This post gives a detailed explanation of how to make brown rice and a recipe for an Asian style brown rice bowl with chicken and vegetables. 

Brown rice bowl with chicken and vegetables

An Asian style rice bowl made with brown rice, grilled chicken and stir-fried seasonal vegetables. A complete meal that is simple, delicious and healthy. 

Course Chicken, Dinner, Healthy Eating
Cuisine Asian, International
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 800 kcal


For the brown rice

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • salt to taste

For the chicken and grilled vegetables

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 chicken breast sliced in half
  • 1 zucchini sliced
  • 2 onion sliced
  • 2 green capsicum sliced
  • Other vegetables can be used based on what is available or personal preference

Marinade for chicken and grilled vegetables

  • 2 garlic cloves sliced
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chili paste or chili sauce adjust to taste
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon soya sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Italian Herbs
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Lemon zest optional
  • Pinch red chili flakes


How to cook brown rice:

  1. Clean and wash brown rice. Rinse at least 3 times.
  2. Once they are rinsed, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Drain the soaking water. Place the brown rice, with fresh water in a medium sauce-pan. The water level should be at least one inch higher than the brown rice level.
  4. Bring the brown rice to a boil. Turn heat to low – medium, and cook the rice for at least 10 - 12 minutes.
  5. Once the rice has been cooking for about 10 – 12 minutes, drain the water. This step is necessary because the brown rice will release starch and a greyish foam will be visible on the top of the water.
  6. Place the drained rice back on the stove. Cover the saucepan with a lid, turn heat to low and cook for about 20 – 25 minutes till the rice is cooked through.
  7. Turn the heat off, and let the rice rest for about 10 minutes. This step is necessary to ensure any remaining moisture is absorbed by the rice.

For the chicken and stir-fried vegetables

  1. Take a bowl and add all the marinade ingredients. Whisk together.

  2. Place the sliced chicken breast in a small bowl, and add about 1/3rd of the marinade.
  3. Place the vegetables in another bowl, and add the remaining marinade. Let marinate for about 30 minutes.
  4. Heat a grill pan or a frying pan, and add about a tablespoon olive oil.
  5. Add the sliced chicken breast, and cook on both sides till tender. This will take about 8 – 10 minutes each side, depending on the thickness of the chicken breast. Remove and set aside.
  6. Add another tablespoon of olive oil, and add onions. Saute for about a minute, and then add capsicum followed by zucchini. Cook for a few minutes, till vegetables are charred and grilled. Set aside, and don’t throw away the remaining sauce in the pan.
  7. Take a bowl.Add a layer of brown rice on the bottom, and top with chicken and stir-fried vegetables, along with a teaspoon of the sauce.

Recipe Notes

Notes for Brown Rice:

Notes for Chicken and Vegetables: