Gochujang Chicken Tacos

Taco Tuesday with a twist — a spicy, Korean twist! Gochujang Chicken Tacos for the weeknight dinner win!

Gochujang Chicken Tacos on a brown cutting board

Last summer, my best friend took me to this Hawaiian-Korean fusion taco place in West Seattle, Marination Ma Kai. The menu was an odd mish-mash of unexpected flavors that I completely loved. We ordered two of every taco and a few sides. Everything was amazingly good!

I especially loved the Spicy Pork Tacos. I came back to Toronto and wanted to make my own Korean Fusion version at home!

Gochujang Chicken Tacos, ingredients

I used Spicy Gochujang Chicken as the base — a super versatile, pantry basic that I’ve been cooking for years. Then I added some delicious extras: Lime Cilantro Slaw, pineapple slices, and jalapeno. And just like that, a new dinnertime favorite was born!

Gochujang Chicken Tacos make a great weeknight dinner. Fast, easy, and so good!

But honestly? I think the festive nature of tacos make this perfectly appropriate for dinner with friends. Just serve ingredients in bowls and lay out across the table. Now it’s time for a party!

The key is to broil the chicken on a sheet pan. This simple step ensures all those charred, crispy bits!

And add ALLLLL the extras: pineapple, jalapeno, Lime Cilantro Slaw, sour cream. A few extra lime wedges and hot sauce doesn’t hurt either!

Now it feels like a party! Enjoy!!


Gochujang chicken tacos on wood board
Gochujang Chicken Tacos on a brown cutting board

Gochujang Chicken Tacos

The Subversive Table | Lis Lam
Spicy Gochujang Chicken + Lime Cilantro Slaw, topped with sweet pineapples and sliced jalapenos.  Taco night at its best!
Prep Time 14 mins
Cook Time 16 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Fusion Food, Korean
Servings 6


Spicy Gochujang Chicken:

  • 8 chicken thighs boneless + skinless
  • 1/2 cup Gochujang fermented Korean chili paste
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tb soy sauce
  • 1 Tb Mirin or rice wine
  • 2 Tb sugar
  • 1 Tb sesame seed oil

For Tacos:

  • 1/2 head green cabbage, shredded
  • 1 pineapple peeled, cored, sliced into thin strips
  • 2 jalapenos sliced
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 24 tortillas preferably warm


Make the Spicy Gochujang Chicken:

  • Preheat oven to BROIL function.  Let the oven heat for at least 10 minutes.    
  • Whisk all ingredients except chicken in a medium bowl.  Add chicken and mix well until chicken is thoroughly coated with marinade.  
  • Place chicken on a sheet pan lined with aluminum foil for easy clean-up.  Broil chicken on one side until little charred bits begin to show, about 6-8 minutes.  Flip the chicken and broil until chicken is cooked through and more charred bits begin to show, another 6-8 minutes.  
  • Remove chicken from the sheet pan and shred with two forks.  Place in a serving bowl and set aside.  

Make the Lime Cilantro Slaw:

  • Make dressing:  whisk mayo, lime juice, lime zest, sugar, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. 
  • Add dressing to the finely shredded cabbage.   Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more salt and lime juice, if needed. The cabbage will wilt a little bit before serving.  Place in a serving bowl and set aside.  

To Serve Gochujang Chicken Tacos:

  • Serve Gochujang Chicken and Lime Cilantro Slaw with sliced pineapple, sliced jalapeno, sour cream, hot sauce, and tortillas.  


*Please see separate posts for Gochujang Chicken and Lime Cilantro Slaw for more detailed notes.
**While the chicken broils away, start on the Lime Cilantro Slaw.? That way, dinner will be on the table in 30 minutes.
***This makes A LOT of Lime Cilantro Coleslaw. Feel free to halve the recipe if you wish.
Keyword Gochujang Chicken Tacos

More Weeknight Dinner Inspiration:

Gochujang Chicken Drumsticks
Gochujang chicken drumsticks on parchment paper and sheet pan
Miso Salmon Skewers
miso salmon skewers on oval platters with dishes on side
Instant Pot Ginger Chicken Soup

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