Chicken ssäm skewers

At A Glance

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  • Serves 8 people
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  • 20 min preparation
    10 min cooking (plus marinating)

Ssäm is Korean for "wrapped"; butter lettuce makes a good wrap for this chicken and its trimmings. We also used sesame leaves we found at a Korean grocer, which add another shot of flavour. Begin this recipe a day ahead to marinate the chicken.


You'll need


  1. For chicken ssäm, combine all ingredients except chicken in a large bowl, then add chicken and mix well to coat. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate overnight to marinate.
  2. For kimchi dressing, whisk ingredients except kimchi in a bowl to combine. Stir in kimchi and refrigerate for up to 5 days.
  3. Heat a char-grill pan or barbecue and thread chicken onto skewers (soak wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes first). Drizzle with oil and grill, turning occasionally, until charred and cooked through (6-7 minutes). Serve hot with kimchi dressing, extra kimchi, rice, cucumber, spring onion and lettuce.