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Paleo Thai Chicken and “Rice”

Louise | February 21
paleo recipe chicken and rice

This is a really easy Thai Chicken and “Rice” recipe – I was inspired to make it after eating Thai chicken and rice (non-Paleo) at Nong’s Khao Man Gai in Portland.

How to Make Paleo Thai Chicken and Cauliflower “Rice”

I started by making the “rice” (by the way, I’ve posted several cauliflower rice recipes before here and here). I broke an entire head of cauliflower into small florets and food processed it until it became rice-like (I did it in 2 batches). Make sure there isn’t much water in the food processor or it’ll come out more like cauliflower mash!
cauliflower rice

Place the cauliflower rice into a large pan with coconut oil and cook the cauliflower rice. Note that 1 head of cauliflower makes a lot of rice, so you need a really large pan (or make it in several batches). I also scrambled a few eggs in a separate pan and added it into the cauliflower rice for extra nutrition (this can be omitted for AIP recipes)!
making cauliflower rice

Then I spiced up the rice with some chopped chilies (can omit for AIP recipes), crushed garlic, and ginger.

Now comes the chicken. I had precooked the chicken in the slow cooker (in order to make chicken broth to go with the chicken and rice) (recipe here), but you can use some grilled chicken breast or any cooked chicken meat. If you don’t have cooked chicken meat, then start this recipe by cooking some (you can pan-fry some quickly using this recipe).

Shred chicken meat, and add to the rice when the “rice” is soft.

Last bit. Add in salt to taste (and tamari soy sauce – optional). Garnish with some chopped cilantro. It’s great to serve with a bowl of Thai chicken broth (recipe here) as well.

paleo recipe chicken and rice

Paleo Cauliflower Recipes

Paleo Thai Chicken and “Rice”

  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Lunch, Dinner
  • Cuisine: Thai


  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 3 eggs (can omit for AIP)
  • 3 chilies (can omit for AIP) – pick your favorite
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • Meat from a whole chicken (or use 3-4 cooked chicken breasts), shredded
  • Salt to taste
  • Coconut oil to cook with
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut aminos or tamari soy sauce (optional)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped (for garnish)


  1. Break the cauliflower into florets and food process until it forms a rice-like texture (may need to be done in batches).
  2. Place the cauliflower into a large pan with coconut oil and cook the cauliflower rice (may need to be done in 2 pans or in batches). Keep the heat on medium and stir regularly.
  3. In a separate pan, scramble the eggs in some coconut oil. Add the scrambled eggs to the cauliflower rice.
  4. Add in the ginger, garlic, and the chopped chilies.
  5. When the cauliflower rice is soft, add in the shredded chicken meat.
  6. Add in the coconut aminos/tamari soy sauce and salt to taste. Mix well.
  7. Garnish with cilantro.
  8. Best served with a bowl of Thai chicken broth as well (recipe here).


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


  • Serving Size: 1 large bowl
  • Calories: 350
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Fat: 11 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 55 g


Donny - June 23

This is the best cauliflower recipe I’ve ever eaten. I’ll definitely be making this again!

Linda - August 7

I do not have a food processor…..any help in ricing the cauliflower without one?

    Ancestral Chef - August 7

    Great question – I haven’t tried these methods, but 2 methods that I’ve read about that sound plausible are: 1) using a grater or 2) breaking the cauliflower into florets, lightly steaming them, and then chopping it up finely with a knife.

    Lisa - August 7

    I grate mine with a stand-up grater

      Ancestral Chef - August 7

      Thanks Lisa!

    Linda - August 8

    Awesome thank you both!!

Jean Yates - August 7

Made this for dinner tonight…OMG, was this ever good. My husband could not tell me if it was rice or cauliflower.

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