Chicken And Chinese Cabbage Stir Fry With Hot Bean Paste

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Spicy chicken and Chinese cabbage stir fry

Spicy chicken and Chinese cabbage stir fry

My favourite spicy stir fry is to use the Korean hot bean paste. To me, it makes any simple dish looks elaborate and delicious. My family loves Chinese cabbage. It is versatile and very easy to cook. It is very delicious raw as in kimchi, under cooked and still crunchy or over cooked and soft. I always use it to make kimchi, soup or a quick stir fry. Kimchi is my favourite. It’s very healthy and appetising. Click How To Make Korean Kimchi to learn how to make it.

This spicy chicken recipe is simple, easy and quick, yet delicious.

2 whole chicken legs (deboned and sliced)
1 big onion (peeled and sliced)
1/2 small Chinese cabbage (washed and cut)
4 spring onions (washed and cut)
2T Korean hot bean paste
2T brown sugar
fried ginger oil

Fry the onions and chicken

Fry the onions and chicken

Heat up some fried ginger oil in a frying pan. Add the onions and fry for a while. Add the chicken pieces and keep stirring.

Add all ingredients

Add all ingredients

When they are half cooked, add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well and cover. Let it cook for a while, maybe about 5 minutes.  Give a quick stir and dish up to a plate and serve hot. It goes great with rice.

Beautifully cooked

Beautifully cooked

What is your favourite spicy food? What do you use to make a dish spicy? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

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Other recipes with Korean bean paste that you may be interested in:
Fried Korean Kimchi Chicken
Fried And Delicious Fried Lamb With Bean Paste
Chili Salmon With Hot Bean Paste
Spicy Seafood Kimchi Soup

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Divina  on February 1st, 2010

I also love kimchi. Until now I haven’t visited the Korean store. hehe. This dish is so full of flavor from the bean past. You will look younger because of the kimchi. :)

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on February 1st, 2010

I found my favourite foods are quite similar to yours. :)
The Chinese cabbage is very versatile and could cook with any meat. I sometimes cook with pork, beef, chicken, sometimes with chinese mushrooms. Love this veggies very much.

Sushma Mallya  on February 1st, 2010

i havent tried korean dishes yet…but would surely love to try this one …

Mary  on February 1st, 2010

@Divina - Then I’ll have to eat more kimchi then :D Hope you make it soon. It’s just so appetising.

@Christine@Christine’s Recipes - Aha….sounds like we can open a restaurant together….enjoy food and make money :D Divina will prepare the healthier food….soups and juices :D

@Sushma Mallya - Korean dishes are very delicious, full of flavour and healthy. I wish I know how to cook more. Still learning. Have fun trying this dish :)

bergamot  on February 1st, 2010

Looks really spicy and yummy. Never tasted a Korean dish but this look worth trying out.

the lacquer spoon  on February 1st, 2010

Hi Mary, I just finished my Korean-style hotpot… how coincidence!! Your dish is inviting, so feel like having boiled rice to go with it now :))

anncoo  on February 1st, 2010

Mary and Christine can I join to open the restaurant together because I also like to cook Chinese cabbage with anything…:DD

Sarah Naveen  on February 1st, 2010

Oh My ..that looks terrific and super yummy!!!

lululu  on February 1st, 2010

I’m not a cabbage person, just find it a bit too tough. But I’m so into anything spicy, especially Korean styled spice!
Now, Mary, you’ve just created another flavorful dish!

Roti n Rice  on February 1st, 2010

This looks so appetizing. The Korean hot paste is really good an all kinds of dishes. Your kimchi also looks great. I have not made it for a while. Can’t beat fresh kimchi.

cheah  on February 1st, 2010

I very rarely have Korean food, but this dish of yours looks real appetising!

Mary  on February 1st, 2010

@bergamot - Yes, it is spicy and a little sweet from the sugar. I really like Korean food. Among the favourites are bulgogi, pibimbab, tobokki and chap jae. These are ones that we will not miss when we go to a Korean eating place.

@the lacquer spoon - Now you make me miss the Korean hot pot. We must swap recipes then :D

@anncoo - You are absolutely welcome to join. Will leave the prawn dishes and desserts for you to take care. We will have so much fun. Make sure we make lots of $$$$$ :D

@Sarah Naveen - Thank you very much. Give it a try if you like spicy food.

@lululu - Chinese cabbage is soft. Give it atry. It has a sweetness of it own. I don’t go for other cabbage cos they are tough. Give a go woth the Korean hot bean paste. It is very good.

@Roti n Rice - Agree with you….fresh homemade kimchi is very good. Just so appetising…mmmm. Hope you stat making it again soon.

cheah - Thank you very much. Korean food is my favourite. I can eat it everyday. I hope to learn more.

Malou@IMPROMPTU  on February 1st, 2010

I love cabbage and I tend to use it to in a lot of my dishes. I should add this recipe to make a good Korean Recipe list. I only have a handful of it. Thanks again Mary..

Drick  on February 1st, 2010

really looks good - never cooked with hot bean paste … is it really hot?

yasmeen  on February 1st, 2010

Luv the spiciness of the dish,perfect for the season :D

Mimi  on February 1st, 2010

I haven’t experimented much with Korean food. I have a Korean friend who brings me the most delicious Korean BarBQ, so no need to make my own!
This does look tasty, and we love spicy food so I should give it a go.
For spice I use chipotle. I have been know to add it to almost everything, including ice cream.

