My Spin on Chicken Fried Rice


Holy.Sh*t. This post was a pain in my ass to get live on my site. When technology doesn’t work, it’s a real ball buster. I kept writing this post and editing it and then none of it would save. And honestly, these posts take a while. To make the recipe, to edit the photos, to write up the recipe, to link up the ingredients, to write my babble bullsh*t at the beginning. It just takes time. And then for it to all erase…multiple times…I need a little Namaste in my life. Whenever I get crazy frustrated, I do deep breathing. Ain’t nobody got time for messing with my cortisol levels.

So just warning you now – I haven’t watched the first episode of The Bachelorette yet. I wanted to watch it with my sister-in-law but we just couldn’t devote 2 ½ hours of our lives on a Monday night, knowing full well nothing happens on the first episode. All that happens is the producers decide who they want to make look like an idiot and in turn, ruin their lives longterm. We all know (hopefully) that reality TV is total bull, but after listening to all the episodes of the Reality Steve Podcast and all of his guests, I really have lost all respect for the producers of that show. AND I will definitely be careful with some of the things I say on my blog. It’s crazy hearing firsthand experience from the show and how much the producers f*ck with you. I’ve been contacted a couple times about doing reality TV stuff, but I feel like they are pretty much just out to ruin lives. And I kind of really love my life. Sooooo……

But don’t you worry little lover face, I’ll definitely be doing a little Bachelorette recap this week on the blog!

So here’s some news you won’t care about whatsoever but I’m pretty damn pumped about – We are painting the outside of our house in about a week! We have this super ugly color brick and we are over it. So we are painting the brick a dark grey color after seeing a few houses in our neighborhood do the same. I spend my mornings now walking Jackson and taking photos of different houses for paint and landscaping inspiration. Like a real creep ball. If I saw someone taking photos of my house, I would chase them. Luckily, no one has chased me yet. Winning! I’m just so excited for our neighbors to finally be proud of having us as neighbors. It’s been 2 years and I think they hoped we would have our sh*t together sooner, but hot damn, houses take a lot of money! I drive through neighborhoods and I’m always like – does everyone just have endless money to redo their homes and buy a milli cars and look like they have their lives together?! I don’t get it.

I just noticed the shirt I’ve been wearing since last night is on backwards. Ughhhhhh. Today isn’t off to the best start! Time to go work out and change that all around!

Ok wait, you totally should go make this recipe! I made it on my instagram stories a week ago and had so many people message me about the recipe that I decided to put it on here. It’s not exactly like fried rice and it doesn’t have an egg in it, but it’s totes easy to make any night of the week! Thank you Claire from Girls Gone Wod Podcast for inspiring me in the kitchen after telling me she makes fried rice every week! This has now become a staple in my own weekly routine!

PaleOMG - My Spin on Chicken Fried Rice


My Spin on Chicken Fried Rice

  • Yield: 2-3 1x



For the sauce

For the rice

  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 pound chicken thighs, cubed into bize size pieces
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 (12 ounce) package of cauliflower rice, defrosted
  • green onions, diced, for garnish
  • cilantro, roughly chopped, for garnish


  1. In a medium sauté pan over medium heat, add all the ingredients for the sauce and whisk to combined. Let come to a low boil and reduce for about 10 minutes until the sauce coats the back of a spoon.
  2. While the sauce reduces, place a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add ghee and once the pan is hot, add the chicken thighs. Sprinkle with a bit of a salt then cook until chicken is browned on all sides and no longer pink. Use a slotted spoon to remove the chicken then add the peppers and yellow onion along with a pinch more salt and garlic powder. Cook for about 10 minutes, until peppers are soft and onion is translucent.
  3. Once peppers are cooked through, add cauliflower rice and chicken back to the pan to cook for 3-5 minutes, until the cauliflower is soft.
  4. Lastly, add sauce to the pan. You can add however much you prefer, but I add about half of the sauce and save the rest for another night. Mix the sauce within the pan until mixture is coated. Then add green onions and cilantro. Serve up!

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77 thoughts on “My Spin on Chicken Fried Rice”

  1. Glad the technology finally yielded to your super powers. I just signed up for butcher box after watching your IG stories this am. How did I miss your post on such an awesome company? First box comes Friday, can’t wait!

  2. Heck yes. Love simple dishes like this with huge flavor that are super easy to throw together. And I feel you on the struggle of blog posts not saving – such a pain in the ass! the worst is if your camera somehow deletes the pictures and you have to do the shoot all over again…that’s happened to me before. the WORST.

