Chicken Bulgoge #WeekdaySupper

This Chicken Bulgoge was an outstanding twist on one of our favorite Korean pork dishes. Flavored with garlic, ginger and soy, it was a huge hit with my family!

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This is what I called a desperation dinner. I had picked up some boneless, skinless chicken at the market and was uninspired. I spied some ginger root in the veggie drawer and  the kind folks at the Vidalia Onion Committee had just delivered a 10 pound box of gorgeous, jumbo onions to my doorstep. From there my thoughts traveled to Korea, and a favorite pork bulgoge recipe I’ve been making for years. I was hoping the family would like Chicken Bulgoge just as much.
 Chicken Bulgoge | a twist on my favorite Korean pork dish!

This terrific Chicken Bulgoge came together quickly…and even with a bit of spice, the hubby sang its praises. I dialed down the amount of red pepper flakes, but feel free to add more heat if that’s your preference. I skipped the sprinkle of sesame seeds, but they make a nice finishing touch, though not always necessary for a quick weekday meal. I’m participating in Weekday Supper…so make sure to check below for the other magnificent dishes shared this week…and maybe one will inspire you to try something new and memorable for your dinner.

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Chicken Bulgoge


Recipe courtesy of my friend, Norm Matthews

  • 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry or sake
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes (I cut it down to 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 1 large onion, cut into 12ths
  • Toasted sesame seeds to garnish, optional
  • Peanut or olive oil


  1. Mix all ingredients except peanut oil and sesame seeds. Set aside to marinate at least 10 minutes.
  2. In wok or large skillet, heat oil. Add marinated chicken/onions in batches, frying till no longer pink. When all batches are cooked, return chicken to pan to reheat.
  3. Serve over rice with a garnish of sesame seeds if desired.

Yield: 4 servings

    Cook time: 15 minutes

      Total time: 35 minutes


        Nutrition Facts
        Serving Size
        Amount Per Serving As Served
        Calories 2314kcal Calories from fat 784
        % Daily Value
        Total Fat 87g 134%
        Saturated Fat 15g 75%
        Transfat 0g
        Cholesterol 993mg 331%
        Sodium 4234mg 176%
        Carbohydrate 52g 17%
        Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
        Sugars 33g
        Protein 315g

        Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

        Calories 2000
        Total Fat Less than 65g
        Sat Fat Less than 25g
        Cholesterol Less than 300mg
        Sodium Less than 2,400mg
        Total Carbohydrate 300g
        Dietary Fiber 25g
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        1. I love stir fry for a quick and delicious meal. With garlic and fresh ginger, I know I’d love this chicken!

        2. Adriana Martin (@AsBestRecipes) says:

          What a great combination and so easy I need to try this recipe soon!

        3. Great flavors and sounds like a nice quick meal:@)

        4. I love the flavors in this dish Liz!

        5. Your inspired chicken dish sounds great.

        6. Oh my goodness, I would love this. It’s amazing to me how a dish’s name can draw you. At first, my brain read bulldog, but as soon as I realized it was Asian, I was interested. I adore garlic and ginger together. If Bill liked this, there’s hope for Sophie!

        7. That’s a meal of inspiration, not desperation!

        8. Right up my alley! Spicy and asian, all favorites!

        9. SPICY! Love love love it!

        10. Lizzy, so glad to see you’re back…been following your posts on facebook. Glad you had a memorable and fun event!

          I agree with you on quick and easy chicken stir-fry dinners; love the flavor and spices, and still so much better and healthier than ‘take-out’! xoxo

        11. Simple and easy stir fries are amazing coz they bring out all the flavors of the dish and its key ingredient. I am loving this stir fry that is also so quick to fix!

        12. Dear friend Liz.
          This chicken must have been a delicious meal, I’ve done a similar one here at home and everyone loved. Very tasty and healthy. A little burning also does very well.

        13. Sounds perfect! I love quick, easy suppers.

        14. Hotly Spiced says:

          This looks like a dish that’s full of flavour. Pork/chicken – both work well with ginger and garlic. I’m so happy to hear that everyone including Bill enjoyed their dinner. I hope your dog is recovering well xx

        15. How could everyone not enjoy their dinner, you are too good at flavouring and presentation 😀

          Choc Chip Uru

        16. I have never done much with Korean food, but this might be given a try!

        17. I’ll eat ginger in anything! This is such a nice recipe – it’s loaded with flavor. And super easy! Just what one needs sometimes. Thanks for this.

        18. I love this dish! Looks delicious!

        19. What a great desperation dinner! I loved hearing about your thought process. You are good at improvising! Thank you for sharing Liz!

        20. Fresh ginger with chicken is always a sure-fire winner! Soy sauce goes well with the combo, too =)

        21. I’m loving your desperation dinner! This is such a quick dish to put together with ingredients that you have on hand. 🙂 Lovely flavors here.

        22. Do you know what I would do for a box of vidalia onions? No? It’s probably a good thing because I’d embarrass myself. I love your dinner and it’s with desperation that I can’t have it! 🙂

        23. Kumar's Kitchen says:

          terrific dish…loved how quick it is to make and just full of deliciousness in every flavorful bite,thanks for sharing 🙂

        24. Yeah, you’re finally cooking again! I think we better check each other out more often as I tend to miss your post :< Nice one, Liz!

        25. i love quick and delicious dishes like this. Yum!

        26. oh my gosh I want to eat ALLLLL of this right now,

        27. Intrigued by the name of this dish. It looks delicious.

        28. Ah yes, another contest that we Canucks are left in the dust! Fret not, we’re fine…sigh!!!
          I had no idea this gorgeous sexy cocktail was invented in Venice! What a lovely way to remember such a gorgeous city! Strawberries and Prosecco sound perfectly paired too,

        29. when in doubt-always chicken 🙂

        30. That’s my kind of meal!

        31. I am loving all the Asian flavors of this dish… a definite winner. 🙂

        32. Easy, quick and delicious! I can see this one in my future.

        33. Stir fries are one of my favorite go to meals and I have chicken in the freezer. Bingo!!

        34. Liz, this is a delicious marinade! Thank you! I added fresh spinach leaves to our bowls and considered that made the chicken bulgoge with brown jasmine rice a one-dish meal! I can’t wait to make this with a pork tenderloin now.


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