Sesame Orange Chicken Bowls

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With temperatures starting to warm up not everyone wants to use the oven to meal prep, enter the slow cooker (or pressure cooker!) These Sesame Orange Chicken Bowls are a great option in the summer! They are nice and filling and are packed with 34 grams of protein to keep you full and happy. This recipe also makes extra chicken that you can use for another meal when you need it.

Nutritional Information / Macros

Makes 5 servings

Serving Size: 1 bowl

380 CAL

34.4P / 40.8C / 8.1F

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Sesame Orange Chicken Bowls showing crockpot with different phases of the cooking chicken.

INGREDIENTS

Substitutions/Additions

You could add any veggies you like to bulk this meal up even more, like diced zucchini. Cauliflower rice would be a great addition for more veggies or a great swap for the rice if you are looking for a lower carb option.

Sesame orange Chicken Bowls showing diced cucumber.

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Meal Prep Supplies Used

4 cup glass bowls -Make sure the bowls you’re purchasing are oven safe. They will say so on the label if purchasing in store.

Half size sheet pan – This is the perfect size for 5, 4 cup glass bowls. I’ve used a bigger pan before and it works, but the bowls do slide around a little bit.

Veggie Chopper – This makes the most perfectly uniform little diced cucumbers! I love this chopper for any veggies I need diced up!

Slow Cooker – Such a staple in any household!

Pressure Cooker – This makes cooking so many things quick and easy!

Sesame orange chicken bowls with visible rice, orange chicken, diced cucumber and edamame.

Reheating Instructions

These Sesame Orange Chicken Bowls can reheated whenever you need them, that’s why meal prepping is so genius! Just pop them in the microwave for 2-3 minutes and your meal is ready to go! You can also preheat the oven to 350º and warm them back up for about 10 minutes if you prefer that method instead!

If taking these on the go you can pack the cucumbers separately if you don’t want to microwave them. Believe it or not, they don’t taste weird warm. Give it a shot and save yourself the trouble of packing up the cucumbers!

Freezing Instructions

If needed, you can freeze these Sesame Orange Chicken Bowls. When they are finished baking, make sure to let them cool for a bit then cover them with a lid and put them in the freezer. You can store these for up to a month that way. When that craving hits, be sure you let the bowls sit out and defrost a little bit, so the glass won’t crack when you reheat them!

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5 from 1 vote

Sesame Orange Chicken Bowls

Rice topped with Sesame Orange Chicken, diced cucumber and edamame
Prep: 10 hours
Total: 10 hours
Servings: 5 bowls
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Ingredients 

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless, chicken thighs
  • 4 tablespoons honey, 84g
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste, 33g
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil, 14g
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce, or coconut aminos
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate, frozen
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup basmati or jasmine rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 cups edamame
  • 1 medium cucumber, diced (200g)

Instructions 

  • Place the chicken thighs in a slow cooker. Combine the honey, tomato paste, sesame oil, soy sauce, orange juice concentrate, ginger, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Mix well and pour over the chicken. Cook on low 8 hours or high 4 -5 hours. If using a pressure cooker, add an extra 1/2 cup of water and set to high pressure for 15 minutes.
  • When the chicken is done, shred it with forks right in the slow cooker.
  • Rinse the rice well and put in the rice cooker with the water and salt. If cooking over the stove, follow the directions on the back of the bag of rice.
  • Cook the edamame in the microwave or over the stove.
  • Lay out 5 meal prep containers. To each container add 4 ounces of cooked rice, 6 ounces of the chicken (scoop out with the juices) 1/5 of the diced cucumbers (about 1/3 cup) and 1/5 of the edamame (about 1/3 cup).
  • Top with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and red pepper flakes.
  • Let cool before covering with lids and placing In the refrigerator up to 5 days.

Notes

This makes more than 5 servings of chicken! There will be some leftovers! The chicken is in Myfitnesspal and Macrosfirst app per gram if you’d like to create your own version of these bowls or add extra servings!
These can be spicy! It seems the longer the chicken cooks, the spicier it gets. Just keep that in mind if you don’t want it to be too spicy. You could also reduce the red pepper flakes some.
Find in Myfitnesspal and the Macrosfirst app food database by searching, “Stay Fit Mom Sesame Orange Chicken Bowls.”
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1bowl, Calories: 380kcal, Carbohydrates: 40.8g, Protein: 34.4g, Fat: 8.1g
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  1. 5 stars
    Flavor is delicous and I’m excited to eat them all week for lunch. However the measurements are off or I’m doing something wrong. 4oz of rice per serving ended up being 2 cups of (dry) rice instead of 1. And 6oz of chicken per serving does not leave any chicken leftover if you’re making 5 meals. Am I missing something?

    1. Hi Shelby! I’m so sorry about the rice, I better increase the uncooked amount listed in the ingredients! I will update it right now, I’m not sure how that happened! Thank you! The 6 ounces of chicken does include the “juices” weight. So when you scoop 6 ounces into your bowls, you’ll be scooping the flavorful juice as well, and the actual chicken included in your scoop is more like 4 – 4 & 1/2 ounces. I hope that makes sense? Thanks again!