Korean-style barbecued chicken rice

Fresh vegetables and barbecued chicken with Korean flavours make for a tasty weeknight meal.

  • 30 mins preparation (plus refrigeration)
  • Serves 4
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  • 600 g chicken thigh fillets, cut into thick straps
  • ¼ cup (60ml) peanut oil
  • 1 medium red onion (170g), cut into 6 wedges
  • ½ small cabbage (600g), chopped
  • 450 g microwave long-grain white rice (see tips)
  • 3 green onions (scallions), cut into long thin strips
  • 1 medium carrot (120g), cut into long thin strips (see tips)
  • 2 teaspoons black sesame seeds, toasted (see tips)
  • 2 teaspoons white sesame seeds, toasted (see tips)
Sesame chilli sauce
  • ⅓ cup (80ml) soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons sambal oelek
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar


  • 1
    Make sesame chilli sauce. Pour half the sauce over the chicken in a medium bowl; mix well to coat. Cover; refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil on a heated barbecue flat plate or wok over medium-high heat. Cook onion and cabbage, in two batches, stirring, for 5 minutes or until vegetables are just tender. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • 3
    Heat another tablespoon of the oil on the flat plate; add undrained chicken; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until just cooked. Add remaining sauce and oil, rice, half the green onion, then the cabbage mixture; cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until heated through.
  • 4
    Serve rice mixture topped with remaining green onion and carrot; sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Sesame chilli sauce
  • 5
    Combine all the ingredients in a small jug.


You can cook 1⅓ cups raw rice, if you prefer. Rice is best cooked a day ahead; spread out on trays to cool, then cover and refrigerate. You can use a julienne peeler to cut the carrot into long thin strips. Black sesame seeds are available from specialty stores and Asian supermarkets; however, you can use all white sesame seeds, if you like.

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