Chicken Rice Bowl Recipe with Stir Fried Vegetables

Easy Chicken Rice Bowl Recipe

Delicious chicken and stir-fried vegetables make a healthy dinner.
Delicious chicken and stir-fried vegetables make a healthy dinner. | Source

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Stir Fry: A Delicious, Easy Dinner Recipe

Stir fry is a delicious way to get a daily serving of vegetables. This rice bowl recipe includes vegetables and chicken, with very little fat. The chicken is baked in an oven to increase the health content, and the vegetables are sauteed in only 2 tablespoons of Canola oil.

While the chicken must marinate for 2 hours, this step may be performed the day before: simply place the chicken in the marinade, cover, and refrigerate overnight. The actual preparation and cook time for this recipe is very short: the chicken and rice are made in 20 minutes, and the vegetables are stir fried in approximately 10 minutes. This recipe is excellent for busy weeknights!

Cooking and Preparation Time

Prep time: 2 hours
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 2 hours 30 min
Yields: Makes 6 rice bowls.

Rice Bowl Ingredients

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup sherry (or red cooking wine)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups white rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 3 medium carrots, cut into coins
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup stir fry sauce

Chicken Rice Bowl Recipe Photos

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Make the marinade with sugar, soy sauce, and sherry (or red cooking wine).Slice boneless, skinless chicken breasts into strips. Tofu may be substituted for vegetarians.Marinate the chicken strips for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator.Bake the chicken at 400F for 20 minutes. While the chicken is baking, cook the rice.
Make the marinade with sugar, soy sauce, and sherry (or red cooking wine).
Make the marinade with sugar, soy sauce, and sherry (or red cooking wine). | Source
Slice boneless, skinless chicken breasts into strips. Tofu may be substituted for vegetarians.
Slice boneless, skinless chicken breasts into strips. Tofu may be substituted for vegetarians. | Source
Marinate the chicken strips for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator.
Marinate the chicken strips for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator. | Source
Bake the chicken at 400F for 20 minutes. While the chicken is baking, cook the rice.
Bake the chicken at 400F for 20 minutes. While the chicken is baking, cook the rice. | Source

Instructions

  1. At least 2 hours before baking, marinate the chicken. Cut the boneless, skinless chicken breasts into strips approximately 1/2" wide. Place the soy sauce, cooking wine, and sugar into a small mixing bowl. Thoroughly combine, add chicken strips, cover, and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours prior to cooking. The chicken may be marinated overnight in the refrigerator, if desired.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place foil on a baking sheet or in a roasting pan and arrange the chicken strips on the foil. Bake for 20 minutes or until the chicken is 165 degrees F (interior temperature).
  3. While the chicken is baking, make the rice. Place 4 cups of water in a sauce pan, followed by 2 cups of rice. Heat to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for approximately 20 minutes until the rice is done.
  4. Cut broccoli into florets and dice the carrots. Place approximately 2 tablespoons vegetable (or canola) oil into a large skillet or wok. Heat until it faintly smokes, then add the carrots, garlic, and broccoli.
  5. Stir the vegetables in the skillet for approximately 2 minutes, then add the stir fry sauce and water. Stir continuously for another 5-6 minutes, until the vegetables become slightly tender.
  6. Place rice at the bottom of each bowl, then layer the stir-fried vegetables (with stir fry sauce) on top of the rice. Place some chicken strips on top of each bowl, and serve while still warm.

Preparing Vegetable Stir Fry

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Cut up the vegetables and chop the garlic cloves.Fry the vegetables in 2 tablespoons of hot oil for about 2 minutes.Add the water and stir fry sauce to the vegetables and cook for about 5 minutes, until the vegetables become slightly tender.
Cut up the vegetables and chop the garlic cloves.
Cut up the vegetables and chop the garlic cloves. | Source
Fry the vegetables in 2 tablespoons of hot oil for about 2 minutes.
Fry the vegetables in 2 tablespoons of hot oil for about 2 minutes. | Source
Add the water and stir fry sauce to the vegetables and cook for about 5 minutes, until the vegetables become slightly tender.
Add the water and stir fry sauce to the vegetables and cook for about 5 minutes, until the vegetables become slightly tender. | Source

Substitutions and Variations for this Rice Bowl Recipe

The rice used for this recipe may be changed to brown rice to increase health benefits. Try making this recipe with different types of rice: our favorite is sticky Jasmine rice, but any white rice variety is excellent.

The vegetables may be changed or increased depending on individual taste. Try adding Shitake mushrooms, baby corn, bell peppers, cauliflower, or bamboo shoots to the mix. Snow peas also taste delightful in rice bowls.

Vegetarians can omit the chicken and simply marinate tofu instead. Take care in reading stir fry sauce labels: many contain animal products. To make a vegan stir fry sauce, combine the following:

  • 4 tsp cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2/3 cup water

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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

This sounds both delicious and healthful. I love the idea of marinating the chicken ahead of time and then baking for less fat in the recipe. Thank you!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

Vespawoolf, it is a pretty healthy dinner. You can even make your own stir-fry sauce if you want - but the chicken is baked so it has much less fat than a fried chicken recipe!


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peachpurple 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

Your photos look so delicious, good enough to eat. I will definitely try this recipe today . Thanks. Voted up


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

It is one of our favorites, peachpurple! So simple to make and it tastes really good! I love rice bowls, and this version is pretty simple to make at home!


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greatstuff 4 years ago from Malaysia

Wow, this is my favorite. Sticky rice is great but not suitable for diabetic people, it tend to increase the blood sugar level. Try normal rice or better still brown rice (but terrible for this recipe!) Voted useful


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

You are right, greatstuff - sticky rice is terrible for diabetics! The rice is easily substituted - you could use brown rice if you wanted to punch up the health factor.


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

I hardly ever stir fry because I enjoy steamed vegetables so much, but this dish sure does look delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe and how-to!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

Steamed vegetables are definitely the healthiest way to go, Simone - this recipe could easily be done without the stir-fried version. Steamed veggies and brown rice are a healthier alternative!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I was just craving chinese today and here you posted the image and recipe of my choice. Thanks for sharing!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

Teaches, we moved to an area of the country with very limited food choices (at least, limited restaurant choices). We have learned how to make our own Mexican and Asian dishes, as we crave those foods and can't find them here. So we make our own!


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I think the appetizing photo got me really interested. A great recipe and I love chicken. And nothing wrong with rice either. Thanks for sharing.


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

This is one of my favorite dinners, carol7777! I was going to make it tonight, but we opted to make BBQ chicken instead. I love stir fry!


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Vacation Trip 3 years ago from India

This looks simply mouth watering. The photo is awesome. I like eating fried food and this hub makes me feel hungry. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.


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leahlefler 3 years ago from Western New York Author

Thanks, Vacation Trip - I like stir fry a lot, and this is a fast dinner recipe for those hectic weeknights!

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