Sesame Chicken Power Bowls

This healthy power bowl is packed with ingredients. Sesame chicken, roasted vegetables, edamame, green onions and cilantro, all on a bed of rice!

A bowl of rice, fried chicken and vegetables.

Power bowls are one of my new favourite meals. Go to any restaurant and you will likely see some sort of power bowl on the menu. If you have ever wondered how to make power bowls at home, then this recipe for sesame chicken power bowls is perfect for you!

What Makes Power Bowls So Good?

Power bowls are packed with all sorts of different ingredients. One of the great things about making these bowls, is that you can switch it up with different ingredients, toppings and sauces each time for a unique flavour.

Try Different Ingredient Combinations! While this recipe for sesame chicken power bowls is full of asian flavours, you could also make these bowls with Mexican/southwest flavours, Indian, and so much more!

Ingredient Notes

  • Sesame chicken – This is made with chicken breast cut into small chunks and a seasoned coating made with corn starch, flour, sesame oil, chili oil, soy sauce, baking powder.
  • Jasmine rice – other types of rice will work great like basmati, brown or long grain rice.
  • Edamame – I buy frozen edamame that have already been shelled and boil them in water. But, you could also boil edamames that are still in the shell and then shell them afterwards.
  • Broccoli & Cauliflower – These are cut into chunks and roasted in the oven. If desired, they could be left raw.
  • Green onions
  • Cilantro
  • Sweet Thai chili sauce

Marinate The Chicken

Cut the chicken breast into small chunks that are about 1/2 inch in size. In a separate bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the sesame marinade/batter. Pour over the cut up chicken and toss to ensure they are well coated. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Frying battered chicken in hot oil.

How To Fry The Chicken

Heat some oil in a deep pot or wok to 375F. Take the chicken that is coated in the seasoned batter and drop them into the hot oil. Make sure to drop the chicken one piece at a time to make sure that they don’t clump together.

As the chicken fries in the hot oil, the coating around the meat will puff up similar to tempura batter. Fry the chicken for about 3-4 minutes, or until the meat is cooked through and the breading is golden brown.

Expert Tip! It is best to cook the chicken in small batches. This helps the chicken cook evenly and ensures that the oil does not drop in temperature too much.

Chunks of fried boneless chicken pieces.

Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon and place on a dish, lined with paper towel, to drain any excess grease. Continue to cook the rest of the chicken in small batches.

Perfect To Make Ahead For Work Lunches! These sesame chicken power bowls are perfect for work or school lunches. Make everything one evening and then package them up in the fridge. Now you have lunches made for the week. All you need to no in the morning, is assemble the power bowl by adding some of each of the ingredients!

A bowl being held in the air with rice chicken and vegetables.

How To Make A Power Bowl

Once all the ingredients are prepped and ready to go, assembling the power bowl is the easy part. I like to use a pasta bowl because it is wide and shallow, which is perfect for power bowls!

Start by spooning a bunch of rice in the bottom the bowl. Then add a handful of chicken pieces, some roasted vegetables, edamame, green onions and fresh cilantro. Finally, top with some Thai sweet chili sauce or your other favourite sauce for the ultimate power bowl!

Hot or Cold? These sesame chicken power bowls are delicious bowl hot and cold. It is simply a matter of preference. If you are serving it hot, then I recommend adding the green onions, edamame and cilantro after you have heated up the ingredients.

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Sesame Chicken Power Bowls

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A healthy recipe for how to make power bowls with sesame chicken, rice, edamame, vegetables and fresh cilantro.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Marinating Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8


Sesame Chicken Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breast
  • 1 tbsp chili oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup corn starch

Power Bowl Ingredients

  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 2 cups edamame , shelled
  • 8 green onions , sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro , minced
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 broccoli , cut into thin chunks
  • 1 cauliflower , cut into thin chunks
  • 1/4 cup sweet Thai chili sauce


How To Cook Sesame Chicken

  • Cut the chicken into very small pieces, about 1/2 inch squares.
  • Make the marinade by mixing the sesame oil, chili oil, soy sauce, flour, corn starch, water, baking powder. Mix the chicken pieces with the marinade and leave for 30 minutes. Stir a few times while the chicken is marinating.
  • Heat oil to 375F. Drop the chicken pieces, coated in some of the marinade, in the hot oil. Try to drop them one piece at a time so that the chicken does not stick together. Fry until they are golden brown, approx 3 or 4 minutes. Drain.

How To Make Power Bowls

  • Preheat oven to 375F. Toss broccoli and cauliflower pieces in oil. Spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in the oven and bake until the vegetables are cooked through and starting to brown on the edges. This should take around 30 minutes.
  • Cook rice according to instructions on package.
  • Add the shelled edamame to a pot with water. Bring to a boil and let the edamame cook for 10 minutes. Drain.
  • Assemble the power bowl by adding a few spoonfuls of cooked rice to bowl. Top with sesame chicken, roasted vegetables, cooked edamame, green onions and fresh cilantro. Finish with a drizzle of sweet Thai chili oil.


Per serving:

Calories: 355kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 22gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 602mgFiber: 6gSugar: 8g

Nutrition Disclaimer


A bowl of rice, fried chicken and vegetables.

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