My version of Chicken Fried Rice is loaded with tender juicy chicken breast, sauteed veggies, a savory mix of Asian flavors, and fresh cauliflower rice. It comes together quickly and easily for a nice low carb dinner any night of the week.
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, healthy fried rice….or is it rice at all?
I call this a “fried rice” dish because it has all the flavors of 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 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. Is 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 to the mixture at this point so it has time to flavor 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 to finish 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!
Do I Have To Use Cauliflower Rice Or Can I Use Other Options?
If you are not the biggest fan of cauliflower rice or if you would just like to use another low-carb rice alternative, I’m happy to tell you that you absolutely can swap out ingredients but still have a delicious dish.
Here are a couple of options that will work well in this recipe. I’ve included a little about each of them her for you if you’ve never tried them before.
Palmini Heart of Palm Rice
Palmini who initially released a pasta made from hearts of palm also has a keto-friendly rice alternative.
It comes in a pouch (or can in some cases) and can be found at most Walmart stores on the gluten-free aisle, or it can be purchased online if you can’t find it locally. You can shop here through my Amazon link.
It is really easy to use. All you need to do is drain it thoroughly, rinse it well, and cook to your preferred consistency. Typically it doesn’t take long to cook and will fulfill the craving you have for rice.
I prefer to boil my heart of palm product for about ten minutes before draining it again and adding it to this recipe. We just like the consistency more that way, but it is totally up to you and your preferences.
Miracle Rice (Konjac Rice)
Another great low-carb and grain-free option would be Miracle Rice. This product is made from the konjac root and can be a preferred texture to some and not so much to others.
Miracle rice (and their cousin, the shirataki noodles) are almost totally carb-free. For example a 3 oz. serving of most miracle rice has only 10 calories, and 3 g of fiber, making them come in right at 0.5 g of net carbs.
If I’m being totally honest I need to admit that I’m not a huge fan of this rice. There are only a couple of brands that I enjoy. The others tend to have too strong of a fishy smell and are too chewy to me.
So when you are thinking about going with this type of rice then I suggest you do your research and find a brand that others recommend. It will make a huge difference.
To prepare the Miracle Rice you need to drain it really well and rinse it a couple of times. This will help remove any of the liquid it is stored in and the strong smell that comes with some brands.
Once you have them rinsed thoroughly, I like to saute the rice (or noodles)in a dry skillet over low heat to dry the out. In my opinion, this helps with the texture of the rice. The rice is now ready to be added to the fried rice recipe.
One thing is for sure, any rice alternative that fits your dietary needs will work in this recipe and you’ll love the flavors in this dish. I love that we can enjoy fried “rice” at home without all the carbs.
Also if you don’t mind the carbs in your diet and want a good fried rice recipe using traditional brown rice you can check out my Shrimp Fried Rice for another delicious meal.
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 tablespoons sesame oil
- 1 pound chicken breast, cubed
- 12 ounces fresh riced cauliflower
- 6 ounces frozen peppers and onions
- 2 tablespoons Braggs Liquid Aminos or Soy Sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon of ground turmeric
- 1 tablespoon of Sesame Seeds for garnish (optional)
- 3 tablespoons of chopped green onions for garnish (optional)
- 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.
Amount Per ServingCalories 255Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 77mgSodium 773mgCarbohydrates 7gNet Carbohydrates 3.5gFiber 3.5gSugar 2gProtein 31g
I am not a nutritionist. If you have strict dietary needs I always recommend using an online nutrition calculator to calculate your totals using your exact brands you're using in this recipe as values may vary per brand.
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!