Chicken Teriyaki Sushi Bowl

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Chicken Teriyaki Sushi Bowl
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When Natalie and I started this blog four years ago, it was definitely more of a passion project than a business venture. We both loved planning and preparing meals for friends and family, and having the blog gave us even more of an excuse to get creative in the kitchen. We never dreamed that just a few years later we would be nominated for a Saveur Blog award in the “best weeknight dinner” category. It was a real defining moment for us, and a chance to look at how far we’d come and where we were going. While we enjoy bringing you the occasional dessert or fun cocktail, we realized that it really is in the category of weeknight dinners where we shine, and mostly out of necessity. We cook A LOT of dinners.

Deliciously marinated teriyaki chicken sits atop a bed of steamed, seasoned rice, with chopped cucumbers and avocado...

Chicken Teriyaki Sushi Bowl

A lot has changed in the last four years. Natalie and I now have five kids between us and dinners are something we’ve come to know a lot about. Often times, dinner is the one time of day when everyone comes together to share a meal and talk and so they’ve become increasingly important to our families. I love that The Modern Proper now has such a varied dinner recipe content that I can use it as my personal reference whenever I get into a rut (yes, it happens).  We have friends coming over for dinner in a few days, and I am cooking up our slow cooker barbacoa tacos, a dish Natalie came up with that I have been dying to try. And so, we have determined to become even more committed to bringing you and your families more dinner options, of all skill and palate maturity levels. Afterall, a meal that only works for half of the family really doesn’t work at all.

Chicken Teriyaki Sushi Bowl

This chicken teriyaki sushi bowl is a favorite go to for me, because it is quick and easy, but also because I can make the complete bowl for my husband and I, and a deconstructed version of it for my kids. Everyone is happy, well fed, and satisfied. Deliciously marinated teriyaki chicken sits atop a bed of steamed, seasoned rice, with chopped cucumbers and avocado, and for me and my husband shredded nori, sesame seeds and a spicy sriracha mayo are added. It’s so tasty and ridiculously effortless. That’s what I call a win/win. This bowl is on heavy rotation in my meal planner, and I hope it makes it onto yours as well.

Chicken Teriyaki Sushi Bowl

On another note, how cute is this little pottery bowl from our friends over at PROPPED? PROPPED is an online marketplace where you can buy and sell modern day heirlooms. They are doing a phenomenal job curating some gorgeous prop pieces and are so sweet for sending a few lovely things our way. Also @getpropped  

Chicken Teriyaki Sushi Bowl

Chicken Teriyaki Sushi Bowl

Serves 4

Seasoned Rice

1 1/2 cups brown rice, uncooked
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 sheet nori, finely minced
3 cups water

Teriyaki Chicken

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 bottle teriyaki chicken marinade

Sushi Bowl

1 english cucumber, cut into wedges
1 large avocado, sliced
sesame seeds, optional
2 sheets nori, cut into triangles

Sriracha Mayo

1/3 cup good quality mayonnaise
1-2 tbsp sriracha
2 tsp rice vinegar


  1. Place all ingredients for the seasoned rice in a rice cooker and set to cook. Alternatively place all of the rice ingredients into a saucepan with 3 cups water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then turn the heat to low and simmer with a tight fitting lid until all water has absorbed and rice has cooked through, about 15-20 minutes.
  2. While the rice is cooking, place the chicken along with ½ cup teriyaki marinade into a large saucepan over medium heat. Sauté until the chicken is cooked through, about 8-10 minutes. Turn off the heat, drain off the liquid from the pan and coat the chicken with 1 cup of the teriyaki sauce.
  3. Mix all ingredients for the sriracha mayo in a small bowl.
  4. Serve the chicken in a bowl over the rice along with the cucumber, avocado, and nori triangles, drizzled with sriracha mayo and sprinkled with sesame seeds.