Make your own homemade freezer-friendly Teriyaki Chicken Bowls! They are fast, easy, and 100% customizable. You can put your leftovers to work, too!
On a recent trip to a warehouse store, I discovered a frozen Teriyaki Chicken Bowl. Chunks of chicken, rice, veggies, and a teriyaki sauce in a convenient freezer-to-microwave bowl. Heat it for a few minutes, they say, and you have an instant meal.
The kids gobbled up their samples and I did, too. We bought a case! I was so excited to have an instant meal solution stashed away for a rainy day.
Unfortunately, the Teriyaki Chicken Bowls were mostly smoke and mirrors. Without smiling employees, tiny spoons, and grumbling tummies to masque the mediocrity, we were left with a bowl of dry chicken, mushy vegetables, and a flat sauce.
My mission was clear. With a winning Teriyaki Sauce already in my tool belt, I knew I could make a homemade, freezer-friendly, DELICIOUS Teriyaki Chicken Bowl in a snap.
Fill the Bowl
This Teriyaki Chicken Bowl allows you to enjoy your leftovers in a fresh, new way. As if they aren't even leftovers at all.
And since it takes the same amount of time to make 1/2 cup rice as 2 cups rice, I always make more than I need.
Same with chicken. If I'm firing up the grill, I make the whole package. That way, the chicken is ready for salads, wraps, or Teriyaki Chicken Bowls.
My Homemade Teriyaki Sauce is sweet, simple, and easily made ahead. I prefer to make it the night before so by morning, it's extra thick and saucy.
Customize for Kids
Whether customizing for kids means you use more veggies, fewer veggies, or different veggies, let this bowl be your canvas.
I buy a frozen Chinese stir-fry vegetable blend for myself (bell peppers, green beans, broccoli, carrots, onions, and mushrooms), and a basic frozen mixed vegetable blend for my kids and husband (peas, carrots, corn, and lima beans).
The selling point of this recipe is that you can prepare the bowls in advance, stick them in the freezer, and then transfer them straight to your microwave. 5 minutes later, you have a tasty homemade meal you can feel good about.
I started with 1 pound raw chicken which turned into just over 2 cups cooked chicken. I had enough for 4 adult bowls and 1 kids' bowl. But, the yield is approximate and flexible. You can stretch the ingredients as you see fit.
I am writing the recipe for 4 adult bowls to create order in a world of chaos. I included notes at the bottom of the recipe for building and heating a kid-size bowl.
Teriyaki Chicken Bowl Recipe (Freezer Friendly)
- Put 1 cup rice in the bottom of 4 (2-cup) freezer-safe bowl. Top each with 1/2 cup frozen vegetables, 1/2 cup chicken, and 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce.
- Cover and freeze. To reheat, transfer directly to the microwave. Unsnap lid fasteners and microwave on HIGH for 5 minutes. Let stand 2 minutes in the microwave. Stir and serve.