Recipe courtesy of Jess Tom

Braised Gochujang Chicken with Miso Eggplant Terrine

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 55 min
  • Active: 1 hr 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Kosher salt

6 chicken thighs

Oil, for frying

1 cup chicken broth

6 tablespoons gochujang sauce

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1/2 tablespoon fish sauce

2 cloves garlic, minced  

4 tablespoons mirin

8-inch knob of ginger, minced

3 bunches scallions, roughly chopped

1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil

5 tablespoons miso paste

1 large egg

4 cups panko breadcrumbs

3 pounds Chinese eggplant

1 block silken tofu, sliced

1 head Napa cabbage


  1. Salt the chicken thighs on all sides and let rest for 15 minutes at room temperature. Pat them dry, then sear in some oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat skin-side down until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Repeat on the other side. Add broth, gochujang, soy sauce, fish sauce, garlic, 2 tablespoons mirin and half the ginger. Mix well. Reduce heat to low and cover the pot, leaving a small crack for steam to exit. Braise for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, pulse the scallions, the remaining ginger and 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil in a food processor. Season to taste. Set aside.
  3. Whisk miso, egg, remaining 2 tablespoons mirin and 1 tablespoon sesame oil together in a shallow bowl. Spread panko on a sheet tray. Slice eggplants lengthwise into 1/4-inch planks. Dredge eggplants in miso batter, then panko. Arrange on another sheet tray. Continue this process until all the eggplant is done.
  4. Heat frying oil to 350 degrees F in a deep fryer or Dutch oven. Fry eggplant until the panko is golden brown and the eggplant is cooked through. Layer eggplant, tofu, then ginger-scallion sauce in a casserole dish. Repeat until eggplant is done.
  5. Remove the chicken from the pot. Julienne the Napa cabbage and add to the pot. Cook the cabbage on medium-high heat until wilted and sauce is reduced, about 5 minutes.
  6. Slice the eggplant terrine and place on plate. Spoon vegetables on plate, then add chicken on top. Spoon extra sauce and vegetables over the chicken and serve.

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