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Chicken Broccoli Cauliflower Rice

This ridiculously easy one pan Chicken Broccoli Cauliflower Rice recipe will become a new weeknight staple – guaranteed. 8 Ingredients. 30 Minutes. Low-Carb. Keto. Gluten-Free.

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We are always looking for new ways to make dinner in a flash, especially recipes that don’t include the oven! Even though cooking is our job – we do not enjoy spending hours slaving away in the kitchen every single day.

This one pan Cheesy Cauliflower Rice recipe is made with both cream cheese and cheddar cheese for that extra punch of creamy cheesiness. 

Then, adding some broccoli and chicken makes it both filling and delicious. It’s always great when a yummy meal like this packs a ton of veggies! We love serving this recipe with a simple salad, like our yummy Avocado Tomato Cucumber Salad or even our Cucumber Onion Salad.

How To Make Chicken Broccoli Cauliflower Rice:

  • Chicken Breasts
  • Diced Onion
  • Cauliflower Rice
  • Broccoli Florets
  • Minced Garlic
  • Chicken Broth
  • Cream Cheese
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese

How to Make Chicken Broccoli Cauliflower Rice:

  1. Add the onion, chicken, garlic, spices, salt and pepper to a large skillet with a bit of cooking oil.
  2. Sauté over a high heat until the chicken is almost cooked through about 8-10 minutes.
  3. Lower to a medium heat, then add the cauliflower rice, broccoli and chicken stock and cook for another 5-10 minutes until the broccoli is cooked to your liking.
  4. Add the cream cheese to the mixture in the pan and stir until melted and combined.
  5. Taste test and add more salt if needed. Let it simmer for a minute or two!
  6. Top with cheddar cheese. Slide until the broiler and wait until the cheese is melted, golden and bubbly.
  7. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve immediately!

faq

Is cauliflower rice low carb and keto friendly?

Yes, cauliflower is very low in carbs (5g per cup) and has plenty of nutritional benefits. It is one of the healthiest vegetables and therefore, great on the Keto diet and for weight-loss.

What does cauliflower rice taste like?

Cauliflower has a bland, neutral taste and slight bitter tones. Because of it’s bland flavor, it also tends to absorb other flavors of the dish it is cooked in. Therefore, cauliflower rice does great as a “filler” ingredient – which makes it an excellent low carb and keto substitute for rice.

Does Cauliflower Rice Freeze Well?

Fresh cauliflower rice freezes very well and can last in your freezer for up to 6 months.
If you’re wondering whether you can freeze cheesy cauliflower rice with broccoli and chicken, then it’s a different story. While you certainly can freeze it, you will definitely notice a degraded texture and flavor once thawed and reheated.

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Chicken Broccoli Cauliflower Rice

One Pan Chicken Broccoli Cauliflower Rice. A super easy, delicious and healthy dinner recipe. Low-Carb, Keto and Gluten Free. 8 Ingredients. 30 Minutes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Serving Size 6 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the cubed chicken, onion, garlic, paprika, coriander, salt and pepper and cook uncovered for 5 -10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Add the cauliflower rice, broccoli and chicken stock. Allow to cook for another 5-10 minutes, until the broccoli tender.
  • Add the cream cheese and stir until it is melted and well combined.
  • Top with the grated cheddar and slide under the broiler until the cheese is melted, golden and bubbly.
  • Garnish with some freshly chopped parsley, and serve.

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Notes

  • Don’t be scared to add more seasoning or cheese – this is a simple recipe that can easily be spruced up to your own taste.
  • You can use frozen cauliflower rice or make your own but pulsing some raw cauliflower in a food processor a few times. 

This recipe was first published on December 12, 2018 and updated on January 27, 2020 to include detailed step-by-step instructions.

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67 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This was very good. Will make it again. I steamed both the cauliflower and broccoli in the microwave prior to to adding to soften them up a little ahead of time and I split the paprika between regular paprika and smoked paprika. Good recipe.Thanks.

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is SUCH a good, healthy substitute for the classic chicken/rice/broccoli casseroles so many of us grew up with! (My mom used to make that casserole and it’s a major comfort food for me.)
    Flash forward to me, grown up and on keto – and this tastes exactly the same. Truly not missing *anything*. I added cream of chicken soup instead of chicken broth, and roasted my broccoli before adding. Truly an excellent recipe!

    1. Thank you so much for the lovely review! So happy you love the recipe, it one of our family favorites too!

  3. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I did spice it up a bit with what I had handy: used buffalo flavored cream cheese, smoked seasoning salt, and fox point seasoning blend from penzy’s spices and added a little shredded monterrey jack cheese after the cream cheese step.Thanks for sharing this tasty recipe, a great way to get my comfort food fix without all the starches and canned soup!

  4. 5 stars
    Great recipe! I added crushed red pepper for some heat and fresh grated pecorino Romano to the mix for a little extra saltiness. And I transferred to a baking dish before broiling, and it was awesome. Will definitely be in the rotation.

  5. 5 stars
    So Good! I forgot I didn’t have broccoli so I subbed with diced zucchini and green bean, but yeah, sounds weird but it was still great! Can’t wait for the broccoli version~

  6. I can not find any where how much rice to use! Recipe sounds great, but do it without the rice amoun. Instant or regular? Pre cooked? Help!

