Chicken Cauliflower Rice Soup will warm you up on a rainy spring day. Flavorful and creamy.
This creamy chicken and cauliflower rice soup is a soul-warming comfort food that’s perfect for rainy spring days. I dreamed it up earlier this year when I was doing Whole 30, but it’s remained a favorite ever since.
It all started when I was making Thai red curry chicken over cauliflower rice. Cauliflower rice – essentially just finely grated cauliflower – is a little shorter than regular white rice and it reminded me of the pastina pasta that’s used in chicken and stars soup.
Even though I hadn’t had chicken and stars or chicken and rice soup in years, I immediately started craving it.
This creamy chicken and cauliflower rice soup was the answer to my craving. Plus. it was a nice change of pace from the Whole 30 roast vegetable soup that I had been relying on for an easy snack. The cauliflower rice amps up the nutrition, and adds more flavor to the soup than plain white rice does.
Adding coconut milk to the broth makes the soup rich and creamy while keeping it Whole 30/paleo friendly. The coconut milk does add a slight Thai vibe to the soup (a tablespoon of curry paste would feel right at home stirred into the broth) but it’s nothing too out there.
To make the soup, start by sautéing some onion, celery, and carrot in ghee or olive oil. You might be tempted to just throw everything in the pot, but this step is actually really important. It helps the vegetables soften (otherwise it takes for-ev-er) and helps develop their flavor.
Once the vegetables start to soften, it’s time to add the broth or stock. Since this soup is so simple, I like to use a good quality, flavorful stock like this browned chicken stock that’s rich in color and flavor. Quality store-bought broth also works – look for one that’s roasted or browned if possible. Bring it to a boil, then reduce it down to a simmer and add the chicken.
For this soup, I poach the chicken in the broth, then shred it and return it to the pot along with the riced cauliflower. I really like the contrasting texture of the long pieces of shredded chicken with the smaller pieces of cauliflower.
Add some canned coconut milk at the end to make the soup nice and creamy. If you aren’t concerned with keeping the recipe paleo, you can also go the more traditional route of stirring a tablespoon of flour into the vegetables before adding the broth and swapping the coconut milk out for dairy milk.
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