Japanese-style chicken and vegetable rice bowl recipe

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This is a delicious recipe that’s pretty much 1,000 times better than KFC and lets you tuck a whole bunch of yummy veggies alongside the fried chicken.

Granted it’s not totally Japanese style, due to the five spice powder, but it’s got a super healthy Japanese sensibility, especially if you choose a healthy oil like canola.

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  • Makes : 4
  • Prep time : 30 mins
  • Cooking time : 15 mins

Chicken and vegetable rice bowl ingredients

  • For the chicken
  • 500g chicken thigh fillets
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of five spice
  • 1/2 cup of soy sauce
  • 2/3 cup of plain flour
  • 2/3 cup of potato starch
  • salt and pepper
  • oil for deep frying
  • For the rice bowls
  • 2 cups of rice
  • 1 cup of shredded carrot
  • 1/2 punnet of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 Lebanese cucumber, sliced
  • 1 cup of preferred vegetables – e.g. broccoli, cauliflower – microwaved until tender (supermarket fresh ready-prepared packs are great for this!)
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Japanese kewpie mayonnaise, or preferred condiments
  • sesame seeds, chives, coriander or other fresh herbs for garnish


  • Put your rice on to cook, as per the packet instructions.
  • Chop the garlic and ginger finely and mix with the soy sauce in a large bowl.
  • Cut the chicken into smallish pieces and put into the soy sauce mixture to marinate for 10 minutes.
  • Mix the flour, potato starch and five spice powder together in a large bowl.
  • Coat the marinated chicken pieces in the flour mix.
  • Deep fry coated chicken pieces in very hot oil until golden. You can use a deep fryer or do this in a pot on the stovetop. Be careful with hot oil though! Drain the golden-fried chicken on paper towel.
  • Spoon cooked and hot rice into bowl. Add the chicken and vegetables. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, fresh herbs and more soy sauce. Serve with kewpie mayo or your preferred condiments.


  • This recipe tastes just as brilliant cold the next day, and if there’s anything left over you can tuck it into lunchboxes too!

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