Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 (10-oz.) bottle gochujang (Korean chili paste)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 pounds skinned and boned chicken thighs, cut into 2-inch pieces
10 to 12 (10-inch) wooden or metal skewers
Vegetable cooking spray
1/2 cup torn fresh cilantro leaves
How to Make It
Stir together first 4 ingredients in a large shallow dish or zip-top plastic freezer bag. Add chicken, turning to coat. Cover or seal, and chill 1 to 3 hours.
Meanwhile, soak wooden skewers in water 30 minutes. (Omit if using metal skewers.) Cut each lemon into 8 wedges.
Coat cold cooking grate of grill with cooking spray, and place on grill. Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade. Thread chicken and lemon wedges alternately onto skewers, leaving a 1/8-inch space between pieces.
Grill kabobs, covered with grill lid, 6 to 8 minutes on each side or until chicken is done. Transfer to a serving platter. Sprinkle with cilantro leaves.
Note: We tested with Annie Chun's Korean Sweet & Spicy Go-Chu-Jang.
I just used the first four ingredients to marinate boneless chicken breasts (for about 3-4 hours) and then we grilled them outside. Very tasty and very easy. The chicken was moist and had a nice zip.
I usually don't have buttermilk in the house and while looking for an ingredient for another recipe, I discovered "saco cultured buttermilk blend" in the baking aisle. It's a powder you reconstitute to make buttermilk as needed and it worked beautifully. Also, only has three ingredients--"sweet cream churned buttermilk, seet dairy whey and lactic acid."
This was so good - my family loved it. The gochujang has such a great flavor and spicy kick. The buttermilk makes it so tender and the lemon adds a really nice brightness. Also, it couldn't be easier. We only let it marinate for about 45 minutes and it still infused a ton of flavor. Will definitely make again, next time letting it marinate for a full 3 hours.
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