Dakkochi (Korean Chicken Skewers) are a common street food in South Korea. The chicken is marinated and basted in a sweet soy glaze. I used an indoor countertop grill and the chicken still came out tender and succulent. Serve these with rice and gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste).
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Gochujang is used in many Korean dishes and as a condiment. It is made by aging red pepper, glutinous rice, fermented soybeans, and salt in a clay pot in the sun. I was able to find gochujang in the grocery store, but it is also available at many Asian food markets and on Amazon: Gochujang.
The Asian pear is native to Japan, Korea, and China. Other common names include Japanese/Korean/Chinese pear, apple pear, sand pear, and nashi pear. Compared to western pears, Asian pears are more crisp and juicy. They bruise easily, so be careful with storage (in a cool, dry place). Pick ripe pears by their strong, sweet smell. Avoid those that are bruised and soft. In Asian cooking, they are often ground and used in sauces/marinades as a sweetener. They are high in vitamin C and fiber.
Dakkochi (Korean Chicken Skewers)
Adapted from Closet Cooking
- 1 pound chicken breasts
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 inch ginger peeled
- 1/2 small onion
- 1/2 Asian pear
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 green onion chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Grate the garlic, ginger, onion, and pear. Place in large bowl or freezer bag. Mix in the soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, green onion, and ground black pepper.
- Cut the chicken into 1 inch pieces and combine with the marinade. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
- If using wooden skewers, soak in water for at least 30 minutes to prevent them from burning.
- Skewer the chicken and set aside.
- Strain the marinade through a fine mesh sieve into a small saucepan. Simmer on medium heat until slightly thickened, 5-10 minutes.
- Grill the chicken until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Baste occasionally while cooking with the thickened marinade.
- If using a counter top grill, cooking time is about 4-5 minutes total on medium high heat.