Mary  on February 1st, 2010

@Malou@IMPROMPTU - Have fun trying it out. Hope I can learn some Korean recipes from you too.

@Drick - This one that I use is rather hot. But there is a milder bean paste which is very nice too. And there is one which is not spicy at all. So you can choose. I use all the 3 depending on my mood :D

@yasmeen - It sure feels very good to feel warm in my tummy when the heat gives the kick :D

@Mimi - Wow….you are very lucky. I have a Korean friend here and she is a very nice lady. Her food is fantastic. Oh, I have to find out what is chipotle. Must be soooo goood that you even add it to ice cream!! Spicy ice cream…wow!

Sarah, Maison Cupcake  on February 1st, 2010

Mmmm I love sound of this. That hot paste sounds good.

pegasuslegend  on February 1st, 2010

looks so delicious and healthy very nice with the hot [paste

Mary  on February 1st, 2010

@Sarah, Maison Cupcake - Give this a try. The hot bean paste makes a difference to many meat dishes if you like something spicy.

@pegasuslegend - Thank you very much. The hot bean paste is just sooo good…..yum

Elin  on February 1st, 2010

Mary..this must be very yummilicious by the look from the pics…cabbage with chicken and stir fried with korean hot bean paste…mmmm I can imagine the aroma and the taste :)))

Blackswan  on February 1st, 2010

Hey, this is good just with a bowl of rice. I can smell it from here. U’re making me hungry!

Simply Life  on February 1st, 2010

Oh yum! This looks wonderful! I’ve never cooked with bean paste - thanks for the info!

Faith  on February 1st, 2010

This looks really healthy and delicious, I’ll have to try it! One of my favorite spicy dishes is curry…yum!

Juliana  on February 1st, 2010

Yummie, my mouth is watering at the pictures…look so tasty and spicy :-) Is the Korean bean paste different from the Chinese one?

Mary  on February 2nd, 2010

@Elin - Thank you very much. It’s the Korean hot bean paste that’s the secret.

@Blackswan - Time to take out your wok and cook more rice :D

@Simply Life - Try this bean paste. It’s very good. I think I can’t live without it :D

@Faith - Hey..I love curry too!! I cook it very often. Try one spicy dish with this Korean hot bean paste, or a milder one, and you will bring your taste to a new, good level :P

@Juliana - Thank you very much. This Korean bean paste is very different from the Chinese one. It’s very fine and tastes very good.

The Kitchen Masochist  on February 2nd, 2010

I haven’t gotten into Korean cuisine. Will have to explore more. Korean restaurants are growing in number here. Kim Chi…well, not too crazy about it, it’s a taste I still have to acquire.

Happy Cook  on February 2nd, 2010

Wow looks so so delicous, if i make this ehre at home, everybody will gobble them up except my daughter will just eat the chicken and the sauce and leave her veg. Delicous dish.

Dhale  on February 2nd, 2010

I love bean paste but never tried using it myself. Plus I’ve been cooking a lot of Asian food lately so this looks like it needs to be added to my list! I love napa cabbage!

Mary  on February 2nd, 2010

@The Kitchen Masochist - I didn’t know how to eat kimchi when I first landed in South Korea many years ago. My Korean friends never gave up. They won me over by serving me instant Korean noodles with kimchi. Gosh….that’s fabulous. Also, they gave me freshly made kimchi to start off cos the fermented ones were too strong. That’s how I slowly acquired to its taste and love it very much.

@Happy Cook - Oh….my daughter dislikes vegetables too. I have to find all ways to hide vegetables in the food. She has improved a lot. She loves this Chinese cabbage though. Hope you try soon.

@Dhale - This Korean hot bean paste is very fine and tasty. Give a try. We like it very much. Besides it’s very easy to use. Happy cooking!

3hungrytummies  on February 2nd, 2010

When I first saw the photo, I was thinking are there enough rice for the delicious sauce haha!

mhelhanee  on February 3rd, 2010

Mary this looks just fantastic. You know how much I love Korean food! I wanna make this one!! U

Mary  on February 3rd, 2010

@3hungrytummies - I can send you some by super express :D

@mhelhanee - Me, too! Korean food is just so delicious and most of them are very healthy too. Have fun cooking!

kristy  on February 4th, 2010

Another yummy recipe, Mary! Looks really tempting. I could see you’re adding in some brown sugar, so the sauce must be really tasty! HHmm…

Mary  on February 4th, 2010

@Kristy - The brown sugar combines well with the Korean hot bean paste. It’s yummy :P

joylicious  on February 9th, 2010

This dish is calling my name Mary — it is saying “GET IN MY BELLY NOW”. I looooove hot bean paste, the spicier the better. This looks great, I can’t wait to pick up my wok from my mother so I can start making these dishes!!!

Mary  on February 9th, 2010

@Joylicious - I think I must call you Chili Queen :D Oh….how on earth did you leave your wok with your mom? Hurry go and get it back! Would love to see more wok dishes from you :P

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