Smoky Seoul Sensation: Dak Bulgogi (Korean BBQ Chicken)


Embark on a culinary adventure with Smoky Seoul Sensation: Dak Bulgogi. This beloved Korean BBQ Chicken dish combines tender, marinated chicken with a symphony of flavors - sweet, savory, and mildly spicy. Grilled to perfection, each bite is a celebration of traditional Korean barbeque artistry, bringing the vibrant tastes of Seoul's street food to your table.

Smoky Seoul Sensation: Dak Bulgogi (Korean BBQ Chicken)

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 1 hour (for marinating)
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4 people
  • Serving Size: Approximately 2 skewers per person

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 310 kcal
  • Protein: 27g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fat: 15g
  • Sodium: 760mg
  • Cholesterol: 80mg



  • 60ml (2 oz) soy sauce
  • 40g (1.4 oz) brown sugar
  • 30ml (1 oz) sesame oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 20g (0.7 oz) ginger, grated
  • 30ml (1 oz) mirin
  • 2 tbsp gochugaru (Korean red chili flakes)
  • 1 Asian pear, grated


  • 900g (2 lbs or 32 oz) boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces

For Serving

  • Green onions, sliced
  • Sesame seeds

Detailed Method of Preparation

  • Prepare the Marinade: In a bowl, combine soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, mirin, gochugaru, and grated pear. Mix well.
  • Marinate the Chicken: Place chicken pieces in the marinade, ensuring each piece is well-coated. Marinate for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  • Grill the Chicken: Preheat a grill or grill pan over medium heat. Thread the chicken onto skewers and grill for about 6-7 minutes per side, until the chicken is cooked through and has nice char marks.
  • Serve: Sprinkle with sliced green onions and sesame seeds. Serve hot.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Marinating Time: For deeper flavor, marinate the chicken overnight.
  • Grill Temperature: Maintain a consistent medium heat to avoid burning the marinade.
  • Alternate Cooking Method: If grilling is not an option, you can cook the chicken in a pan over medium heat.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use chicken breast instead of thighs?

Yes, but keep in mind that thighs are juicier and more flavorful.

What can I use if I don’t have mirin?

A good substitute for mirin is a mix of white wine and sugar.

Is this dish spicy?

The spiciness can be adjusted by the amount of gochugaru used.