Simple comfort foods, like this General Tso Chicken Rice Bowl, have been at the top of my recipe list these past few weeks while in quarantine. These type of recipes are perfect for when you might not have all the extra ingredients you need, but usually require pantry and fridge staples you might already have. This is totally my M-O with making no fuss recipes!
I keep Kroger brand General Tso sauce on hand for quick stir-frys, chicken marinades, you name-it! I put this sauce on everything, not just asian inspired dishes.
When my Hunny Bunny (the boyfriend) and I are craving comfort food, it usually fits in a bowl. I am talking soups, chilis, and rice bowls to name a few.
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Assemble General Tso chicken rice bowl
We are grateful to have a plentiful supply of broccoli florets (our favorite – I buy broccoli every week) and have luckily been successful is acquiring brown rice on my sporadic grocery pick-ups. Chicken thighs are my go to for any chicken dish, but you can use whatever you have on hand. Beef, chicken, and even ground turkey sounds perfect for this dish.
Chicken thighs in my opinion the tastiest part of the chicken and are dark meat. They are a little fattier too and when it cooks off the chicken, the taste is better than none. Do not sleep on chicken thighs!
The trick to making the chicken thighs super flavorful is using an enameled cast iron grill pan. I am using my Martha Stewart Collection 11′ Grill Pan.
Salt and pepper the chicken to taste and get the pan pretty hot. Preheat the pan for 5 to 10 minutes on medium-medium high heat. After preheating, lightly apply any non-stick cooking spray to the grill pan.
When you lay the chicken on the greased grill pan, the chicken should immediately start sizzling. That is the sound you want to hear to know the pan is hot enough.
Grill the chicken thighs evenly on both sides, 5 minutes each.
Throw any veggies you have on hand into a sauce pan and sauté. I added peppers, onions, broccoli, and carrot chips. Once the veggies are fully cooked through and onion is translucent, drizzle Kroger brand General Tso sauce over the top, put the lid on, and let it sit.
Once the chicken has finished grilling on the grill pan, remove from the heat and place on cutting board. Slice against the chicken thigh for pretty slices of grilled chicken.
To know your chicken is fully cooked, use a digital thermometer and take several readings and ensure all chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165° Fahrenheit.
Assemble veggies and grilled chicken with brown rice, drizzle a little extra General Tso sauce on top. Done and enjoy!
General Tso Chicken Rice Bowl
- Grill pan or Grill
- 5 to 6 chicken thighs
- 1/4 cup General Tso sauce
- Salt and pepper to taste
- half a white onion
- half a orange bell pepper
- 1 bag of frozen broccoli florets
- half a bag of carrot chips
- 1 cup of brown rice
General Tso Chicken Bowl
- Heat grill pan on medium to medium-high heat until the pan is very hot. Sprinkle water droplets on the pan and if they sizzle, your pan is hot enough.
- Salt and pepper the chicken thighs and place on grill pan. Grill on each side for 5 minutes or until no longer pink and the temperature reaches 165° Fahrenheit.
- While the chicken is grilling, throw the veggies in a sauce pan and cook until tender and onion is translucent. Cook on medium-low with lid on sauce pan. This helps steam the veggies.
- Combine brown rice, veggies, and grilled chicken in a bowl and drizzle General Tso sauce on top. Enjoy!
- Pour brown rice into a pot with water and bring to a boil. Read brown rice bag or box for water to rice ratio.
- Once brown rice reaches a boil, turn down heat to a rolling simmer and cook for 45 minutes.
The Nutrition values listed are only an estimate and should not be counted as the final nutrition values.
Please make your own calculations based on the actual ingredients you use when making this recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.