Chicken Bacon Rice Bowls

I know the name of the recipe sucks. I know, ok. But I promise it’s way more exciting to the taste buds than you think. And SUPER filling.

I’m getting realllllll excited, guys. Real excited. My second cookbook, The Paleo Kitchen, is super close to release date! If you haven’t already preordered the book, do it now while it’s super cheap and then the book will ship out to you come June 10th. But wait, even though I’m really excited for that, I’m even more excited about the book tour. We are still finalizing dates, places, and times, but I know I will be having a book release party on June 10th, in Denver then heading up the west coast. I’ll have final details next week and I’ll be sure to send out an email with locked in dates. Be sure to sign up for my emails so you’ll know right away! Wait wait, let’s be realistic…I’m way more excited about picking out outfits for the trip. I may or may not be shopping today. Meaning, I definitely am.

Let’s entertain ourselves on this Friday. I can’t tell you how many times I watched this video. Watch this now. DO IT. I laughed so hard, I cried. True story.

So I have yet another wedding this weekend. Four weddings this summer, and this is the second. This is one of the boyfriend’s friends, but I still know a ton of the people there, which will be fun. AND, the cabins allow dogs. So we get to take Jackson with us. Meaning I probably won’t want to go to the reception because I’ll just want to play with him the whole time. He’s just the greatest. He has pretty much learned to not pee in the house anymore, which makes me like him a lot more. What sucks now is that our carpet is TOTALLY stained. Wtf is that? Who sells a carpet cleaner that stains the carpet? That literally makes zero sense. So now that he has stopped being an asshole, I need to get one of those carpet cleaners to pull out the stains. Dumb. Carpet is so gross. I have sworn to never have carpet again after this apartment. It may feel good on your toes, but your toes are just squishing in creepy things. Meaning mine. Just a fact.

Ok, I gotta shop. Now go do something fun with your weekend.


Chicken Bacon Rice Bowls

  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 4 pieces of bacon, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, minced
  • 1.5 pounds chicken, cut into 1 inch cubes (I used skinless, boneless breasts)
  • 1 (14 ounce) can of diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans of diced green chiles
  • 1 small head of cauliflower, riced (use a shredding attachment on a food processor to rice the cauliflower)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • avocado, to garnish
  • green onions, to garnish


  1. Place a large dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Add pieces of bacon and cook until crispy then remove and set aside on paper towel. Remove some of the bacon fat from the pot if needed, leaving behind about 3-4 tablespoons.
  2. Add garlic cloves, yellow onion and chicken. Sprinkle with a bit of salt. Cook until chicken is almost cooked through. Then add diced tomatoes, green chiles and cauliflower and mix well. Add a good amount of salt (the cauliflower will soak up a lot) then add chili powder and red pepper flakes. Mix well, place heat to medium-low and let simmer for about 10 minutes.
  3. When done simmering, mix in bacon pieces into the rice mixture.
  4. Place in bowl, garnish with a bit of salt and pepper, avocado and green onions.

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66 thoughts on “Chicken Bacon Rice Bowls”

  1. This looks amazing Juli! I pre-ordered your cookbook today as well 🙂 on another note, i couldn’t agree more about hating carpet once you have animals. they just never come back the same no matter how much you clean them. GROSS…i want to rip mine up!!

  2. Great recipe. Sounds easy enough for me to make! This is a dumb question, but I’m going to ask anyway. When you say, “Cook until chicken is almost cooked through.”, about how long is that? I’m a relatively new cook, and still learning as I go. 🙂

    1. Hi!
      I haven’t tried this recipe but I LOVE to cook. You can tell chicken is almost cooked (or completely cooked, if you’re going for that) when it’s totally opaque white, juices are clear (not pink) and you can feel that it’s firm all the way through, rather than being firm on the edges, and smooshy towards the middle.

      1. I used to under or overcook everything, but fixed that with a thermometer. It’ll keep you from doing anything too dangerous. I think Thermowerks has a pretty good one that reads in 6 seconds for like $20. Better than the ER bill.

  3. This recipe looks SUPER Fantastic…can’t wait to try. The video link made me spit out my coffee! Ha to that! Hoping to see another picture of Jackson…he’s the cutest! Have fun at your wedding.

  4. I lerv u. Really. But I’m sad. Sad that I no longer have that little ZipList Recipe “Save” button next to all of your recipes. It was so freaking handy! I apologize if I missed a post in which you explained something about this, but am just wondering about this? Where did it go and how can I get it back? Thanks for your awesomeness!

