Korean Chicken Skewers (Dak Ggochi)
Combine mirin, tamari, sesame oil and garlic in a large bowl. Add chicken and toss to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator, stirring occasionally, for at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.Advertisement
Preheat grill to medium.
Toss mushrooms and scallions with canola oil and salt in a medium bowl. Thread scallions, chicken and mushrooms alternately onto each of 8 skewers, allowing a little space between each ingredient for even cooking.
Oil the grill rack. Grill the skewers, turning once, until the vegetables and chicken are charred and cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes total. Serve with Ssamjang.
Tips: Look for prepared Ssamjang--a thick spicy paste typically served with Korean lettuce wraps--at Korean markets or online. To make your own: Combine 1/2 cup doenjang, 1/4 cup mirin, 3 Tbsp. gochujang, 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds, 2 tsp. toasted sesame oil and 1 clove grated garlic in a small bowl. Makes: 1 cup
The bright red, fiery chile paste gochujang is the quintessential Korean condiment.
To make ahead: Marinate chicken (Step 1) for up to 1 day.
Equipment: Eight 12-inch metal or bamboo skewers
3 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 2 fat, 1/2 other carbohydrate