Delicious garlic pepper grilled chicken served over poblano green rice, charred corn, avocados, cucumber and fresh cherry tomatoes topped with Sriracha mayo. A California inspired poke bowl made with chicken for a fun kid friendly alternative!
We love poke bowls. When were on vacation in Australia we always try and find the best poke shops around. They’re fun to eat and filled with delicious ingredients that are healthy and packed with umani flavour.
Poke is traditionally served with fresh tuna but we realize that not everyone likes to eat fish and chicken is usually a go to source of protein for most parents and if your like us you hate cooking chicken because its such a boring protein. This fun poke bowl alternative is a great way to spice up your chicken dishes. We marinated the chicken in tons of black pepper, fresh garlic and grated ginger. The black pepper and garlic chicken is so good, chars perfectly on the grill and comes out juicy!
One of the star ingredients of the dish is the poblano Mexican green rice. OH MY GOD its so good! You can always make long grain as is for the dish but we strongly recommend making the green rice. Make a big batch and use the leftovers in burritos or served on the side with your main the next day. The poblano peppers are the key to this recipe. Its to make all you need to do is char the poblanos on the grill, peel the skin and add all the other ingredients to a food processor and blend it into a sauce that we will use to coat the rice. Its that simple.
Poke bowls are all about the umami flavours, usually you have Sriracha mayo and some kind of sauce like unagi or teriyaki. For this version were sticking with Sriracha mayo and a balsamic drizzle to go with the California inspired flavours.
The most fun part of poke bowls is all the garnishes and condiments. You can go as simple or complex as you want. We love adding sliced cucumber, green onions, avocado, and some type of fruit. Delicious options include cilantro, charred corn, shredded carrots, lettuce, glass noodles, edamame, and toasted sesame seeds. The possibilities are endless, which means you really can’t mess up.
We hope you guys enjoyed this fun twist on a chicken dish in our version of a poke bowl!
To make the garlic pepper chicken:
1. Combined all ingredients into a bowl or Ziploc, cover with plastic wrap and let marinate for 2-3 hours
2. Spray the grill grates with cooking spray. Heat the grill to medium low heat
3. Once the grill is hot, place the chicken on the grates, flipping every 5 minutes until the chicken is cooked. Chicken on the grill takes 15-20 minutes.
4. Remove from the grill and let cool before slicing
5. Cut the chicken into small cubes
6. Set aside until your ready to assemble your bowls
To make the poblano rice:
7. Roast the poblano peppers on the grill for 10 minutes, flipping halfway.
8. De-stem and de-seed the poblanos. Add them to a blender along with 10-15 sprigs of cilantro, a handful of spinach, 1/2 onion, and 1 garlic clove. Combine well.
9. Add a splash of oil to a saucepan over medium heat. Add 1 cup of rice and cook until opaque and starting to turn golden brown, stirring regularly. This should only take a couple minutes so keep an eye on it to prevent burning.
10. Add the poblano puree to the rice and cook for a 2-3 minutes, stirring regularly. Add 2 cups of stock and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Give the rice a good stir and once boiling, reduce the heat to simmer and cook until all the stock has been absorbed or the rice is cooked through. IT takes about 15-20 minutes.
11. Remove from heat. Stir the rice and let sit for a few minutes, covered
12. Set aside until ready to assemble. Rice can be kept in the fridge for 4-5 days.
To make the poke bowl:
13. Char the corn on the grill, turning every 5 minutes until cooked through. Takes about 15 minutes on the grill. Once cooled, cut the kernels off.
14. Make sure all ingredients are laid out in front of you for when you’re ready to assemble the bowls.
15. To assemble the bowls, first add the poblano rice to a bowl, next add the cucumber cubes and avocados along the edge of the bowl. Add the tomatoes and corn. (See pictures) Drizzle the balsamic reduction over the ingredients and a small amount of sesame seeds. Next add the garlic pepper chicken cubes placing them in the center of the bowl. Drizzle the sriracha mayo (Don’t be shy) To finish the bowl we added chopped green onions overtop, sprouts and sesame seeds.