Mexican Chicken Soup/Stew over Cilantro Lime Rice

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I’m really good at transforming my hair. Manipulating, if you must. I’ve manipulated it to the point that it almost thinks it’s actually brunette. I’m actually a blond (ohhhh here come the jokes, way to be original you assf*ck) but disagree with what my genes gave me. So I dye it regularly. Like every 3 weeks regularly. Effing expensive. And no my hair doesn’t fall out, that’s what happens when you bleach it, you idiot. Holy sh*t with the insults around here. I need to calm it down.

Anywho, I’ve began to teach my hair how to stand up straight. You see, with my overwhelming need to wear a headband 24/7, my hair tends to get messed with a lot. Messed with meaning broken. You can’t wear a headband all day, everyday, and expect it look good when you don’t wear one. It’s just dumb. And that’s the issue I’ve been dealing with. In my goals to become more of a lady, I’ve tried to minimize my headband time. But I look weird without a headband. And all the hairs that broke off are now baby hairs. That stand up straight directly at the top of my forehead. That’s not cute people. So I’m forewarning all you headband wearers out there. Split ends are in your future. You’re welcome.

Well since that was an epically boring story, I’ll move on. I had lebanese food the other night. DAMN that meat was good. I had chicken, lamb, and a slab of meat that was lamb and beef mixed together. Holy crap. Smart. I loved every second of it. And the company with was pretty fantastic, not gonna lie. Good smile. This restaurant’s hummus was to die for! Yes, I know hummus is not paleo you freak. And I don’t even care about hummus, but it was AWESOME. Ethiopian and Lebanese food can be checked off my “food I want to try in my lifetime” list. What should I try next, hmmmmm??

Crockpot Mexican Chicken Soup/Stew over Cilantro Lime “Rice”
Crockpot Mexican Chicken Soup/Stew over Cilantro Lime “Rice”

Crockpot Mexican Chicken Soup/Stew over Cilantro Lime “Rice”



For your crockpot

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth (use a little more if you want it more “soupy”)
  • 1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced or diced
  • 1/2 (14 oz) jar of roasted red peppers
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed (just smash it was the side of a knife)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pepper, to taste

For your cilantro rice

  • 34 tablespoons cilantro, diced
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1/2 lime, juiced squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch of salt


  1. Pull out your hand dandy crockpot. People have been asking for more crockpot recipes so HEAR YA GO!!!! hooooooo ray!
  2. Literally throw all your crockpot ingredients into the crockpot. Mix around. Turn on high for 3.5-4 hours or until your chicken is shredable (is that a word?) with two forks. I love shredded meat.
  3. When your crockpot only has about 30 minutes to go, preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  4. Pull out a baking dish to prepare your cauliflower. Pull off all the leaves and cut off the stem, then dice your cauliflower into smaller florets and place in baking dish.
  5. Sprinkle with olive oil and salt. Put in oven and baking for 20-25 minutes or until cauliflower is tender.
  6. Once the cauliflower is done cooking, grab your food processor with the shredding attachment. Add cauliflower and rice it up!
  7. Add riced cauliflower to a bowl. Chop your cilantro and add that right into your rice. Squeeze some lime juice over the top and mix together.
  8. Once your chicken is all cooked in your crockpot, take a fork and shred the chicken directly in the crockpot. Then pour ingredients over cauliflower rice. Slice an avocado and put that on top.
  9. Consume!!!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


73 thoughts on “Mexican Chicken Soup/Stew over Cilantro Lime Rice”

  1. I made this last night. After his first bite my husband just reached over and kissed me then told me to stop holding out on him. So I think he liked it. 🙂

  2. oh i am making more don't you worry! thanks so much for the great recipes! what's your personal favorite of your recipes?

  3. Hmmmmmm that's a tough question. I love all food. Probably the sweet potato meatloaf, chai spiced fruit pork chops, and butternut squash curry chili. Honestly I could say more so I'm stopping. But those are the most recent I'd say 🙂

  4. I am trying to convert my family to the Paleo lifestyle and if this recipe doesn’t convince them I don’t know what will. This recipe is so easy and full of things I almost always have in my pantry. Simply delicious!!

      1. That’s what I’ve been doing Juli. My husband knows, but the kids have no idea why Mommy isn’t buying bread. PS, this soup is on my menu for the week. mmmmm

  5. Thank you, JB! This dinner is awesome! I’m actually shoving it in my face this instant and my entire family (except my stubborn 5 year old daughter) is loving it!

  6. Hey! Soul Sistah! Well actually, we’re hair twins. Who’d have thought??? I use a mix of henna and indigo on my light brown hair about every three weeks and am also going through headband withdrawal,.Soon to be followed by ponytail/bun on top of head withdrawal. I should just let my dreadlocks come back again, because, for realsies, that’s when I look best. Except I live in a small mid-West town and have a kid in high school and the last time I did that everyone thought I was a drug dealer.

    Anyway. I was looking for a recipe for chicken-lime-cilantro-sweet potato stew and found this instead. Looks like an awesome, awesome recipe, which I will bookmark and try next week. The cauliflower rice sounds truly amazing, and I’ll give it a go. For now, The crockpot part will be used with brownish red rice made ala sweet potato instead of cauliflower. I don’t think cabbage rice will work…
    Thanks for the great recipes!

  7. I made this last night and have enjoyed it for two meals today! OMG……it is amazing!! Thanks for all of the wonderful recipes! 🙂

  8. i am trying trying this recipe today i would like to thank you for sharing only thing im doing different is roasting my own peppers i love your blog by the way audrey raven

  9. This recipe is two thumbs up! Even my British hubby liked it. (He likes plain food – no spices) 😉 The flavors went together so well, my taste buds were doing a happy dance. I love your blog… you really tickle the hell out of me. Thanks for everything you do.

