Korean “fire chicken” Buldak 불닭

Up for something spicy? Try out this simple, one-pot delicious Korean fire chicken buldak recipe! In Korean, bul refers to “fire” and dak means “chicken”, therefore the name “fire chicken”.  

This super flavorful chicken dish became popular in the early 2000s, and has led to the development of the famous Buldak chicken instant ramen.

Korean fire chicken is a heavily spiced, mildly sweet dish. It’s easy to make and super satisfying! If you are a fan of spicy food, I’m sure you’ll love it.

Ingredients (serves 2):
  • 250g chicken thigh (boneless skinless)
  • 20g (1tbs) Gochujang Korean red chili paste 
  • 1/2 tbs each: hot pepper flakes, soy sauce, sake or cooking wine
  • 2-3 tsb sugar/ honey
  • 2-3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 100ml hot water
  • mozzarella cheese
  • 100g rice cakes, frozen (optional)

Combine gochujang, soy sauce, hot pepper flakes, sugar/honey, sake, minced garlic in a bowl. Cut chicken into bite size piece (~2 cm cubes). Using your hand, mix chicken with marinade. Marinate for 30 min or use immediately.

Heat oil in a non stick pan, stir fry marinated chicken over medium-high heat for 2-3 mins. Then add rice cakes, stir and mix.

Pour in hot water, cook over medium heat (no lid needed), stir occasionally.

Chicken and rice cakes should be done after 10 min, the sauce should become sticky and shiny. If not, switch to high heat and reduce the sauce.

Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top, cook over low heat until cheese melts.

Sprinkle chopped scallion, roasted sesame seeds etc. on top to garnish. Serve immediately when it’s hot!

I enjoy eating buldak directly from the pot. Spicy, flavorful chicken, chewy rice cakes and stretchy cheese…who can resist scrumptious, hearty street food like buldak?

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