Thai Chicken and Mango Fried Rice

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I missed you!! I feel like I haven’t cooked and haven’t blogged in like, 80 years. That’s because I got a cold. A summer cold. Did anyone even know that was possible? Gross. Just gross. People giving other people germs is gross. But I’m back on my feet and back to not hating absolutely everything. So I need to update you on some things. So much has happened since we talked last week. Let’s do this.

So I was in California last week for work. Barely got to workout so I was a bit grumpy. I don’t know how people do it. I get so agitated when I don’t work out on a regular basis. Then I hate people. And I’m not a hateful person. Except for when I’m sick.

Once I got back to town, I picked up an adorable pup to dogsit for a few days. I’m not one for small creatures, such as dogs, cats, hamsters, or children, but this dog is different. He’s super well behaved, the perfect size, and is so so happy. He’s the greatest dog I’ve come across so far. If I knew the dog I purchased would be like this dog, then I’d definitely get one. But alas, that’s tough to find. Same with children. If I knew he or she would be potty trained, sleep all day until I felt like playing, and smiled constantly, then I’d totally give birth to one. But alas, it doesn’t work like that. Fudge.

Well, the dog and I have been having a blast. We walk together, we go to Whole Foods, we go in the creek, we play ball. I’m pretty much the best parent ever. Until Sunday. I went up to Wyoming to sell my cookbook at the Wyoming CrossFit Open and felt my body start shutting down. I had a fever, I was getting tunnel vision, and I just felt like balls. It probably had to do with only sleeping an hour the night before because I felt so off and because I had barely eaten that day. No sleep + no food = hell for Juli. So I got in my car before the competition had even ended, and found a Walgreens in my Google maps so I could load up on some kind of cold drugs to help me from dying during the 2 hour drive home. Well, it took me to a trailer park. Not a walgreens. I immediately turned around and started bawling. No, not crying. Bawling. That intensified my feeling of not being able to breathe. Or see. Or keep my eye makeup intact. So I had to stop at Walmart on my way home, get some really chocolatey trail mix and pain meds, all while having mascara running down my face. To say it kindly, it was embarrassing. But once I got home, after handing off my 2 pounds of chocolatey trail mix to a homeless person so I wouldn’t eat the entire bag in one night, I slept from 6pm to 7am. It was magical. I still felt like balls, but I could eat again. Eating makes me happy. So my parenting skills were put on hold. Thank gosh for roommates or that little pup would bored out of his little puppy brain.

Now I’m back on my feet, back to working out, and back to eating. I’m really craving chocolate pudding right now. I’m not sure why, I can’t even taste anything. Nor can I breathe while I eat. So I have to eat by myself in order to chew with my mouth open without offending others around me. Remember, that is one of my biggest pet peeves so I refuse to subject others to those annoyances that were brought on by this gross sickness.

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Thai Chicken and Mango Fried Rice

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Ingredients

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  • 2 tablespoons duck fat (or other kind of fat)
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos (or gluten free soy sauce)
  • 3 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 4 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon minced jalapeño
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 12 cups mango, cubed
  • 34 tablespoons green onions, diced
  • cilantro, to garnish
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • lime juice, to garnish

Instructions

  1. Add the florets of cauliflower to a food processor with the shredding attachment to rice the cauliflower.
  2. Place a large skillet or saucepan over medium-high heat and add duck fat and riced cauliflower to the pan
  3. Then add 2 tablespoons coconut aminos, 2 teaspoons sesame oil, 1 teaspoon fish sauce, and 1 teaspoon sriracha, along with a bit of salt. Mix to coat and let sit to let the cauliflower begin to brown.
  4. While the “rice” browns, place another skillet over medium heat, add 1 teaspoon sesame oil along with minced garlic and the cubed chicken. Pour 1 tablespoon coconut aminos and 1 teaspoon of fish sauce over the chicken.
  5. Once chicken has browned and almost cooked through, add mushrooms, bell pepper, jalapeno, ginger, mango, green onions and a bit of salt and pepper to the chicken and cover to let steam.
  6. Once mushrooms and peppers are soft, add chicken mixture to the cauliflower rice and mix well.
  7. Add a bit more salt and a dash of pepper.
  8. Top of roughly chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice.

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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.

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44 thoughts on “Thai Chicken and Mango Fried Rice”

  1. Hi Juli-

    Do you think this will still be good the next day? Thinking about making it a day ahead for a pot-luck.

    Thanks!

  2. I’m happy you are feeling a bit better and hope you feel 100% soon. I hate feeling like that, especially since it makes working out miserable :(. I’ve followed your blog for ever. Just want to say thanks for all your awesome recipes. It makes eating healthy easy for me. I also checked out your guest’s blog and recipes. They are great too!!!

  3. This looks and sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try it. Not really a big fan of fish… Can I substitute something for the fish sauce?

  4. This looks amazing Juli! My tumbly grumblings are starting early today. Could you recommend any easy substitutions for sriracha? I miss that stuff like crazy!

  5. I could hardly tell you were sick on Sunday, I thought you looked super cute! Glad to hear you are feeling better!

    P.S. I LOVE your cookbook!! So glad you were able to make it to the WY Open!! You were a big source of inspiration to me to start CrossFitting, so thanks!!!

