Sweet, spicy, and loaded with veggies, this Asian Chicken Bowl is a healthy meal prep recipe that’s versatile for all your needs. Serve it as a salad, in lettuce wraps, over rice, and more for a high-protein meal that will leave you feeling great. 

two hands holding a white plate with white rice topped with Asian chicken and a fork on the side.

Are Asian Chicken Bowls Healthy? 

If you’re ordering takeout, Asian chicken bowls aren’t exactly the most healthy. However, this recipe is different! Made with lean chicken, fresh veggies, and healthy fats, it’s bursting with flavor in every bite for a recipe you can feel good about serving! 

Ingredients You’ll Need for Asian Chicken with Apricot Sauce

For this Asian chicken recipe, we broke the ingredient list down into two parts. First, we’ll start with what you’ll need for the apricot sauce. Then, we’ll move on to the ingredients for the chicken bowl. Don’t worry, though! You likely already have most of what you need. 

For the Apricot Sauce

  • Apricot Preserves – Use your favorite brand of preserves. This is going to add a sweet element to your Asian chicken.
  • Soy Sauce – This versatile, flavorful sauce can be used to flavor everything from marinades to stir-fries, and more.
  • Minced Garlic – Use whole garlic cloves, and mince them into tiny pieces to add a pungent, sweet flavor to the dish. 
  • Rice Wine Vinegar – This is a classic in Asian cooking and is used to brighten fish and seafood dishes, stir-fries, and other sauces.
  • Fresh Cilantro – Mince fresh cilantro into pieces to add bright, peppery notes to the mix. 
  • Sesame Seeds – Use white or black sesame seeds for a nutty flavor and a bit of crunch. 
  • Sesame Oil – This infuses a bold, nutty taste and lots of depth into the sauce, but be careful! A little goes a long way. 
  • Ginger – Minced ginger is a unique ingredient in several Oriental dishes. It is both spicy and sweet when finely chopped and adds tons of flavor to this recipe. 
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

For the Chicken

  • Chicken – We like to use chicken breasts for a lean meat that takes on tons of flavor. However, chicken thighs are great too, if that’s what you prefer! 
  • Veggies – Shredded carrots, celery, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, and red onion combine to add lots of flavor, color, and crunch. Plus, they’re full of vitamins, nutrients, and fiber! 
  • Olive Oil – This helps sauté the ingredients while infusing a bold, peppery flavor and healthy fats. If preferred, avocado oil can be substituted.

Optional Add-Ins and Variations

This Asian chicken bowl is super flavorful on its own. However, if you want to take it up a notch or try something new, feel free to experiment with extra ingredients and substitutions. Some of our favorite variations include: 

  • Serving them over brown rice, quinoa, or couscous
  • Using avocado oil or olive oil instead of sesame seed oil. 
  • Swapping the chicken for ground turkey, ground beef, shrimp, or tofu
  • Kicking up the spice with a drizzle of hot sauce or Sriracha.
  • Enhancing the sweetness by stirring brown sugar into the sauce.

How to Make An Asian Chicken Bowl  

To make this Asian chicken, we break the recipe down into two parts, starting with the sauce. However, from start to finish, it all comes together in less than 15 minutes! 

  1. Prepare the sauce by combining all of the ingredients in a bowl
  2. Pulse the chicken in a food processor
  3. Sauté the veggies in oil over medium heat. Then, add in the chicken. 
  4. Add the sauce, and let it simmer to thicken. Be sure to scrape up any brown bits!
  5. Garnish with crushed peanuts and cilantro, and enjoy! 
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overhead image of Asian Chicken in a skillet topped with peanuts and cilantro.

Should I Serve This Chicken Bowl Hot or Cold? 

Either way works! Personally, we prefer to serve it hot over a steaming bed of rice or cauliflower rice, because it’s perfect for soaking up the sauce. However, it’s just as tasty when served cold! 

How to Store

We highly recommend making a big batch for easy meals all week long! Leftovers reheat well in the microwave or on the stove and can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days. Or, place them in the freezer for two to three months!

Serving Suggestions

You can eat this chicken bowl as it is for a low-carb option. However, it can also be used as a filling! Try adding it to: 

a plate with rice and Asian chicken bowl and a skillet full of Asian chicken.

Common Questions About This Aisan Chicken Bowl Recipe

Are Asian chicken bowls healthy? 

High-protein, full of veggies, and made without any added sugar (depending on the type of preserves used), these homemade Asian chicken bowls are a healthy, well-rounded recipe in our book! 

What vegetables can I add? 

