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Korean Style Chili-Garlic BBQ Gochugaru Marinade for Chicken

Korean Style Chili-Garlic BBQ Gochugaru Marinade for Chicken

Korean Gochugaru Marinade combines this bright red chile powder: Gochugaru – a medium-spicy coating to drench chicken prior to grilling with additional garlic & ginger. Finger-Licking Good!

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Let’s learn about Korean Gochugaru Chiles – and make a chile-laced marinade, let it bath in it overnight (or at least 6 hours) – then grill to perfection!

Gochugaru Chile powder (a key ingredient in kimchi) has a different flavor profile from the chile powder you typically find on Western supermarket shelves. It’s not too fiery-spicy, but it has more of a continuous, long-lasting heat with more fruity, smokey and sweet tones.
These dried chiles vary in size ranging from powder to flakes.

Where as Gochujang is a readymade chili paste (NOT GOCHUGARU!) that is a savory, sweet, and spicy fermented condiment popular in Korean cooking.
I do not care for the commercial Gochujang varieties – too many preservatives and many use corn syrup (or other sugars) for the first ingredient, and most contain gluten (wheat.)

So – I’m using Wonderful Gochugaru Chiles (easily found on Amazon and online) and creating my own marinade with better and flavorful ingredients!
Like it a tad sweet? Add honey to the marinade and baste the chicken at the end ~ the perfect glaze.

Ingredients for Gochugaru Marinade
Ingredients for Korean Gochugaru Marinade
Korean Gochugaru Marinade for Chicken
Korean Gochugaru Marinade for Chicken

In a small food processor or blender add: Gochugaru Chiles, Garlic, Ginger, Onion, Tomato Paste, Rice Wine Vinegar, Sesame Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut Palm Sugar, Sea Salt and Filtered Water. Blitz until creamy…done! 

I love adding a glaze at the last few minutes of cooking.
Remove 2T. of the marinade and add 1 tablespoon of honey – simply glaze the chicken at the last step.
Marinating Chicken with Korean Gochugaru Marinade
Marinating Chicken with Korean Gochugaru Marinade – recipe will coat up to 5 pounds of chicken 
Up close - Grilled Chicken with Korean Gochugaru Marinade
Up close – Grilled Chicken with Korean Gochugaru Marinade
About Gochugaru:

There are two types of gochugaru that Koreans use: fine powder and flakes.
The finer powder variety is used when you want to achieve a smooth paste.
For kimchi, many mix fine powder and flakes to balance color, texture and taste.
I have used coarsely ground Gochugaru; between a flake and a powder in this marinade.

The spicy taste of many Korean foods largely comes down to one key ingredient: Gochugaru (red chili flakes or red pepper powder). Gochugaru is typically made by drying Korean red chili peppers in the sun, de-seeding them and crushing them into flakes.

Enjoy this special recipe ~ store your Gochugaru chiles in a cool and dry place or in the freezer.
Karen

Korean Style Chili-Garlic BBQ Gochugaru Marinade for Chicken

Korean Style Chili-Garlic BBQ Gochugaru Marinade for Chicken

Spicy, Sharp and Flavorful Marinade. Korean Gochugaru Marinade combines this bright red chile powder: Gochugaru. A medium-spicy coating to drench chicken prior to grilling with Garlic & Ginger. Finger-Licking Good! See Glaze recipe below.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 servings; Makes 1/2 cup
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Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons ground Gochujang Chile*
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger peeled, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh garlic peeled, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion peeled and diced
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar (can use lime juice)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar or light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon roasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon filtered water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (more will be used to sprinkle on chicken)

Instructions

Gochugaru Marinade for Chicken Ingredients:

  • Add all ingredients to a small food processor. Run machine until smooth with a little texture, about 1 minute.
    Can use a blender - but works best with a doubled recipe.

Marinade Chicken & How to Grill:

  • The full recipe marinates about 5 pounds of bone-in, cut up chicken.
  • Clean and dry chicken. Take out 2 T. of the marinade and SET ASIDE in a small bowl for the glaze.
    Add marinade and rub it over and under the skin. Add to a large bowl, marinate and cover overnight the refrigerator, or at least 6 hours.
  • Preheat your grill, set to moderate heat. Brush the grill with neutral oil. Add the pieces - and let develop a nice dark color, then turn over with tongs. Watch for flare-ups, especially when skin side down. Turn the heat down to low and cook on the second side* until chicken has cooked through and registers 165° in an instant read or meat thermometer.

* Glaze for the Chicken:

  • Add 1 tablespoons of honey (I use local raw honey) to the reserved 2 T. of marinade. Brush over the chicken in the final 10 minutes of cooking.

Garnishes:

  • Garnish with chopped chives and or thyme. Garnish with thyme branches and serve with lime wedges.

Notes

Gochujang Chile* - this popular Korean ingredient is fruity and smokey with a mild-medium heat. The texture is between a powder and a flake. Offers a bright red hue with moderate heat. Find online and on Amazon.  
This recipe may not be reproduced without the consent of its author, Karen Sheer.
COURSE: Asian condiment
CUISINE: Korean
KEYWORDS: Gochujang Chile Marinade, Korean marinade
Nutrition Facts
Korean Style Chili-Garlic BBQ Gochugaru Marinade for Chicken
Amount per Serving
Calories
31
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
2
g
3
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Sodium
 
254
mg
11
%
Potassium
 
36
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
2
g
1
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
213
IU
4
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
6
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Korean Style Chili-Garlic BBQ Gochugaru Marinade for Chicken

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    • Saqib raza
    • 17 Jun 2022
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    5 stars
    Looks really good 👍

    1. Reply

      Thank you!! I’m slicing cold leftovers for a salad.

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