A Bowl of Tangy Chicken with Arborio Rice with Chop Sticks

ASIAN STYLE CHICKEN AND RICE

Sweet, Savoury and Satisfying

Asian-style chicken and rice is a dish that masterfully blends sweet, savoury, and satisfying flavours into one harmonious meal. This culinary delight is widely appreciated for its versatility and the comforting warmth it brings to the table.

This particular chicken and rice recipe features tender strips of protein that are marinated and cooked with a variety of aromatic spices and juices, creating a perfect balance of sweet and savoury notes.

The chicken is then served atop or alongside fluffy, perfectly cooked rice, which acts as a neutral base, absorbing the rich flavours of the chicken and its sauce.

The secret to achieving the perfect Asian-style chicken and rice lies in the marinade and the cooking technique. Ingredients like soy sauce, pineapple juice and apple cider vinegar are used in the marinade to impart a dynamic flavour profile to the chicken.

Serving this style of chicken and rice is an opportunity to get creative with garnishes and side dishes. Topping the chicken with sesame seeds, sliced green onions, or a sprinkle of fresh cilantro can add a bright, fresh contrast to the rich flavours.

Sides like those suggested below can complement your meal, adding crunch and refreshing notes. This dish is not just a meal; it’s an experience that takes you on a culinary journey through the vibrant flavours and textures of Asian-style cuisine, leaving you deeply satisfied.

A CULINARY ESCAPE

When life gets a bit complicated and stressful, we could all do with an escape. With a few choice ingredients, your end-of-the-day routine can take you a world away.

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, finding solace in the simplicity and versatility of cooking can be a real game-changer.

The recipe you’re now reading about embodies the perfect blend of ease, adaptability, and flavour, making it an ideal candidate for those evenings when you need a comforting escape without leaving your kitchen.

Whether it’s the end of a long day or the beginning of a relaxing weekend, this dish offers a customizable canvas that can suit any dietary preference or pantry availability.

EASY CHOICES

The beauty of this recipe is its versatility. I usually make it with chicken. Yet, it can be made with beef, pork or tofu, as well.

Different protein choices for this recipe allow for a wonderful exploration of textures and flavours. Opting for tofu, a popular protein swap, not only makes this dish a hearty option for vegetarians but also significantly lowers the calorie and sodium content, making it a healthier choice without compromising on taste.

This adaptability extends to the base of the dish as well. The suggested medium-grain white rice is just a starting point.

Substituting it with long-grain brown rice, converted rice, or even quinoa, not only plays around with the texture and flavour profile but also can enhance the nutritional value of the meal.

Total Prep Time:
45 min

Servings in Recipe:
4

Serving Size:
2 cups

Calories Per Serving:
431

Total Prep Time: 45 min


Servings in Recipe: 4


Serving Size: 2 cups


Calories Per Serving: 431

A Bowl of Tangy Chicken with Arborio Rice with Chop Sticks

ASIAN STYLE CHICKEN AND RICE

Ingredients

poultry

  • 1 lb of boneless chicken thighs, cubed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

sauce

  • 1 tbsp cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

rice

  • 2 cups white rice
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups water

garnish

  • 2 fresh scallions
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
A grouping of ingredients for Tangy Chicken with Arborio Rice. Raw chicken, peppers, salt and pepper.

rice

  • 2 cups medium-grain white rice
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups water

garnish

  • 2 fresh scallions
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
A grouping of ingredients for Tangy Chicken with Arborio Rice. Raw chicken, peppers, salt and pepper.

Directions

chicken

  • Heat your olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  • Add the chicken to the pan, salt to taste.
  • Stir occasionally until all chicken is lightly browned.
  • Remove chicken pieces to a bowl and set aside.
  • In the same pan, saute’ your bell pepper (and whatever other vegetables you’d like to include) until soft.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the pineapple juice, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, and cornstarch. Whisk until fully combined.
  • Pour your pineapple juice mixture into the vegetables and raise the heat to medium-high, whisking often.
  • When sauce has thickened, return the chicken to the pan then turn the heat down to medium-low.
  • Simmer for 7 minutes.

rice

  • Pour your rice into a medium-sized pot. (Measurement can vary depending on how much you would like to make.)
  • Add the chicken stock or broth and water, in equal measure to the rice.
  • Stir to combine then turn the heat to medium-high.
  • When the broth and water are fully absorbed, take your rice off the heat.

To serve, plate the rice, then spoon the chicken and sauce over the rice. Sprinkle your beautiful dish with chopped scallions and sesame seeds.

ASIAN STYLE CHICKEN AND RICE FAQ

Why is chicken and rice good for you?

Chicken and rice is a classic combination that is not only comforting and delicious but also offers several health benefits, making it a popular choice in various diets around the world.

One of the primary reasons chicken and rice is considered healthy lies in the balance of essential nutrients this duo provides. Chicken, particularly the breast portion, is a lean source of high-quality protein, which is vital to muscle repair, immune function, and the maintenance of healthy skin and bones.

Additionally, chicken is a good source of B vitamins, which are vital for energy production and maintaining proper brain function. As well as minerals like zinc, that are essential for immune health.

The complex carbohydrates in rice are important for fueling the body’s activities and are digested more slowly than simple carbohydrates, leading to a more gradual rise in blood sugar levels and longer-lasting energy.

Together, chicken and rice offer a balanced meal option that can easily be adjusted to fit dietary needs or preferences by adding vegetables, herbs, and spices for additional nutrients and flavours.

What makes chicken and rice so versatile?

Chicken and rice stand as a culinary duo celebrated worldwide for their unmatched versatility. At its heart lies the inherent simplicity and adaptability of both ingredients.

Chicken, being a mild-flavoured protein, serves as a blank canvas for a spectrum of seasonings, cooking techniques, and culinary traditions.

Whether it’s grilled, roasted, sautéed, or stewed, chicken effortlessly adopts the flavours of herbs, spices, and marinades, making it a global staple from the spicy jerk chicken of Jamaica to the savoury chicken tikka masala of South Asia.

Rice, on the other hand, is a universal grain that complements chicken by absorbing flavours while contributing its own subtle, nutty or sweet notes, depending on the variety.

Its many forms – from long-grain basmati and jasmine to short-grain sushi rice and arborio – offer different textures and flavours that can anchor a dish or stand out on their own.

This adaptability allows rice to be a central component in a wide range of dishes, including creamy risottos, fragrant pilafs, and hearty jambalayas.


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