Curried Chicken Cauliflower Rice Soup… packed with healing anti inflammatory spices like turmeric and cayenne pepper all while being a filling Whole30 dish!

Well hello to the back end of January! Shoot I’m shaking my head over here about how fast that came and went.  We are welcoming month two the day after tomorrow!  And speaking of that, that means my little sissy Lauren celebrates her 27th Birthday today! Happy birthday Lil D!

January flew and I’m always a bit slow on the goal setting game so this month I am just getting started on my set of Powersheets for 2018.  I’ve filled up that Tending list for the month and intend on filling back to the prep work to do and set goals for the year ahead.  I always like to spend January to sit on goals for a bit and try to figure out how I want to approach the year.  I’m okay with using February as my January 1.  Heck I would even be okay with using April or May as my January 1.  There is nothing special about January 1. So if you are also a slacker with goals like yours truly fear not, just on this train whenever works for you!

Onto the recipe! I am so happy that this winter has been fairly mildly, a stark difference from last year.  Thankfully not much snow but a lot of gloomy and damp days.  You know the humid, wet, cold that leaches right into your bones?  That’s what its like but that’s okay! Because that means it’s still soup weather!!!

Whole30 provides a new adventure for me with creating soups.  I usually add quinoa to my soups for filling but not on Whole30.  Soooo instead I added cauliflower rice and called it good.  So not only is it cauliflower rice but its ROASTED cauliflower rice!! That automatically makes it 100x’s better! Everything tastes better roasted.  I know that you can buy frozen cauliflower already rices but you guys trust me, I’ve made it with both ways.  Buying a head, cutting the florets, seasoning and roasting the veg is going to yield a way more flavorful soup! DON’T SKIMP ON THIS STEP!

This soup is packed with TURMERIC! You remember the latest turmeric loving post I shared… the vegan golden milk?  Well turmeric is back for all those same reasons. This soup is a curry spice packed dish.  I used Muchi Curry because I love the added heat it gives without having to add any myself. .  I’m calling it about a 1/2 star out of 5 on the Thai spice rating, so not too bad.  Muchi Curry includes:

  • Turmeric
  • cumin
  • ginger
  • black & white pepper
  • coriander
  • fenugeek
  • garlic
  • celery seed
  • cloves
  • cayenne pepper
  • caraway
  • mace

All the strong yummy flavors!

I have made this recipe a few times now and I have made it with both spinach and kale.  They are completely interchangeable for here.  You add them both to the soup in the last 5 minutes of cooking just so they can wilt but not cook. You could definitely make this soup vegan without the chicken and subbing in vegetable for chicken broth.  But I love my protein especially for satiety reasons between meals.  So in goes the shredded chicken! You can either shred the chicken by hand or us your stand mixer with the paddle attachment.  I’ve done it both way, achieving the same results.  It really just depends on if I want to wash that huge mixer bowl or not.

I would definitely call this a “detox” soup which is perfect for gearing up for spring this time of year.  You can finish winter strong with this Curried Chicken Cauliflower Rice Soup.  I’m all on board with NATURAL food induced detoxes, I think we need to treat our body way better than we do.  Giving it good fuel it needs to boot up is vital.  This soup needs to be in your recipe box when sickness strikes, winter is weighing on you or you just need a good kick in the healthy booty!

So if you have an hour (half that time you could set it and forget it) and a fridge full of wonderful winter veggies and chicken breast then this might be your next go to soup!  Oh yeah, and the curry spice <— that’s a must.

Time for the Curried Chicken Cauliflower Rice Soup

PS- This can definitely be frozen for future meals.  I love it for lunch because I hate making lunchy meals.

