Shredded Veggie Chicken in a Bowl with Peanut Sauce

Easy Shredded Veggie Chicken Bowl with Peanut Sauce

Why dinner in a bowl?

The world seems to be obsessed with food in a bowl. I was a late adopter but I’m starting to get the appeal. Food in a bowl is food for people who don’t have time. It’s perfect for packing in a lunch, eating on the road. Everything is bite-sized, no cutting necessary, so you can eat it wherever and whenever. I don’t like being the kind of person who needs that convenience. But I am. That’s why I invented a bowl of my own, a chicken bowl with peanut sauce.

I’ve noticed a trend toward calling meals in a bowl Buddha Bowls. I really can’t understand why. According to Bon Appetit, it is simply a misappropriation of a spiritual term and has no historical or cultural meaning. And my bowl, like all other bowl recipes out there, does not belong to Buddha but to harried professionals looking to pack in some nutrition in a manner that strikes a balance between flavor and convenience.

In the name of convenience

Since my Shredded Veggie Chicken Bowl with Peanut Sauce is a meal of convenience, I thought the recipe should represent a similar level of convenience. Although I highly recommend making each component from scratch, you can easily assemble the bowl using store-bought rotisserie chicken and a prepackaged coleslaw mix. The flavor may not have the same impact as homemade but it beats most foods you can pick up on the run and it more than cuts your pep time in half.

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Shredded Veggie Chicken in a Bowl with Peanut Sauce
Shredded Veggie Chicken Bowl with Peanut Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken in a Bowl
Cooking Style: fast
Diet and Health: Healthy, low carb, low fat
Seasonal: Father's Day, summer
Ingredient: cabbage, chicken
Servings: 6 servings
Created by: Amy Reiley
For the Peanut Sauce
  • 1/4 c salted all-natural peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 2-4 Tbsp water
For the Bowl
  • 1 c Jasmine Rice
  • 6 c shredded vegetables including carrots, Napa cabbage or a mix of Green, Savoy and/or Red cabbage
  • 2 c shredded roast chicken
  • 2 Persian cucumbers
  • 3 scallions
To make the Peanut Sauce
  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, soy sauce, fish sauce, sweet chili sauce and grater ginger.
  2. Add two tablespoons of water and whisk to make a creamy sauce consistency.
  3. If the mixture is too thick, add up to two additional tablespoons of water, one tablespoon at a time, until the sauce is your desired thickness.
  4. Let the sauce rest for at least 30 minutes before serving. (Can be made a day in advance.)
  5. Whisk the sauce just before adding it to the bowl.
To make the Bowl
  1. Cook the rice according to package instructions.
  2. While the rice is cooking, halve the cucumbers lengthwise and slice into thin half moons.
  3. Slice the scallions into thin rounds.
  4. When the rice is cooked, divide between six large serving bowls.
  5. Top the rice with the cabbage.
  6. Sprinkle with the cucumber slices and scallions and top with the shredded chicken.
  7. Drizzle each bowl with a generous serving of the Peanut Sauce and serve.

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