Spicy chicken


2 teaspoons soju

2 teaspoons sugar

1 teaspoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon gochujang

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1/2 teaspoon grated garlic

260 grams (9 ounces) skin-on boneless chicken thighs


In a small bowl, combine the soju, sugar, soy sauce, gochujang, sesame oil and grated garlic, stirring to combine. Lightly salt both sides of the chicken.

Place the chicken skin side down on a cold skillet. Place a cast iron skillet or pot filled with water on top of the chicken to weigh it down. Put the skillet on the stove and cook over medium low heat until the skin side is uniformly golden brown and crisp (about 8-10 minutes).

Remove the weight and flip the chicken over.

Drain as much oil from the pan as you can, then turn up the heat to high and pour the sauce mixture in around the chicken, being careful not to get any on the crisp skin.

Let the sauce boil down until it’s thick and bubbly, and then flip the chicken over a few times to coat both sides of the chicken with the thick glaze.

Slice and serve the chicken immediately with steamed rice.

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