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Chicken Fried Cauliflower Rice

Chicken Fried Cauliflower Rice
I always enjoy tasty Chinese takeout but it's also great to make at home! One of my favourite dishes has to be fried rice and it's super easy to make! Something that I have been enjoying lately with my fried rice is replacing the main ingredient, the rice, with 'riced' cauliflower; basically cauliflower that has been grated so that it is in small rice sized pieces. One of the great things about fried rice is that you can throw in pretty much anything that you like and this recipe is a pretty standard one that starts out with Chinese sausage or bacon, chicken, a bunch of vegetables, the cauliflower rice and some seasonings. A great tip for making fried rice is to have everything ready and on hand before you start cooking as things move quickly once you start and for cauliflower fried rice you don't want to over cook the cauliflower or it will get mushy. I have to say that cauliflower makes and excellent alternative to rice in fried rice that is lighter and healthier without all of the carbs!

Chicken Fried Cauliflower Rice

Chicken Fried Cauliflower Rice
Chicken Fried Cauliflower Rice

Chicken Fried Cauliflower Rice

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes Servings: 4

Chicken fried rice that uses cauliflower instead of rice for a lighter and healthier way to enjoy fried rice.



ingredients
  • 4 strips bacon, cut into 1 inch slices or 1/4 cup pancetta or 1 Chinese lap cheong sausage, diced
  • 1/2 pound skinless boneless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into small pieces
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1/2 cup carrot, shredded or diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, grated
  • 1 head cauliflower, riced by grating by hand or in a food processor (~5 cups)
  • 2 eggs, lightly scrambled
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sweet soy sauce (optional)
  • chili sauce such as sambal oelek or srircha to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 green onions, sliced
directions
  1. Heat the pan over medium-high heat, add the bacon and cook until crispy, about 3-5 minutes
  2. Add the chicken and stir-fry until cooked, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the onion and mushrooms and stir-fry for 3 minutes before adding the carrot and peas and stir-frying for another 3 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic and ginger and stir-fry for 30 seconds.
  5. Add the cauliflower rice, mix everything up and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
  6. Make a well in the middle of the pan, add the eggs and let them sit for a minute before mixing them into everything and stir-frying for another 3 minutes.
  7. Mix in the mixture of the soy sauce, sweet soy sauce, chili sauce, sesame oil and green onions, remove from heat and enjoy.

Option: Use your favourite meats and vegetables. Go crazy! Invent new things! Hawaiian cauliflower fried rice with ham and pineapple anyone?
Note: If you are using diced carrots,add them with the onions as they will take a bit longer to cook.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 253, Fat 10.5g (Saturated 2.9g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 139mg, Sodium 1011mg, Carbs 13.9g (Fiber 4.1g, Sugars 6g), Protein 26g
Nutrition by: Nutritional facts powered by Edamam

33 comments:

Susan said...

We LOVE cauliflower and fried rice, so this is definitely going to be on our "to make soon" list. Thanks for sharing.

Jenny said...

Obsessed with cauliflower right now! This looks perfect :)

NotesFromAbroad said...

Oh I think I can do this ! :) I am on a kick of my own these days .. couscous with broccoli. I might be able to change over to fried cauliflower rice.

Layla @ Brunch Time Baker said...

Yes another great way to make chicken fried rice! I love finding new ways to make cauliflower and this looks delicious!

Dixya said...

I am on whole30 now and have been enjoying cauliflower rice alot..thanks for this fried rice version :)

Gaby said...

Genius idea!

Julie @ Table for Two said...

It's lunch time right now and I'm seriously wanting to reach into my screen and have a bowl of this!! Love it!

Ashley C. said...

Love the combination of ingredients in this dish. I could go for a big bowl for lunch!

Heather Christo said...

I can't believe how delicious this looks Kevin!

naomi said...

We are big fried rice eaters in my home and this looks great! I can't wait to try it.

Anonymous said...

I've got pounds of chicken in the freezer....this is looking really fine, can't wait to try!! Thanks Kevin!!

Jodie Ross said...

I have wanted to try cauliflower as rice, now I have a recipe, I have no excuse. What is sweet soy sauce and where do I buy it, brands please? tysm for the great looking dish.

Kevin Lynch said...

Jodie Ross: Sweet soy sauce or kecap manis is a soy sauce that has palm sugar in it and it has a thick consistency like honey. You should be able to get it in the Asian section at local grocery store or at an Asian grocery store. (I normally get the ABC brand.) You can also make your own by simmering equal parts palm or brown sugar with soy sauce to thicken it. You can also replace it with a teaspoon of molasses. Enjoy!

Maria said...

I am obsessed with cauliflower! Great recipe!

rancholyn said...

Love your version…I love cauliflower EVERYTHING!

Patty said...

This looks great, I am going to try it with quinoa since I don't eat rice, yum!

Patty said...

oh, my bad, it's cauliflower as rice, again, looks great...definitely on my try list

kim bim said...

Omg! Your blog is awesome with food great recipe.

Tieghan said...

Genius idea, Kevin!! Looks so good!

Jeanette said...

I've been spotting cauliflower rice around Pinterest lately and have been wanting to give it a whirl - sounds so good Kevin!

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Just bought a head of cauliflower yesterday, perfect timing. Looks and sounds delicious!

vanillasugarblog said...

Yes it's so much healthier this way.
Did you use the grater or the food processor?
I used the grater, but wondered if the food processor would have been easier.
Awesome dish Kevin!

Kevin Lynch said...

vanillasugarblog: This time I used the food processor to see how it would work and it worked well. There were a few big chunks left but it was much easier overall.

marla {Family Fresh Cooking} said...

I need this pronto!!

teaandscones said...

Yes, Please. NO RICE!! Some yum!!

shaylee said...

eating this right now, it is so good. I used turkey bacon, and chicken thighs. I didn't have the sweet soya so I used sweet chillie sauce. it is hard to not eat the whole pot..thank you kevin for your great recipes. I have not been disappointed in any of them yet.!!

shaylee said...

made this tonight and eating it right now, it is sooo good. I used turkey bacon and chicken thighs. I used sweet chillie sauce in place of the sweet soya because I had none. Thank you kevin for all the great recipes. I have never been disappointed yet!!!

Anonymous said...

Hello! I am a first time commenter, but LONG time reader! Thanks for all your recipes! I have tried making cauliflower rice before in a hand grater, and didn't love how it turned out. Not to mention it wasn't super easy to use! Which hole did you use in the grater, the large or the smaller size? -Lauren

Kevin Lynch said...

Anonymous: Use the larger holes if you have a food processor with a grating attachment, it is super easy.

alexandra k said...

This will change your life: http://www.bigredkitchen.com/2012/05/the-fastest-way-to-rice-cauliflower-video/

Kevin Lynch said...

alexandra k s: Nice! Thanks for sharing!

Rachel Adamus said...

Would this freeze well?

Kevin Lynch said...

Rachel Adamus: I have not tried but it should freeze well.

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