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Easy Chicken Bulgogi

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

This quick Korean chicken stir fry recipe comes together in no time at all making it perfect for a weeknight meal. Served with rice, it’s hard to beat for ease of preparation and the resulting delicious, distinctive taste.

Overhead view of Chicken Bulgogi in a white bowl garnished with chives

Easy Chicken Bulgogi Recipe

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 bulgogi recipe as well as this tasty beef bulgogi. I’ve been making the former for years. I was hoping the family would like this stir fried Chicken Bulgogi just as much.

Easy chicken bulgoge in a white bowl garnished with a sprig of basil

Quick Korean Chicken Stir Fry Recipe

This easy bulgogi recipe came together quickly. 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. This quick Korean stir fry passed the picky palate test from my family, so I know yours will love it, too. I often skip the sprinkle of sesame seeds, but they make a nice finishing touch, though not always necessary for a weekday meal. 

What is Bulgogi or Bulgoge?

Traditionally, bolgoge is made of marinated pork or beef that’s grilled or cooked as a stir fry on the stove top. It’s a Korean dish that translates to “fire meat” due to its spicy nature. I discovered that a chicken version is just as tasty and the more mainstream versions.

Tips for Making the Best Stir Fry

Stir fry recipes, like this easy chicken bulgogi recipe, are some of the quickest dinners to get on the table. Plus they are extremely versatile. Ingredients can be altered  to what you have on hand by using different aromatics, vegetables, proteins or sauces.

  • First, you’ll want to get all your ingredients ready to go as stir frying goes quickly. Cut up your meat and vegetables. Mince your garlic. Make any marinades or sauces.
  • Use a wok if you own one. A cast iron pan works well, too, or a large saute pan. Whatever pan you choose, it should have a large surface area.
  • For the best results, start with a hot pan. That way, you’ll get a nice sear on your ingredients.
  • Cut your meat into thin slices so they cook quickly.
  • Your vegetables should be of consistent sizes so they will all take the same amount of cooking time.
  • Use an oil with a high smoke point. Olive oil is not ideal for stir frying, but instead use a vegetable or peanut oil.
  • Follow the recipe for the order in which to add your ingredients. Often you will cook the meat first, then remove, and then cook harder vegetables together and softer vegetables together. That way, nothing gets over cooked or mushy.
  • Stir frequently so that each layer of ingredients finishes cooking at the same time. This also helps prevent anything from burning.
  • If your pan is not big enough, an alternative is to cook in batches.

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Overhead view of Chicken Bulgoge in a white bowl garnished with chives

Chicken Bulgogi

A Korean inspired recipe made with chicken

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entree, Chicken
  • Method: Marinating, Stir Fry
  • Cuisine: Korean

Ingredients

  • 46 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
  • 46 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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

Recipe courtesy of my friend, Norm Matthews

 

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36 comments on “Easy Chicken Bulgogi”

  1. I love stir fry for a quick and delicious meal. With garlic and fresh ginger, I know I’d love this chicken!

  2. 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.
    kisses

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

  14. 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 ๐Ÿ˜€

    Cheers
    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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. terrific dish…loved how quick it is to make and just full of deliciousness in every flavorful bite,thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. I am loving all the Asian flavors of this dish… a definite winner. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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

  33. 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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