Cauliflower Rice Chicken Biryani

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This quick and easy Indian-inspired skillet dish, is a low-carb take on Chicken Biryani, made with riced cauliflower in place of rice. It’s also Keto, gluten-free and Whole30 compliant.

This quick and easy Indian-inspired skillet dish, is a low-carb take on Chicken Biryani, made with riced cauliflower in place of rice. It's also Keto, gluten-free and Whole30 compliant.Cauliflower Rice Chicken Biryani

If you have been following me for a while, then you know how much I love Indian and Persian food! Some favorites are this Chicken Tikka Masala and this Chicken Curry with Coconut Milk.

I’ve partnered with ALDI to create this nutritious dish using organic chicken breast, ghee, cauliflower rice and lots of fragrant spices. What I love about ALDI is their obsession with selling fresh, organic meats and clean label products at the lowest prices so eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive.

Inspired by the popular Indian or Persian dish, Chicken Biryani, only streamlined to make quick, easy and low carb. By replacing the rice with riced cauliflower, it's also Keto and Whole30 friendly.

This quick and easy Indian-inspired skillet dish, is a low-carb take on Chicken Biryani, made with riced cauliflower in place of rice. It's also Keto, gluten-free and Whole30 compliant.This quick and easy Indian-inspired skillet dish, is a low-carb take on Chicken Biryani, made with riced cauliflower in place of rice. It's also Keto, gluten-free and Whole30 compliant.

This quick and easy Indian-inspired skillet dish, is a low-carb take on Chicken Biryani, made with riced cauliflower in place of rice. It's also Keto, gluten-free and Whole30 compliant.

Chicken biryani is quite possibly the most well-known rice dish from India, which is a long and complex dish. This low-carb skillet version transforms biryani into a quick, accessible dish made with easy-to-find ingredients. The whole thing comes together in less than 30 minutes making this the perfect weeknight dish!

I’m always looking for new ways to prepare cauliflower rice, so I’m excited with how this turned out. Made with tender spiced chicken breast, it’s so flavorful, with the perfect balance of heat and aromatic spices and the fresh lemon brightens the whole dish up.

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This quick and easy Indian-inspired skillet dish, is a low-carb take on Chicken Biryani, made with riced cauliflower in place of rice. It's also Keto, gluten-free and Whole30 compliant.
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Cauliflower Rice Chicken Biryani

221 Cals 30 Protein 11.5 Carbs 6.5 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: Indian
This quick and easy Indian-inspired skillet dish, is a low-carb take on Chicken Biryani, made with riced cauliflower in place of rice. It's also Keto, gluten-free and Whole30 compliant.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound NeverAny! Fresh ABF Chicken Breasts, cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons Carlini Ghee Clarified Butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 to 2 hot green chili pepper, sliced
  • 2 packages, 6 cups frozen Season’s Choice Plain or Garlic Riced Cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • lemon wedges, for serving

Instructions

  • Season the chicken with 1 teaspoon salt, ginger, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon garam masala, chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric and lemon juice.
  • In a large skillet over high heat, add 1 teaspoon ghee. Add half of the chicken and cook until browned, and cooked through, about 5 minutes stirring halfway.
  • Set aside and repeat with the remaining ghee and chicken. Set aside.
  • Add 2 teaspoons ghee to the skillet, reduce heat to medium-high and add the onion, cook until they become golden about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add the green chili, cauliflower rice, remaining 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon garam masala and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric.
  • Cook, stirring until tender, about 6 minutes.
  • Stir in chicken and garnish with cilantro.
  • Serve with lemon wedges.

Nutrition

Serving: 13/4 cups, Calories: 221kcal, Carbohydrates: 11.5g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 6.5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 92mg, Sodium: 646mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 5.5g
WW Points Plus: 5
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242 comments

  1. Super tasty!  We will definitely be making this again.  Maybe with more jalapeño!

  2. Absolutely delicious! Just made this for dinner with broccoli rice instead and at was lovely! What a great recipe! Thanks! 

  3. So tasty! I didn’t have cilantro or hot peppers. I added 1/4 tsp red chili flakes. Other than that I followed the recipe as written. You can barely tell you’re eating cauliflower instead of rice, IMO. It’s due to all the wonderful spices! 

  4. This was an outstanding meal! We were skeptical of the reviews saying that you couldn’t tell it was cauliflower rice, but let me tell you—this is by far the most delicious preparation of cauliflower rice. This will now be in our regular weekly rotation. Only question is what is the proper serving size? We weren’t sure with how it’s written. 

  5. This is AMAZING! I wasn’t sure what to expect from this recipe. Indian food – anything with chicken and rice, in particular – is real comfort food for me. I didn’t have high expectations but I was wrong. This is amazing and very filling. I love it and will be putting it into my regular rotation.

  6. Gina wins again! I have been making Skinnytaste meals Every week for about three weeks now. This dish does not disappoint. Biriyani can be made with really any protein and an array of vegetables or chick peas if you are meatless for those asking!

  7. One of the best weeknight recipes I have made in a VERY long time. Love it!

  8. Has anyone tried this recipe using shrimp and not chicken? I’ve made this a few times with chicken and it’s AHHHHHmazing but I’d like to try it with shrimp. Just wondering how it would turn out. 

  9. A bit salty for my liking. I would suggest cutting in half and then adding at the end as needed to taste. Otherwise, really delicious!

  10. If using frozen cauliflower does it need to be thawed first? And squeezed of excess moisture? 

    • No. It doesn’t have to be thawed. I made it 2 weeks ago using frozen (I’ve always used fresh) and it was fine. Not soggy. 

      • So good. I would cut down the salt, especially with the lemon it was a little salty. The best flavor and use of cauliflower rice I’ve had before! I used jalapeño and the heat was to my liking. I can’t do super spicy.

  11. Loved this. I only made a half recipe since I live alone, but it was so good I was sorry I didnt have more

  12. Love this so very tastie. Yum.

  13. My husband and I love Indian food.  This recipe is to die for!  Absolutely delicious and the taste is on point.  Like we ordered it from our favorite Indian restaurant. We’re a fan of Indian flavors so  I doubled the seasonings and marinated the chicken for a couple hours. I also used jalapeño pepper. Don’t skip the cilantro and lemon at the end!  I’m a Skinnytaste fan and LOVE every recipe I make! Thanks Gina 

    • I also double the seasonings and marinate the chicken for a few hours. To me, it makes this recipes better, not that it needs it. The last time I made this & the chicken was done (I was cooking the cauliflower), my son tried a piece of the chicken and said “holy cow Mom. That’s awesome.” I had to make him stop eating the chicken cause he was devouring it. 

  14. Made this tonight and it was so good and super easy to make. This is going into the rotation for sure. I love recipes with ginger and turmeric.

  15. I added a dollop of fat free Greek yogurt to cut some of the spice and add a little moisture. It was delicious!