After trying (and loving) the Asian Lettuce Wraps, I knew I wanted to experiment more with that style of food. I have had this recipe bookmarked for a long time and it is one of the first real meals I made in our new house. I loved it. Loved, loved, loved it. It is very healthy and after all the chopping, it comes together in a snap. Plus, I loved the versatility of serving it with romaine lettuce and rice, or just lettuce…or just rice. You get the picture. You can serve it according to your tastes. It was absolutely delicious with both the hearty green romaine lettuce and the warm, tender rice. The chicken, mushroom, pepper mixture is out of this world with flavor and texture. Hoisin sauce is one of my favorite Asian ingredient flavors and this meal was a slam dunk, in my book.

What To ServeHoney Lime Fruit Salad 
Steamed broccoli or Buttery Peas with Thyme
Green Salad

Hoisin Chicken Rice Bowls

Yield: Serves 4

Hoisin Chicken Rice Bowls


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 large red pepper, diced small
  • 1 10-ounce package baby portebello mushrooms, diced small
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 average-sized boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced small
  • 1 8-ounce can water chestnuts, drained, diced small
  • 2 teaspoons teriyaki sauce (you can find this by the soy sauce)
  • 4 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 3 cups of hot cooked rice
  • romaine lettuce leaves
  • sesame seeds
  • scallions, thinly sliced


  1. Heat oil over medium high heat in a large saute pan. Add red pepper and mushrooms and saute for 5 – 6 minutes until tender. Add garlic and saute an additional minute. Add chicken to pan and cook for 6 – 8 minutes or until cooked through. Stir chicken and red pepper mixture occasionally while it cooks. Add water chestnuts, teriyaki sauce and hoisin sauce and stir to coat the chicken and vegetables. Continue cooking until heated through.
  2. To serve, line a single serving size bowl with romaine leaves. Top with a large scoop of rice, some of the hoisin chicken, and a sprinkle of the sesame seeds and scallions.
  3. Alternately, you can serve the hoisin chicken mixture wrapped in lettuce leaves or omit the lettuce leaves completely and serve the chicken over rice.

Recipe Source: adapted from Dinners for a Year

30 Responses to Hoisin Chicken Rice Bowls

  1. Shar says:

    I’m finding there is a big difference in hoisin sauce. Do you have a favorite?

  2. Erin says:

    What variety of rice do you prefer?

  3. Angie says:

    I will try to send again. Please let me know if you receive it. Thanks Val

  4. Megan says:

    A recipe for you to try. I made it this week and enjoyed it very much.


  5. Angie says:

    Text and let me know if you receive it.

  6. paramedichick06 says:

    I added some peanuts, ginger and chili sauce and it came out wonderfull! My hubby cant wait to take the leftovers for lunch!

  7. Marcela says:


  8. Mrsblocko says:

    I made this and wrote about it here:

    Thanks for the delicious recipe. It’s definately a keeper!

  9. Melanie says:

    Sook – oooh, I bet chili sauce would take this over the top. Thanks for letting me know you liked it!

  10. Sook says:


    I made this tonight and it was fantastic! We had it with a little bit of hot chili sauce and it was a hit! Thanks!

  11. Katie says:

    OH YUM! I could go for one of those right now!

  12. D says:

    yum! I can’t wait to try this!

  13. Valerie says:

    Your picture is so perfect. I’ve never used hoisin sauce, but want to now so I can make this great looking recipe.

  14. teresa says:

    Oh my goodness, I could slurp these right up!

  15. Frieda says:

    Oh, yum! Do you have a food processor? You can put the raw chicken in there and pulse it if you want more of a ground chicken texture…and more ease in prep work.

  16. Melanie says:

    Chelsea – my kids ate this really well. It isn’t spicy at all – it has deep flavors with the hoisin and teriyaki, etc. but it doesn’t pack a lot of heat.

  17. Allison says:

    I made these last night, minus the mushrooms & green onions – they were amazing! Definitely a make again…often. 🙂 Thanks!

  18. Kara@ Creations by Kara says:

    Oh man, now I have a tough choice to make. I’ve been planning on trying your lettuce wraps, now I don’t know which one to make first. Such yummy decisions!

  19. My Sister's Kitchen says:

    This looks so good. I’ll have to try it. Hope your move went well and you are settling in. We actually have our house for sell but are just planning on building down the street. Much easier!Yes, it’s my sister (the one without any kids) who is pregnant. We’re are really excited.

  20. Deborah says:

    I’ve been making lots with hoisin lately – I’ll have to give this a try!

  21. Melanie says:

    Allison – glad you liked these. I appreciate you taking the time to comment and let me know. Thanks!

  22. Sara says:

    Mmmm, I love lettuce wraps! These look great. I’ve given you a little award on my blog, since I enjoy yours so much! 🙂

  23. jaesi says:

    this speaks right to my stomach…ooooh.

  24. Melanie says:

    JoAnn – I bet the addition of oyster sauce paired very well with the flavors in this dish. I’m glad you liked the recipe!

  25. Chelsea says:

    Oooh this looks so good! is it spicy? or should I say did your kids eat it? mine are pretty anti spice.

  26. EAT! says:

    I am so glad you enjoyed my recipe. We love Asian flavors in our house and this recipe is a favorite.

    Check my blog for many more Asian creations.

  27. JoAnn says:

    Made this last night–the family loved it! I did add some oyster sauce as well.

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