Korean Chicken Skewers (Dak Ggochi)

Korean Chicken Skewers (Dak Ggochi)

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From: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2017

Skewers are a popular Korean street food. The easy marinade in this healthy chicken recipe adds flavor, fast, to chicken thigh pieces. Serve as a platter for a party or as main dish with brown rice.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium tamari
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, grated
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut crosswise into 24 strips ( ¾ inch wide)
  • 12 large shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and halved
  • 24 3-inch-long pieces scallion (from 2-3 bunches), white & light green parts only
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons Ssamjang (see Tips)


  • Prep

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  1. 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.
  2. Preheat grill to medium.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 ½ cup doenjang, ¼ 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

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 2 skewers & 1½ Tbsp. sauce
  • Per serving: 329 calories; 19 g fat(3 g sat); 3 g fiber; 14 g carbohydrates; 25 g protein; 34 mcg folate; 76 mg cholesterol; 7 g sugars; 4 g added sugars; 352 IU vitamin A; 6 mg vitamin C; 50 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 686 mg sodium; 418 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 2 fat, ½ other carbohydrate

Reviews 1

May 09, 2017
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By: Carolyn Malcoun
I can't wait to grill these up at my next summer bbq!
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