Cauliflower Rice Chicken Biryani Stir Fry

An easy low-carb and gluten-free chicken biryani using cauliflower rice instead of the basmati rice. This healthy cauliflower rice stir-fry features all the authentic flavors we love about Indian food and can be ready in half an hour for a keto-friendly quick weeknight meal.  #indianrecipes #sitryfryrecipes #cauliflowerrice, #paleorecipes #glutenfree

An easy low-carb and gluten-free chicken biryani using cauliflower rice instead of the basmati rice. This healthy cauliflower rice stir-fry features all the authentic Indian flavors we love and can be ready in half an hour for a keto-friendly quick weeknight meal.

overhead shot of a plate with healthy paleo chicken biryani cauliflower rice stir-fry

The other day, I realized that I have not a single Indian recipe on the blog, which is surprising considering the fact that I LOVE spices! But Indian food is just one of those things I tend to go out for – or order in. Unfortunately, restaurant-style Indian food is not especially good for our waistlines. This is why I came up with a skinny version of my favorite Indian restaurant dish.

Chicken Biryani – a classic dish that I’ve been wanting to give a Paleo/Whole30 makeover for quite some time now. It’s traditionally made with Basmati rice so all I had to do here was to make an easy swap and use low carb cauliflower rice instead.

That’s the great thing about cooking Indian food at home – it can be made with the cleanest ingredients and you will not compromise on the taste because it’s really all about those spices anyway.

Are you ready? Let’s grab our biryani spices, our lean protein, our veggies, and steal about 30 minutes of your precious time and BADABOOM – you have a healthy dinner that is paleo, Whole30 approved and 1000% amazing on your kitchen table. You are welcome.

side view close-up of a plate of Indian cauliflower rice stir fry chicken biryani style

All the delicious flavors of a classic restaurant-style Chicken Biryani lightened up by swapping basmati rice for low carb cauliflower rice. I cannot say it often enough – healthy cooking can be so simple!

Now let’s move on to the recipe!

How to make Cauliflower Rice Chicken Biryani Stir Fry

How to make cauliflower rice?

Step 1Cut the cauliflower head into small florets. Try to make them even sized for even “ricing”.

picture collage demonstrating how to make rice from cauliflower in a food processor

Step 2 & 3 – Place about half in your food processor fitted with the S-blade and pulse a few times until it resembles corse “rice” grains. Set aside in a bowl and repeat with remaining florets. Don’t overcrowd the food processor otherwise, the rice grains won’t be even – some will be very small and others will be large chunks.

Which seasoning shall I use for this Indian cauliflower rice recipe? 

For this recipe, we are using traditional Indian biryani spices. You can buy a ready-made spice blend but I find that the flavor or a homemade blend is always superior. You can double the recipe and store it in a spice jar, or even freeze it. Make sure to keep it away from moisture.

Step 4 & 5To make your own chicken biryani spice blend, mix garam masala, turmeric, cumin, sweet paprika, cinnamon, and cayenne in a bowl.

picture collage demonstrating how to mix ground spices to make biryani spice blend at home

Marinate the chicken:

Step 6 – 8  – In a medium bowl, mix chicken pieces with 1 tbsp olive oil, lemon juice, spices and salt until it’s well coated. It might seem like there’s too many spices but keep in mind that they will also flavor the cauliflower rice. picture collage demonstrating how to marinate chicken breast with biryani spices to make healthy chicken biryani recipe

Tip: If you have time, cover the chicken and marinate in the fridge anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight. If you don’t, you can skip the marinade and it will still be delicious.

Step 9 – Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add chicken pieces. Brown for 2 minutes or so, flip the pieces and brown the other side for another 2-3 minutes. Remove from the skillet and set aside.

picture collage demonstrating how to fry chicken, onion and garlic in a skillet for making paleo chicken biryani recipe

Step 10 & 11 – Add 1 teaspoon olive oil in the skillet and add onion slices. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring often, until soft and golden. Add ginger and garlic, and cook for another minute.

picture collage demonstrating how to make cauliflower rice chicken biryani in a skillet

Step 12 – Add cauliflower rice to the skillet, along with the chicken. Stir to mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes, until chicken is just cooked through but still moist and cauliflower has softened.

Step 13 Turn off the heat. Taste for salt and add some if needed. Stir in the herbs (mint and cilantro) and almonds, setting aside a few pieces for serving. Serve with a squeeze of lemon juice and top with reserved herbs and almonds.

 

Can cauliflower rice be frozen? 

