Quick BBQ Rice Bowl

This past week was Week One of UO’s fall term–and I’ve been busy, busy, busy. With a new job (copy editing for the University of Oregon’s Daily Emerald newspaper), tons of reading for class, and other homework and commitments, I haven’t had much time for anything. And that includes making my meals.

But such is the way of college life.

This week I threw together a quick lunch that turned out to be really good. I’m not quite sure what to call it… It has influences of the summer American backyard barbecue (gluten-free BBQ sauce) as well as maybe a hint of Mexican food (tomatoes + beans?). But anyway, it tastes good and it’s easy. Which is fine by me.

Some specific ingredients I used in this recipe:

I try not to eat canned chicken too often, but sometimes I have nothing fresh or left over and I need the protein. Then I usually grab a can of Costco‘s Kirkland brand of chicken breast. Again, this recipe is EASY.

When I don’t have time to cook rice, I use Whole Food‘s 365 organic pre-cooked frozen rice, either brown or jasmine. You just warm it up in the microwave.

Since I avoid gluten as well as corn (and high fructose corn syrup–or “corn sugar” as they’re trying to call it now), it can be difficult buying sauces. That’s why I recommend the Bull’s Eye brand for barbecue sauces. They use sugar and taste great.

Ingredients (makes two helpings – or a large one if you’re starving)

1 orange bell pepper, sliced

1 shallot, diced

1 can pre-cooked chicken (or your choice tofu)

Dash of lime juice

Barbecue sauce, to taste

1 bowl pre-cooked frozen rice (jasmine or brown)

1/2 can black beans

2 small-medium tomatoes, sliced


1. Saute the bell pepper and shallot in olive oil in a medium skillet.

2. While waiting, warm the pre-cooked frozen rice in a bowl in the microwave. Usually 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.

3. Add the canned chicken to the skillet and a dash of lime juice.

4. Warm the black beans in the microwave about 30-40 seconds.

5. Add the rice and barbecue sauce to the skillet and stir.

6. Scoop the barbecue mixture into a bowl, add the beans and sliced tomatoes as garnish. Enjoy!


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Categories: Main dish, Meat, Sauce


Became a voracious, unapologetic bookworm in 4th grade after reading the first three Harry Potter books. Have a thing for dystopias, young adult novels, classic literature and funny memoirs (re: Mindy Kaling / Tina Fey). English and journalism geek, media and pop culture critic, food writer and blogger, editor of an entertainment magazine. Hobbies include: my Netflix account, cooking, gardening, music, art and hiking.


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