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Curried Chicken Cauliflower Rice Soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Ingredients
Spice Mixture
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Spice Mixture
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine all the spices together in a bowl. Set aside
  2. Cut cauliflower into florets and place in a bowl (save the remainder of cauliflower for juicing or blending into a smoothie). Drizzle olive oil over cauliflower florets and sprinkle 2 tablespoons of curry spice mixture over florets. Toss to evenly cover. Spread florets over a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until tender but not overcooked, slightly under cooked. Remove and set aside to cool for 5 minutes.
  3. While the cauliflower is cooling, prep the rest of your flavorful veggies!!
  4. Season chicken breast with 2 tsp of spice between them. Set aside.
  5. Next place cauliflower florets in a food processor or blender and pulse a few times until the cauliflower is chopped or "riced." See picture in post.
  6. Heat a large stock pot over medium heat. Add ghee until melted. Then add onion and garlic, saute for 5 minutes until fragrant.
  7. Next add carrots, celery and remaining spice mix and saute for 5-7 minutes.
  8. Make a well in the middle of the veggies for the chicken breasts. Sear on each side for 2-3 minutes.
  9. Add broth, coconut milk and cauliflower rice to the stock pot. Bring to a quick boil (no more than 10 seconds because we don't want that milk to cook at all!) then lower to simmer and keep it there for 20 minutes.
  10. In the last 5 minutes of simmering add your prepped kale or spinach and stir into the soup until wilted.
  11. Garnish with herbs (cilantro or basil would be fab) and nuts or seeds (pepitas would be great!)
Recipe Notes

Here are some tips on how to de-rib kale in my Kale Chip post here.

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January 22, 2018

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15 Comments

  1. Reply

    Kathryn

    January 30, 2018

    Holy smokes, this looks DELICIOUS! If I wanted to make this Curried Chicken Cauliflower Rice Soup with frozen cauliflower rice, is there anyway you could think to do that? I have soooooo much (silly Costco-sized bag), and I would love to use it up in something this yummy looking!

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    Aubrey

    January 30, 2018

    I had to pin this on Pinterest! Its right up my alley 🙂 I’m so glad I found this Chicken Cauliflower Rice soup! I have a ton of riced cauliflower in my freezer I need to use!

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    Kira

    January 30, 2018

    This sounds so tasty! I love curry dishes and am always looking for new ones. Thanks for sharing this curried chicken cauliflower rice soup recipe.

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    Fran Jorgensen

    January 30, 2018

    I just love curry and this looks so delish! I don’t know why I never thought about adding cauliflower for consistency, I will try this with my next curry!

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    Marie Rood

    January 30, 2018

    This dish looks so delicious! It seems easy enough especially because cooking is not something I love to do, let’s face it…I hate it. If my results were anything like this I’d be pretty excited for dinner time. I plan on trying this recipe out very soon.

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    Ressa

    January 30, 2018

    Yum, this curried chicken cauliflower rice soup looks so delicious! Looks like the perfect meal for a rainy day!

  7. Reply

    Tierney

    January 30, 2018

    This Curried Chicken Cauliflower Soup recipe looks so delicious! I will have to try it out! Also, I love that you’re using Powersheets 🙂

  8. Reply

    Rachel

    January 30, 2018

    Oh my gosh. The photos of your Curried Chicken Cauliflower Soup looks amazing! This recipe is a must try!

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    Jess

    January 30, 2018

    Roasted curried cauliflower rice is so smart for a soup! This looks like such a delicious recipe. I will definitely have to try this out soon!

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    Alice L

    January 30, 2018

    The Curried Chicken Cauliflower Soup sounds amazing. One of my goals for this year is to learn how to cook. I am horrible when it comes to adding the spices so I am glad you wrote all the directions. I have learned ho to make some great soups dinner this cold winter weather. I can’t wait to try this one out.

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    Meghan

    January 30, 2018

    Wow this recipe for Curried Chicken Cauliflower Rice Soup looks so yummy! Lots of cauliflower and greens at the farmers market right now, so this is the perfect winter soup to make if you’re a localvore.

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    Twinspirational

    January 30, 2018

    Wow this looks so delicious. We want to make this soup ASAP.

  13. Reply

    Elizabeth Weitz

    January 30, 2018

    Wow! This Curried Chicken Cauliflower Soup Recipe looks absolutely mouth watering. I can’t wait to give this one a try!

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    Lynn Marie

    January 31, 2018

    Okay. My mouth is watering reading this and looking at these photos. Yum! I’ve never tried curried chicken cauliflower rice soup but I totally want to try this. Thanks for sharing!

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    Sarah F

    January 31, 2018

    Ive never been a fan of curried things, however this looks pretty yummy… I dont think that Ive ever cooked Curried Chicken Cauliflower Rice Soup, but I might have to give this a try !

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