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Korean grilled chicken lettuce wraps (ssambap)

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
57 min
25 min
12 min
It’s quite common in Korean restaurants and homes to wrap food—often bits of boldly seasoned grilled meat—in lettuce with rice, sauce, and condiments like kimchi. The sauce for these wraps is called ssamjang (“ssam” means wrapped, and “jang” means thick sauce), which is a delectably spicy, salty combination that features gochujang and doenjang (pronounced like “dwin jang”), a fermented soybean paste that’s similar to miso. Use yellow or white miso if you can’t find doenjang.


Cooking spray

4 spray(s)

Gochujang hot pepper paste

3 tbsp(s), divided

Low sodium soy sauce

1 tbsp(s)

Toasted sesame oil

1 tbsp(s), divided

Unpacked brown sugar

2 tsp(s), divided

Garlic clove(s)

2 clove(s), medium, grated and divided

Uncooked boneless skinless chicken thigh(s)

1 pound(s)

White miso

¼ cup(s), or preferably Korean doenjang

Unsalted toasted sesame seeds

2 tsp(s)

Cooked white short grain rice

2 cup(s)


½ cup(s)

Uncooked scallion(s)

½ cup(s), thinly sliced

Fresno chile

2 medium, or red jalapeño peppers, thinly sliced


12 leaf/leaves, large, red leaf or green leaf


  1. Off heat, coat a grill rack with cooking spray. Preheat a gas grill to medium-high, or prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir 1 tbsp gochujang, soy sauce, 1 tsp oil, 1 tsp sugar, and 1 garlic clove. Add the chicken thighs and toss well to coat. Marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, stir the remaining 2 tbsp gochujang, remaining 2 tsp sesame oil, remaining 1 tsp sugar, remaining 1 garlic clove, doenjang, and sesame seeds. Set the sauce aside.
  4. Arrange the chicken on the grill rack. Close the grill lid, and grill until chicken is well marked and cooked through, about 6 minutes on each side. Remove the chicken from the grill and cut into slices. Divide the rice, kimchi, scallions, chiles, and chicken evenly among the lettuce leaves.
  5. Serving size: 2 lettuce wraps