When I was living in California, I used to love going to this little “hole in the wall” place in Santa Ana that served teriyaki chicken rice bowls. With warm rice, chicken and delicious teriyaki sauce…it was a filling and tasty meal for lunch. But that was back in the 90’s and I don’t live in California anymore!
Recently I went to visit my daughter and son-in-law in Fullerton, California. One night for dinner, we went to this restaurant/food chain called the “The Flame Broiler The Rice Bowl King”. They serve rice bowls with vegetables, white or brown rice and flame grilled chicken or beef. They also had some yummy sauce in a dispenser for customers. It was a hearty and delicious meal. I guess rice bowls are big in California. I emailed to see if they would come to Utah and the owner told me that as soon as they get a qualified franchisee, they will. Anybody interested? Check out their web site at: http://www.flamebroilerusa.com/
This weekend I decided to mimic the “Flame Broiler” meal at home here in Fruit Heights, Utah. We don’t have a BBQ right now so we used a stove-top grill pan (the kind with ridges) for the chicken. We had some beautiful green beans (from the Farmer’s Market in SLC on Saturday) that we cooked up too. I made some homemade teriyaki sauce and white rice (although brown would have been more healthy). It was a comforting, light meal and everyone was happy and satisfied (other than the fact that they were ravenous for dessert afterwards).
Speaking of teriyaki sauce, I created my own recipe and it’s not bad (see below). Making it homemade saves money and allows you to control the amount of sugar you use! But if you don’t have time for that, simply get some “Soyaki” from the grocery store or Trader Joes because it seems fairly healthy as far as the ingredients go. I think it’s a great alternative to homemade, especially when life is busy and crazy (which is most of the time right?)…
Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowls
- Brown or white rice
- Chicken or beef
- Teriyaki sauce
- Vegetables of your choice (broccoli, green beans, carrots, celery, bell peppers etc.)
- Can of pineapple
Season meat or chicken with garlic granules, onion granules, salt and pepper. Cook on a grill (tastes the best) or a grill pan on the stove. Throw pineapple on there as well to bring out the natural sugars.
Cook rice according to package instructions. Cook vegetables. Open teriyaki sauce or make it homemade (see below). To assemble, put rice in a bowl, add veggies, chicken and teriyaki sauce. That’s it. Simple, filling and tasty!
Liz’s Teriyaki Sauce
- ½ cup soy sauce
- ½ cup pineapple juice (from canned pineapple)
- ¼ cup seasoned rice vinegar
- ½ – 1 T fresh ginger root, grated
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (or additional to taste)
- 1 T cornstarch
- 2 T water
Combine first 5 ingredients in sauce pan and stir. Cook for about 10 minutes on medium to meld the flavors. Mix cornstarch in the water until dissolved. Add to warm sauce and cook until thickened, about 10 more minutes.