Chicken Tahini Rice Bowl

4.8 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 mins Cook Time 20 mins Total Time 40 mins
Difficulty: Beginner Servings: 2 Calories: 610 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Creating a delicious chicken tahini rice bowl is a delightful culinary endeavor. Here's our variation of it. 


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For the Chicken

For the rice

For the dressing

For the bowls


  1. Cut the chicken breasts into 1-inch cubes. In a large bowl mix together all the chicken ingredients. Cover and set aside to marinate for at least 10 minutes. 

  2. Cook the rice according to the package instructions. When done stir in the cilantro, lime juice, and salt.

  3. Heat a large pan over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken.

  4. In a small bowl mix the tahini, yoghurt, soy sauce and lemon juice. Add warm water to thin out the dressing as needed, 1-2 tablespoons should be enough. Season with salt and pepper. 

  5. Assemble your bowl. Start with the rice, top with the chicken, and lastly add the veggies. Drizzle with the tahini dressing. 


  • Make sure to use high-quality chicken, fresh vegetables, and good-quality tahini. The better the ingredients, the tastier the dish.
  • Use fragrant and flavorful rice varieties like jasmine or basmati to complement the dish. You can also cook the rice with a bit of chicken or vegetable broth for added taste.
  • Prepare a creamy tahini dressing by mixing tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and a touch of water or olive oil. Adjust the consistency to your liking.
  • Add your favorite toppings, such as toasted pine nuts, sesame seeds, chopped fresh herbs (like parsley or cilantro), or even a sprinkle of sumac for extra flavor.
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning of your tahini dressing and the overall dish. You can add more lemon juice or salt to balance the flavors.
  • Incorporate elements that provide a contrast in texture. Crispy pita chips or falafel crumbles can add a delightful crunch.
  • Pay attention to portion sizes, as tahini-based dressings can be calorie-dense. Serve appropriate portions for your dietary needs.
  • Assemble and serve the rice bowl while the chicken is still warm and the vegetables are fresh and crisp.
  • This dish is great for meal prep. You can prepare the components in advance and assemble the bowls when ready to eat for a quick and satisfying meal.
  • Get creative with variations by adding roasted vegetables, grilled eggplant, or different proteins like shrimp or tofu.
Keywords: rice bowl, chicken, tahini

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I use a different type of protein instead of chicken?

Yes, you can substitute chicken with other proteins like tofu, shrimp, beef, or even falafel for a vegetarian version. Adjust the cooking method and seasoning accordingly.

Can I use brown rice instead of white rice for a healthier option?

Yes, you can definitely use brown rice for added fiber and nutrients. Just be aware that brown rice typically takes longer to cook than white rice, so adjust your cooking time accordingly.

How can I adjust the tahini dressing's consistency?

If the tahini dressing is too thick, you can thin it out by adding a little water, one tablespoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency.

Are there any alternatives to tahini if I don't have it on hand?

If you don't have tahini, you can use peanut butter or almond butter as a substitute for a different flavor profile. Keep in mind that this will change the taste of the dressing.

Can I make this dish in advance for meal prep?

Yes, you can prepare components of this dish in advance. Cook the chicken, rice, and prepare the vegetables, but store them separately. Assemble the bowls when you're ready to eat.

What are some optional toppings or additions to enhance the dish?

Some popular additions and toppings include chopped nuts (like toasted almonds or sesame seeds), pomegranate seeds, feta cheese, or a drizzle of olive oil.

How do I store leftovers?

Store leftovers in airtight containers in the refrigerator. Keep the components separate to maintain freshness. Reheat the chicken and rice as needed, and assemble the bowl with fresh vegetables and dressing before serving.

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