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Sheet pan Spicy Chicken Yum Yum Rice Bowls with spicy orange ginger chicken, steamed rice, all the best toppings, and our favorite spicy, sweet, and creamy yum yum sauce. I top each bowl off with fresh avocado, sesame chili oil, lots of fried wontons, and a generous side of yum yum sauce. Each bowl is colorful and full of flavor. A great family dinner any night of the week, and it’s much simpler to throw together than you’d think!

Spicy Chicken Yum Yum Rice Bowls |

If there’s one dish that my family universally loves, it’s any kind of rice bowl situation. I’m sure many of you have assumed this already, but it’s safe to say my family just loves rice. Too much honestly, but, we love what we love.

My favorite thing to do on busy nights, and especially when I’m not sure what to cook, is to put together a rice bowl. When I’m just cooking for my family, each bowl pretty much always includes a meat…either chicken, steak, or seafood. Then some kind of sauce, some kind of vegetable, avocado, and at least one crunchy element.

When I put this one together last week, everyone was calling it chicken yum yum rice. The fun name stuck! And here with are – spicy chicken yum yum rice bowls. They really are delicious – crispy, spicy, oven-baked chicken, creamy yum yum style sauce, and plenty of fried wontons.


What I love even more about this dish is the ease. Bake the chicken up on a sheet pan (so no messing up the stove). Then steam some rice and add super simple toppings. I did fry up my own wontons and make chili crisp oil, but feel free to use store-bought too!

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Start with the chicken. Cut it into super thin strips, toss it with some tamari and orange juice, then add arrowroot powder or cornstarch. This creates a coating for the chicken to crisp up in the oven.

Now bake the chicken and make the sauce. It’s a mix of additional tamari and orange juice, then honey, chili paste, ginger, and garlic. Pour the sauce over the chicken, continue baking, then broil until the sauce thickens up and the chicken gets crispy.

The sauce ends up becoming sticky and glazes the chicken (so good!).

During this same time, I usually roast a whole bunch of bell peppers and broccoli to serve along with the bowls. I do this on a separate sheet pan.

Now the yum yum sauce. I make mine with avocado oil mayo, ketchup, Worcestershire, seasoned salt, and cayenne. Just mix and done!

Now we can assemble! First the rice, then thinly sliced avocados, cucumbers, and kimchi. Next, add the chicken. I like to do some chili crisps and a handful of fried wontons, plus plenty of green onions.

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Serve the yumm yumm on the side.

For toppings, my bowls almost always include cucumber, avocado, and definitely those fried wontons.

If you’re looking to switch up your chicken and rice bowls, these bowls are really fun. Of course, over here, it’s all about the sauces, so those are actually a must. And the crispy chicken is extra delish too!

Spicy Chicken Yum Yum Rice Bowls |

Looking for other dinner ideas? 

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30 Minute Pineapple Chicken with Coconut Rice

Weeknight Sesame Teriyaki Chicken with Ginger Rice

Lastly, if you make Spicy Chicken Yum Yum Rice Bowls, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Spicy Chicken Yum Yum Rice Bowls

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 425 kcal

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Yum Yum Sauce


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 425° F.
    2 On a large sheet pan, toss the chicken with 1 tablespoon tamari and 1 tablespoon orange juice. Season with pepper. Sprinkle the cornstarch (or arrowroot powder) over the chicken, lightly toss. drizzle with olive oil. Bake 15 minutes.
    3. To make the sauce. In a bowl, whisk 1/3 cup tamari, 2 tablespoons orange juice, honey, chili paste, garlic, and ginger.
    4. When the chicken is ready, pour two-thirds of the sauce over the chicken. Toss and bake another 5 minutes, or until cooked through. Switch the oven to broil. Broil 1-2 minutes, until the chicken chars on the edges. If desired, spoon over the remaining sauce.
    5. Meanwhile, make the yum yum sauce. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Taste and season with cayenne and salt.
    6. To assemble, add the rice to bowls, top with cucumber, avocado, chicken, kimchi, green onions, and a big handful of fried wontons. Spoon over the yum yum.


Sesame Chili Crisp
3/4 cup sesame or peanut oil
8 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 tablespoons sesame seeds
1-3 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
1 tablespoon Korean chili flakes (gochugaru) (optional)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste
In a skillet, combine the sesame oil and garlic. Cook over medium heat until the garlic turns golden and is crisping, about 5-8 minutes. Stir in the sesame seeds and cook for 1 minute. Pour the oil into a large bowl. Add the chili flakes, paprika, cayenne, and season with fish sauce, tamari, or salt. 
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  1. 5 stars
    So delicious! I made a few minor adjustments to this meal. I added a little sesame oil to the sauce, but kept the rest the same. I also made a sheet pan of roasted veggies to add to my bowl… so good! Instead of rice, I used a good quality ramen noodle, but rice would have been lovely. I just have a guy who doesn’t like rice.
    The chicken turned out perfect following the recipe! And the yum yum sauce was indeed yummy! This recipe will be made often!

  2. I halved the amount of gochujang/chili paste in the sauce and still found it unbearably spicy.
    Just a couple notes as well that (1) total orange juice is 3 tbsp; 1 in the tossed chicken and 2 in the sauce, and the broccoli/red pepper are not included in the ingredients if you skip to recipe yet they are in written directions? I didn’t end up having them but I think this dish overall would be good if it was less spicy. Or maybe my gochujang is a different brand but the heat was too intense.

  3. 5 stars
    I cook this all the time and it is a fan favorite. I need to scale it up for 50 and am trying to figure it out. I’d like to cook it outside on the black stone. Maybe unify the two applications of sauce and forgo the broiling? I could still top with the cornstarch but maybe would want less liquid… I’d love suggestions.

  4. The chili paste in the ingredient list needs to be labeled as red curry paste. I used gochujang (as it’s actually labeled chili paste), and I’m guessing it would’ve been better with the curry paste.

    1. Hi Amy,
      Wonderful!! I love to hear that you have been enjoying this recipe and appreciate your notes and feedback! xT

  5. 5 stars
    I made this for our family & my daughter said it was her new favorite meal! It was delicious! I used red curry paste (about 1 tsp) in place of chili paste and it had great flavor. The yum yum sauce was just like the restaurant version!

    1. Hi Sara,
      Happy Wednesday!🌤️🌸 I appreciate you making this recipe and your comment, so glad to hear that it turned out well for you! xx

  6. Hello! Is this recipe calling for red curry paste or red chili paste? The link goes to red curry paste, but since the recipe says “red chili paste,” that makes me think of something like gochujang or sambal oelek. And obviously the heat is going to differ greatly depending on what you use. Thanks!

    1. Hi Abby,
      For this recipe, you will want to use chili paste like gochujang or sambal oelek. Sorry about the link, that might have been the only option Target was able to offer. Let me know if you give this dish a try, I hope you love it! xT