chilli powder at the same time but, if you don’t like things too hot, you can leave this out (or if you like it hot but don’t have this ingredient, replace with ½ tsp normal chilli flakes).
This chilli paste is definitely worth investing in and will feature in a few of my upcoming recipes too! For 11sp this dish really is a bargain!
Spicy Korean Chilli Chicken – Dak Galbi
Serves 2 = 11sp in total (5sp for the chicken and marinade and 6sp for the rice)
For the marinade
½ tbsp. gochujang chilli paste
1 tsp Korean red pepper powder (optional if you like it hot – replace with ½ tsp crushed chillies if you don’t have red pepper powder)
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. honey
1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and grated
3 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
1 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
Pinch of salt
For the rest of the dish
400g chicken breast, raw and diced or sliced
1 white onion, finely sliced
1 red pepper, deseeded and finely sliced
2 spring onions, finely sliced
120g basmati rice, dried
½ a small cucumber
½ a small courgette
Splash of white wine vinegar
Combine all of the marinade ingredients with a small dash of water (up to 2 tsp) and stir until the chilli paste has dissolved. Pop the chicken in a large bowl and then add the marinade, coating well. Marinade for at least 30 minutes (or up to 2 hours).
Next pop the rice on the cook. Then either sprialize or julienne peel the courgette and cucumber. Pop into a bowl, top with a little white wine vinegar and toss through. Pop in the fridge until you come to eat.
Next, spray a wok with 1kal and then add the onion and pepper. Season. Fry on a high heat until the onion starts to soften and then add the chicken (reserving the marinade in the bottom of the bowl). Stir fry the chicken for 6-8 minutes until cooked through and then add the rest of the marinade. Reduce the heat and simmer until the chicken is nicely coated in the marinade.
Finally serve the spicy chicken on top of the rice, add the cucumber and courgette salad to the side and top with a sprinkling of spring onions (and a pinch of toasted sesame seeds if you have them).