Curry Chicken and Cauliflower Rice

This mouth-watering Paleo dish is a fun twist on a classic Indian curry dish. Served atop cauliflower rice makes for a satisfying meal. Looking for more delicious Paleo recipes? Look no further! Visit our PaleoPlan Recipe Center for hundreds of FREE Paleo recipes!

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Curry Chicken and Cauliflower Rice

Servings 4

Total Time: 60 minutes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Nutrition Information

calories 368

carbohydrate 23g

protein 31g

fat 19g


Curry Chicken

  • 1 pound(s) chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 1 tablespoon(s) ginger, fresh finely minced or grated
  • 1 medium garlic clove(s) minced
  • 1 tablespoon(s) cumin
  • 1 teaspoon(s) coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) cardamom, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) cloves, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) black pepper freshly ground
  • 1 teaspoon(s) sea salt
  • 6 medium mushroom(s), white button
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1 medium bell pepper(s), red
  • 2 tablespoon(s) coconut oil
  • 1 can(s) coconut milk, full fat (403 mL)
  • 2 tablespoon(s) lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoon(s) cilantro, fresh chopped
  • 1 small cucumber(s) diced
  • 1/4 medium onion(s), red diced

Curry Cauliflower Rice

  • 1 head(s) cauliflower
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) curry powder
  • 1 medium onion(s), green finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon(s) sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon(s) black pepper freshly ground
  • 1 tablespoon(s) coconut oil or olive oil


  1. Mix the ginger root, garlic, cumin, coriander, cayenne, cardamom, cloves, sea salt and black pepper in a large bowl.
  2. Chop the chicken breasts into 1 inch pieces and put in the bowl with the ginger, garlic and spices. Coat the chicken with the spice mixture and set aside.
  3. Wash and prepare the mushrooms, zucchini and bell pepper. Set aside.
  4. Over medium heat, add coconut oil to a large skillet.
  5. When hot, add the chicken, mushrooms, coconut milk and lemon juice to the pan. Simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes.
  6. Add the zucchini and bell pepper, and continue to cook until chicken is done (about 5-10 minutes).
  7. While the chicken is cooking, wash and rough chop the cauliflower.
  8. Place it in a large skillet with coconut or olive oil and cook over medium high heat until slightly softened.
  9. Place the cauliflower, curry powder, green onion and cayenne into a food processor and pulse until it has a grainy rice-like consistency. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  10. Serve chicken curry over cauliflower rice and garnish with chopped cilantro, cucumber and red onion.

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  1. we cannot believe we just ate paleo rice! we made it with broccoli instead of cauliflower–pretty color and just as good!

  2. I really like these recipes, but it would be oh so helpful if the number of calories per serving could be listed, since that is an important part of any nutrition plan.

  3. This has become one of my favorite recipes. We have been eating this once a week. It’s awesome with the cucumber! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this recipe. Also, I was a little scared of making cauliflower rice for some reason, but it’s really easy. Don’t be hesitant.

  4. I made the Curry Chicken reciepe,Loved it.
    I did however marinate the chicken overnight and would really recommend it, the intense flavor was worth the wait,The cauliflower rice is now a favorite of my husbands and the cucumber salad rounded out a fabulous. Keep the reciepes coming.

  5. I made this tonight and it was Awesome! Where’s the original recipe – or what do you marinate the chicken in? Also, I didn’t find it very spicy.

  6. Wonderful flavor, though not particularly spicy. I split the difference between Indian and Thai curry and added some sweet potato & pineapple instead of serving it with raita.

  7. The curry chicken was awesome and got great feedback, the only change I made was letting it cook in the oven for 30min instead of 20min which made the sauce thicker and infuse well with the chicken. The ‘RICE’ was unbelievable tasty. My hub who loves to eat rice with everything loved the cauliflower rice and requested for me to make it again and again.

  8. I loved the cauliflower rice, which was a huge shock to me! However, I’m not good with super spicy food and this was super spicy to me. Is there any way I can modify the recipe to cool it down for a wimp like me? I also couldn’t get the sauce to thicken, so any tips there would be welcome, too :)

  9. This recipe took a long time to prepare. I would like it if recipes that take more time, like this one, would be placed on weekends.

  10. This was very delicious, BUT it did take a LOT of prep time. I would definitely do this one on a weekend, because between all the chopping and dicing and measuring …. it was too much for a weeknight. (And I am very handy with a knife.)

    Also, I really think this was too heavy on the cumin. I made a note to drop it to maybe just half a teaspoon.

  11. This is a great recipe! I made it exactly according to the directions and wouldn’t change a thing! The flavor is just perfect.

  12. Picture would have been great…I agree with Tamara.

    I have to say OMG THAT was one of the best meals I have cooked over the years. The flavour was wonderful and it was my first attempt at cauliflower rice…and that worked too!!! YUM!!!!!

  13. I made this!!! I forgot the onions & cilantro… but it was still really delicious. It was so flavorful and fresh tasting. My sister isn’t paleo, but I made this for her and she loved it. I keep trying to convince her & yummy meals like these are helping.

  14. Yum, yum, yum!! I adore the cauliflower rice! I think I could eat it on its own everyday! I’ve made it twice now and I got the best results by chopping it into small pieces and then steaming it over boiling water for 4 minutes. Next came the food processor and then threw it in a pan and sautéed it with coconut oil, 1/2 tsp. ground ginger, 1/2 tsp. curry. Lots of dishes to clean, but it came out better this way than when I just pan sautéed it.

  15. I accidentally cut up a cucumber instead of a zucchini early in the recipe – so I gave it to my roommates to eat. Only to realize that I actually NEEDED my last cucumber! Ha! That’s what I get for not reading the entire recipe first…

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