Spicy Chicken & Rice Bowls with Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers & Peanuts

Spicy Chicken & Rice Bowls

with Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers & Peanuts

30 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

To top our fluffy jasmine rice and tender sautéed veggies, we’re searing chicken with a complex, spicy glaze of fiery chipotle paste, sweet honey, and tamarind paste—made from the pleasantly sour, sticky fruit of the tropical tamarind tree. It’s all complete with a garnish of roasted peanuts for delightful crunch and nutty flavor in each bite.

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  • Calories
    720 Cals (est.)
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Spicy Chicken & Rice Bowls with Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers & Peanuts
Title
  • 10 oz Chopped Chicken Breast
  • ½ cup Jasmine Rice
  • 4 oz Sweet Peppers
  • 4 oz Grape Tomatoes
  • 2 Scallions
  • 2 tsps Chipotle Chile Paste
  • 2 tsps Tamarind Paste
  • 1 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsps Mayonnaise
  • 2 tsps Honey
  • 2 Tbsps Grated Cotija Cheese
  • 3 Tbsps Roasted Peanuts
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tips & techniques
Prepare the ingredients & make the glaze:
1 Prepare the ingredients & make the glaze:

Remove the honey from the refrigerator to bring to room temperature. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut off and discard the stems of the peppers; remove the cores, then thinly slice into rings. Halve the tomatoes. Thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and hollow green tops. Roughly chop the peanuts. In a bowl, whisk together the honey (kneading the packet before opening), tamarind paste, 1/4 cup of water, and as much of the chile paste as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook & finish the rice:
2 Cook & finish the rice:

In a small pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt, and 1 cup of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook, without stirring, 12 to 14 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff with a fork. Stir in the mayonnaise. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Cover to keep warm. 

Cook the vegetables:
3 Cook the vegetables:

Meanwhile, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced peppers; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the halved tomatoes; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until softened. Add the vinegar (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until the liquid has cooked off. Turn off the heat. Transfer to a bowl. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan. 

Cook the chicken & serve your dish:
4 Cook the chicken & serve your dish:

Pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper. In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the sliced white bottoms of the scallions. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the glaze (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the chicken is coated and cooked through. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished rice topped with the cooked vegetables and cooked chicken (including any glaze from the pan). Garnish with the sliced green tops of the scallions, chopped peanuts, and cheese. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

Prepare the ingredients & make the glaze:
1 Prepare the ingredients & make the glaze:

Remove the honey from the refrigerator to bring to room temperature. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut off and discard the stems of the peppers; remove the cores, then thinly slice into rings. Halve the tomatoes. Thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and hollow green tops. Roughly chop the peanuts. In a bowl, whisk together the honey (kneading the packet before opening), tamarind paste, 1/4 cup of water, and as much of the chile paste as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Season with salt and pepper.

2 Cook & finish the rice:

In a small pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt, and 1 cup of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook, without stirring, 12 to 14 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff with a fork. Stir in the mayonnaise. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Cover to keep warm. 

Cook & finish the rice:
Cook the vegetables:
3 Cook the vegetables:

Meanwhile, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced peppers; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the halved tomatoes; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until softened. Add the vinegar (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until the liquid has cooked off. Turn off the heat. Transfer to a bowl. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan. 

4 Cook the chicken & serve your dish:

Pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper. In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the sliced white bottoms of the scallions. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the glaze (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the chicken is coated and cooked through. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished rice topped with the cooked vegetables and cooked chicken (including any glaze from the pan). Garnish with the sliced green tops of the scallions, chopped peanuts, and cheese. Enjoy!

Cook the chicken & serve your dish:
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