    1. Hi Terry, sorry about the delay. As the recipe card states – you need 3 cups cauliflower rice for this recipe. Hope that clears things up.

  7. 5 stars
    This is a keeper! Husband approved. Great way to use left over chicken.I used a few shortcuts, frozen broccoli florets blanched and drained, frozen rice cauliflower too. I used Hungarian paprika and the coriander. I put under broiler to get that cheesy crust. This came out so tasty. Next time I will add mushrooms. This is a great quick week night meal with leftovers for lunch.

  8. 5 stars
    Absolutely amazing!! Going keto is hard, but with recipes like this it almost feels easy 🤗!
    I’m currently making this for the third time, it’s a favorite and staying in the rotation for sure!
    PS, I always double it to get lots of leftovers 😏

  9. 5 stars
    This is delicious and easy. I lowered the carbs by using onion powder instead of a real onion. I’m sure it’s better with. Thank you for the recipe!

    1. Hi Joni, thank you for the feedback – so happy you enjoyed the recipe. And good call with using onion powder to lower the carb count:)

    1. Hi Sierra! Well, I mean you “can” make it without the cream cheese – but that would yield a completely different end product. In my opinion the cream cheese is a very important part of the yum factor for this recipe. If you make it without cream cheese, let me know how it turned out for you:)

  10. 5 stars
    I made this tonight, YUM! My husband is on the keto diet and I’m his cook , so I’m always looking for new recipes. This is delish. I used Trader Joe’s cauliflower rice so I did need to add additional broth. And because I did that I sprinkled a little more paprika and coriander, also used the whipped cream cheese. Great recipe Great flavor!

      1. 5 stars
        LOVED this recipe! Followed the recipe exactly. The only thing I did differently was to cover the skillet when cooking my cauliflower/broccoli. Cooked up in 11 minutes! Topped with some hot sauce. Yum! Will repeat! None of my family even realized it was cauliflower and not rice. Thank you for a great recipe!

      2. Hi Shayla! Thank you for the feedback – so happy your family enjoyed the recipe!:)

  11. Broccoli rice casserole is one of my daughter’s faves, so I’m planning to make this tonight since she will be home to eat. I see it’s 6 servings….is there a way you could possibly tdll me approximately how much one serving is? (1/2 c, 2/3 c, etc) Much appreciated!!

    1. Hi Missy! A serving is approximately one cup- maybe even just a touch more. Hope your daughter enjoys the recipe!

  12. 5 stars
    This is a terrific dish. I like the taste very much and so easy to make. I used frozen cauliflower rice and the proportions still worked out fine.

    1. Hi Angie – I probably won’t worry about the time – but I might hold off on the stock until the very end, since the water content of the frozen cauliflower is hard to judge. Once you’ve added the cream cheese and things seem a little bit too “thick”, then I would add little by little of the stock until it’s got a nice saucy consistency.

    2. 5 stars
      I didn’t do anything different and it came out perfect! Just took a little while longer to cook the broccoli to the desired tenderness. I love this recipe!

  13. 5 stars
    This was a hit tonight!!! Just started Keto and I’m so making this again! Thank you so much. And like many others suggested I also added more spices. 😋

  14. 5 stars
    Made this last night, and it was very good. I added shredded cheese in the mixture, some cayenne pepper and garlic powder, and then more shredded cheese on top.

    1. Thank you so much for the great feedback Afton! We’re so happy you enjoyed the recipe – and more cheese is never a bad idea haha!

  15. This was amazing! I didn’t have any Corriander, so I just left it out. It was super good! I will make it again!!!

  16. 5 stars
    Made this tonite! It was so good that I stood and ate it at the counter! I added more broth then what it called for and more spices, which I do with everything.. my bf loves flavor! Would rate 10 stars if I could! Bookmarked this page to make again!

  17. 4 stars
    Very tasty and easy to make! I had leftover meat from a rotisserie chicken so I added it later, midway with the broccoli. I added extra onion powder and garlic powder but I think it could use a little more spice. Perhaps a dash of cayenne.

    1. Hi Victoria! I tend to keep recipes simple, since people tend to have very personal “spice” preferences, so I encourage readers to spruce things up to their own tastes! I’m glad you liked it though, and thank you for the feedback!

  18. 4 stars
    This was a good recipe. I added a ton more seasonings, like someone else mentioned, but I tend to do that with any recipe. ☺️ I also added baby bella mushrooms. The meal was a huge hit with my family. Thank you!

  19. 5 stars
    I was looking for a quick and easy weeknight dinner and I can only say: this was amazing. I was positively surprised by the flavours, it was sooo good (and i actually cooked it pretty much just like in the recipe, which i usually don’t do)!I will definitely cook this again. Overall a great recipe, keep up the great work!

    1. Thank you so much for the great review, Sandra! This is one of our personal favorite easy weeknight dinners as well – even our two year old gets excited when we cook it haha! Have a great day!

  20. Not bad, I had to add to the spices to give some real flavor….lots garlic, chili power, parsley, mushroom powder, tummeric…was put of cumin…adjust to what u like! But overall Yum!!!

    1. We like keeping things simple for the most part, and when we cook recipes from other bloggers we also tend to add or remove spices to adjust to our own taste! That’s the great thing about cooking – using your creativity! Glad you found inspiration with this recipe and made it your own!

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