Spicy Gochujang Chicken Stir Fry

Korean inspired gochujang chicken is a delicious stir fry recipe with sweet and spicy sauce. Gochujang paste gives this Korean stir fry its distinctive flavour, while red chillies spice it up and honey add some sweetness. So if you’re in the mood for something Asian but also want something a little different, give this recipe a try. It’s certainly bursting with amazing flavours.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Gochujang chicken Korean stir fry. You will love this Korean inspired meal with sweet and spicy sauce.

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Gochujang chicken is sweet, spicy and very savoury. It’s a typical Korean inspired stir fry which looks so appetizing served in butter lettuce leaves with rice and Korean garnishes.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Gochujang chicken Korean stir fry. You will love this Korean inspired meal with sweet and spicy sauce.

Gochujang Chicken Ingredients

You don’t need a lot of ingredients for this tasty Korean stir fry with sweet and spicy sauce. Along with chicken, you will need gochujang paste, honey, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, onions, and chillies. Swap the honey for sweetener or sugar if preferred.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Gochujang chicken Korean stir fry. You will love this Korean inspired meal with sweet and spicy sauce.

It’s up to you how you serve Gochujang chicken, but I recommend white rice, butter lettuce, sesame seeds, green onions, and pickled ginger.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Gochujang chicken Korean stir fry. You will love this Korean inspired meal with sweet and spicy sauce.
Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Gochujang chicken Korean stir fry. You will love this Korean inspired meal with sweet and spicy sauce.

How to Make this Korean Stir Fry

Make the sweet and spicy sauce by whisking the gochujang paste, soy sauce, honey, oil, vinegar, and water together. Next, pound the chicken and season it with garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper, then chop it up.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Gochujang chicken Korean stir fry. You will love this Korean inspired meal with sweet and spicy sauce.

Heat some oil then fry the chicken, onions and chillies for several minutes or until cooked through, and serve with your preferred sides.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Gochujang chicken Korean stir fry. You will love this Korean inspired meal with sweet and spicy sauce.

What to Serve with

You can serve this Korean chicken stir fry over a bed of steamed white. For side dishes you could consider a tasty fried rice, Asian cucumber salad, Korean garlic bread, Korean glass noodles, steamed or stir-fried vegetables or even kimchi. If you are making a Korean food spread, some Korean hot dogs would be a fun addition.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Gochujang chicken Korean stir fry. You will love this Korean inspired meal with sweet and spicy sauce.

Leftovers will keep for several days in the refrigerator and you can warm them back up in the microwave or in the stove. However, this is so tasty I bet you’ll have a second helping of this yummy stir fry and no leftovers!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Gochujang chicken Korean stir fry. You will love this Korean inspired meal with sweet and spicy sauce.

What is Gochujang Paste and How Does It Taste?

Gochujang is a Korean chili paste. It’s a bright red, fermented, thick paste which features in a lot of Korean stir fry recipes as well as dipping sauces and marinades.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Gochujang chicken Korean stir fry. You will love this Korean inspired meal with sweet and spicy sauce.
Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Gochujang chicken. This Korean stir fry makes a quick 30 minute meal.

It offers a touch of spice but it’s not very spicy overall. In fact, gochujang is much milder than jalapenos, for example. The ingredients in this paste include 3-month fermented soy beans, chilli powder, glutinous rice, and barley malt powder. The glutinous rice is what gives it a slightly sweet taste.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Gochujang chicken. This Korean stir fry makes a quick 30 minute meal.

You might have heard of bibimbap, which is one of the most famous Korean dishes. This is made with rice, veggies, gochujang, and sesame oil. Gochujang also features in Crockpot ramen soup.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Gochujang chicken. This Korean stir fry makes a quick 30 minute meal.

