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Gochujang Chicken Tacos

Spicy Gochujang Chicken + Lime Cilantro Slaw, topped with sweet pineapples and sliced jalapenos.  Taco night at its best!
Prep Time14 mins
Cook Time16 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Fusion Food, Korean
Keyword: Gochujang Chicken Tacos
Servings: 6
Author: The Subversive Table


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

Lime Cilantro Coleslaw

  • 5-6 cups finely shredded cabbage (preshredded cabbage is fine)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped, optional
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice about 2-3 limes
  • zest of 2 limes
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Taco Accompaniments:

  • 1 pineapple peeled, cored, sliced into thin strips
  • 2-3 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.