Korean Chicken Hawaiian – A Tasty Fusion of East and West

When it comes to fusion cooking, few combinations of flavors can create the same mix of tantalizing aromas and delicious tastes, that you get when you combine the aromatic spices of Korea with the sweet flavors of the Hawaiian Islands. The rich, inviting alchemy of these two unique culinary cultures, is showcased in the amazing dish known as Korean Chicken Hawaiian.


• 2 lbs bone-in chicken thighs
• 2 tablespoons sesame oil
• 1 tablespoon grated garlic
• 1 tablespoon grated ginger
• 1/4 cup soy sauce
• 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
• 2 tablespoons honey
• 1/4 cup pineapple juice
• Juice of 1 lemon
• 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
• 2 tablespoons sesame seeds


1. Preheat an oven to 375°F.
2. In a bowl, mix together the sesame oil, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, dark brown sugar, red pepper flakes, honey, pineapple juice, lemon juice, and rice vinegar.
3. Place the chicken thighs in a baking pan and pour over the marinade. Toss them to make sure the thighs are completely coated in the marinade.
4. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes, or until cooked through.
5. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve

Serving suggestions:

Serve Korean Chicken Hawaiian with steamed white rice and a side of roasted vegetables. The flavors of the marinade will tantalize your taste buds and the sweetness of the pineapple juice and honey, will give a delightful kick of flavor to the dish. The complexity of this combination is certainly mesmerizing as it packs a potent blend of different cultures and flavors in one delicious dish.

Of course, there are many ways to create a combination of East meets West. In some recipes, you can substitute soy sauce with coconut milk or the dark brown sugar with palm sugar. You can also pair other types of meat like chicken breasts or pork chops with the marinade. The possibilities for adapting this dish for different styles, tastes, and occasions are endless. The beauty of cooking with fusion is to let your imagination be your guide. So, fire up your stove and get creative in the kitchen as you try out this flavorful Korean Chicken Hawaiian recipe.