  5. So I’m sitting at work reading your blog & decided to follow that link. I literally ‘LOL’d’ at that video!! OMG!! Note to self: do not follow Juli’s funny links at work 😀

    Food looks FANTASTIC!! Enjoy the wedding fun!

  6. Juli! I just went to Amazon to pre-order two copies of The Paleo Kitchen (one for me, one for my sis-in-law who has ALMOST as big a girl crush on you as I do) and your new book is already the #3 bestseller in gluten-free diet books! It hasn’t even come out yet! SO happy for you, and SO excited for the new book!

  7. I miss going to weddings! This recipe looks really good and easy, again thanks for the idea I will probably wind up making it this weekend.

    I am SO looking forward to your cookbook arriving and all the adventures in paleo cooking i plan to have with it 🙂

  8. I love recipes like this- they work for lunch/dinner and make a great breakfast with an over easy egg on top! So excited to try it!

  9. Juli…2 things that will change your life a BISSELL SporClean is a portable spot cleaner that takes up all those pet stains! And BISSELL Advanced Pet Stain + Sanitize is a trigger spray cleaner that will remove the stain and kill the germs left behind!

    And your blog is the bee’s knees!

  10. Carpet is definitely disgusting. And it is VERY nice when a puppy finally figures out the house training issue!
    Do you enjoy reading historical fiction? I recently published my second book and the male lead’s name is Jackson (I didn’t steal your puppy name, I wrote the book last year, I promise!) Anyway it’s up on Amazon if you’re interested. “Across the Sea” by C. Lynn Biccum. I’d love to say that Juli Bauer read my book!!!

  11. Come to DC on your book tour and hang out with a fellow native Colorado girl!! : ) We have a bulldog/boxer mix that can play with Jackson!!

  12. Another home run from you. If you’re coming east at all, make a stop in or near Chicago. There’s an oft-ignored but oh-so-sexy underground Paleo community here. Even sexier than Brad Pitt in Fight Club.

  13. Will you be coming to the east coast at all on your book tour? NYC specifically? That would be awesome!!!!!

  14. This is probably a stupid question, but do you cook the cauliflower before you rice it? Also, ditto on the Chicago stop. Hope you are able to visit our city.

  15. Sounds super good…just heading back into Paleo/Primal eating and needing inspiration. Just preordered your book, too!

  16. Juli…can’t wait to try this! Looks yummy and its from you so more than likely….delish.

    I’ve found the best stain remover in the WORLD (two pugs on baby blue carpet, yeah, I feel your pain on stained carpet) is called FOLEX and you can get it at Lowes or Home Depot. It doesn’t leave a soap residue which attracts more dirt. Best. Shiz. Evah. Removes everything. Not just pee.

      1. Ditto on the Folex. I used to use it ALL the time and then I had all my carpet removed; happiest day of my life!!!!

        This recipe looks great and I believe I’m making it tonight. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Hoover carpet cleaner totally worth the investment with a dog!! Get one! I feel like I have used mine a billion times and my dog 6 and totally housetrained…but accidents happen and pee stains on the floor is gross!
    Just ordered the book…excited!!

  18. My old house had carpet and I had no idea how nasty it really was until I moved into a house with wood floors. There are tumbleweeds of dog fur everywhere.I swifter them up every day but there’s no stopping it. Let me just tell you that i definitely didn’t vacuum my old carpeted every day. I lived in filth for 5 years. cool.

    p.s. i can’t wait to try this!

  19. This has nothing to do with the recipe, and someone may have pointed this out to you already, but your cookbook on Amazon has some weird review for a comic on it.

  20. This was delicious, except i couldn’t follow the whole recipe. Had to substitute mild salsa for the green chilis, and I didn’t have a ripe avocado nor green onions, and it was still delicious. Only complaint is my kitchen looks like a cauliflower exploded all over it. Will definitely be making again with all the ingredients next time, and hopefully it will be even better.

  21. Congrats on your book release, Juli!

    I realize you don’t know me yet, but I recently had George on my podcast, and will be publishing the interview very shortly. Best wishes to both of you.

    Just the same, thanks so much for this recipe! I’ve been doing the cauliflower ‘rice’ for a while now, but only recently got into the mexican style of preparing it. I’m excited to give it a try 🙂

  22. Juli, I personally really like the title of the recipe… straight to the point! Chicken and bacon are two of my favorites and they seem to have a unique way of tasting really good together. Maybe I just think bacon tastes good with everything! Is it just me, or does avocado go great with everything too?! Thanks for the post, loved this one.

