Cauliflower rice with masala chicken

closeup view of cauliflower rice with masala chicken

Delicately seasoned cauliflower ‘rice’ with spicy chicken – a healthy wholesome low-carb alternative to rice and also quick & easy. Flavor, flavor, flavor. This is what you would call a heavenly meal, with all its glory AND nutrition.

The cauliflower rice and masala chicken may look and even sound humble and boring, but looks can be deceptive. And you thought masala is only for curries and biriyani?? Try this dish and you will know what I’m talking about. And will you believe me if I say that it is a delicious low carb alternative to chicken biriyani with lesser healthier ingredients and quicker? Give it a try and you’ll realize it’s lighter on your stomach, leaving you guilt-free.

The cauliflower is riced and flavored with cumin seeds, black cumin and chili flakes. The black cumin seeds have a stronger flavor when compared to the brown ones and taste quite sharp. Black cumin seeds are believed to have some impressive medicinal properties. I have added both in this recipe but it’s ok if you can’t find the black cumin, just increase the quantity of regular cumin and the riced cauliflower could still taste amazing.

As for the masala chicken, the marinade for chicken breast has a mix of chili powder, garam masala, cumin powder and yogurt. Yummy Indian flavors. In low-carb ‘riced’ cauliflower. With lean protein. A spiced vegetable base full of fiber. All the perfect ingredients for a sumptuous lunch, dinner or brunch. Or anytime hunger.

For meal prep, the masala chicken can be marinated and riced cauliflower can be prepared well ahead and frozen. Whenever you’re hungry just thaw and cook the chicken with the marinade which would take about 10-15 minutes and then mix in the riced cauliflower and optional scrambled eggs. It’s as easy as that.

marinating boneless chicken breasts in yogurt

  • Marinating in yogurt helps soften the chicken so it doesn’t turn dry when cooked.
  • Yogurt imparts a creamy texture to any dish.
  • It mellows down the sharp flavors of Indian spices.
  • Yogurt aids digestion and hence good to have with any animal protein.
  • I looove yogurt for its probiotics.

Reasons you’ll love the masala chicken cauliflower rice

  1. A cheap and lean protein, chicken is the best, um, okay, one of the best ways to get your protein.
  2. The magic of the Indian garam masala is that it can transform anything into a delicious one.
  3. The low carb riced cauliflower adapts to any flavor so easily that it tastes great with just a little bit of seasoning.
  4. Cauliflower lovers, this recipe is for you!
  5. Cauliflower haters, this recipe is also for you!!

Tips to cook the best cauliflower rice with masala chicken

  • Choose a fresh, firm cauliflower. The success of the dish almost entirely depends on the cauliflower.
  • DO NOT cook the cauliflower covered, it might get soggy.
  • The softness of the chicken. In other words, the more the marination time, the better. Ideally, marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Don’t even attempt this recipe if you ran out of yogurt. It’s the must-have ingredient to turn out flavorful melt-in-your-mouth masala chicken.

Prepare the cauliflower rice

For the riced cauliflower, you’ll need a medium-sized head of cauliflower, 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes, 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, 1/2 teaspoon black cumin seeds which is optional, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 eggs, salt, pepper, lemon juice and cilantro for garnish.

marinate the chicken with spices and yogurt

For the masala chicken, you’ll need 500 grams chicken breast, 1/2 teaspoon garam masala,1 teaspoon chili powder or cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder, 1/2 teaspoon ginger paste, 1/2 teaspoon garlic paste, 1/4 cup Greek yogurt and salt.

Cook the riced cauliflower

Chop the cauliflower into big chunks with the stalks. ‘Rice’ the cauliflower using the grater attachment of your food processor. Heat 1/2 tablespoon of oil in a pan, add the cumin seeds and chili flakes. Black cumin has a stronger flavor and can be found in Indian stores. It’s just optional, so don’t fret over it if you can’t find. Cook for about 5 minutes. Stir in the riced cauliflower and cook uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Season with a dash of salt and pepper and transfer onto a plate.

Cook the masala chicken

Chop the chicken breasts into 1-inch cubes. Combine all the ingredients for the marinade and coat the chicken. Refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes.

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in the same pan and add the chicken with the marinade. Stir well and cook covered for 10 minutes. Uncover and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes on high heat until the mixture thickens and all water evaporates. The marinated chicken will leave out a lot of water while cooking, just keep stirring on high heat until the mixture thickens.

Beat the eggs with salt, pepper and a pinch or two of turmeric powder. Heat the remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil in an omelet pan and scramble the eggs.

Toss the cooked chicken, cauliflower rice and the eggs together with a sprinkling of lemon juice and transfer to a serving bowl. Serve garnished with cilantro. Yummy!

closeup view of cauliflower rice with masala chicken

For a vegetarian version, replace chicken with extra firm tofu.

More cauliflower recipes for you:

cauliflower rice stir fry

braised cauliflower with peas

More chicken dishes for dinner:

Asian stir-fried chicken with red beans and red rice

Chicken fried (brown) rice

Lettuce wraps with chicken pasta salad

5- ingredient chicken curry

Buttermilk chicken drumsticks

closeup view of cauliflower rice with masala chicken

Cauliflower rice with masala chicken

Delicately seasoned cauliflower ‘rice’ with juicy, spicy chicken – a healthy wholesome low-carb alternative to rice and also quick & easy.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course dinner, LUNCH, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

for the chicken marinade

  • 500 grams chicken breast
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder or cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • salt to taste

for the riced cauliflower

  • 1 medium-sized head of cauliflower
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon black cumin seeds optional
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • a few dashes of salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • cilantro for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Chop the chicken breasts into 1-inch cubes. Combine all the ingredients for the marinade and coat the chicken. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Chop the cauliflower into big chunks with the stalks. ‘Rice’ the cauliflower using the grater attachment of your food processor.
  • Heat 1/2 tablespoon of oil in a pan, add the cumin seeds and chili flakes. Cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the riced cauliflower and cook uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Season with a dash of salt and pepper and transfer onto a plate.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in the same pan and add the chicken with the marinade. Stir well and cook covered for 10 minutes.
  • Uncover and cook for another 5 minutes on medium-high heat until the mixture thickens and all water evaporates.
  • Beat the eggs with salt, pepper and a pinch or two of turmeric powder. Heat the remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil in an omelet pan and scramble the eggs.
  • Toss the cooked chicken, cauliflower rice and the eggs together with a sprinkling of lemon juice and transfer to a serving bowl.
  • Serve garnished with cilantro. Yum!

Notes

  • Chicken can be marinated overnight, the longer it is marinated, the better it tastes.
  • Replace chicken with extra firm tofu for a vegetarian version. Or try the super easy coconut flavored riced cauliflower.
  • Black cumin has a stronger flavor and can be found in Indian stores. It’s just optional, so don’t fret over it if you can’t find.
  • The marinated chicken will leave out a lot of water while cooking, just keep stirring on high heat until the mixture thickens.
Keyword cauliflower rice, healthy, Low-carb, quick easy

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