  3. Thanks for your perseverance to get this recipe live, I’m so grateful for it . I tried to follow along from your IG story the other week, but i’m such an abysmally bad cook I had no idea how to even reduce a sauce. Didn’t even know that was a thing. Needless to say the dinner wasn’t fantastic, but one of my goals for marriage is to actually cook my husband decent meals. Not going great so far, but you’re helping tremendously.

  4. Hi Juli,
    Ok sorry this is going to long. But I’m feeling a little lost, and your insight and humor would be greatly appreciated.

    My husband and I started eating Paleo when we started Crossfit about 10 years ago. Long story short my husband and I transitioned to pescetarian diet for his health about 4 years ago. However, just recently we did a genetic DNA test (23 and Me, it is the same company Angelina Jolie used to find out she had ….. for breast cancer and then decided to have a ) to learn more about our health and how we can better improve ourselves. We also did fitnessRX.

    In the 23 and Me test I found out I am 77% deficient in creating vitamin A (retinol). I have been suffering from mild night blindness for a while now, but thought this was just a sucky side effect from my lasik surgery 7 years ago. Figured at least my vision is 20/15 in the day time. (Just don’t trust me to drive at night 🙂 ). In reading Eat the Yolks, by Liz Wolfe she talks about Vitamin A and how Vitamin A differs across animal products and vegetarian products. I need the animal vitamin A to improve by night blindness (go figure). So now I’m stuck between keeping are vegetarian diet with some fish or going back to Paleo.

    My husband and I are very neurotic when it comes to making decisions and so we read the China Study, Dr, Fuhrman’s East to Live. I have also read Practical Paleo and Eat the Yolks and recently in listening to their podcast started divining into Denise Minger’s ( mythbuster of the China Study (all that f-ing reading for natha) as well as listening to the TED Talk by Christina Warineer debunking the Paleo diet.

    I am feeling very lost with everyone giving their take on how everyone else is wrong. Can you please give your insight and if you have read these books or seen these talks and what to do.

    Cheers and thank you!


    1. here’s the thing, Carissa – all those people that you named know WAY more than i do about the science behind the food and what we should and shouldn’t be eating. i’m not the brains here, I’m simply making better quality recipes for people. i’ve read eat the yolks and practical paleo and the paleo solution, but not the china study so i can’t talk much about that. i’m not sure what insight i can really give you other than if you’re lacking vitamin A and the best source of vitamin A is high quality meat, then I’m not sure why you wouldn’t try that. but at the end of the day, i’m not a specialist nor am i a doctor or have a medical background, so I recommend you talking to someone with that speciality to help you figure that out. i’m sorry i can’t help more, but i only speak from my own experience, i can’t tell YOU what to do

  5. This looks delicious!! I haven’t been successful w/ cauliflower rice. For some reason it always smells SO STRONGLY of cauliflower (gag). Any helpful hints on how to make it non-offensive (like regular rice)?

    Do you ever eat regular rice or grains? I know it’s not paleo but I’m not sure I understand why rice or quinoa isn’t considered great. I thought whole grains was good for you?

    Confused. Thanks Juli!

    1. i’ve found that cauliflower rice in a bag doesn’t smell, even when defrosted. not sure why. but once it’s cooked, it doesn’t smell anymore. and i do eat rice and sometimes quinoa, just try to not overdo it. those are gluten free grains so they are a little different than regular grains. if you’re wondering if grains are good for you or not, i would recommend reading The Paleo Solution and/or It Starts with Food. that will help with the confusion!

  6. Dude. I think the nice house/cars shit just comes down to priorities. My husband and I have one clunker and one average car, because we choose to put our extra money towards trips and experiences! Just think-those people who look put together probably spend lots of time in their nicely landscaped house and don’t get to explore the world as much 😉

  7. I feel those who seems to have plenty of money for refurbishments and cars are either borrowing by remortgaging or got help from relatives (mainly parents). Most of our friends who bought their house got help from their parents. I have a friend who saved many years for an extension to the house, and eventually got it done last year because the mum gave her a large sum too.

    Since I’ve gone low carb over four years ago I’ve not had fried rice. I’m surprised to see egg not being used in your recipe.

  8. Dear Juli,

    Long time fan–first time post! I tried this recipe off your IG story and it was AMAZING and really filling! I just want to say thank you for all you do: your time, energy, humor, and candor. I love how you approach fitness and healthy eating by making it fun and relatable. And, I love your podcast as well! Thanks for creating awesome food and content. Oh, and I made your spaghetti pie for my hubs with whole wheat noodles (because he can eat tolerate them and is trying to gain weight) and he loved it! Just wanted to drop a nice note, because I know there are trolls out there, and just wanted to know that there is a girl in Nashville who is a big fan of you and Jackson!

