Asian Ground Turkey and Rice Bowls Recipe

Have a super delicious dinner on the table in 15 minutes with this Asian ground turkey and rice bowl recipe!

Easy Asian ground turkey and rice bowls recipe, the perfect easy dinner recipe that is ready in under 30 minutesIn this recipe, ground turkey is cooked with Asian ingredients (like soy sauce, ginger, and rice wine vinegar) and then instant white rice is used (the 5 minute kind), and everything is cooked and ready to go in 15 minutes! These days with my newborn baby, I’m all about quick and easy dinner recipes that I can get on the table, fast!

Ground turkey made with Asian ingredient for an easy 15 minute meal of Asian ground turkey and rice bowlsThe story behind how this recipe came to be goes something like this: I had had a long day and so had my husband Nick. We were both exhausted and the last thing on our minds was dinner. I took a quick nap while he watched Ben, and then when I woke with a grumbling tummy, I knew I need to make something for dinner that was quick.

Ground turkey made with Asian ingredient for an easy 15 minute meal of Asian ground turkey and rice bowlsWe were thinking of maybe getting delivery, but I really didn’t want to wait that long, so I opened the fridge and saw I had some quick pickled Asian vegetables and some ground turkey (as I said when I shared these turkey burgers, I rarely buy ground beef, but instead I love ground turkey!) and thought about how fast ground turkey cooks, so I married the flavors together by cooking the turkey with Asian ingredients that I love having in the house: like rice wine vinegar and gochujang (these items can be found in the Asian or international foods aisle at most grocery stores, or ordered on Amazon.)

20 minute meal recipe - Asian ground turkey and rice bowls, perfect for a quick dinnerI whipped up these incredible Asian ground turkey and rice bowls, and start to finish, they took only 15 minutes!!! I had the Asian pickled vegetables in the fridge. You could use unpickled, regular raw vegetables, or you could whip up a batch of Asian pickled vegetables to have on hand. The longer the vegetables marinate, the more heat they develop. I had ones that I had in the fridge for 2 weeks, and they had this great heat to them!

Asian ground turkey and rice bowls recipe, easy ground turkey recipe, 30 minute meal dinner recipe

These Asian ground turkey and rice bowls are so flavorful, and make the perfect quick and easy weeknight dinner! I’d love to know -what is your favorite meal or dish to make when you’re short on time?

Asian Ground Turkey and Rice Bowls Recipe
 
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Serves: 4 bowls
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1.25 lbs lean ground turkey
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chili paste (gochujang)
  • For serving:
  • 2 cups white rice, cooked (I use 5 minute instant white rice)
  • Asian pickled vegetables (or you could use finely chopped, raw vegetables: carrots, cucumbers, jalapenos)
  • cilantro, about a handful, chopped
  • Optional: sauce to serve over the finished dish:
  • ¼ cup soy sauce, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1 teaspoon chili paste
Instructions
  1. In a large nonstick pan over high heat cook sesame oil and garlic cloves for 30 seconds, then add in the ground turkey and sprinkle with salt. Break up the turkey as it cooks for 5 minutes, then when there's only a little bit of pink showing still, add in the fresh ginger, brown sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and chili paste and continue cooking, stirring and breaking up the turkey as it cooks, for another 4-5 minutes. Then turn off the heat.
  2. Cook rice according to package instructions and set aside.
  3. Chop cilantro and get your vegetables ready (drain the liquid from the pickled vegetables or chop the raw vegetables.
  4. If making the sauce to go over the finished dish, stir the ingredients together and set aside.
  5. To assemble: divide rice between 4 bowls, top each bowl with ¼ of the turkey, add pickled veggies and top with a pinch of cilantro and enjoy
Dinner that is on the table in less than 15 minutes - quick, easy and delicious!

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  • Shawnna Griffin
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    hey girl- this looks so delish!