Feel free to include whatever you like best and have on hand! For instance, mushrooms, peas, green beans, and red cabbage all make great additions. 

Can I use chicken thighs instead of breasts? 

Sure! Just keep in mind that the flavor will change slightly, and make sure to adjust the cooking time as needed. Chicken thighs typically take a little longer to cook than breasts. 

More Chicken Recipes You’ll Love

This sticky sweet chicken bowl will more than satisfy any cravings you may be having. But if you feel like trying something else, check out these amazing chicken dishes.

  • The perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors, these Coconut Chicken Tenders are guaranteed to knock your socks off! 
  • Even better than your favorite restaurant’s version and so easy to make, Crock Pot Chicken Fajitas are easy to make and always a crowd-pleasing dish. 
  • A healthier version of everyone’s favorite meal, Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets are a better-for-you recipe you’ll be excited to make. 
  • Chicken Wild Rice Soup is a hearty and nourishing meal that will give you a warm, full feeling on even the coldest winter days.
two hands holding a plate full of asian chicken with rice.

Asian Chicken Bowl Recipe

5 from 4 votes
Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 8 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 13 minutes
Bursting with sweet and spicy flavors and loaded with protein, this Asian Chicken Bowl recipe is a quick meal prep option the whoel family will be excited to eat!


  • 3 Chicken breasts, ground or 1.5 lbs ground chicken
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 celery rib, diced
  • 3/4 cup green pepper, diced
  • 3/4 cup red onion
  • 3/4 cup red pepper, diced
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil

Apricot Sauce

  • 3 Tablespoons apricot preserves
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon minced cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 Tablespoon minced peeled ginger
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper, to taste


  • Sauce: Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Stir again right before using. 
    3 Tablespoons apricot preserves, 1/2 cup soy sauce, 4 cloves minced garlic, 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon minced cilantro, 2 teaspoons sesame seeds, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, 1 Tablespoon minced peeled ginger, 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper, to taste
  • Add chicken breast to a food processor and pulse until ground.
    3 Chicken breasts, ground
  • In a pan on medium high heat add olive oil. Add the carrot, celery, bell pepper, and red onion and stir-fry for about 2 minutes.
    1 cup shredded carrots, 1/2 celery rib, diced, 3/4 cup green pepper, diced, 3/4 cup red onion, 3/4 cup red pepper, diced, 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Add ground chicken and break apart with the back of a wooden spatula.
  • Sauté until no longer pink.
  • Pour in the prepared sauce and cook until thickened, about 30 seconds-1 minute, scraping up any browned bits.
  • Serve over a bed or rice, or cauliflower rice and garnish with peanuts and cilantro.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.



Serving: 1serving | Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 884mg | Potassium: 615mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2846IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Why do you talk about flour, egg and oil in the For The Chicken section of the write up? I don’t see a reason when you’re using full breasts in a good processor.

    1. Thanks for catching that, Linda! We’re not sure what happened, but the text has been updated.
      We place the chicken in the food processor to grind it up, but you could omit that step and use ground chicken instead!

      Alia & Radwa

  2. This turned out really flavorful and yummy. I only did a couple of things differently. I used peach preserves because they didn’t have apricot preserves at our store which I think turned out fine. I also added a couple tablespoons of cornstarch because the sauce didn’t thicken.
    Everything else was great and I’m sure we’ll make it again!

  3. 5 stars
    This was fantastic! Even my husband went in for a second helping. I love your recipes that make adding a lot of vegetables so delicious and easy to make. Thank you for sharing this with us 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    This was very tasty! Even my Japanese husband and two teenage daughters liked it! I added a decent amount of slurry so it wouldn’t be watery. I used Trader Joes cole slaw mix, frozen edamame and mushrooms. Will definitely make again!

  5. My family does not like apricots. Could you recommend a different flavor of preserves that would work well with this recipe?

    1. Trust us, they won’t even know that it is there! You can’t taste the apricot flavor at all. If you really don’t want to try, we recommend orange jam/marmalade. Let us know how it turns out!

      1. I agree with your comment. When I told my husband this is the recipe I bought the apricot preserves for, and he said he couldn’t even taste the apricots. It just adds a nice sweetness to the flavor.

  6. I have one question. In two places you list Minced ginger, do you use all 4 tablespoons or do you garnish with some. That is a bit confusing to me. Thank you!

  7. 5 stars
    I made this recipe tonight and it was perfect! I used ground turkey instead of chicken, just because it’s what I had on hand. I topped it with a few peanuts and it was delicious. Thanks for another great recipe!