A Super Easy Meal in a Pinch
This quick and easy recipe is one I turn to when I need some to feed my family after a long work day. The Asian inspired “rice” is flavorful and packed with protein.
It will satisfy your cravings for fried rice while filling you up and not overloading you with carbs.
This is a recipe I shared not long after I started blogging. I originally published this recipe post on October 14, 2015, but since it has been a while and so many recipes have come after I thought it was time for an update.
Yum, a healthy fried rice….or is it rice at all?
I call this a “fried rice” dish because it has all the flavors of a classic fried rice, but technically it isn’t rice in it at all.
Yes, you heard me correctly, no rice. Not one grain! I am sure you guys have heard by now of “riced” cauliflower and all the great ways to use it, right?
It is a growing trend, and if you haven’t seen all the things made with it, you just might have been under a rock somewhere! Just look in any grocery store freezer section to find it in many forms and flavors.
Being able to grab these frozen bags of riced cauliflower is so awesome, and I try to keep one or two on hand for quick recipes like this but the frozen bags can get pricey if you have a large family so if it saves you money, then making your own may be the way to go.
I used to make my own by using my food processor and a fresh head of cauliflower. Now, if you have not “riced” cauliflower before then be sure to stop over at my “how to” post on this topic. You can find that post here.
This low carb and the gluten-free recipe works as a great sub on low carb and grain free diets. It also works as an “S” meal if you are following THM.
Not only is this recipe healthier than those you find in the local buffets but it is pretty simple to adapt and prepare. Dinner ready in less than an hour, how awesome is that?
To start this recipe, begin by sautéing the cubed chicken in your pan. Cook it until fully cooked.
Once I have my chicken cooked I add the “riced” cauliflower and veggies to the pan. When you do this you may have to also add some more oil to your pan as you don’t want it to stick and burn, often the juice from my chicken does the trick.
I love the flavor of the toasted sesame oil but keep in mind that it has a strong taste so you don’t want to add too much. If you need to add more oil maybe use coconut oil and leave the sesame oil just as a flavor enhancer.
Because the cauliflower is in small pieces it will cook quickly. Go ahead and add your seasonings and Bragg’s Aminos the to the mixture at this point so it has time to flavoring everything in the pan.
Taste as you go and if you think it needs more of something add it.
I add some chicken breast or thighs to mine most nights, but if you are tight on your budget or just want an even faster meal you can totally scramble in some eggs to cover your protein!
You can even add an egg or two with the chicken if you like your friend “rice” with eggs. If you choose to add in the eggs, then you would do that just as the dish is about finishing up.
There really is no limit to the types of veggies you can add to this “rice” dish. Change it up and make it your own, that is the joy of cooking!
A tasty low carb version of Chicken Fried Rice made with cauliflower rice and tender chicken. Lots of flavor in this one skillet recipe.
- 2 Tbsp sesame or any oil
- 1 lb chicken breast tenders, cubed
- 12 oz fresh or frozen riced cauliflower
- 6 oz frozen peppers and onions
- 2 Tbsp Braggs Liquid Aminos or Soy Sauce
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/8 tsp ground turmeric
- Sesame Seeds for garnish
- Chopped green onions for garnish
- Add one tablespoon of the oil to a hot skillet then add the chicken and one tablespoon of the Braggs to the pan.
- Cook the chicken until it is completely cooked through. Remove from the pan and set aside.
- Add the cauliflower rice, onion and pepper mix, seasonings, and the rest of the aminos to the pan and cook until the water is cooked out of the cauliflower and veggies.
- Add the chicken back to the an and continue cooking to reheat the chicken through.
- Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking.
- Serve with optional toppings like sesame seeds and chopped green onions.
If you are sensitive to salt start with just 1 tablespoon of aminos and adjust as needed to avoid over salting.
I am a southern girl through and through that loves to laugh, cook, read and spend time with family. My passions outside of home schooling my son are ministering to those in need and creating art in the kitchen! Every day is an adventure in our little house and I wouldn’t trade it or the chance to share here with you for anything!