sesame chicken rice bowl recipe

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Sesame Chicken Rice Bowls

Those of you who have been around the Smart Nutrition block for a little while may notice that this sauce looks suspiciously familiar. Yup, it’s almost an exact replica of the life-changing walnut sauce I paired with salad rolls a few months ago. It’s so life-changing that I can’t just leave it to one recipe! You need any and all versions of this sauce in your life. 

I replaced some of the canola oil for sesame oil. I’d like to say that it was a genius idea of mine but I confess that this invention was born out of necessity. I didn’t have enough canola oil for the full recipe but I already started making it so… sesame oil subbed in! I enjoyed the flavour so much I just knew it needed to be paired with even more sesame seeds on top. 

Sesame Chicken Rice Bowls

Why It’s A Smart Choice

This is a fully balanced meal, all in one bowl. You’ve got your protein in the chicken, complex fibre-filled carbs in the brown rice, and healthy fats in the sauce. And, of course, you can load this bowl up with veggies! Which I highly recommend. (shocking suggestion from a Dietitian, isn’t it?) 

And for those of you who can’t eat dairy, this is a good meal for helping to meet your daily calcium goals. Both the broccoli and the sesame seeds contain calcium. 

If you give this recipe a go, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, or snap a photo and tag it with #smartnutritionrecipes on Instagram!  I’d love to see your creations! Knowing someone has enjoyed one of my recipes always makes my day brighter.  


Sesame Chicken Rice Bowl Recipe

  • Author: Jessica Penner, RD


A sesame walnut sauce elevates humble rice, chicken, and veggies to superstar status.


Sesame Walnut Sauce

  • ¾ cup walnut halves
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • ⅓ cup nutritional yeast
  • 3 tbsp vinegar
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp tahini (or sesame seeds)
  • 2 cloves garlic

Rice Bowls

  • Leftover cooked rice
  • Grilled chicken (or from a rotisserie chicken)
  • Grated carrots
  • Broccoli florets
  • Sesame walnut sauce
  • Sesame seeds


  1. Place the sauce ingredients in a blend and blend until smooth.
  2. Layer bowls with the ingredients in the order listed.
  3. Eat and enjoy!


  • Recipe for sauce will be enough for about 4 servings.
 Sesame Chicken Rice Bowl

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