This Keto/THM S Cheesy Salsa Chicken With Cauli Rice will be on your table in 30 minutes.
Easy and quick are what I need these days in order to stay on track. This creamy, cheesy sauce is rich and decadent (and covers the taste of the cauliflower rice). I know this goes against the new rage of low carb cauliflower rice but I just can’t get on board , UNLESS it is covered in some cheesy goodness! I can get on board with anything that is swimming in cheese and salsa.
This cheesy salsa chicken with cauli rice meal will fit with your Keto/low carb/THM S lifestyle and is also pretty budget friendly! I made it for less than the cost of 2 value meals at a fast food restaurant.
I love this cheesy salsa chicken with cauli rice meal because you only need a few ingredients and they are all pretty shelf stable or long lasting. Pull out some frozen chicken tenderloins, riced cauliflower, a bottle of salsa verde and a block of cream cheese and you are ready to make a quick dinner that will conform with your low carb lifestyle.
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30 Minute Keto/THM S Cheesy Salsa Chicken With Cauli Rice
When you start a low carb lifestyle, cauliflower rice is almost always suggested. And while it is a great way to fill up your plate and bulk up your nutrition, I didn’t love it. But I found that if I layer it in delicious cheese and spicy salsa it turns into a great base for chicken.
And now cauliflower rice finds a way to get into a bunch of my meals & I’m not sad about it! I recently made a really yummy (and totally easy) 20 minute Keto Buffalo Chicken Dip casserole that turns your favorite appetizer into an easy weeknight meal. Pin it here for later.
Cooking Directions for Keto Salsa Verde Chicken & Queso Cauliflower Rice
The first thing you want to do is make sure you have your cream cheese softening up so it will melt nicely in your sauce. Next, get your chicken tenders cooking.
I added a little pepper and some fajita seasoning that I had on hand. If you are a Trim Healthy Mama purist (I am not) you may want to ensure that it fits within the guidelines. I love the overall method of THM but I just kind of go with the flow and don’t mind an off plan ingredient here or there. You could make your own seasoning that would fit into the plan perfectly.
Get your chicken completely cooked and then remove it from the pan. Cover it with some foil if you are worried about it getting too cold but the sauce comes together pretty quickly.
Make The Cheesy Queso Sauce:
Next, you want to take your softened cream cheese and cut it into fourths. This will help it to melt a little quicker.
Now you need to add your bottle of Salsa verde. Cook it over medium-low heat until the cream cheese is completely melted.
Once the sauce comes together, add your cooked chicken back on top for a minute or two. Just make sure the sauce and chicken are warm.
While the chicken is mixing with the sauce, put your cauliflower rice in the microwave. Cook according to the directions. Then layer the cauli rice, cheesy salsa verde sauce and chicken. The result is a satisfying cheesy chicken with cauli rice meal that will make you forget about carbs!
Serve It Up:
The way that I prepared it, there was enough for a dinner and I ate the leftovers for lunch the next day. I did have a bit of unused sauce so if you added more chicken, the sauce could stretch farther since it is so rich. I have also wrapped this meal up into a green salsa queso drenched enchilada that is a family favorite! Pin it!
|Cook Time||30 minutes|
- 1 package chicken tenderloins
- 1 tbsp fajita seasoning
- 8 oz block of cream cheese (softened)
- 16 oz salsa verde
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken tenders to the skillet and season with the fajita seasoning. Cook your chicken completely and remove from pan. Cover with foil to keep warm.
- Reduce heat to Medium/low.
- Cut the softened cream cheese into fourths and add it to the pan.
- Add the bottle of Salsa verde.
- Stir occasionally until the cream cheese is completely melted and the salsa is well incorporated.
- Add the chicken tenderloins on top of the completed sauce for 1-2 minutes to warm it all together.
To serve, place 1 cup cooked Cauliflower rice at the bottom of a bowl, spoon the cheesy salsa verde sauce on top of the rice and top with the desired number of chicken tenderloins.
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If you like this cheesy salsa chicken with cauli rice meal, check out these other top THM/Keto recipes:
Protein Packed Meat/Cheese Roll Up Salad
$5 Chicken Sausage & Vegetables Grill Meal
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