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Chicken ssäm skewers

Chicken ssäm skewers recipe - For chicken ssäm, combine all ingredients except chicken in a large bowl, then add chicken and mix well to coat. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate overnight to marinate.

By Emma Knowles
  • Serves 8
  • 20 mins preparation
  • 10 mins cooking plus marinating
Chicken ssäm skewers
Chicken ssäm skewers

Ssäm is Korean for "wrapped"; butter lettuce makes a good wrap for this chicken and its trimmings. We also used sesame leaves we found at a Korean grocer, which add another shot of flavour. Begin this recipe a day ahead to marinate the chicken.
 

Ingredients

    Chicken ssäm skewers
    • 50 gm gochujang (see note)
    • 50 gm ssämjang (see note)
    • 1½ tbsp rice vinegar
    • 1½ tbsp sesame oil
    • 1 tbsp finely grated ginger
    • 1.2 kg chicken thigh fillets, cut into bite-sized pieces
    Kimchi dressing
    • 100 ml vegetable oil
    • 2 tbsp brown rice vinegar
    • 1 tbsp soy sauce
    • 1 tbsp sesame oil
    • 1 tbsp finely grated ginger
    • 60 gm finely chopped kimchi, plus extra (optional), to serve

    Method

    Main
    • 1
      For chicken ssäm, combine all ingredients except chicken in a large bowl, then add chicken and mix well to coat. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate overnight to marinate.
    • 2
      For kimchi dressing, whisk ingredients except kimchi in a bowl to combine. Stir in kimchi and refrigerate for up to 5 days.
    • 3
      Heat a char-grill pan or barbecue and thread chicken onto skewers (soak wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes first). Drizzle with oil and grill, turning occasionally, until charred and cooked through (6-7 minutes). Serve hot with kimchi dressing, extra kimchi, rice, cucumber, spring onion and lettuce.

    Notes

    Gochujang (Korean chilli paste) and ssämjang (Korean dipping sauce) are available from Asian grocers.
    Drink Suggestion: Cold lager Drink suggestion by Max Allen

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    • Author: Emma Knowles