This spicy Korean chicken is a delicious weeknight meal, with crispy, spicy chicken served on a crispy rice pancake. Great use for leftover cooked rice!
I have mentioned before my love of Korean food, especially anything that involves deliciously spicy Gochujang. I’ve shared some recipes with Gochujang several times before, in this Korean Fire Chicken Cheese Fries.
This Spicy Korean Chicken with Crispy Rice brings together my love of Korean with my love of chicken dishes. Beyond the delicious chicken, is the crispy rice pancake that it’s served with. It’s a great change of pace from the usual and goes perfectly with the spicy chicken.
Ingredients and Substitutions
Chicken – Bone-in/skin on chicken is suggested. I’ve used bone-in/skin-on chicken thighs here, but breasts or drumsticks will also work.
Rice – Note that this recipe calls for short-grain rice. The extra starch that from short grain rice helps to hold the rice together for the crispy rice pancake. Look for sushi rice, CalRose or any rice labeled short grain.
Gochujang – this spicy Korean chili paste is easily found in Asian markets or online. It is the signature Korean flavour, so if you are a fan of Korean food, it’s definitely worth adding to your kitchen.
Mirin – look for mirin in with the soy sauce at your grocery store, or it is available online.
I am a big fan of crispy chicken skin, so that’s how I usually cook up this dish. If you are more of a braising lover, you can adapt how you could this dish to braise your chicken thighs instead. Simply increase the amount of broth to about 1 1/2 cups and instead of removing chicken to a hot oven, partially cover your skillet and simmer for 30-35 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
This is a great dish to use up left-over, cooked rice. It will save you the time of making/cooling the rice before starting this dish, as it will already be cooked and cooled.
You can cook/cool the rice for this dish ahead. Once cooled, just cover (so it doesn’t dry out too much) and leave it in the fridge until you’re ready to cook.
Get the Recipe: Spicy Korean Chicken with Crispy Rice
- 4 bone-in/skin-on chicken thighs
For the Sauce:
- 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, inely chopped
- 1/2-inch slice fresh ginger, peeled, finely grated
- 2 Tablespoons gochujang, (Korean hot pepper paste)
- 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon mirin
- 1 1/2 teaspoon toasted or regular sesame oil
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
For the Crispy Rice:
- 1 1/2 cups cooked short-grain rice, Sushi, CalRose etc.
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3/4 - 1 cup chicken broth
- 3 green onions, white and pale-green parts only, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- Start rice cooking, unless you already have cooled, cooked rice on hand. Once cooked, add to a medium bowl and gently stir in the cumin, garlic powder, and mustard powder. Spread rice out on a parchment-lined, rimmed baking sheet and chill until cold, about 1 hour.
- Make the sauce: In a medium bowl, stir together the onion, garlic, ginger, gochujang, soy sauce, sugar, mirin, sesame oil, and pepper. Set aside.
- When ready to start chicken, preheat oven to 375 F. and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil (for easy clean-up).
- Season chicken with salt. Heat butter and vegetable oil in a medium heavy pot over medium heat. Add chicken and cook, turning occasionally, until golden brown, about 8-10 minutes. Remove chicken to prepared baking sheet and place in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until cooked through.
- Meanwhile, discard fat from skillet. Add the sauce mixture and bring to a simmer. Cook until sauce appears to thin out, about 3 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Add 1/2 of the green onion to the sauce and simmer 3-5 minutes, or until green onion is tender. Taste sauce and season with salt and pepper, as needed. Reduce heat to low and keep warm until chicken is ready, thinning with a splash more broth if sauce gets too thick.
- While sauce is simmering/chicken is in the oven, prepare the crispy rice by heating a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add cooled rice mixture and press in to a round pancake with a spatula. Cook rice cakes, turning halfway through, until crisp, puffed, and golden, about 5 minutes per side or 10 minutes total.
- Transfer rice pancake to a large serving plate or dish. Top crispy rice pancake with cooked chicken pieces from oven, then spoon plenty of warm sauce over-top. Garnish with remaining chopped green onion.
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Hi! I’m Jennifer, a home cook schooled by trial and error and almost 40 years of getting dinner on the table! I love to share my favourite recipes, both old and new, together with lots of tips and tricks to hopefully help make your home cooking enjoyable, stress free, rewarding and of course, delicious!