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Bulgogi Chicken Lettuce Cups


Bulgogi is a famous (and seriously delicious) Korean marinade made with soy, ginger, garlic, and usually brown sugar. Here we seasoned mini chicken meatballs with all of those flavors and served them in bite size lettuce cups for a healthy and flavorful spin on Korean BBQ.

Makes 16 appetizers

for the meatballs:

1 teaspoon garlic, very-finely grated

1 teaspoon ginger, very-finely grated

½ teaspoon brown sugar

½ teaspoon sesame oil

1 tablepoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon gochujang paste

½ pound ground dark meat chicken

for the glaze:

2 tablespoons soy sauce

4 teaspoons brown sugar

2 teaspoons sesame oil

4 teaspoons gochujang paste

for the wraps:

16 small butter lettuce leaves (or larger ones cut in half)

32 thin slices cucumber

16 pieces kimchi

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

2. To make the meatballs, combine garlic, ginger, brown sugar, sesame oil, soy sauce, and gochujang in a medium bowl and whisk together. Add ground chicken and use a fork to mix everything together. Lightly grease a parchment-lined baking sheet with cooking spray, roll the chicken mixture into 16 little meatballs, place on the baking sheet and bake 20 minutes, or until meatballs are starting to brown and are cooked through. Set aside to cool.

3. While the meatballs bake, make the glaze. Whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, and gochujang paste in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring the mixture up to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 seconds, or until sugar is dissolved and glaze is slightly thickened. Set aside to cool.

4. When ready to assemble, place 1 piece of kimchi in each lettuce leaf. Top with two slices of cucumber and one chicken meatball. Use a brush or small spoon to coat each meatball with some glaze and serve.

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