Cauliflower Fried Rice with Bacon and Chicken (Grain–free. AIP)

This grain free fried rice is full of flavor from ginger, garlic and green onions, and is filling enough to serve as a main dish with the bacon and chicken. Yum! -- The Nourishing Gourmet

This fun dish is full of flavor from ginger, garlic, green onions. And, because it’s made with cauliflower “rice”, it’s also Grain Free and AIP-friendly! The bacon adds depth of flavor that can’t be beaten. Plus, with the addition of the chicken, this is a main dish!

As I mentioned in this post about saving bacon grease, my husband taught me his family’s method of making fried rice, and the secret was using bacon grease. So much flavor! I’ve used it in this dish, and it adds a lovely depth of flavor. You can use avocado oil, pastured lard, or whatever nourishing heat-safe fat you have on hand if you don’t consume pork products or just don’t have any bacon in the house. I’d start with about 2 tablespoons.

Since my post on the bacon grease, I’ve gotten a few requests to talk more about how to find the best bacon/pork products. I think that topic deserves its own post detailing the “best, better, and worst” options. Meanwhile, I suggest that you buy the best quality that you can afford, with pastured organic bacon being the top choice. I also give very simple directions for making your own bacon in my soup cookbook, Ladled! If you are on the AIP diet, my understanding is that you should be using nitrate-free (something I choose to do normally).

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This dish comes together quickly. Prep ingredients before starting, or if you are comfortable doing two things at once, dice the chicken while the bacon cooks and prep the ginger, garlic, and carrots while the chicken cooks. This is another dish that cooks best in my beloved 12-inch cast iron pan. (affiliate link).

Cauliflower Fried Rice with Bacon and Chicken (AIP, Grain-free)

Serves 2 main dish servings (4 small sides)

Ingredients:

  • 3 slices of bacon
  • 2 chicken thighs (or breasts), diced
  • 2 celery sticks, rinsed and thinly sliced
  • 16-ounce package of cauliflower rice (about 3 ½ cups)
  • 1 heaping teaspoon fresh, grated ginger
  • 1-2 large garlic cloves, peeled, and finely minced or put through a garlic press
  • 3 green onions, roots trimmed and top couple of inches cut off, then thinly sliced
  • ½ cup of grated carrots (peeled before grated)

1. In a large saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat, turning to brown evenly. Once the bacon is done, remove to a plate, and add the diced chicken and celery sticks to the hot grease. Cook, stirring as needed to cook evenly. Cook until the chicken is done (no pink in the middle).

2, Add the cauliflower rice, ginger, garlic and carrots, and green onions. Cook, stirring as needed to prevent sticking. If at anytime the pan seems dry, you can add more saved bacon grease, or other fat/oil. Cook for about 7 minutes or until the cauliflower and carrots are tender. Crumble bacon over the dish and salt to taste and enjoy.

 

Cauliflower Fried Rice with Bacon and Chicken (Grain–free. AIP)
 
Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 3 slices of bacon
  • 2 chicken thighs (or breasts), diced
  • 2 celery sticks, rinsed and thinly sliced
  • 16-ounce package of cauliflower rice (about 3 ½ cups)
  • 1 heaping teaspoon fresh, grated ginger
  • 1-2 large garlic cloves, peeled, and finely minced or put through a garlic press
  • 3 green onions, roots trimmed and top couple of inches cut off, then thinly sliced
  • ½ cup of grated carrots (peeled before grated)
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat, turning to brown evenly. Once the bacon is done, remove to a plate, and add the diced chicken and celery sticks to the hot grease. Cook, stirring as needed to cook evenly. Cook until the chicken is done (no pink in the middle).
  2. Add the cauliflower rice, ginger, garlic and carrots, and green onions. Cook, stirring as needed to prevent sticking. If at anytime the pan seems dry, you can add more saved bacon grease, or other fat/oil. Cook for about 7 minutes or until the cauliflower and carrots are tender. Crumble bacon over the dish and salt to taste and enjoy.

 

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Comments

  1. Elle says

    This sounds so tasty! Your blog has always been such a great resource for me as I try to balance restricted diets and restricted budgets. I just wanted to mention that I have been following your blog on Bloglovin’ for some time, and for some reason, it recently stopped updating your blog. It doesn’t look like the RSS linked in the sidebar is working either. It may just be my problem, but I wanted to mention it in case others are also missing your posts.

  2. J says

    I just made this tonight for my family (with a few minor alterations) and everyone loved it and told me I should make it often! The riced cauliflower from TJ’s was new to me and really made this dish easy. Thanks, Kimi!

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