05.19.22

Gochujang Grilled Chicken Lettuce Wraps

These healthy and tasty Gochujang Grilled Chicken Lettuce Wraps are so easy to make and just bursting with flavor! 

The delicious grilled chicken in this recipe gets its dynamic flavor from a spicy-sweet marinade and glaze with Gochujang as the start — a favorite Korean condiment made from dried ground red chiles, fermented soybeans, and more. It’s packed with umami (or savory) flavor and perfect for keeping in the fridge to make many dishes come to life with a big, bold flavor. 

A little more about Gochujang, it is sold in almost all grocery stores and easily found, but keep in mind that some are spicier than others. I use the Mother In Law “Original” brand in this recipe, and the heat is pretty mild, yet still packed with flavor. Just check the label of whatever Gochujang you find at the store and make sure none of them are labeled as ‘spicy’ because they can pack a ton of heat. 

Now to the recipe — the chicken is marinated in the beautiful Gochujang infused sauce that you’ll also use for topping your lettuce wraps. Grill off the chicken, slice it up and add it to lettuce wraps with some quick-pickled carrots, cucumber, cilantro, and green onions for a complete meal. The chicken is also great served as a bowl over rice!! You can’t go wrong either way. This chicken is just simply delightful. 

Gochujang Grilled Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Gochujang Grilled Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Serves: 4
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5 from 10 votes

Ingredients

For the Chicken Marinade + Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp gochujang paste I use Mother In Law’s Original
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 2 lb. boneless skinless chicken thigh, trimmed of excess fat
  • ½ tsp kosher salt

For the Quick-Pickled Carrots:

  • 1 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • Pinch of salt

For Serving:

  • 1-2 heads butter lettuce leaves separated, washed and dried
  • 3 green onions thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 2 mini cucumbers thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 lime cut into wedges

Instructions

Marinate the Chicken

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the avocado oil, toasted sesame oil, coconut sugar, gochujang, coconut aminos, garlic and ginger until well combined. Transfer ⅓ cup of the mixture to a small bowl and set aside (for serving).
  • Add the chicken and salt to the marinade and toss until well coated. Transfer to the fridge and marinate for at least 30 minutes, and up to overnight!

Meanwhile, Make the Quick-Pickled Carrots + Assemble the Serving Platter

  • In a small bowl, combine the carrots, vinegar and a pinch of salt, toss to coat and set aside.
  • Assemble all of your ingredients on a platter: The lettuce leaves, sliced green onions, cucumbers, cilantro, and pickled carrots. Set aside while you grill the chicken.

Grill The Chicken

  • Heat grill over medium-high heat (350- 400 degrees F) and oil the grill grates (to do this, dip a wadded paper towel in a little oil and, using tongs, wipe the oil evenly over the grate. Be careful not to use too much oil, because that's a surefire way to start a good flare-up—a little goes a long way here.)
  • Cook the chicken over the heat for 4 minutes per side, until the pieces turn golden and grill marks appear. The lid should be closed throughout the cooking process.
  • Flip the pieces once more and turn heat to medium-low, about 300°F, for 3-5 minutes, or until the chicken has cooked through and the internal temp is 165°F. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and let rest for 5-8 minutes before slicing and serving.
  • To serve, layer 2 pieces of butter lettuce for the ‘wrap’. Fill with a few of the pickled carrots, then some sliced chicken, and finish with a few slices of cucumbers, some cilantro leaves and a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds. Drizzle of the reserved sauce + squeeze of lime.
  • Enjoy!

Food Photography and Styling by Modern Food Stories

 

18 Comments

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    Isabelle
    June 14, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    5 stars
    I made this tonight, it was so good! Like filling yet refreshing! My husband told me to make it when we visit my parents and sister to impress everyone.

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    Hailey
    June 3, 2022 at 3:10 am

    5 stars
    SO SO GOOD and flavorful! I will be making this refreshing dinner all summer long! My store was out of chicken thighs and butter lettuce so I used chicken breasts and iceberg which still worked really well! TY for the greatest no indoor cooking meal.

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    z
    June 2, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    5 stars
    Loved these and loved that I had leftover ingredients to use in the spring roll salad! Two great hits in one week!!

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      Ashley
      June 9, 2022 at 1:30 am

      5 stars
      LOVED these, as did my husband!! One of my favorite Defined Dish meals

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    Sarah
    June 1, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    Okay, this was phenomenal. The marinade/sauce was so flavorful! Will be adding into our rotation!!

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    Anna C
    May 28, 2022 at 2:10 am

    5 stars
    Amazing… this recipe is a keeper! I halved the gochujang since my toddler was going to be eating it too and it was a huge hit with the family. Can see us making this on the regular. Thanks, Alex!

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    BRIDGET KHASTEHDEL
    May 26, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    Made this tonight and it was absolutely delicious. Restaurant quality flavors! We did rice bowls with it and cooked the chicken in the air fryer 👏🏼

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    Kelli
    May 25, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    I can’t find any gochujang that is gluten free:( any thoughts on GF substitute?

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      Alex
      May 26, 2022 at 11:28 am

      I recommend this one:
      https://amzn.to/3sY6QdT

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        BRIDGET KHASTEHDEL
        May 26, 2022 at 11:27 pm

        That’s the one I used tonight. Found it at H‑E‑B

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          Erica
          June 9, 2022 at 1:59 pm

          5 stars
          These were SO good! So tender and flavorful, loved by all! Will make these again and again.

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    Meredith
    May 25, 2022 at 4:01 pm

    These are absolutely amazing! So full of flavor and easy to make. Make sure you add all the toppings because they truly seal the deal. I could make this once a week! Making it for my family on a weekend getaway this coming weekend. Alex has made yet another phenomenal recipe!

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      Sarah
      May 27, 2022 at 4:10 am

      Delicious! These were crazy easy to whip up and were so flavorful. I used a cast iron skillet for the chicken and it still had that delicious char that the grill would have provided. Adding this to my list of DD favorites!

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    Jennifer
    May 25, 2022 at 1:38 am

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious. The marinade is quick and easy to make. I put my chicken into the marinade before work and grilled it up when I got home. So yummy.

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    Erin
    May 24, 2022 at 1:32 am

    5 stars
    These lettuce wraps are so easy and flavorful! My husband made his as a rice bowl and said it was unbelievable! Such an incredible mix of flavors. Another fabulous recipe. Thanks Alex!

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    Elizabeth McGarr McCue
    May 24, 2022 at 1:08 am

    5 stars
    Made this during the class online and it was easy and fabulous. Didn’t make any substitutions…thought the flavor was perfect. Used a grill pan and was very happy with the results. Liked the suggestion of using tortillas, might offer to the kids next time. This sauce is just phenomenal and I can’t wait to make the dish again!

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    Jackie
    May 24, 2022 at 12:48 am

    5 stars
    Made this tonight and it was a hit! Great flavor and easy to grill.
    Thank you!!

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    Rosemary
    May 24, 2022 at 12:26 am

    These are so quick & easy, so flavorful & so perfect for Summer! Gochujang has really stolen my heart!

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