Yes absolutely. While I am at it, I make a whole bunch of cauliflower rice at once because I really dislike cleaning my food processor! To freeze cauliflower rice, prepare some freezer bags and scoop about 2 cups of riced cauliflower into each freezer bag. Press the air out of your bag and seal them up. Repeat with the remaining cauliflower. Flatten the bags and stack to freeze them in the back of your freezer.

overhead shot of two plates with paleo chicken biryani cauliflower rice stir fry topped with chopped herbs

Can cauliflower rice be reheated?

Yes, you reheat this biryani by either microwaving it for a couple of minutes or by heating it up in a pan on the stovetop for a few minutes.

overhead shot of a blue plate with Indian paleo cauliflower rice stir-fry with chicken

Tips for making this paleo cauliflower rice stir-fry:

  • If you have time, marinate the chicken in the fridge anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight.
  • If you feel like you need the mouthfeel of real rice you can add in 1/4 cup of normal cooked rice in step 12.
  • This recipe is best served fresh but leftovers keep in the fridge for 2 days.
  • Feel free to use chicken thighs instead of breast.
overhead shot of a plate with cauliflower rice chicken biryani stir-fry
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Indian Cauliflower Rice Chicken Biryani  Stir-Fry

An easy low-carb and gluten-free chicken biryani using cauliflower rice instead of the basmati rice. This healthy cauliflower rice stir-fry features all the authentic flavors we love about Indian food and can be ready in half an hour for a keto-friendly quick weeknight meal. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Indian
Keyword cauliflower rice biryani, cauliflower rice recipe, Indian cauliflower rice recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 688 kcal
Author Marie

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts cut into 1-inch chunks/cubes
  • 6 cups cauliflower rice or 1 large cauliflower head
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne powder adjust to taste
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice about 1/2 large lemon + more to serve
  • 2 tbsp olive oil divided in 1 tbsp + 3 tsp
  • 2 large white onions sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger minced
  • 1/3 cup fresh mint chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1/4 cup roasted almonds chopped - to serve, optional

Instructions

  1. If you don’t have pre-made cauliflower rice, start with that. Cut the cauliflower head into small florets (try to make them even sized for even “ricing”). Place about half in your food processor fitted with the S blade and pulse a few times until it resembles corse “rice” grains. Set aside in a bowl and repeat with remaining florets. Don’t overcrowd the food processor otherwise, the rice grains won’t be even - some will be very small and others will be large chunks.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all the spices (garam masala, turmeric, cumin, sweet paprika, cinnamon and cayenne) together
  3. In a medium bowl, mix chicken pieces with 1 tbsp olive oil, lemon juice, spices, and salt until it’s well coated. It might seem like there are too many spices but keep in mind that they will also flavor the cauliflower rice.
  4. If you have time, cover the chicken and marinate in the fridge anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight. If you don’t, you can skip the marinade and it will still be delicious.
  5. Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add chicken pieces. Brown for 2 minutes or so, flip the pieces and brown the other side for another 2-3 minutes. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  6. Add 1 teaspoon olive oil in the skillet and add onion slices. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring often, until soft and golden.
  7. Add ginger and garlic, and cook for another minute.
  8. Add cauliflower rice to the skillet, along with the chicken. Stir to mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes, until chicken is just cooked through but still moist and cauliflower has softened.
  9. Turn off the heat. Taste for salt and add some if needed. Stir in the herbs (mint and cilantro) and almonds, setting aside a few pieces for serving. Serve with a squeeze of lemon juice and top with reserved herbs and almonds.

Recipe Notes

  • If you have time, marinate the chicken in the fridge anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight.
  • If you feel like you need the mouthfeel of real rice you can add in 1/4 cup of normal cooked rice in step 12.
  • This recipe is best served fresh but leftovers keep in the fridge for 2 days.
  • Feel free to use chicken thighs instead of breast.
Nutrition Facts
Indian Cauliflower Rice Chicken Biryani  Stir-Fry
Amount Per Serving (1 /4th)
Calories 688 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 48%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 144mg 48%
Sodium 1001mg 42%
Potassium 2709mg 77%
Total Carbohydrates 44g 15%
Dietary Fiber 16g 64%
Sugars 15g
Protein 63g 126%
Vitamin A 31.5%
Vitamin C 302%
Calcium 23.2%
Iron 35.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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5 Comments
  1. This is such a flavorful stir fry! And even my husband and son didn’t mind the substitution of the cauliflower for the rice! Perfect!

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