    P.S. It’s also super cool to see your transitions by making paleo work for YOU! It has made me feel better about adopting and adapting changes for myself after trial and error.

    P.S.S. The premiere of the Bachelorette was hilarious and super entertaining!

    ok, BYE!

  9. This fried rice looks delicious! I’m going to watch the bachelorette, but your probably right producers. I’m sure they love to mess with people lives for entertainment. However should be interesting tho with Rachel because its a nice change up 🙂

  10. This looks so good! Definitely want to try this and I will get the frozen cauliflower as you suggested in the IG story. Ricing cauliflower is just a mess.

  11. Thanks for posting this recipe! It turned out amazing and I can’t wait to add it to our weekly menu by mixing up veggies to keep it fresh!

  12. Loved it! Made it last night and was husband-approved (he ate some before and after his workout, haha). I subbed sriracha for chili paste because I didn’t have any on hand. Sprouts on Colfax has frozen riced cauliflower, FYI, if you’re ever shopping there. I think I’ll add scrambled eggs next time, but overall it was sooo easy to make and love that there are a lot of leftovers for lunch next day.

  13. I left a message on Instagram but then remembered you said you answer the blog quicker. Could you please let me know what your favorite primal palate flavors are? I want to place an order and I really respect your opinion. I’ve never had a bad recipe from you ????

  14. Looks great. I love cauliflower fried rice but tend not to make it often as grating cauliflower is a pain! Definitely going to try the frozen stuff now.

  15. Quick random question… Do you fix your husband’s lunch? My husband works in the golf industry and is outside ALL day. So hot meals are his absolute favorite to pack and heat up. He also tries to take the shortest lunch break possible because he has so much to do in the day so it leads to him stuffing his face with a burger in about 5 min. Any tips/suggestions would be great!

  16. Hey Juli! I’m making this with the thinly sliced beef! I can’t remember, did you toss the beef with arrowroot before you put it in the pan? Thanks!!!!

  17. This sauce was da vooom! I kept dipping and licking my fingers while the rest cooked! The only thing I will do different is strain everything before adding the sauce. I like to keep it thick and when I threw it all together and got wattery…(is wattery a real word!?)

  18. Did you see that Trader Joe’s now sells coconut aminos for $2.99??! I hope it’s good… so much more affordable than the Coconut Secret brand! 🙂

  19. You are sooo adorable and I love your wacky posts, you wonderful recipes and you! You really lift my spirits. I would love to see a real time picture of you and Jackson stalking the neighborhood. So funny!

  20. I agree…houses are so much money!! I can’t wait to see how you like your paint job. We are thinking about painting our brick too and just trying to figure out colors. If you like the company, I would love to know since we live in Denver as well.

    1. someone recommend Vivax (and others) and after 3 quotes, we picked them even though they were the most expensive. they just seem like they really know their shit. so i’ll definitely talk about it on my instagram stories and blog as it goes down to let you know how it turns out and what i think of them!

  21. I love your podcast! Would you ever consider adding time stamps to your show notes? If someone wasn’t interested in the bachelorette/bachelor recap they could move on to the next topic! Thanks!

  22. I made this today and it was delicious you guys! I was looking so forward to it that I went and bought the stuff on a day that wasn’t my regular grocery day. I was just too excited. I meant to try it with an egg since I tolerate them well, but I forgot! Oh no, I’ll just have to make it again! 😉

  23. Made this tonight – so delicious for a quick, easy weeknight meal! I make stir fry all of the time, but the sauce and the way its made is a game changer! So amazing!!!

  24. Ok seriously this sauce is THE BEST ever!!!!!!! What the heck Juli, I’m convinced you are a paleo recipe wizard. Been making your recipes for weekly meal prep the past month and everything has been delicious! I made this stir fry & your banana walnut chocolate chip muffins (the ones with the Bobs Red Mill Paleo Flour) last night & am so pleased with how both came out!!!

  25. I made this over the weekend… just ate the last of it for lunch. It’s SOOO good and so simple. Thank you thank you thank you! I also made plantains for the first time last week and you’re a genius.

  26. I’ve used the sauce recipe part of this twice since you posted this. Once over meatballs, and then with some broccoli beef/stir fry concoction I made for dinner. So freaking good! I am going to make the actual recipe too! I know it will be amazing. That sauce is killer though!

