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Cauliflower “Arroz” con Pollo
with olives / peas and carrots

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It's surprisingly simple to make this paleo-friendly twist on a classic Spanish dish that goes straight from stovetop to oven. This meal was last featured in 2019 and we've only updated it by adding lemon juice and chives at the end of cooking.
Smarts: Cook time will vary slightly depending on the thickness of the chicken thighs. Just be sure to check the chicken for doneness before pulling the pan out of the oven.

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Cauliflower “Arroz” con Pollo:
  • Onions, medium - 1, diced
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Cauliflower florets - 1 lb
  • Coriander, ground - 1 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin - 1 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Chicken thighs, boneless and skinless - 4
  • Peas and carrots, frozen - 1 1/2 cups
  • Chives (opt) - 2 tsp, chopped
  • Lemons - 1, wedges
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
  • Tomato paste - 2 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, apple cider - 2 tsp
  • Stock, any type - 1/2 cup
  • Olives, green and pitted - 1 cup
  • Olive brine (opt) - 1 tsp (from a jar of olives)
  • Salsa (opt) - for serving

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Prep

  1. Onions / Garlic - (If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating before continuing with prep.) - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Cauliflower rice - Pulse florets in a food processor until broken up into ‘rice’-sized bits. (Note: do not cook cauliflower rice.) Watch this video for the full how-to on cauliflower rice. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Spice mix - Combine coriander, cumin, turmeric, oregano, black pepper, and salt. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Chicken - Tenderize with a fork and season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  5. Peas and carrots - Defrost.
  6. Chives / Lemons - Prep as directed.

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Make

  1. Heat oven to 400F / 204C.
  2. Heat a Dutch oven with a lid over medium-high heat. Add first part of oil and then chicken to heated oil. Sear chicken on both sides until golden brown but not cooked through. Set chicken aside and return pan to heat.
  3. Add second part of oil and then onions. Saute until soft, ~3 minutes. Add garlic and spice mix and saute 1 minute. Add tomato paste and saute 1 minute more.
  4. Add vinegar to pan and saute for 1 minute, scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan.
  5. Add cauliflower rice and stir until coated in spices.
  6. Stir in stock, peas and carrots, olives, and olive brine and bring to a simmer. Nestle chicken in the cauliflower rice. Cover with a lid and transfer to the oven. Bake, covered, until rice absorbs liquid and chicken is cooked through, 18 to 20 minutes.
  7. Squeeze half the lemon wedges over the finished dish. Top with chives.
  8. Serve chicken and cauliflower rice with salsa and extra lemon wedges on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (53)
Gluten-free (6)
Paleo (3)
Vegetarian (8)

Most Helpful

Loved this! Going into our regular rotation. Cooked 10 minutes longer in order for rice to cook through all the way. I thought the extra time might dry out the chicken, but it was great! Made kids plain white rice, but they liked the chicken. Use smaller olives next time and maybe try paleo version since kids won't eat the rice anyway.

By: Emily
Posted: Mar 12, 2021
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

37 reviews

Definitely needed the extra time - our rice was a little hard, but we couldn't wait that much later to eat since it was a school night. The flavor was really good (we doubled the spices). If we make this again, I'll add extra time for the rice.

By: Jennifer
Posted: Apr 13, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Added a bell peoper because it felt like it wanted a little more veg

By: Kathryn
Posted: Apr 03, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Added 1/4 cup more water. Followed others’ advice and cooked it 10 mins longer. I agree that it could use a stir halfway through.

By: Sabrina
Posted: Apr 01, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Liked it, but not a favorite. Of course, I left out the olives (yuck), so that might have been it.

By: Barbie
Posted: Mar 27, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Really delicious my husband also loved it. In the future I would make it all on the stovetop, the rice didn’t evenly get cooked and I think more frequent stirring on the stovetop would help. Had to cook it an extra 8 minutes and still not all the rice was evenly cooked. Didn’t add any olives because olives are ew.

By: Julia
Posted: Mar 22, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Was a huge hit!

By: Jennifer
Posted: Mar 22, 2021
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful