Ponzu Chicken Rice Bowls are light and healthy! Sweet, spicy and citrusy ponzu chicken is served over rice with a plethora of fresh toppings. Serves 4 in about 30 minutes.

It’s finally starting to feel like spring here in Michigan.

This weekend we had one 70° day so we took full advantage and got a head start on our gardens, mulched and pulled weeds. So. many. weeds. Normally we’re getting ready for Memorial Day weekend but with all that’s going on, it totally slipped my mind that it was coming up. Needless to say, I’m behind. Is it me or does it feel like it’s always some random Tuesday?

With that said, I promise you I’m working on some simple Memorial Day recipes that are also great for any small cookouts. However, I’ve pulled all my cookout go-to’s here for you to peruse. And since I already made these ponzu bowls, I’m sharing them now. This is life.

The great thing about these bowls, besides being light and healthy (and pretty), is that they are delicious served warm or cold. I personally love the warm rice and chicken in contrast to the cool crisp vegetables. And the peanuts give these bowls delicious crunch.

It’s official. I’m addicted.

top down shot of ingredients for ponzu chicken rice bowls

To Make These Ponzu Chicken Rice Bowls You Will Need:

  • cooked jasmine rice
  • boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ponzu sauce
  • rice vinegar
  • sambal oelek – chili garlic paste
  • sugar
  • kosher salt
  • lime
  • toasted sesame oil
  • thinly sliced cucumber and radish
  • julienned carrots
  • green onions
  • pickled red onions
  • chopped dry roasted peanuts
  • black sesame seeds

First make your rice. I like using jasmine in this recipe, however long grain or brown rice will be just as delicious. Just be aware that brown rice will take about twice as long.

Prepare as much rice as you want, I like to serve a generous 1/2 cup per person.

top down shot of marinade/sauce

Now for the marinade/sauce. In a medium mixing bowl, measure and add zest and juice of 1 lime, 1/4 cup ponzu sauce, 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, 1 teaspoon sambal oelek, 1/2 teaspoon sugar and 1/8 teaspoon of kosher salt. Stir well to dissolve the sugar and salt.

What Is Ponzu Sauce?

Is a thin, dark and citrus based sauce. Like a citrus soy sauce, ponzu is slightly sweet and sour. Can be used in a marinade, brushed onto grilled meat or as a dipping sauce.

pouring marinade/sauce over chicken

Add 1 to 1-1/4 pounds of diced boneless skinless chicken breasts in to a bowl and pour the ponzu marinade over top.

pieces of chicken marinating for 20 minutes

Toss well to combine and marinate for 20 minutes.

chciken added to hot skillet with sesame oil, reserve marinade

Heat 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil in a large skillet or wok over medium high heat. Once hot, use a slotted spoon or tongs to transfer the chicken to the hot skillet, letting any liquids drip back into the bowl. We will be using those later.

cooked ponzu marinated chicken

Cook until no longer pink and caramelized and browned in spots. Remove the chicken to a clean plate.

whisk remaining marinade with cornstarch and simmer in the same pan until thick

Whisk the ponzu chicken marinade with 1 teaspoon cornstarch. Pour it into the hot skillet and bring to a boil for at least 2 to 3 minutes. Once thickened, remove off of the heat.

Divide rice among bowls and top with the ponzu chicken, radish and cucumber slices, shredded carrot and pickled red onion. Top with a tablespoon chopped peanuts, green onions, drizzle with warm ponzu sauce and scatter black sesame seeds over top. 

it’s as simple as that my friends!

If you like it extra spicy, drizzle a little extra sambal oelek over top!

These bowls are so light and satisfying. I love the flavor of pickled red onion with the crisp cool cucumber and citrusy chicken. 

Not surprising this will be thrown into our weekly rotation.

Enjoy! And if you give this recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

Ponzu Chicken Rice Bowls
Yield: 4

Ponzu Chicken Rice Bowls

Enjoy a light meal with these Ponzu Chicken Rice Bowls! Sweet, spicy and citrusy ponzu chicken is served over rice with a plethora of fresh toppings.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

FOR THE CHICKEN:

  • 1 lime zest and juice
  • 1/4 cup ponzu sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 pound diced boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

FOR THE PONZU CHICKEN RICE BOWLS:

  • cooked jasmine rice
  • english cucumber, thinly sliced
  • radish, thinly sliced
  • shredded carrot
  • pickled red onion
  • chopped dry roasted peanuts
  • green onion
  • black sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Make your rice.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine zest, ponzu sauce, rice vinegar, sambal oelek, sugar and salt.
  3. Heat toasted sesame oil in a large skillet or wok.
  4. Once hot, use a slotted spoon or tongs to remove the chicken from the marinade (allow excess marinade drip back into the bowl) and add to the hot skillet. Cook undisturbed for 4 to 5 minutes, toss and continue to cook until no longer pink and golden brown. Transfer the cooked chicken to a clean plate.
  5. Whisk 1 teaspoon cornstarch with the marinade. Add it to the skillet and bring to a boil for at least 2 to 3 mintues.
  6. Divide rice among bowls and top with the ponzu chicken, radish and cucumber slices, shredded carrot and pickled red onion. Top with a tablespoon chopped peanuts, green onions, ponzu sauce and scatter black sesame seeds over top.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 362Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 500mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 38g

Nutritional Information based on chicken and 1/2 cup (per serving) rice. All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on SimplyScratch.com should only be used as a general guideline.