Cauli-Rice with Garlic-Manchego Chicken


Cauli-Rice with Garlic-Manchego Chicken


  • 2 large pasture-raised boneless and skinless chicken breasts halved horizontally to make 4
  • 1/2 cup fresh manchego 12-month aged cheese or parmesan, finely grated
  • Salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • 2 large cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • For the cauliflower rice:
  • 3 cups riced cauliflower (about 1 medium head or use frozen cauli-rice)
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable stock
  • Juice of one lemon (+ zest of the rind)
  • Red chili pepper flakes, optional
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped


    The chicken:

    1. To make this manchego (or parmesan) chicken recipe: In a shallow plate, combine cheese, grated garlic, paprika, and Italian seasoning. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper; dredge in the parmesan mixture; shake off excess and set aside.

    2. In a large cast-iron or non-stick skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat. Cook chicken cutlets until golden on each side and cooked through – about 3-4 minutes for each side, depending on the thickness of your chicken cutlets. Transfer to a plate.

    The cauliflower rice:

    1. In the same pan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Fry the garlic and onion for 1 minute until fragrant — be careful not to burn.

    2. Add the riced cauliflower to the skillet and stir to mix everything together well and coat in melted butter. Cook, stirring regularly for 1 minute.

    3. Stir in the 2 tablespoons vegetable stock, about half the parsley, and lemon zest (if using). Cook the cauliflower rice for one minute to reduce juices then add the lemon juice and a few sprinkles of leftover parmesan cheese, if you like.

    4. Adjust seasoning as needed. Stir in the remaining parsley. Return chicken breasts over cauliflower rice and reheat quickly. Serve your parmesan chicken with fresh cracked black pepper, red chili pepper flakes, and more parmesan. Enjoy!

    Note: Make sure to use a non-stick pan otherwise the manchego or parmesan might stick. This is a repeat recipe in our house. Bet it will be in yours too! For more yummy meals like this click here.

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