5 Curious Facts about Korean Cuisine

  1. No other country ferments their food as much as the Koreans! From fermented fish to kimchi, these dishes are very popular there. They’ve been fermenting for more than two thousand years! The main reason is probably the cold, harsh Korean winters which made it hard back then to get fresh vegetables and other fresh ingredients.
  2. Bean pastes have also been around for thousands of years in Korea, probably even longer than kimchi.
  3. The Korean word for rice is ‘bap’ and it was used in ancient times as currency there. Interestingly, milk was also difficult to get and was mainly served in the Royal household all those years ago.
  4. Many Korean recipes are vegetarian. The reason for this is Buddhism is one of Korea’s most common religions, so temple food is meat-free. Koreans also view food as medicine, to an extent, which is why a typical diet involves consuming plenty of vegetables and herbs.
  5. Korean food is balanced, but not in the way you might think. Meals tend to be contrasting and colourful. The five elements, which are fire, earth, water, wood, and metal, are represented by the colours red, yellow, black, blue, and white. Colourful ingredients combine to make Korean meals and the five essential flavours – salty, sweet, bitter, hot, and sour, also feature in many traditional dishes.
Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Gochujang chicken. This Korean stir fry makes a quick 30 minute meal.
Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Gochujang chicken. This Korean stir fry makes a quick 30 minute meal.

Gochujang Stir Fry FAQs

How long does gochujang keep in the refrigerator?

This isn’t an ingredient you’ll be using every day, so it’s good to know that an opened tub should be fine for up to 2 years when kept refrigerated.

What is special about Korean food?

The cuisine of Korea is actually one of the healthiest in the world. Tofu, garlic, beans, and kimchi are ubiquitous, along with a variety of seafood, meats and vegetables. Korean inspired dishes are usually served with short grain rice rather than long grain. If you’re new to Korean stir fry recipes, try this one first, since it’s so easy and also so tasty!

Can you use something other than chicken to make this?

Yes, absolutely! It also works with shrimp, beef or pork, or you could use tofu for a vegetarian take on the dish. Something more unusual like duck would likely also work, so let me know if you make your own version and how it tastes!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Gochujang chicken. This Korean stir fry makes a quick 30 minute meal.

This gochujang stir fry chicken is sure to become a favourite dinner recipe, especially for busy weeknights.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Gochujang chicken. This Korean stir fry makes a quick 30 minute meal.

Spicy Gochujang Chicken Stir Fry Recipe

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Gochujang chicken Korean stir fry. You will love this Korean inspired meal with sweet and spicy sauce.

Spicy Gochujang Chicken Stir Fry

5 from 5 votes
Course: Main Course, Meals
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 151kcal
Author: Bella Bucchiotti
Korean inspired gochujang chicken is a delicious stir fry recipe with sweet and spicy sauce. Gochujang paste gives this Korean stir fry its distinctive flavour. So if you're in the mood for something Asian, give this recipe a try. It's certainly bursting with flavours.
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Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts boneless skinless
  • Cup Gochujang paste
  • ¼ Cup soy sauce low sodium
  • 2 Tablespoon honey
  • 2 Teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 Teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoon water
  • 1 red onion thinly sliced
  • 2 red chilis sliced
  • 2 Stalks green onion cut into 1” pieces

For serving *optional suggestions*

  • white rice
  • butter lettuce
  • sesame seeds
  • green onions sliced
  • pickled ginger

Instructions

  • Place a wok over medium high heat to pre-heat.
  • Prepare sauce. Combine gochujang paste, soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, and water in a bowl and whisk well.
  • Pound out the chicken to ¼” thick. Season with salt, pepper, ginger powder, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes. Cut chicken into 1 ½ ” sections.
  • Next, add 1 tbsp of canola oil to the wok and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the chicken, red onion, green onion, and red chilis to the wok. Stir fry for 5 minutes.
  • Pour in the sauce and toss to coat. Stir fry for 7 to 10 minutes.
  • Serve atop white rice inside of butter lettuce. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions.

Nutrition

Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 633mg | Potassium: 412mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 137IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
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The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

This gochujang stir fry sauce recipe is a wonderful Korean inspired dish. You don’t need a lot of time or different ingredients to make it, and you’ll love the moist chicken, seasonings and mouth-watering sweet and sour sauce.

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  1. Wendy Schmidt wrote:

    5 stars
    Yum! This looks amazing!

    Posted 9.3.22 Reply
  2. Ava S. wrote:

    5 stars
    This recipe was outstanding! Loved it and will definitely make again.

    Posted 2.12.24 Reply