Sweet and Spicy Asian Chicken Bowls

Last Updated on May 22, 2020

Just wait until you taste these Instant Pot Sweet and Spicy Asian Chicken Bowls. Such a simple recipe that doesn’t lack in flavor! If you’re looking for a tasty gluten-free dish, you need to add this to your meal planning now. 

Instant Pot Sweet and Spicy Asian Chicken Bowls

Homemaking is a gift and a joy. Unfortunately, one element of homemaking that often slips through the crack is meal planning. As homemakers, we all wear many different hats throughout the day – homemaker, parent, teacher, nurse, launderer, employee, chef, chauffeur, shopper, and the list goes on. Just when we think we have it all under control, life has us running in a different direction. So, what can we do to ease some of the stress?

My Instant Pot helps me plan my meals throughout the week. Often times, I’ll meal plan for two weeks. This magical gadget does it all. I can cook frozen meat, or throw in all my ingredients at once, or make cakes and pies, basically anything and everything! However, even with the assistance of the Instant Pot, I felt I needed to kick up my meal planning a notch for those unaccounted busy times.

When I say busy times, I mean busy times with three boys (two of which are teenagers) with activities several days out of the week. In times like those, I found myself choosing quantity over quality with my choice of food. Basically, I would make a sharp turn to the nearest drive thru. Obviously fast food isn’t the best option for the budget nor our health.

If you’re looking for some simple meal planning tips, look no further. I’ve got you covered. I know it’s hard to get it all done, but with some easy recipes and a little bit of planning, it’s possible to have a healthy meal on the table every night and have a freezer full of recipes, too! I wouldn’t go as far as stating meal planning saved my life, but it definitely save my sanity and helped me focus on a healthy lifestyle.  

Can you make these into tacos or burritos?

Absolutely! I just prefer them in a bowl to cut out some of the carbs and calories, but you can alter it however you see fit. 

Why are chicken thighs so cheap?

Have you noticed a different price at the store? That’s because a lot of people prefer other cuts of meat to chicken thighs. Chicken thighs are dark meat and a lot of people have been conditioned to think dark meat is bad for them and will make them fat. Chicken breasts are considered to be higher in protein and more healthy, but again, a lot of people have been conditioned to believe this. That is why chicken thighs are cheaper to other cuts of meat. Regardless, your and your family’s preference are all that matter.   

How do you know when chicken thighs are cooked?

The more people I talk to, the more ways I find to check the doneness (is that a word?) of meat. However, the best, most accurate, and tried and true method of ensuring meat is cooked through is by testing the internal temperature of the chicken thigh with a meat thermometer.
 
Make certain that you test in the thickest part of the thigh and get it in the middle. The internal temperature needs to read at least 160 degrees for your chicken thighs to be considered done and ready to pull out of the Instant Pot. 

Instant Pot Sweet and Spicy Asian Chicken Bowls

 

What other dishes can you make using chicken thighs?

A plethora! Chicken is one of, if not the most, versatile main ingredient available. Not only is it an affordable cut of meat but it’s also a healthy option, too. 
 
Some other dishes that you could easily whip up using chicken thighs are:

You can easily search this site and find even more chicken recipes. The possibilities are endless!

How long can you store the leftovers in the fridge?

My own personal rule is to eat up leftovers within 3 days of making them. If I know it won’t be consumed within three days, I’ll then go ahead and freeze the leftovers to use the following week. 

What toppings would taste good on these Sweet and Spicy Bowls?

I like to spice things up. I prefer some spice and cilantro. You can also add on some cheese, onions, or anything else you might like or sounds good. We all have different taste pallets and what appeals to me, may not necessarily appeal to you. 

Are you ready for this delicious and simple recipe? Get ready to treat yourself to this soy-free and gluten-free dish! 

Instant Pot Sweet and Spicy Asian Chicken Bowls

All you need is the short list of simple ingredients listed below:

Instant Pot Sweet and Spicy Asian Chicken Bowls

Ingredients needed for this Instant Pot Sweet and Spicy Asian Chicken Bowls recipe

How to make an Instant Pot Sweet and Spicy Asian Chicken Bowls

Instant Pot Sweet and Spicy Asian Chicken Bowls
Instant Pot Sweet and Spicy Asian Chicken Bowls

Chop the chicken into cubes. In a bowl, whisk together the crushed red peppers, vinegar, hoisin sauce, garlic, and sugar. Mix with the chicken cubes.

Instant Pot Sweet and Spicy Asian Chicken Bowls

Instant Pot Sweet and Spicy Asian Chicken Bowls

Instant Pot Sweet and Spicy Asian Chicken Bowls

Cook in the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Sweet and Spicy Asian Chicken Bowls

Take a portion of the sauce out, and combine with cornstarch. Mix it back in with the chicken to thicken.

Instant Pot Sweet and Spicy Asian Chicken Bowls
             Serve over rice, with vegetables, or on top of a salad.          

How to make this into a freezer meal for later 

Begin by chopping the chicken thighs into 1-inch cubes. Place the chicken into the round storage container.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the crushed red peppers, vinegar, hoisin sauce, garlic, and sugar. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Place on the lid.                                       

Freeze the chicken in a round container. When ready to cook, run the container under water until the chicken is defrosted just enough to slide out of the container. Place it in the Instant Pot, add the water, and cook according to the label on the lid. When the chicken is done cooking, remove a portion of the sauce to combine with the cornstarch. Pour the sauce and cornstarch back into the Instant Pot and stir.  

Serve over rice, with vegetables, or on top of a salad.    

     

 

Tip: Cook 4 cups of rice when prepping your freezer meals. Store the rice in the fridge in an airtight container. When you need rice for your meals, scoop some rice into a bowl and microwave for 2-3 minutes. I recommend placing a wet paper towel over the rice while in the microwave to steam the rice again.

Talk about a couple of great options to have it ready now or prepare to serve for later! This dish is going to be a hit no matter how or when you decide to serve it! 

Don’t forget to check out our Instant Pot Mexican Red Beans & Quinoa recipe. It’s a great meal that’s hearty and tastes amazing. 

Don’t forget to print your recipe out for later!
Instant Pot Sweet and Spicy Asian Chicken Bowls

Instant Pot Sweet and Spicy Asian Chicken Bowls

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. chicken thighs
  • 5 tbsp. corn starch
  • 1 tsp crushed red peppers
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp. garlic
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 tbsp. sugar
  • Round storage container

Instructions

  1. Begin by chopping the chicken thighs into 1-inch cubes.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk together the crushed red peppers, vinegar, hoisin sauce, garlic, and sugar. Pour the sauce over the chicken.
  3. Place in the Instant Pot, add the water and cook. When the chicken is done cooking remove a portion of the sauce to combine with the cornstarch. Pour the sauce and cornstarch back into the Instant Pot and stir. Serve over rice, with vegetables, or on top of a salad.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 415Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 194mgSodium: 437mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 36g

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2 thoughts on “Sweet and Spicy Asian Chicken Bowls”

  1. Your recipe doesn’t include a unit of measure for the hoisin sauce. Can you edit to add this please?? Sounds delicious– can’t wait to try!

  2. Made this for lunch today for me and my husband, in my IP Mini. Only added some salt. Served over brown rice. Was absolutely delicious!! Thank you!

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