Korean Braised Chicken Thighs

4.52 from 94 votes
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Korean Braised Chicken Thighs use the most flavorful and budget-friendly part of the chicken for a dish you’ll crave again and again! Perfect with Gochujang Eggplant on the side!

Photo of Korean Braised Chicken Thighs in white bowls with rice garnished with scallion and sesame seeds.

I am crazy in love with Korean flavors ever since I published my Korean Braised Beef Short Ribs recipe.  Those short ribs have the amazing flavors of ginger, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar and gochujang.

What is gochujang?

This ingredient is referred to as the “new” Sriracha.  I call it umami in a jar!  It’s a savory, spicy, slightly sweet, fermented Korean condiment made from red chiles, rice, soybeans and salt.  When gochujang first hit the scene, I had a difficult time finding it.  I see it almost everywhere, including the international aisle at my local grocery store.

How to make Korean Braised Chicken Thighs:

The best thing about Korean Braised Chicken Thighs is you get a ton of flavor in less time than from braising beef short ribs.  Yay!

And, if you keep a well-stocked Asian pantry full of ingredients such as soy sauce, sesame oil, mirin, you’ll be able to create any Asian-inspired dish on the fly rather than doing take-out.

  • Start with bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs.
  • Brown in oil in a cast-iron skillet until the skin is nicely browned then move it off to the side onto a plate.
Photo of browned chicken thighs in cast iron skillet.
  • Cook some onion…
  • Add the chicken thighs back to the pan…
  • Then add the amazing sauce combination of chicken broth, soy sauce, gochujang, sesame oil, mirin, ginger, garlic….
  • Simmer, turning a few times until thoroughly cooked through then….
  • Mmmwaahhhh!
Photo of Korean Braised Chicken Thighs in cast iron skillet.
  • There’s some amazing sauce happening around these Korean Braised Chicken Thighs!
Photo of Korean Braised Chicken Thighs in cast iron skillet before being garnished.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and thinly sliced scallion…
Photo of Korean Braised Chicken Thighs in cast iron skillet garnished with scallion and sesame seeds.
  • Serve with brown rice…
Photo of two servings of Korean Braised Chicken Thighs in white bowls on gray background.

Tender, intensely flavorful Korean Braised Chicken Thighs!  Meet your new favorite dinner!  You’ll never crave take-out again!

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Korean Braised Chicken Thighs - Overhead shot of dish in cast iron skillet garnished with scallion and sesame seeds

Korean Braised Chicken Thighs

4.52 from 94 votes

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By: Carol | From A Chef’s Kitchen
Korean Braised Chicken Thighs use the most flavorful and budget-friendly part of the chicken for a dish you’ll crave again and again!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Chicken and Turkey
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4
Calories 514 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cloves garlic - minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup gochujang
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons canola - oil or as needed
  • 4 chicken thighs - on the bone with the skin
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium onion - finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Sesame seeds - for garnish
  • Thinly sliced scallion - for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Whisk together first 7 ingredients: Garlic, ginger, chicken broth, soy sauce, gochujang, mirin and sesame oil. Set aside.
  • Heat oil over medium-high heat in a cast iron or other heavy skillet until shimmering. Season chicken thighs with salt and black pepper.
  • Place chicken thighs in skillet, skin side down and cook 4-5 minutes or until skin is nicely browned. Transfer to a plate.
  • Refresh oil if needed. Add the onion, reduce heat to medium-low and cook 5-6 minutes or until onion is beginning to soften.
  • Return chicken thighs to skillet along with sauce combination. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 25-30 minutes or until chicken thighs are thoroughly cooked through and tender.
  • Using a ladle, transfer some of the liquid to a small bowl and whisk in the cornstarch. Pour into the skillet and continue simmering 2-3 minutes or until thickened.
  • Serve, garnished with sesame seeds and thinly sliced scallion and cooked brown rice.

Notes

LABOR-SAVING TIP: Transfer the sauce mixture to the same bowl you used to mix up the sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 514kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 168mg | Sodium: 1484mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g

These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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38 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made triple the amount of this meal tonight and it was absolutely delicious, I made some adjustments to cut down the calories. I used boneless-skinless thighs, frying oil was 6 tablespoons, I only used 1 tablespoon and cornflour was 3 tablespoons but I used 2.

    1. Hi, Eleni! Thanks so much and so happy you enjoyed! Quite often, when doubling or tripling recipes, it is entirely possible to cut back on some things so good call. Thanks again and I appreciate your taking the time to come back and comment and rate.

  2. 5 stars
    My family loved this chicken. We are new to Gochujang so I used mild. I had 12 thighs and only doubled the sauce cooking everything in 2 pans. Served it with brown jasmine rice and steamed snow peas. Thanks for another great recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was very good! My husband loved it! I cooked 9 thighs and it had a good amount of sauce. Thank you for a great recipe! I can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

    1. Hi, Shabba, Thanks so much for your question. Yes, I don’t see why you can’t. You would want to get the sauced reduced well, so the wings aren’t too “wet.” Thanks again and hope you enjoy!