If I could only say one thing to people who read my blog, it’s that dinner doesn’t have to be complicated. These Sweet Chili Chicken Stir Fry Bowls are the perfect example. It’s really more of a “formula” than a recipe. Just stir fry a protein (even if it’s not chicken), add a sauce (either homemade or bottled), spoon it over rice or another starch, and add a simple steamed vegetable. Done and DONE. Scroll down for some ways to switch up this “formula” to make several different varieties of this incredibly easy weeknight dinner.
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Sweet Chili Chicken Stir Fry Bowls
The Pyrex glass bowls pictured above can be found in my Amazon shop.
The Formula for Easy Dinners
Stir fry a protein, add a sauce, serve it over a starch or grain, and add a simple steamed or stir fried vegetable. All of this can be done in under 30 minutes and the possibilities are endless! Here are some ideas for substitutes, so you can make this dinner new every night:
- Proteins: shrimp, tofu, tempeh, ground meat (beef, pork, chicken, or turkey).
- Sauces (store bought or homemade): teriyaki, hoisin, sweet and sour, dragon sauce
- Vegetables: snap peas, zucchini, bell peppers, green beans, mushrooms, frozen stir fry vegetable mixes
- Starches: noodles, quinoa, couscous, zoodles or other vegetable noodles
This Meal Prep Includes
Easy Sweet Chili Sauce: $0.70
Savory Coconut Rice: $2.91
Total Cost: $5.40
4 Servings: $1.35 each