    • Sweetphi
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      Thank you so much! I love how quick and easy this recipe is 🙂

  • Little Cooking Tips
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    Fantastic recipe! We are definitely making this, only replacing the chili with some paprika for reasons you know;) Thanx so much for sharing this sweetie, it’s perfect for the busy days that are ahead!
    xoxoxo

  • Jordan McEntaffer
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    I’m not sure I really have a favorite recipe to make when I am short on time. I am still in college and when I do have time, I meal prep so I can be prepared for the times I am busy. Usually the quick meal for me though is grilled chicken with cajun seasoning and brown rice, with any type of veggie I can steam with it. Super plain, but budget and time don’t afford me lots of ideas as it is. I am always looking to find new ones though, and your five ingredient series really helps students like me out, so thank you!

    • Sweetphi
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      I can definitely relate Jordan, that’s exactly what I made when I was a student! Thank you so much for your kind words about my five ingredient series, truly appreciate it 🙂

  • Mary W
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    When I am short on time, I will often make Naan bread pizzas with lots of different topping combinations depending on what is in the fridge. If I have the ingredients I will make a variation of a salad to go with the pizza.

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      That’s an awesome idea for a quick meal! I love making different topping combinations too 🙂

  • Susan P.
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    When I am short on time, I make a mixed green salad with cooked cold quinoa (I make extra to have some cold) and add veggies – whatever is on hand. Very little clean up, too!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      That sounds genius for having a little extra quinoa on hand, I’m going to have to do that! Thank you for your commenting.

  • Lee Ann Carter
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    This sounds super easy & so yummy. Can’t wait to make up a batch of Asian pickled veggies to keep on hand. As far as a go-to fast meal I take a box of stuffing mix add a little butter and enough hot water to get the stuffing moist. Spread it in a 13×9 baking dish then take a couple boneless chicken breasts and place along side the stuffing. Sprinkle with paprika. Mix a can cream of celery soup, can cream of mushroom soup and a 1/4 cup milk together and pour over the chicken and stuffing. Sprinkle with parsley. Cover and bake 15 minutes at 350. Uncover and cook for another 15 minutes or until the chicken is done. Heat some green beans or peas and you have a complete meal in about 35-40 minutes.

    • Sweetphi
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      Your stuffing chicken dish sounds super delicious! My husband loves stuffing and chicken casserole type dishes, so I’m definitely going to have to try this!

  • Cassie
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    Pre cooked chicken sausage and veggies is my quick dinner go to!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Amen to that, such a great quick meal!

  • Patricia Caradonna
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    When I am short on time, I make Swiss cheese chicken, cream of celery soup with veggies. It is fast and taste delicous!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      That sounds super good, I’ll have to try that!

  • Memory Dalton
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    I always keep frozen salmon and veggies on hand. On nights when i want a quick but healthy meal, I thaw the salmon, put some jasmine rice in the rice cooker, and then sear the salmon with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. While those are cooking I’ll microwave the veggies with salt, pepper and butter (often frozen broccoli) or maybe some teriyaki sauce if I have an asian mix on hand. Voila! Seared salmon (maybe a little teriyaki or chili sauce on top) with fragrant rice and seasoned veggies. Healthy, satisfying, and ready in ~30 minutes.

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      This sounds absolutely fabulous, perfect for a quick meal in under 30 minutes!

  • Erik
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    Most of our meals are planned… but, when we are short on time we’ll pan fry some frozen pre-cooked meatballs with onions and garlic, then make up an alfredo of sorts with butter, cream and whatever cheese we have on hand, let it simmer to fully thaw the meatballs and infuse some of the flavor, and then add in noodles.

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      That sounds so delicious!!! I just made meatballs and spaghetti last night, it’s just such a great classic delicious meal!

  • Beverley Stark
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    I made this last night and it was fabulous! So quick and easy. I did use red pepper flakes instead of chili paste because I didn’t have any. My kids will eat it next time and I will just add the heat after i’ve dished their plates.

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      That’s so awesome to hear, so glad you liked it, and that sounds awesome for the kiddos!

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