Fajita Chicken Bowl with Cilantro Lime Cauli-Rice

In these low Carb Fajita Chicken Bowls spicy fajita seasoned chicken breast, grilled onions, and cheese are mounded atop a bowl of steamed, grated cauliflower flavored with cilantro and lime for an easy, tasty meal that won’t blow your eating plan.

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Being from Texas it’s really  not surprising that Tex-Mex cuisine contains some of my very favorite flavors. It’s also not going to be news to you that Tex-Mex is one of the first things I had to say goodbye to when I went low carb. The quest for me since that time has been to somehow invite those flavors I love into my life without bringing in the carbs that my body does not love.

Rice bowls and noodle bowls have always been favorites — even before they were popular. By the time I was a teenager my mom just didn’t cook anymore because I was either at school or work or something. She kept a big box of Minute Rice in the cupboard and I’d come home and while the rice was fluffing I’d search the fridge for leftovers to add to it. A little salsa or teriyaki and I was all set.

Well this fajita chicken bowl reminds me of that. Simple, flavorful, filling, and without the carbs it’s full of Tex-Mex flavor. The cauliflower is steamed until it is tender crisp and then mixed with lime and a generous amount of cilantro. It makes it tangy but with that warm, earthy cilantro bite that I just can’t resist. The chicken is sliced then tossed in my homemade chile seasoning and then cooked in a hot, cast iron skillet with a little olive oil. You can grill it or saute it whole if you have time. I buy the chicken breast frozen in individual wrap and then just thaw it in the microwave, slice, and saute. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not the best way to get the most flavor out of chicken  but it’s the best way for me to create meals in the time I have.

Low Carb Fajita Chicken Bowl Is a Quick Way to Handle Those Tex Mex Cravings.

You can grate the cauliflower on the box grater or you can pulse it in the food processor, whichever you prefer. I place mine in a bowl with a teaspoon of water, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave for just about a minute. It’s on a plate in the images here so that you can see the dish better.

Anyway the whole thing is done in less than ten minutes or so. That’s my kind of meal. I’ll spend hours on cooking for family and friends but if my food isn’t minimal time-wise then either I wont eat or I will eat something I shouldn’t. The other thing is that you can make these up in storage bowls with tops and freeze them for up to three months. Anything that I can make ahead is a winner!

Give this low carb Fajita Chicken Bowl a try and let me know what you think. Use beef and change things around to make it your own.

low carb fajita chicken bowl is a quick way to handle those Tex Mex cravings.
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Fajita Chicken Bowl with Cilantro Lime Cauli-Rice

Grated cauliflower flavored with lime and cilantro is the base for the spicy flavor of chicken breast seasoned with spicy fajita seasoning, caramelized onions, and cheese has lots of Tex-Mex flavor to keep your tastebuds dancing.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 691kcal
Author Katherine Peters


For the Cauliflower Base

  • 4 ounces cauliflower grated and raw
  • 1/2 lime
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro
  • salt Pinch

For the Chicken

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 ounces chicken breast sliced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chile powder or fajita seasoning
  • 1/4 cup onion sliced
  • 2 ounces cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream


  • Place the cauliflower and water in a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Cover with plastic wrap.
  • Cook for 1 minute and set aside.
  • Heat a tablespoon or so of olive oil in a heavy saucepan.
  • Sprinkle the chicken with the seasoning and add to the hot oil.
  • Saute for a minute and then add the onions.
  • Saute until the chicken is cooked through, about 2 or 3 minutes more.
  • Drain off any liquid that has collected in the bottom of the cauliflower bowl.
  • Squeeze the half lime into the cauliflower.
  • Grate the lime zest and add.
  • Add the chopped cilantro and salt as desired.
  • Mix lightly with a fork.
  • Pile the chicken and onions on top.
  • Cover with cheese and sour cream.


Calories: 691kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 579mg | Potassium: 931mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1585IU | Vitamin C: 68.7mg | Calcium: 458mg | Iron: 2mg

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Last Updated 11/29/2020

27 Responses to “Fajita Chicken Bowl with Cilantro Lime Cauli-Rice”

  1. This looks so good! Wish it was my lunch today 🙂

    • 🙂 It definitely is a good lunch!

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  2. YUM!! Sounds incredible and right up my alley!

    • 🙂 thanks! Let me know what you think.

  3. I love how this gives me the feel of having Chipotle without actually having the carbs! Great recipe!

    • Thanks so much. It’s definitely my go to lunch

  4. Love lime and cilantro together, especially in a cast iron skillet! Fabulous dish Marye, yum!

    • Thanks Allie!

  5. I love how easy and delicious this looks. Fajitas are a yes, always!

    • Totally agreed.

  6. Cauliflower and lime – why didn’t I think of that?! Love the entire dish and the fact that it comes together so quickly.

    • 🙂 Thanks… It’s so good. Perfect summer lunch.

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  8. A great way to enjoy some big flavor and small carbs!

    • Absolutely!

  9. This is one delicious looking dish! Love that cilantro lime cauli rice. Sounds delicious!

    • Thanks!

  10. I still haven’t tried cauli rice but it looks delicious!

    • It really is so good.

  11. Just made it for me AND the Hubster. Fast, easy, but most important: Bursting with flavor. Satisfying to the last bite. Some people, ‘arrherm’ licked the bowl… 🙂

    • Thanks Beth! I’m glad y’all liked it!!

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  13. This recipe was amazing! I didn’t miss the rice at all I felt like I was sacrificing every day on a low carb diet until I found this site! I made a different recipe every day and everything was amazing!!! I’m really looking forward to this week. It really helped my family to eat healthy and eat out less.

    • Thank you for letting me know!!

  14. 5 stars
    Made this dish for my whole family of 6, it was a hit, gave me the full flavor of Mexican without the guilt.

    • Thats great! Thanks for letting me know!

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