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Paleo Chicken Cauliflower Rice Casserole

Louise | May 8
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Chicken and rice is a classic combination for a reason. Even if you’re going grain-free, that doesn’t mean you have to give up rice for good. Enter cauliflower rice! This paleo-friendly rice substitute is a star in just about any dish where you might use rice. Like this Paleo chicken cauliflower rice casserole recipe. Juicy chicken, tender carrots, a healthy serving of cauliflower rice and crunchy cashews, all brought together in a satisfying eggy casserole that rivals any you may remember from childhood. It’s got everything you want in one-dish bite. The hour-long cook and prep time is well worth the wait for this delectable dish!

Three Methods of Making Cauliflower Rice with No Food Processor

  1. Knife – This is about as old school as it gets! Using a chef’s knife, remove the cauliflower florets from them stem. Then finely chop them until they resemble grains of rice. This method takes a little longer but it requires no specialized equipment and still produces tasty grain free rice.
  2. Box grater – Cut your cauliflower into large to medium florets, then grate using the large hole side of your grater. Be careful not to grate your fingers as you get to the end of your florets.
  3. Blender – That’s right, you can use your high speed blender like a food processor to chop your cauliflower quickly! Cut into small florets and work in batches. Pulse florets in blender until the texture resembles rice, about 40-60 seconds. You may need to push florets down with your blender’s tamper.

One Casserole Recipe, Three Ways

Part of the joy of cooking is finding new ways to enjoy old favorites, so whether this is your first time or your hundredth, here are a few ideas on how to remix this recipe in your own kitchen.

  • Add some spice – No matter how much heat I add to my meals, my brother is always asking for the hot sauce. If you have a spicy food lover in your house, make their day by adding finely chopped jalapeno or chipotle peppers.
  • Mix up the rice – Did you know that you can make broccoli rice just like you make cauliflower rice? Add a little extra green to your diet with this easy substitution.
  • Think small – Skip the cutting and go for the single serving. Instead of a casserole dish, spoon your mixture into a well greased muffin tin. Just remember your mini casseroles will cook much quicker!

More Ways to Use Cauliflower Rice in Your Kitchen

Cauliflower rice is a staple of Paleo cooking and there are so many ways to enjoy it. Read on for just a few suggestions.

Or check out more ways to feature cauliflower in your Paleo kitchen!

Paleo Chicken Cauliflower Rice Casserole #paleo

Paleo Chicken Cauliflower Rice Casserole #paleo

Paleo Chicken Cauliflower Rice Casserole

  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Lunch, Dinner, Entree
  • Cuisine: American


Cauliflower rice effortlessly replaces its starchy counterpart in this casserole.


  • 2 chicken breasts, diced
  • 4 Tablespoons (60 ml) coconut oil, to cook chicken with
  • 1 head of cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 5 eggs, whisked
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, diced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Food process the florets into small rice-like particles.
  2. Add the coconut oil to a hot frying pan and cook the diced chicken breast.
  3. Toss all the ingredients (apart from the eggs) together in a large bowl to combine.
  4. Add in the whisked eggs.
  5. Pour into a large 9 by 13-inch casserole dish.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes until the top is slightly browned.  Slice into squares and serve.


All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.


  • Calories: 280
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Fat: 19 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 19 g