"Pizza" Kimchi Fried Rice With Chicken

I got this recipe from my students when I was teaching in middle school in Seoul, and I love it.  It's spicy, savory, and packed with Kimchi, which is just plain good for you.  My students referred to this version as "pizza kimchi fried rice" because it has "pizza cheese."  It tastes nothing like pizza.  But it does taste good. 

 

"Pizza" Kimchi Fried Rice

1 cup finely chopped kimchi

3 cups rice, cooked (I prefer brown rice for most things, but any rice will do)

1 medium onion, chopped

1 heaping tablespoon gochujang (Korean red pepper paste) - some recipes call for more, but between the kimchi and the gochujang, this meal will get spicy fast.  Start here and add more next time once you're used to the recipe.

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

2 chicken breasts (pork would work here, or you can just cut it altogether for a vegetarian option)

1/4 cup water

 

1,  Fully cook the chicken and cut into bite sized cubes.

2. Fry onion in a pan with a bit of butter. Once onions are fully fried to desired texture, add the kimchi and continue frying for 1-2 minutes. 

3.  Add the rice, chicken, and gochujang and stir well.  Add the water slowly as needed to prevent burning.  Fry the whole thing for another five mintues or so, allowing the flavors to blend. 

4.  Reduce or remove from heat, sprinkle cheese on top, and cover.  let sit for a few minutes until the cheese fully melts.

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A pretty easy and very tasty dish if you can get your hands on some gochujang and kimchi.  I like to offer simple recipes and substitutes whenever I can, but if you're looking to cook authentic Korean food there really is no substitute. I'm lucky enough to have a Korean grocery store down the street, but even if you don't, it's worth hunting down your closest international food store.

There are a ton of ways to make kimchi fried rice.  Sesame oil, pork, dried seaweed, broccoli, peppers, the list goes on.  Once you get the hang of the basic dish, it's really easy to modify.  

Even though my students are fans of the cheesy version of this dish, I also used Manngchi for reference, as I often do when making Korean food. If you want authentic, delicious Korean food, you really can't go wrong with her recipes. <3  In this case, she does a basic kimchi fried rice really well.