  10. Because im a pig & could most likely eat this all in one sitting, how many serves would a normal person get out of this please?

  11. ok so i got 4 serves so I’m doing alright.
    Im scoffing leftovers at my desk right now & its even better today than last nights dinner.

    This is a mighty fine chicken dish!

  12. This was amazing!! My fiancé is not a fan of cauliflower and loved the “rice.” I’ve now made 3 of your recipes, and loved them all! Thank you for doing what you do!! 🙂

  13. Seriously. COOKBOOK!!!! Of all the recipes I’ve tried on this site, this was the best (and I was a big fan of the others). I didn’t think I’d like the “rice” because I really do not like cauliflower, but I could not stop eating it. My kids actually enjoyed it as well! This one is definately going in the rotation.

  14. This was awesome!! Super easy and quick to pull together, but had a crap ton of flavor. My parents said it was ‘very good’ which is HIGH praise in this household, trust. Thanks for all of your amazing recipes!

  15. Juli, you’re freaking amazing!!! How do you always come up with the best, most delicious dishes? Every recipe I’ve tried of yours (and that has been quite a few) has been great. This is the first crockpot dish I’ve actually liked, it was SO good! Can you move to Maryland and marry my brother? I’ll be your taste tester…

  16. Wowsers! This recipe is AMAZING!! Thank you!! If the next 20 days on the whole30 are like this.. I will continue to be in heaven!

  17. Brandyce Leonard

    This was soooo awesome! I could eat it everyday! Who would have ever figured that shredded cauliflower tasted like whole grain rice. You’re so awesome..I love your blog and every recipe I’ve tried so far has been delicious!

  18. Seriously Juli!! This was awesome!! My hubby(who really doesn’t like veggies) keeps telling me how great this was! My 2 year old gobbled it up and my neighbor was commenting on the “awesome dinner smell” coming from my front door!! This is SO a keeper! Hope to see it in the cookbook 😉

  19. Hey there. I made this recipe, and tweaked it. It was delicious- I made my neighbor try it and she wanted more! Once the chicken was done and “shredable” I used a hand blender and blended it all together to sort of thicken the liquid. Then I added back in the shredded chicken. It was YUM-MY. I had never tried cauliflower rice. My husband said not to even try to call it rice, but whatever you called it, it tasted good. I have been a Paleo girl for 5 weeks and I love your blog- thank you for your humor, and your recipes. You’ve helped make it really easy!!

  20. Hi, just made the chicken soup and cilantro rice. My family loved it! I had to use pork loin but it turned out super good. Thank you!!!!

  21. Made this for dinner last night and loved it! I didn’t vary the recipe at all, made it as written. My husband also loved it and was surprised to hear that the rice was actually cauliflower. Will definitely make it again, satisfied my craving for delicious mexican food. Make sure to put the avocado on top!

  22. Made this as my first Paleo meal and absolutely loved it! Quick question though- how many portions does this yield? I’ll be eating for lunch the rest of this week and want to make sure I don’t over-do it:)

  23. Wow!! This came out so freaking amazing!! I’m still in shock at how good cauliflower rice is and with the fresh cilantro and lime just perfect!! Thank you for sharing my husband and I were fighting over the last scrapes 🙂

  24. Juli, you are my paleo idol! 🙂
    This was my first try with cauliflower rice and it came out great!!!

    Thanks for sharing your awesomeness!

  25. This was DELICIOUS! It was also one of the easiest recipes I’ve followed in a while. I think next time I may add some more veggies though…

  26. I made this last night and it was AWESOME and beyond easy!
    I served it over cauliflower rice for myself and my fiance had brown rice. He isn’t on the paleo/gluten free diet. I wish he was!
    I want to make your short rib recipe next.

  27. WOW! love this one! I am literally eating it as I type! My husband loves it too! He says he wishes I doubled it! I will next time!

    You are awesome!

  28. Made this last night and loved it. My local place where I used to buy their chicken tortilla soup almost weekly is going to miss me.

  29. This is one of the best recipes ever! I’m searching for something to add on the side, perhaps with avocado? Any suggestions? I will be making this many more times. Thanks for the fabulous and easy to follow recipe.

  30. Ok, I’m 3 months into Paleo and pretty stoked about how good I feel, to say nothing of how my now baggy skinny jeans fit. Well, baggy isn’t a cool look, so shopping was required here. This recipe topped the charts – last night when I got home from work and took a whiff of this stuff, I was seriously excited. Served it over the cilantro lime cauliflower rice and was a very happy girl. My non-paleo husband was duly impressed too – but he cheated because he got some warmed tortillas with butter and salt to go with. We each had two servings and still lots of leftovers for lunches this week – yay!! Great job – you go girl!!!!

  31. I just started looking into Paleo diet for health reasons, so I have yet to try anything here. I just wanted to say THANK GOD I found your blog! This food looks delicious! I printed a few recipes and I will be trying them this week. I can’t wait. Seriously, these pictures make my mouth water!

  32. Hi Juli!

    So, I tried this recipe a couple nights ago, but accidently bought a 28oz can of diced tomatoes, and rather than use half, I dumped the whole can in.
    This recipe was delicious, and totally idiot-proof to prepare/cook. It also re-heats wonderfully and has been making a tasty lunch, which I actually look forward to eating.

    You nailed this one!

    : – D

  33. Do you think the cauliflower rice could be made ahead of time and then reheated? This looks so yummy but I don’t think I have enough time before the family gets home during the week to make it right before dinner. Thanks and I LOVE your site…so funny and all your recipes are family approved 🙂

  34. Would this work in a pressure cooker? My crockpot broke and I make this almost weekly so I’m hoping to keep it I the rotation.

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