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Korean Spicy Fire Chicken with Cheese (Cheese Buldak)

This spicy fire chicken with cheese packs a punch not just with flavor but with heat too. The sauce is hot with a subtle sweetness to it. Eat it with rice and you have yourself the perfect meal.
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Korean
Keyword: buldak, cheese chicken, fire chicken, korean, spicy fire chicken
Servings: 2


  • 1.5 lb boneless chicken thigh diced
  • 1/4 small cabbage sliced lengthwise
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced/grated
  • 1 tsp ginger minced/grated
  • mozzarella cheese shredded

Buldak sauce

  • 2 tbsp gochujang
  • 3 tbsp gochugaru see notes
  • 3 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp neutral oil
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil


  • Add all the buldak sauce ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  • Add diced chicken, cabbage, ginger and garlic in a bowl.
  • Pour the buldak sauce into the the bowl and mix well.
  • Let it marinate at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
  • Pan fry the chicken over high heat for 10 minutes or until the chicken cooks. Stirring occasionally.
  • Add cheese on top. Cover with lid and turn off heat. Leave until these fully melts and serve. Enjoy! (see notes)


*Amount of gochugaru used should be up to heat preference. Add more if you want it extra spicy. Taste as you go.
*If you're using a cast iron skillet/oven safe frying pan, add the cheese on top and broil for a few minutes/until the cheese melts.
*You can also transfer the chicken to a microwave/oven safe serving plate. Add the cheese and microwave or place in oven until the cheese melts.