Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Hands-on Time
35 Mins
Total Time
1 Min
Makes 6 to 8 servings

Gochujang is a Korean condiment with tons of bright, peppery flavor. It's made with chile peppers but is sweet enough for kids. Try it on grilled meat or stirred into mayonnaise for a sandwich. If you'd like, swap pieces of pork tenderloin or sirloin steak for the chicken.

How to Make It

Step 1

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.

Step 2

Meanwhile, soak wooden skewers in water 30 minutes. (Omit if using metal skewers.) Cut each lemon into 8 wedges.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

Note: We tested with Annie Chun's Korean Sweet & Spicy Go-Chu-Jang.

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Ratings & Reviews

LAFriedman's Review

July 05, 2014
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."

LlibaK's Review

August 17, 2014
Very good!!

anaorange's Review

June 03, 2014
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.