  23. I’m super excited because I will be in SoCal next wknd so I will get to come to your book signing in San Diego!!
    Are you planning to wod while you are there? If so, where?!

    1. yes I am actually! I was going to try to workout saturday afternoon AND sunday morning but still trying to decide where since i don’t know the area very well. any suggestions?

  24. wow this is amazing! we used fire roasted diced tomatoes from sprouts which I think gave it a little something extra…

  25. I made this tonight and it was great! I also used fire roasted tomatoes. I will make it again, but I’ll probably add more chili powder. Thanks again for another fabulous recipe!

  26. I made this for Father’s Day… Tricked my family into eating a PaleOMG meal and my Dad kept eating everyone’s leftovers!!! This IS very filling and so delicious. I made the recipe EXACT and it turned out perfectly.

  27. This recipe looks great! We are low carb, not paleo, but I stalk paleo sites for recipes. I’m so glad I found yours. I was joking that this is called ‘Mexi-Cauli Chicken’ and it sort of stuck in our house. 😉

  28. I stumbled upon your website last night looking for a chicken recipe. Had almost everything to make this, except the cauliflower (and ricer). So I served it on a bed of spinach, which was superb. Trying the recipe in total within the next two weeks. Can’t wait to try more.

  29. Oh no. After 7 months of dutifully following your meals, and having a LOT of success…I finally made one that I didn’t love, or like. Not only was this a little too time consuming (and I even bought the pre-made chicken!) it was blah, bland, and tasteless. It was probably something I did, as I’ve never NOT loved something you’ve made. I figured I’d weigh in, as I actually made this. I hate people who rate food and then say “can’t wait to try.:

  30. Was feeling very lazy and was going to make something for dinner using a jar of sauce (pls don’t hate me!) But i decided to have a quick look thru ur recipes for chicken as I already had it defrosting. This was so simple and quick to make, i already had everything except the green chilies and avocado, so yummy and my usually picky kids (aged 6, 4 and 1) just scoffed it down. I don’t often comment but just had to for this one cos it prevented me reaching for that jar of sauce, i made a healthy decision instead and your easy to follow and scrummy recipes truly are changing my life for the healthier, happier and infinitely better! Thank you so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge! You’re so funny, your posts are so easy to read (in fact i tend to get a bit jittery if i haven’t checked in for a while, I’m fast becoming a paleOMG addict!!) and everything I’ve made so far is absolutely delicious!


    This is officially the first Paleo dinner recipe I have made for my family of 5 (3 kids, 2 Adults)
    and it was a hit! my kids were happy that it had bacon in it, I haven’t yet told them about the added awesomeness of it hehe
    and super simple to make at late notice

  32. YUM!
    BUT i kinda gave it too much kick…worried the kids won’t eat it lol. It’s pretty spicy now, but super simple and yummy! Love your recipes!

  33. Not my favorite…the chicken was a little bland. Not sure what I could marinate the chicken in to give it a little flavor!

  34. This is the first paleo dish I have made and was a big hit with may family. My 14 year old son thought he was eating rice. I later told him what it was and he was shocked that he liked it. Thanks for the great recipe! Looking forward to trying more!

  35. This was absolutely delicious…my family is new to Paleo, and this was amazing and very easy to make. Thank you for sharing your recipes, our favorites to date have all come from Paleomg…cheers!

  36. Thanks for the recipe. I added cumin and coriander and loved the depth of flavor from the bacon. Garnished with cilantro and avacado. Good use for cauliflower-rice.

  37. I made this for dinner tonight and this was DELICIOUS! My husband and I both loved it. I will definitely be making this again! Thank you for sharing.

  38. Holy deliciousness batman. This recipe was awesome. I have never wrote a review on any recipe before but it was so good that I had to let the whole world know of its deliciousness. I have never had cauliflower rice before but pretty sure I am just going to somehow use it every night for dinner now! 🙂

  39. Think I could make this whole30 somehow? And don’t say sugar/nitrate-free bacon, cause Canada doesn’t seem to get that concept.

  40. This is a really quick recipe that makes a TON of food. Not to mention it’s super filling. The only thing I would change if I were to make this again would be to double the amount of bacon. I felt like the bacon pieces were very scarce and that is simply not okay 🙂

  41. I made this the other day and it was amazzinggg! I am not that great of a cook but it was fairly easy and it came out delicious. Will definitely be making this again.

  42. Hi. I know this is a paleo recipe, I was wondering how you would be able to substitute rice instead of cauliflower. Any ideas? Thanks!

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