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Korean Chicken with Bulgogi Marinade

A super easy and delicious way to serve up chicken in a Korean bulgogi marinade featuring only 5 ingredients: soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil, brown sugar and Asian pear.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Korean
Keyword bulgogi
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
marinating 2 hours
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 288 kcal
Author Carrie Hack


  • 1/2 Asian pear grated or 1/2 cup of pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1.5 lbs of chicken boneless thighs and/or breasts


  1. Cut the Asian pear in half, peel off the skin and grate with a basic cheese grater (this will yield about 1/2 cup of fruit pulp and juice). Add 1/3 cup of soy sauce, 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, 5 minced or pressed garlic cloves and 1 tablespoon of sesame oil.
  2. Mix all the marinade ingredients together and pour over the chicken. Marinate for at least two hours or overnight (only two hours if you are using pineapple).

  3. Remove chicken from the marinade and grill. Discard the marinade. Cook the chicken about 5 to 6 minutes per side or until you've reached an internal temperature of 160° to 165°.