Welcome to our culinary adventure where we explore the vibrant flavors of the Caribbean with a healthier twist! Today, we’re diving into a dish that’s not only mouth-wateringly delicious but also a fantastic option for those looking to enjoy rich flavors without the guilt – Jerk Chicken Bacon Pineapple Fried Cauliflower Rice.
The Star Ingredient: Cauliflower Rice
Replacing traditional white rice with cauliflower rice is a game-changer. It’s a fantastic way to enjoy all the indulgence of a fried rice dish but with fewer carbs and more nutrients. Plus, it blends seamlessly with the bold flavors of our recipe!
The Flavor-packed Jerk Chicken
We start with succulent, boneless chicken thighs, marinated in a zesty blend of green onions, garlic, scotch bonnet pepper, ginger, lime juice, soy sauce, and a mix of spices that bring the heat and sweet. Whether you cook it in a skillet or bake it, the chicken comes out bursting with flavors.
Bringing It All Together
The fried cauliflower rice is a symphony of flavors and textures. Cooked with pineapple chunks for a sweet tang, crispy bacon bits for a smoky depth, and a colorful array of bell peppers and onions, it’s a feast for the eyes and the palate. The combination of soy sauce, hoisin, and oyster sauce adds a rich umami flavor that elevates the dish.
Easy to Make, Easier to Love!
One of the best parts of this dish is its simplicity. The marination of the chicken can be as long or as short as you like – though overnight is ideal for maximum flavor. The cauliflower rice is quick to prepare and incredibly forgiving, making it perfect for busy weeknights or impressing guests over the weekend.
A Dish That Has It All
Jerk Chicken Bacon Pineapple Fried Cauliflower Rice is not just a meal; it’s an experience. It’s a delightful balance of spicy, sweet, savory, and smoky flavors, combined with the light, nutritious goodness of cauliflower rice. It’s a dish that will leave you feeling satisfied, yet light and energized.
Whether you’re a long-time lover of Caribbean cuisine or just looking for a healthier way to enjoy fried rice, this dish is sure to become a new favorite. Try it out, and let the vibrant flavors whisk you away to culinary bliss!
5 chicken thighs boneless, cut into bite sized pieces
4 green onions, cut in 1 inch pieces
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 scotch bonnet pepper, stem removed (alternatively use a habanero)
1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
1/3 cup lime juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tosp brown sugar
1 tosp fresh thyme
1 tsp all spice
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Combine chicken in a baking dish with all the other ingredients and marinate overnight or just however long you want because no one listens to that anyway. Make sure the chicken is coated well in marinade.
I cooked mine in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat or alternatively you could bake the chicken at 425 for approximately 20 minutes. It won't take as long bc of the bite size. Watch carefully.
Fried cauliflower rice:
1 cup pineapple chunks
5 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
2 tbsp vegetable oil
4 eggs beaten
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
4 cups cauliflower rice
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tbsp hoisin sauce
1 tosp oyster sauce
1 tsp sugar
Add oil to skillet or wok. Add in pineapple, bell peppers, onions & garlic. Cook until soft. Move everything to one side of skillet or wok and add oil and then eggs. Scramble the eggs. Make room for cauliflower rice and add in, breaking up with a spatula. Cook for a minute and then add in remaining ingredients. Stir to incorporate ingredients.
Optional: Add chopped green onions, cilantro and yum yum sauce before serving.