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Keto Chicken Fried Rice

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Looking for quick meals that are tasty yet low in carbs? You’re in the right place! Our Chicken Fried Cauliflower Rice recipe offers a delightful stir-fry recipe with all the classic Asian-inspired flavors you love.

With keto-friendly riced cauliflower as a rice substitute, you get all the yum without the extra calories. Dive in and enjoy a guilt-free dinner idea in just about 15 minutes.

close up of spoon with cauliflower fried rice.

Why You’ll Love This Cauliflower Recipe:

Keto-Friendly: Staying on a keto diet? This dish fits right in, helping you keep those carbs in check.

Rice with Chicken: Using riced cauliflower and juicy chicken offers a familiar feel with a healthier twist.

Simple, delicious, and healthy—there’s every reason to make this dish a regular on your menu!

Ingredients

This recipe is an easy take on traditional fried rice. Still, it keeps it healthy and typically (depending on how strict you are) diet-friendly by replacing the white or jasmine rice with deliciously textured cauliflower.

  • Chicken breast, cubed (cut into 1/2″ bite-sized pieces)
  • vegetable oil
  • bacon
  • Frozen peas and carrots
  • Frozen cauliflower rice
  • eggs
  • milk
  • soy sauce (or coconut aminos for a healthier alternative)
  • Chopped green onions (optional for garnish)
all ingredients for a rice chicken cauliflower.
  • Large nonstick skillet or Wok
  • Food processor (if you are choosing fresh cauliflower over riced)

How To Make Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cook the Chicken and Veggies

Heat the oil to medium-high and add the chicken to a large nonstick skillet or wok. If your bacon is uncooked, add it in pieces at this stage and cook in the same pan with the chicken.

Cook until browned on both sides, roughly 5 minutes, or until the chicken registers 165 degrees in the center.

Introduce bacon, peas, carrots, and cauliflower to the pan. Stir frequently until thoroughly heated.

bite sized pieces of chicken cooked in a cast iron pan.
cauliflower riced in pan with frozen vegetables before eggs.

Prepare the Eggs

Whisk together the eggs and milk in a separate bowl.

Create a well in the center of the chicken and veggie mixture, then pour the egg blend into the hot skillet.

Lower the heat to medium. Cook until the eggs are scrambled, then mix everything.

adding eggs to cauliflower and frozen vegetables.

Serving Cauliflower Fried Rice

Once everything’s cooked, serve it as a complete meal. Sprinkle with chopped green onions, optional grated black pepper, or a dash of hot sauce.

This step is optional but recommended for cauliflower rice stir-fry.

riced cauliflower soy sauce with chicken in cast iron pan.

Pro Tips: Cook it right!

  • Soy Sauce Caution: Soy sauce is rich in salt. Before adding more seasonings, especially if you want to season with salt, taste your dish first.
  • Bacon Bits: If you start with uncooked bacon pieces, cook them with the chicken in the skillet.
bacon in fried rice.

Can you use frozen cauliflower in fried rice?

Yes – this is what we use in this recipe.

Pre-packaged riced cauliflower mixture is convenient in most grocery store fresh sections. Each bag usually contains about 3 cups of riced cauliflower, so adjust your recipe measurements accordingly.

bag of frozen riced cauliflower pieces.

Where can I buy cauliflower rice?

Fresh – Many grocery stores offer pre-riced cauliflower in the fresh section.

Alternatively, you can make your own with a fresh head of cauliflower and a food processor.

Frozen rice cauliflower is in the frozen vegetable section of the store.

Swaps & Substitutions:

Embracing the versatility of Asian flavors can help you make the most of the Chicken Fried Cauliflower Rice. Here are some thoughtful swaps and substitutions to add new twists to your dish:

  • Introduce Fresh Ginger: Elevate the depth of your dish with fresh ginger. Grate a small piece and sauté it with your chicken. Fresh ginger enhances the flavors and is known for its potential health benefits.
  • A Touch of Sesame Oil or Sesame Seeds: Drizzle some sesame oil towards the end of your cooking process. Remember, a little goes a long way with toasted sesame oil due to its robust and nutty flavor.
  • White Rice Return: If you have family members or guests who don’t love cauliflower rice, you can always offer traditional white rice or brown rice as an alternative. This way, everyone gets to enjoy the dish in their preferred way.
how to make cauliflower fried rice.

Storage and Reheating Instructions for Leftovers:

Storing: Place leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate.

Reheating: When you’re ready to enjoy them again, heat the leftovers in a microwave or on the stovetop until they’re warmed.

Consumption Timeframe: For the best quality, consuming the leftovers within 3–4 days is recommended.

What goes with fried cauliflower rice?

Cauliflower rice complements a range of dishes.

  • Chicken: Grilled or sautéed skinless chicken breasts are a lean protein that matches well with cauliflower rice’s mild flavor.
  • Onions: Both yellow and white onions add a burst of flavor. Sauté them for a milder taste, or use them raw for a crunch.
chicken fried rice with frozen vegetables.
  • Veggies: Stir-fried veggies, especially snow peas, bring color and texture to the plate.
  • Proteins: Beyond chicken, consider shrimp, tofu, or beef. The neutral taste of cauliflower rice allows other ingredients to stand out.
  • Curries: Pour your favorite curry or a dash of pepper flakes over cauliflower rice.
  • Diet-Friendly: Whether on a keto, paleo, or gluten-free diet, cauliflower rice is a go-to base that fits most dietary needs and is sure to become one of your favorite recipes.

Best Side Dishes to Serve with Cauliflower Fried Rice

Chicken fried rice is a super quick dinner idea that pairs wonderfully with various side options. Consider adding crispy spring rolls or egg rolls for a crunchy contrast to the soft rice. If you’re in the mood for a light palate cleanser, wonton soup is an excellent choice.

Sautéed sugar snap peas flavored with garlic and salt are quick to make. Spiral cucumber salad with vinegar, sugar, and a hint of chili is ideal for a tangy twist.

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Cauliflower Chicken Fried Rice (Keto)


Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Cauliflower Chicken Fried Rice recipe, healthy and hearty Chinese Stir Fry with less calories and carbs, perfect weeknight family meal using riced cauliflower, peas, and delicious bites of chicken.

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup chicken breast cubed cut into 1/2″ pieces (uncooked)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 6 slices bacon cooked and cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • 12 oz. frozen cauliflower rice (keep bag frozen)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • chopped green onions optional for extra flavor

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, add cubed or diced chicken and vegetable oil. Heat chicken for 5 minutes or until browned on both sides and cooked through. Chicken should reach 165 degrees to be cooked.
  • As a side note, if you have uncooked bacon, it is fine to add the bacon to this same pan and cook in the same pan as the chicken.
  • Add frozen peas and carrots and frozen cauliflower rice to a non-stick skillet or cast iron pan. If bacon was already pre-cooked, add at this stage.
  • Heat vegetable chicken mixture on medium, stirring frequently until all ingredients are hot and heated through.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine eggs and milk and whisk well.
  • Make a well in the center of the cauliflower mixture (which is a circle) and pour eggs into center.
  • Heat until eggs are scrambled and then mix into chicken fried cauliflower rice.
  • Serve chicken cauliflower rice topped with freshly chopped green onions.

Nutrition

Serving: 4people | Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 233mg | Sodium: 881mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g

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