Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowls – coconut rice, pineapple chunks, veggies and marinated chicken combine to make an aloha-inspired rice bowl.
So my step-son turns 17 this week and yesterday was the day we decided to observe his special day. In our family we do a tradition called “Birthday Dinner”. This means the birthday boy or girl gets to pick where they want to go for dinner. They can pick anywhere they want, any price range and we all have to go! Oh, and we are not allowed to complain about the choice made. We have had some people choose things like Taco Bell, while other asked for Olive Garden and others have asked for me to cook dinner at home and make their favorite meal. I however, get screwed every year! See, my birthday is on Christmas Eve so I am always running around like a chicken with my head cut off due to the holiday. I am either cooking, cleaning, entertaining and so on…y’all know how it goes! I think I am going to have to make my family guarantee that I get to celebrate either before or after the holiday season!
Anyhow, my step-son wanted Hawaiian food for his choice, so off we went! We arrive at the restaurant and get seated; that’s where this birthday dinner began to fall apart. Y’all we sat there for over 20 minutes…no one came to greet us, take a drink order, nothing! So, my husband asks for a manager and the manager finally comes over. We explain, nicely I might add because we’ve both done our time in the service industry and understand that things happen, that no one is helping us, that 3 (yes 3) tables had been seated after us and that they had already ordered, had drinks and gotten their starters. Of course the manager made several excuses and apologized so we thought maybe things would get better from here. Our now assigned waitress finally comes over takes our order and then never returns. We received no drink refills, someone different brought our food to the table, no one ever came to see if the food was okay, no follow-up at all. Not only was the service awful but so was the food; over-cooked, cold and so on. Needless to say my poor step-son’s birthday dinner wasn’t the greatest and then to top it off he felt the need to keep apologizing to the family for making us suffer through such a mess. Poor Kid!
So, tonight I am taking upon myself to make it up to him and satisfy all of our disappointment. I am fixing my version of Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Teriyaki Bowls. The grilled marinated chicken, sweet juicy pineapple, sticky coconut rice and crisp grilled veggies. The combination of flavors gives an aloha-inspired dinner that is quick, easy and family pleasing!
- For the Coconut Rice
- 2 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups canned unsweetened coconut milk
- 2 tsp packed light brown sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 cups white rice
- 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strip or chunks (whichever you prefer)
- 2 zucchinis, sliced
- 8 mini sweet bell peppers, chopped (I use a variety of red, yellow and orange)
- 1 pineapple, peeled and cut into chunks
- 1 small red onion, sliced thin
- 1 jar of your favorite Teriyaki Sauce
- Make the coconut rice by adding the water, coconut milk, sugar, and salt to a large saucepan.
- Bring to a boil, then stir in rice; return to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 20 minutes; remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes, before fluffing with a fork.
- Pour 2/3 cup of the teriyaki sauce over the raw chicken in a gallon size zip-lock bag, seal and toss to coat; set aside to marinate for at least 15 minutes.
- Prepare your grill and heat it to medium.
- Place the zucchini, peppers, onion and pineapple in a large bowl; pour ¼ cup teriyaki sauce over them; toss to coat.
- Place the veggies into your grill basket and place the basket onto the grill; grill the vegetables stirring every few minutes until they are cooked to your desired crispness.
- While grilling the veggies, place the chicken on the grill.
- Cook for about 2 minutes on each side, or until cooked through.
- To serve, add coconut rice to each serving bowl; top with grilled veggies & pineapple, and chicken; drizzle a bit of the remaining teriyaki sauce on top.