Hoisin Chicken Rice Bowls

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Hoisin chicken rice bowl

**Update: I’m back from Disneyland and have fixed the post. It now has the most important part…the recipe. I hope you enjoy!

Oops!  So Anita went to Disneyland on Saturday.  She scheduled this recipe to post today, and for someone crazy reason, the recipe part disappeared.    Anita’ll have to fix the problem when she gets back.   This recipe is worth it, so stay tuned…. :)

I’m a lover of any dish that incorporates the vegetables into the main dish, thus negating the need for making side dishes. I have a hard time making side dishes and main dishes. It makes my head hurt. And I’m also pretty terrible at having all the dishes get done at the same time. So, when there is a dish that has it all together, I’m all for it.

Rice bowls are a perfect example of this type of dish. Everything in one. Meat, vegetables, grain. Done. One of my favorite food blogs is Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. I’ve had success with many of her recipes. When I saw a recipe for Hoisin Chicken Rice Bowls, I knew it would be good. I love the flavor of hoisin sauce. I shared another recipe featuring hoisin sauce in my post for Char Siu pork chops. It is sweet and has a great complex flavor. You can find it in the Asian aisle at most grocery stores. Speaking of the Asian aisle, that is also where you can find pre-made teriyaki sauce. It is usually by the soy sauce.

I did a few things differently than the original recipe. Most notably, I grilled the chicken while basting it with the hoisin based sauce. I also added carrots and pea pods, just because I had them. You can really add any vegetables you want.

This is another recipe where mise en place is important. We discussed that in my post on Actually Yummy Tofu Stir Fry. Your rice should be cooked, your sauce made, your vegetables chopped and your chicken grilled, and chopped before you start to cook the vegetables. If you don’t have your mise en place, then you will end up with overcooked, yucky looking vegetables.

Another bonus, is that this recipe is pretty quick to put together. I had dinner on the table in about 30 minutes, maybe 40. It tastes like a more time consuming recipe.

My husband and kids sucked this stuff up. I even bit the bullet and garnished with sesame seeds and you know what, I didn’t hate them. Maybe I’m growing out of my dislike for sesame seeds.


Hoisin Chicken Rice Bowls

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4-6 bowls

Hoisin Chicken Rice Bowls


  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 8 ounce can water chestnuts, drained and diced
  • 1 cup pea pods
  • 1 cup carrots, cut on the bias 1/4"
  • 2 medium sized chicken breasts
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • sesame seeds for garnish, optional


  1. Dice all vegetables and set aside.
  2. Mix hoisin sauce and teriyaki sauce together. Split into two equal bowls and set aside.
  3. Pre-heat grill on high.
  4. Cut chicken breasts in half, so you end up with 4 thinner breasts, instead of 2 thick ones. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Turn grill down to medium and place chicken breasts on grill. Using one bowl of the hoisin sauce mixture, baste the chicken breasts. Cook for approximately 4-6 minutes, then flip. Baste the other side of the chicken. Grill until the chicken is cooked through, approximately 4-6 more minutes. Remove from grill and let cool for about 10 minutes, until it is easy to handle.
  6. Cut chicken into bite sized cubes.
  7. In a wok or large skillet, heat oil on high. Add carrots and red pepper and cook, stirring frequently for about 2 minutes. Turn heat down to medium. Add pea pods, water chestnuts and garlic. continuing to stir very frequently. Add cubed chicken.
  8. Remove from heat and add set aside bowl of hoisin sauce mixture. Stir as it bubbles and coats the vegetables and meat.
  9. In single size serving bowls, scoop about 1/2- 3/4 cup rice. Top with a hoisin chicken and vegetables. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.

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