Pineapple Dak Bulgogi (Pineapple Korean BBQ Chicken)

Pineapple Dak Bulgogi (Pineapple Korean BBQ Chicken)

Bulgogi is a Korean barbecue dish where the meat is first marinated in a marinade that is just packed with flavour. When I make bulgogi , the marinade often includes a grated Asian pear and or apple to help tenderize the meat and add a bit of sweetness along with some extra flavour. The last time that I made dak bulgogi , the chicken version of bulgogi, I was thinking about the use of the fruit in the marinade and it reminded me of tacos al pastor , a Mexican slow roasted pork dish where the pork is often marinated in pineapple. I enjoy those tacos al pastor so much that I just had to try a pineapple version of dak bulgogi! For the recipe, I took the dak bulgogi recipe and replaced the Asain pear and/or apple with diced pineapple and the bit of juice that was at the bottom of the container of the freshly peeled pineapple that I used. When I cooked the chicken I threw the marinade, including the diced pineapple into, the pan as well so that I would still have those pineapple chunks in the finished dish.

The sweet and tangy pineapple worked so amazingly well in the gochujang spiced version of the dak bulgogi! The juicy pieces of pineapple were perfect in amongst the heat of the chicken. I made a really large batch of this stuff and I am looking forward to experimenting with it for the rest of the week!

Pineapple Dak Bulgogi (Pineapple Korean BBQ Chicken)

Pineapple Dak Bulgogi (Pineapple Korean BBQ Chicken)

Servings: 4
  • 1 pound chicken breast (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup gochujang
  • 5 cloves garlic (grated)
  • 1 inch ginger (grated)
  • 1 small onion (grated)
  • 1 cup pineapple pieces & their juice
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 green onions (chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (toasted and crushed)
  1. Mix everything in a freezer bag and marinate for an hour.
  2. Grill, saute or stir fry the chicken and pineapple pieces until cooked.

Tip: Place the chicken breasts in the freezer for an hour or two to stiffen them up a bit and they will be much easier to slice thinly.


Sandi said...

that sounds really good but what is gochujang? I have never even heard of it.

Rose said...

This looks really great, Kevin!

And Sandi, gochujang is a fermented Korean hot pepper paste and can easily be found in Asian supermarkets.

The Duo Dishes said...

An easy, one pot meal. You can make ethnic simple to replicate with recipes like this.

Catherine said...

Wow this look absolutely scrumptious!
I'm going to go to the market get gochujang and make this soon!

Jane said...

This is a must-try. I'm embarrassed to admit I love Korean BBQ sauce so much that I've been known to sip it from the bottle!

elra said...

That Pineapple Bulgogi make me drool. Looks delicious!

Memória said...

What a lovely color! This dish looks fantastic.

Cynthia said...

This looks and sounds so amazing! I would never have thought to use pineapple in bulgogi! I'll definitely have to try making this!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

This looks marvelous! What a beautiful color! Yummy!



Ana Powell said...

This looks absolutely delicious, I want to make it too.
I need to look for the Gochujang hot pepper paste.
Awesome dish and photos x

Ana Powell said...

Hi, me again.
Could you please tell me, which Gochujang paste have you used, the hot pepper paste or the hot bean paste?

Joanne said...

That chicken looks like it is bursting with flavor! I need to start cooking Korean food more...this looks amazing.

Jan said...

Now this looks amazing! Fantastic idea to use pineapple!

Monica said...

So excited to try this!!! I went to a small Korean restaurant once for takeout and got chicken bulgogi. Then I went to a sit-down place in another state and they told me chicken bulgogi doesn't exist! This sounds SO GOOD!!! thank you! :)

♥peachkins♥ said...

Dak Bulgogi must be more delicious with pineapple!

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TaGa_Luto said...

Hi, Kevin! This really looks so delicious! I'm bookmarking this. Thanks for the share.

Fearless Kitchen said...

Using the pineapple here is a great idea!

Priti said...

Oh boy looks at attractive..gr8 work Kevin

Eric said...

Was thinking of making your regular dak bulgogi and then this one comes up! Looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

Grumpy and HoneyB said...

I definitely want to try this recipe!

Mr. Pineapple man said...

looks delicious!! anything with pineapple tastes great!

innBrooklyn said...

This looks delicious. I love bulgogi but its one of those recipes I've never made at home: i think its time to change that!

Kevin said...

Ana Powell: It is a hot pepper paste. It commonly comes in red plastic tubs as seen here.

Ana Powell said...

Hi Kevin
Many thanks.
I could not resist and went straight from work to my oriental food store to get it.
I am really looking forward to cook your dish.
Have a great weekend x

meeso said...

That chicken is full of flavor, yum!

Tamar1973 said...

That looks so yummy, what a wonderful Korean fusion recipe!

James said...

wow pretty amazing.

theminx said...

I'm surprised the pineapple didn't make the chicken mushy. I would caution marinating the meat more than one hour, because the bromelain in the fruit might "digest" the meat fibers. Of course, this is only true of fresh pineapple - canned or cooked won't have the same effect.

That said, the recipe looks amazing and I plan on trying it. :) I even have a fresh bottle of gochujang in the fridge.

Ana Powell said...

Hi Kevin
I hope you are well.
Finally, I posted your recipe.
Many thanks for your wonderful dish.
I`ll do again.
Have a great week ♥

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