8.19.2008

Hoisin Chicken Rice Bowls


Today was a personal chef cookdate for a new client of mine. The family picked 2 beef dishes, 2 chicken dishes, and 1 seafood dish. A pretty typical menu for my clients. Off to the grocery store at 8 a.m. with my shopping list in hand. Imagine my shock when I was reaching for boneless, skinless chicken breasts, and the price was a whopping $5.29 per pound. Ouch!!

I was glad I had some frozen chicken breasts in my freezer for my family dinner tonight. Hoisin Chicken Rice Bowls are an ideal make ahead dinner for a busy night. Diced chicken, red peppers, mushrooms, and garlic are sauteed in a little peanut oil and seasoned with teriyaki and hoisin sauce. Serve in a lettuce lined bowl filled with rice and topped with the flavorful Asian chicken.

Hoisin Chicken Rice Bowls are a go-to meal for my family. I make a big batch because it tastes great reheated, and I can get a few meals out of it. Make a triple batch and park some in the freezer for later. Imagine your delight when you pull your homemade dinner from the freezer and all that needs to be done is heat it up. The simple things in life make me happy.

Hoisin Chicken Rice Bowls


serves 5

1 tablespoon peanut oil
1 large red pepper, diced small
1 10-ounce package baby portebello mushrooms, diced small
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced small
1 8-ounce can water chestnuts, drained, diced small
2 teaspoons teriyaki sauce
4 tablespoons hoisin sauce
3 cups of hot cooked rice
romaine lettuce leaves
sesame seeds
scallions, thinly sliced

Heat peanut oil over medium high heat in a large saute pan. Add red pepper and mushrooms and saute for 5 - 6 minutes until tender. Add garlic and saute an additional minute. Add chicken to pan and cook for 6 - 8 minutes or until cooked through. Stir chicken and red pepper mixture occasionally while it cooks. Add water chestnuts, teriyaki sauce and hoisin sauce and stir to coat the chicken and vegetables. Continue cooking until heated through.

To serve, line a single serving size bowl with romaine leaves. Top with a large scoop of rice, some of the hoisin chicken, and a sprinkle of the sesame seeds and scallions.

Alternately, serve the rice and hoisin chicken on top of a large romaine lettuce leaf and eat like a taco similar to my Maple-Dijon Pork Tenderloin and Sweet Potato Lettuce Wraps.


13 comments:

Megan said...

Wow. This looks like a fast and easy weeknight meal! I have totally added it to my must make for next week list.

YUM.

Megan of Bit of Nutmeg

Jenny said...

I love how this dish looks, it's so inviting to eat. I can't wait to make this very soon!

Emily said...

Wow this looks wonderful! I need to cook more Asian inspired dishes!

kat said...

Oh, I like the sound of that dish! It always blows me away when I see how much chicken breasts cost these days. I'm glad I finally have a freezer so I can stock up when they are on sale

Lisa said...

Yum! I love the addition of black sesame seeds.

Robin Sue said...

You always have the coolest recipes. This chicken sound so simple and delicious. The price of food is crazy around here too.

Krysta said...

wow, that looks good. and i cannot believe how expensive food is getting to be.

Mike of Mike's Table said...

This sounds like a really tasty meal and having more quicky-in-the-middle-of-the-week things under my belt is always a good thing! And I'm with Emily...I also need to do more Asian-flavored food...

Tanya said...

I know my family would like this. Looks great and I will have to try it asap!

Cheryl said...

That looks healthy and yummy!

Siggy Spice said...

This looks FABULOUS! W-O-W!!!
They look like they could taste like the filling for PF Changs lettuce wraps, which I always love over rice. THanks so much for sharing this...I will be putting it on menu for next week :)

EAT! said...

siggy spice - WOW! Thanks for the compliment. I can't wait to hear how the recipe turns out for you.

fittingbackin said...

We made this and loved it! I only regretted not having black sesame seeds - they add so much to the look of it! I posted about it here:

http://fittingbackin.blogspot.com/2011/04/spice-organization-redux-casserole.html

Thanks for the wonderful recipe!