  27. Question on replacing coconut aminos. I have a hard time finding that without ordering or going out of the way to a specific store. I’m not paleo so wondering your suggestion to replace it? I want to get the flavor as close as possible to your recipe. Thanks and sorry if this is a repeat question but there were lots of remarks to look through!

    1. you could use soy sauce since you aren’t paleo, but you could probably have to add some sort of sugar since soy sauce is incredibly salty

      1. Thanks! I like coconut aminos much better but not always convenient to use. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  28. Making this right now! I love all your recipes so much! Your blog was pretty much my first intro to paleo way back in the day and it’s been a staple in my house, along with your cook books.

    Do you season your cast iron skillets? For the life of me I have not gotten the hang of how to best care for my cast iron skillet. Do you rinse it after use or just let it sit and season over time?

    1. i always get ones that have already been seasoned. and to clean mine, i put water in it and bring it to boil then use a wire brush to scrape off any bits, rinse and dry immediately. and if it needs it, i rubbed some oil to help seal it!

  29. Oh. My. Gosh. Seriously one of the best meals ever. I cannot believe the flavor from the sauce. I had no coconut aminos so I subbed soy sauce (not paleo). At the suggestion of Juli, I added 2 tsp of stevia to combat the saltiness. It was so freaking delicious. I’ll make sure to stock up on coconut aminos for the future makings of this as I think less salt would be even better. So much flavor with such simple ingredients. I make my own little version of stir fry cauli rice all the time but it will now be replaced with this version. I like that it would be great with any veggies you might have on hand. Heck, you could pour that sauce over most anything and it would be magically transformed into a little bite of heaven. Nicely done Juli!

  30. Hi Juli I hope you’re doing great! I am stoked about this recipe, but a whole bottle of coconut aminos seems like a crazy amount of salt to me. You think it would taste OK if I replaced some of that? like 4 oz coconut aminos, 4 oz water?

  31. WOW. This is a good one. Making the sauce intimidated me a bit but it turned out well! Overall it was a quick and easy recipe and it was so good with a great flavor. I had some extra eggs so I added a fried egg on top which was great!

    I haven’t been able to commit to Paleo as much as I want to, but your books/recipes are what got me interested in the first place and are what keep me at least somewhat on track, so thank you for that! Looking forward to trying more of your recipes ( I have three books in my kitchen now!). Keep doing what your doing 🙂

  32. Juli!! I’ve followed/read your blogged for so long! Your dishes are amazing. Can’t wait to try this one out. I love the bowl that the “rice” is in. Where did you get them?? Thanks girl!!

  33. Definitely trying this! Do you know how many servings this is? Or is there a way to cut down sauce so there are no leftovers? As sad as it sounds, my amino bottle has this teeny tiny hole and it would take me a decade to fully empty it

  34. I’ve been making this on repeat for the past few weeks to use up whichever vegetables I have in the fridge. I’ve made the sauce as is and then added some ginger that I needed to use…this recipe is so versatile and EASY!

  35. Hey Juli!
    I love your blog and love making your recipes!

    I’ve made this twice now but I can’t figure out why it ended up bing so salty. It must be the brand of coconut aminos that I’m using (Braggs) . What do you use and do you have any suggestions?

    1. because you’re using Bragg’s liquid aminos and not coconut aminos like i specified. those two products are completely different and taste 100% different. bragg’s is gf soy sauce which is very salty while coconut aminos is soy free and much sweeter. be sure to follow the recipe exactly to get true results from my recipes.

  36. Holy Sh*tballs!! I made this last night, but replaced the chicken thighs with bite size pieces of pork tenderloin from my ButcherBox order and it was aaaahhmaazzingg! Thanks for the recipe!!

  37. No one cares for bland food. Spicy, herby, delicious and healthy – that’s how food should be done and this dish definitely ticked off each box for these areas.

    sooo yummy! Thanks Juli,

  38. Juli! This recipe is fab as always. I had some of the sauce left over and used it as a glaze for some butcher box pork chops…. Omg SO GOOD. You da best thanks for all of the kick ass ideas ❤️

  39. I made this recipe minus the chicken this evening. The sauce is SO good. I’m going to make a big batch to cook some drumb sticks to eat with the left over fried rice. Very easy and delicious. I added ginger, garlic, peas, chopped carrot, and kale to my fried rice too. And word to the wise, make extra sauce. You’ll want to eat on everything. So good.

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