Korean Chicken Skewers (Dak Ggochi)


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.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 35 mins
4 servings


  • 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 (3/4 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)


  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 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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

329 Calories
19g Fat
14g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 2 skewers & 1 1/2 Tbsp. sauce
Calories 329
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 7g
Added Sugars 4g 8%
Protein 25g 50%
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Vitamin A 352IU 7%
Vitamin C 6mg 6%
Folate 34mcg 8%
Sodium 686mg 30%
Calcium 50mg 4%
Iron 3mg 14%
Magnesium 40mg 10%
Potassium 418mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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