Rice bowls are kind of having a moment, and it’s because of a lot of reasons. For starters, they are highly customizable. I’ve used brown rice, beans, tomatoes, mushrooms and even a fried egg over the years.
In addition to their flexibility, they also come together really quickly. You can easily scale them up and down, which makes them perfect for an evening alone or a night spent with family. Don’t you think a “Build Your Own Bowl” night would be a fun way to entertain with friends?
I’ve been making different versions of this meal for Ellie and I for years for those very reasons. With blistered peppers and tart lime, this particular version is a new favorite. It also can be ready in a little over 30 minutes. #winwin
1/2 c. basmati rice
1/2 yellow pepper, sliced
1/2 red pepper, sliced
1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced into 1-2 inch strips
1 tbsp. and 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/4 c. shredded white cheddar
Half of an avocado sliced
Bring water to a boil in a pot. Add the rice. Then, turn down to medium. Boil for 16 minutes or until tender.
While the rice is cooking, slice the peppers and cut the chicken into 1-2 inch strips. Keep an eye on the rice. Once cooked, drain and rinse it. Set aside.
Heat a pan over medium high heat. Add 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil. Then, add the chicken and season with salt and pepper. Spread it out. Leave it alone, so it can develop a little color. After a few minutes, lower the heat and cook over medium low. Once cooked through, remove to a bowl (This should take about 6 minutes.).
Now, add the pepper and crank the heat up to medium high. Season with salt and pepper. Add 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil. Stir and cook until the peppers start to blister. This should take about a minute. Remove from the pan and set aside.
Slice half an avocado and toss with the juice from half a lime, salt and pepper.
Now, begin to pull the dish together.
Divide the rice evenly between two bowls. Top with 2 tbsp. cheese each. Then, add the chicken and peppers. Squeeze lime over the top. Add a few slices of avocado and enjoy.