Life just got better with lightened fried cauliflower rice with chicken.  In fact I’m planning it again for next week!

Lightened fried cauliflower rice with chicken

Life is a constant struggle.  It can be with marriages, family members, kids, animals, schools, government systems, money problems, blog issues and my personal favorite WEIGHT ISSUES.  I would be one heck of a rich lady if I put a dollar in a jar for every time I said I was going to work out or start a diet.  In fact I started a gym that is less than 2 miles from my house and they have yet to see me since I signed up.  You could say in fact that I am giving them one hefty monthly donation.  One day and one day soon I HOPE and PRAY to make it to the gym in my new workout attire.  Yes, I bought new clothes in thinking that I would gain some aspiration for attending work out classes.

Wrong!

This past week I finally made the decision to change up some eating habits at home.  If I wasn’t going to the gym at least I could start somewhere in the right direction.  Don’t get me wrong because I will always and forever hold a love for bread, pasta, mexican food and sweets near and dear to my heart.  I’m talking minor changes because I want to be happy and satisfied about meeting small goals that I have set for myself.  One to two healthy meals a week for our family and then reevaluate.  That is downright doable in my mind.

Lightened fried cauliflower rice with chicken

Now I am a huge fan of Chinese food, but is it healthy?  Heck no! After listening to my sister in law talk about cauliflower rice, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and make this lightened fried cauliflower rice with chicken recipe.  Talk about a big bowl of savory Chinese food that is healthier than the original version.  SOLD.

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The oil I used with this dish is the picholine varietal.  It pairs nicely with meats, soup, sauces and marinades.  Not to mention its perfect for a sauté or roast.  The balance of this cauliflower dish was very nice with the oils, vegetables and chicken.

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Lightened fried cauliflower rice with chicken

ENJOY ~ Meagan

Lightened fried cauliflower rice with chicken

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Lightened fried cauliflower rice with chicken

Yield: 4-6 main dish servings

Ingredients:

1 cauliflower head, cut into florets
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons Picholine olive oil, divided
1 cup chopped baby carrots
2 cups chopped rotisserie chicken
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon thinly sliced green onions
salt to taste

Directions:

Place 1/3 cauliflower florets in a food processor. Pulse until you get little rice pieces. (Don't pulse too much or it becomes too fine) Repeat until you use all cauliflower and then set aside.

Add 2 teaspoons picholine oil to a sauté pan over medium heat. Add carrots and cook for 5 minutes. Then add chicken, peas and garlic to the pan. Cook for an additional 7 minutes. Remove mixture from pan and set aside.

Add the eggs to the pan and scramble with a spatula then add to meat and vegetable mixture.

While eggs are scrambling heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large wok over medium heat. Add the cauliflower rice and cook for 4 minutes.

Stir in the meat, vegetable and egg mixture.

In a small bowl combine the sesame oil, soy sauce and hoisin sauce and pour it over the cauliflower rice. Stir and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

Top with green onions and salt as needed.

Disclosure: I am a brand ambassador for Pompeian.  All opinions are 100% my own and we are a family who loves oils!

   

22 Responses to “Lightened fried cauliflower rice with chicken”

  1. 1
    steph@stephsbitebybite — April 28, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Oh my gosh, I keep seeing cauliflower fried rice everywhere. I need to try this so bad!! This bowl looks incredible!

    Reply

    • azestybite replied: — April 28th, 2014 @ 10:23 am

      It is SOOOO easy to make Stephanie!

      Reply

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — April 28, 2014 at 7:42 am

    LOVE THAT WE ARE ON THE SAME PAGE!! xoxox

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    • azestybite replied: — April 28th, 2014 @ 10:21 am

      Great minds do think alike.

      Reply

  3. 3
    Christine from Cook the Story — April 28, 2014 at 8:11 am

    This looks beyond delicious!

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  4. 4
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — April 28, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Oh my yum I need this whole bowl of goodness in my life.

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  5. 5
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — April 28, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Love that you made a lightened up version of fried rice!

    Reply

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    Nutmeg Nanny — April 28, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Looking at this I would have no idea that it was even made with cauliflower! It looks delicious!

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    • azestybite replied: — April 28th, 2014 @ 3:58 pm

      It doesn’t taste or feel like cauliflower either!

      Reply

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — April 28, 2014 at 10:43 am

    PINCH ME. This is made with cauliflower?? I am in! Also, way to make healthy changes. You are so inspiring!

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    • azestybite replied: — April 28th, 2014 @ 3:58 pm

      Thanks so much Erin

      Reply

      • Erin | The Law Student's Wife replied: — May 19th, 2014 @ 9:38 pm

        Reporting back: Made this a few weeks ago and LOVED it. Hubs had no clue it was made with cauliflower. How’s that for a veggie sneak? Mwhahaha!

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — April 28, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Heck yes, lady! I am so trying this:)

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    Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog — April 28, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    This looks so yummy!! I totally love all kinds of cooking oils….and I’m right there with you on the constant weight struggle…so I totally know how hard it is, you got this, and your recipes sound amazing!!

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    • azestybite replied: — April 28th, 2014 @ 3:57 pm

      I won’t lie I posted this and then had spicy chicken linguine for lunch. Take out because I got 4 hours of sleep last night. This will definitely be a long going transition for me.

      Reply

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    Mademoiselle Gourmande — April 28, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    This looks so delicious! I love those healthy feel good foods! No guilty feelings afterwards…

    Reply

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    Tieghan — April 28, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    This does not in any way look like cauliflower. I would never have guess, but Know I have to try it. Looks awesome!

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    Kristen — April 29, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I love this! I take my leftover roasted cauliflower and turn it into rice, but I never thought of making fried rice with cauliflower. YUM!

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    • azestybite replied: — April 29th, 2014 @ 3:26 pm

      Now I will use my leftover cauliflower for rice!

      Reply

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — April 29, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    My darling girl, be kind to yourself. Weight weight weight always a heavy issue—-yes a stupid pun, but I am enjoying it. You are doing THE right thing in changing your eating habits with delicious recipes. Diets don’t work because so often the food is icky. This is a wonderful example of good tasting recipes.
    And cauliflower is trending——so wow you are really with the program.

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    Julie — June 10, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Hi there, I was wondering when I add the garlic?

    Reply

    • azestybite replied: — June 10th, 2014 @ 4:26 pm

      Hi Julie,

      Add the garlic with the peas and chicken.

      Reply

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