  6. Yikes. Hope you are back to 100%. Your meal, per usual, looks bomb. If only my food processor didn’t blow up and I wasn’t too cheap to buy a new one.

  7. I’ve missed you too! I’m so hungry after reading that recipe. I worked out at CrossFit Backfin this morning in Orange Park Florida with my PaleOMG headband on and what do you know they have a link to your website on theirs! Hope your great and over that lame summer cold

  8. Hey, I’m sorry if you’ve answered this a thousand times already, but what food processor do you use? I’m not sure if I can get away with a small one or if I need to just get a larger one

  9. I will never like fruit in my stirfry but this does look good.
    did want to say though that your chatter about Coco Roons piqued my interest. we certainly don’t get the variety of food here in Canada that you get so I was not even going to waste the gas looking for them. did a little online snooping and found a few copycat recipes. checked them all and used bits of each to create a lemon coconut morsel that I bet is very similar to the beloved Coco Roon. They are dehydrating as I write this, the batter was delicious.

    OK…..now I want to make a mounds bar….hmmm, a toasted almond and a drizzle of dark chocolate….

    I love/hate you 😉

  10. Julie!!!! Thanks so much! This is a fantastic recipe. Easy to make and incredibly tasty. I would even make it for non-paleo guests. I couldn’t get a mango so I used a can of crushed pineapple and I replaced the srircha with sambel oelek. Worked fine. Yummy:) you rock!

  11. I love mango but it seems to fight me every time I try to cut. I see all these beautiful pictures of mangoes turned inside out in these neat little squares waiting to be sliced off the skin but it just never seems to happen for me. What is the secret ????

  12. Wow, this was great! I didn’t have any sriracha, but will definitely get it for next time. My 17 year old ate it without blinking (we’re new to paleo). My 6 year old only liked the “rice” and chicken. I guess I’ve learned he only likes mango cold. I’m excited to have this for leftovers the next couple of days 🙂

  13. Hmm. There must be some kind of bug going around, because I was knocked out by a cold last week. It felt like the flu for a while, with the fever and achiness, but I guess it wasn’t. It really sucks to get sick, especially with a cold, during the summer!

    This recipe looks amazing, except for mangoes. Unfortunately, they literally make me sick to my stomach. I don’t know anyone else who gets sick from eating a mango… I guess I’m weird. I’m sure this will still taste amazing without it.

  14. Thanks for this recipe – I made it last night and my husband, who hates any kind of “fake” pasta-ish items (e.g. zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash, etc) loved it. So much so that we are having it again tonight. In Australia at the moment mangoes are not in season, but I had some fresh pineapple and a nectarine so substituted those instead. Just the right amount of sweetness! Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. This was easy to put together and DELICIOUS. No mango here (new food allergy, so sad) but it was great without it and probably better with it. I’ll definitely make this again! You have never steered me wrong with your recipes.

  16. I made the Tai Chicken last night for dinner. It was amazing. I loved the cauliflower rice and the spiciness of the dish was so wonderful. Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes. Love all I’ve tried. Love your personality too.

  17. So, I have a lonely papaya sitting at home waiting on a recipe–do you think I could sub that for the mango? I’ve never had papaya before, so I have no idea what it tastes like!

  18. I made this for dinner Monday and had left overs for lunch Tuesday.
    It’s even great cold!
    Great recipe.
    I eat Mango nearly every day and this is the first time I cooked it.

  19. I just finished making this recipe for the 2nd time, and it is amaze-balls!! The first time I made it w/o the cauliflower b/c I had none on hand. I just made it again following the recipe to the letter. LOVE it both ways, and can’t wait for lunch tomorrow to eat leftovers! You are amazing. I love EVERYTHING that I make from your site. Thank you!!

    P.S. five stars…for some reason the system won’t let me rate the recipe. 😉

  20. Delicious! I used pineapple instead of mango as that’s all I had on hand. Smells terrific and lasts a few days, so I was able to take it to work for lunch.

  21. This recipe is the bomb! The complexity of the flavors, the cauliflower rice (almost the best part). I was asked for this recipe several times, super healthy and satisfying!.

  22. This is probably my favorite paleo recipe that I have tried so far. I made this tonight, and even my husband (who isn’t paleo) said it tasted like restaurant quality food. Super crazy delicious. Thanks for making my limited cooking skills look good!

  23. I made this tonight, omitted the chilli and added broccoli to make it more kid friendly and my five year old has said at least six times ‘this is delicious’!

  24. I LOVED this recipe! First time I’ve tried Cauliflower rice, which is crazy after eating pale for almost a year now. I had to make the rice in my blender with a bit of water and then a strainer. But it came out great! The orange bell peppers and mango in the ginger really added amazing flavor. Going to be making this one a lot more.

  25. This recipe was awesome and the flavors in the dish were amazing. My cauliflower rice was more like a puree, but adding in the siracha, fish sauce, etc was a nice touch giving it lots of flavor. Highly recommended.

  26. My children and I LOVE this recipe! I added 5 eggs to this and extra hot sauce, SOOOO Yummy! Love the website, thank you for the fun blogs!

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