12/09/2014 10:51 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

5 Easy Asian Chicken Recipes


Fish sauce, gochujang, sriracha and soy sauce are all punchy, delicious ingredients that impart an unreal depth of flavor to whatever you're making for dinner. Luckily, in this global age, they are all quite easy to track down at your local supermarket. And what's easier to find at the store than chicken? This lean and savory protein absorbs whatever flavor profile you throw at it, all while lending its own familiar and comforting taste and texture. These five easy and delectable Asian chicken recipes will have your taste-buds believing you're at a food stall in some far-away, bucolic place - but will only require a trip to your local market.

1. Thai Ground Chicken with Lime and Cilantro


The pungent, savory and clean notes of this ground chicken dish taste like a lunch-stop at a market in Bangkok on a 100 degree day. Cilantro and lime bring an herbaceous, citrusy brightness to this popular dish. Serve with a side of steamed rice. Optional: Add a fried egg on top - or a couple Thai bird chilis for fire.
Total Cooking Time: 17 Minutes

2. Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup


This is breakfast in Vietnam - but tastes great anytime of the day or night. An extra level of flavor comes from using roasted chicken meat. Yep - for this recipe, a store bought roasted chicken is totally called for and shaves off a ton of prep time while adding smokiness and intensity to the broth.
Total Cooking Time: 20 Minutes

3. Japanese Chicken Fried Rice


Got 15 minutes? Then you've got plenty of time to whip up a flavorful chicken fried rice that tastes much more savory and complex than the minimal effort would lead you to believe. The use of powdered chicken stock supercharges this dish and makes it taste like you're at a lunch counter in Shibuya.
Total Cooking Time: 13 Minutes

4. Korean Oven Baked Chicken Wings


It's snowing outside and a trip to BonChon in K-Town is out of the question? Don't worry - the gochujang, honey, soy sauce, garlic and ginger used in this marinade will give you your needed fix of spicy/salty/sweet. And baking the wings, aside from being healthier, will keep you from starting a nasty grease fire in the kitchen!
Total Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

5. Arroz Caldo (Filipino Chicken Porridge)


This is Filipino comfort food. A thick, garlicky rice stew with scallions, ginger and tons of chicken will make any winter's eve feel like a 95 degree day in Manila. The heartiness of the porridge is brightened and boosted by fish sauce and lemon juice, served on the side.
Total Cooking Time: 55 Minutes