Bhutanese Chili Chicken with Red Rice

A different sort of chili dish, this Bhutanese Chili Chicken dish is well worth a try. With spicy pepper and red rice, this healthy, easy meal is sure to become a fast favourite.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 20 min


1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast(s)
1 cup whole grain red rice
1/4 cup cornstarch
3 tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 cup red onion(s), sliced lengthwise
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup red hot chili pepper(s), chopped
3 tbsp ginger, minced
2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
2 tomato(es), large, cut into wedges

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Cook whole-grain red rice according to package directions in unsalted water.

  2. Cut the chicken into cubes and toss with cornstarch making sure all pieces are totally coated. If not, add a bit more cornstarch.

  3. Heat 3 Tbsp (45 mL) sesame oil over medium heat in a non-stick wok or skillet. Cook chicken until pieces are browned on both sides and slightly crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.

  4. Add another 1 tsp (5 mL) of sesame oil, sliced onions, minced garlic and ginger and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add chopped peppers and cook another 2 minutes. Return chicken to pan, add sliced tomato wedges, season with soy sauce and heat through.

  5. Serve over cooked red rice on a heated serving platter.

Helpful Tip

A spicy stir-fry which is a classic dish from the Kingdom of Bhutan, in the eastern Himalayas. Buy medium-grain red rice at specialty and health food stores.

Remove the seeds from the chili peppers for a less spicy dish.

Nutrition Info

Per 470 g serving Amount
Protein32 g
Fat15 g
Saturated Fat2 g
Carbohydrate53 g
Fibre5 g
Sugar4 g
Cholesterol65 mg
Sodium340 mg
Per 470 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A40
Vitamin C100
Vitamin B645
Vitamin B1222