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Herby Cauliflower Rice with Pecans and Candied Bacon-Wrapped Chicken

Rated as 4.64 out of 5 Stars
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"Bacon-wrapped chicken with brown sugar and chili powder is baked next to cauliflower rice in this easy sheet pan dinner ready in about an hour."
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Ingredients

1 h 15 m servings 500
Original recipe yields 4 servings

Directions

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  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat; add pecans and cook, stirring frequently, until toasted, about 5 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil, ensuring the foil goes up the sides of the sheet to catch all the juices.
  3. Combine cauliflower, olive oil, garlic, 2 teaspoons thyme, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and black pepper in a bowl; spread over 2/3 of the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Season chicken with remaining 1 teaspoon thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, and ground black pepper. Wrap each chicken breast with 2 pieces bacon, covering the entire surface of the chicken. Arrange chicken in 1 row down the remaining 1/3 of the baking sheet.
  5. Mix brown sugar and chili powder together in a bowl and sprinkle half of it over the bacon-wrapped chicken.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes; stir cauliflower and flip bacon-wrapped chicken using tongs. Sprinkle the remaining brown sugar mixture over chicken. Continue baking until chicken is no longer pink in the center and bacon is crisp, 20 to 25 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Broil for a few minutes if bacon needs crisping.
  7. Remove chicken from baking sheet and stir cauliflower into the bacon and chicken drippings. Stir in toasted pecans and parsley. Spoon cauliflower into bowls and top with bacon-wrapped chicken.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • A medium head of cauliflower can also be used in place of the prepared riced cauliflower. Remove the core from the cauliflower and cut it into large florets. In 2 to 3 batches, using a food processor, pulse the cauliflower until finely chopped. About 8 to 10 long pulses per batch works perfectly.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 500 calories; 28.1 28.7 36.3 85 565 Full nutrition

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This was tasty and easy to make. Will make again and again.

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This recipe has potential but, as is, I can't give t more than a 3. It felt like I was eating an italianate cauliflower with a Canadian-flair chicken. The cooking times are off. 4o minutes for...

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This recipe has potential but, as is, I can't give t more than a 3. It felt like I was eating an italianate cauliflower with a Canadian-flair chicken. The cooking times are off. 4o minutes for...

This was tasty and easy to make. Will make again and again.

My husband has always hated cauliflower, but this recipe is wonderful. I didnt bacon wrap the chicken; I just sliced boneless skinless thighs in strips, piled them in the middle of the pan, the...

I made this tonight for the Bfriend and carnivores in my life. I was really concerned about the flavor of the cauliflower. I did have to roast a bit longer than stated but I just watched color. ...

Yum-my! I did use acorn squash to fill the call for 2 lb cauliflower, as I only had 12 oz. We have half left for another meal. I'll definitely make this again! I served it on a bed of fresh ...

This was my first time to make a sheet pan meal. The cauliflower rice was superb. The chicken was just ok, a bit dry. I believe the problem was the temperature being too high. Seeing that the ch...

I made the califlower separate & added the dripping s & pecans to it. I will make this again!

Easy and full of flavor. I did this as an easy hands-off weeknight meal so I used frozen bags of cauliflower rice and dry versions of the herbs. I'd love to try it with all the fresh stuff soon...

My family loved it and the kids gobbled down the cauliflower rice! Definitely a new favorite.