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Ginger-Scallion Pineapple Chicken & Rice Bowls

Ginger-Scallion Pineapple Chicken & Rice Bowls

  • Yield: 4 servings 1x



For the Chicken:

  • 1 lb chicken breasts
  • 6 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon garlic chile paste
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

For the Ginger-Scallion Sauce:

  • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced (about 1 ¼ cup total)
  • 1 3-inch piece of ginger, peeled and very finely minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

For the Bowls:

  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 3 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 3 cups shredded purple cabbage
  • 2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 cup finely diced fresh pineapple
  • The cooked chicken
  • The ginger-scallion sauce
  • 1 English cucumber, thinly sliced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 ripe avocados, pitted, peeled, and thinly sliced
  • Additional scallions, for garnish
  • Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish


For the Chicken:

  1. In a large resealable plastic bag (or bowl), mix together the pineapple juice, chile paste, oil, salt and pepper. Add the chicken and toss to coat in the marinade.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours. HINT: I also make the sauce and prep my veggies at this point, so that it is ready and waiting for me once the chicken is done marinating.
  3. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add another drizzle of canola oil.
  4. Remove the chicken from the marinade, discard the marinade, and add the chicken to the skillet. Cook for 5-6 minutes per side, or until the chicken is cooked through. Remove from the pan, allow to rest for a few minutes, and then thinly slice or shred.

For the Sauce:

  1. Place the scallions, ginger, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Add in the sesame oil, soy sauce, vinegar, lime juice, sugar, oil, and red pepper flakes. Pulse until all the ingredients are mixed and the sauce is mostly smooth.

For the Bowls:

  1. In each serving bowl, place some rice.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cabbages, romaine lettuce, bell peppers, and pineapple. Toss with roughly half of the sauce until everything is evenly coated.
  3. Add some of the cooked chicken and the cabbage mixture to each serving bowl with rice.
  4. Top with sliced cucumber, sliced avocado, and a drizzle of the remaining sauce. Garnish each bowl with chopped scallions and toasted sesame seeds. Serve immediately.


  1. This is the type of meal I like to prep in large batches and in stages. I marinate the chicken, cook my rice, make my sauce, and prep all my veggies the day before I plan to serve. I keep each of the components in the fridge in separate containers.
  2. I cook the chicken and then assemble. This works really well for us on weeknights because you can easily assemble the bowls as you need them throughout the week.