Chicken Enchilada Cauliflower Rice Casserole

This cheesy and flavorful chicken enchilada rice casserole is made with cauliflower rice. It’s an easy dish that comes together in under an hour.
overhead photo of Chicken Enchilada Cauliflower Rice Casserole

One of my husband’s favorite meals is chicken enchilada rice casserole. It combines so many of his favorite things. Recently, I decided to give the dish a healthier makeover by replacing the rice with cauliflower rice.

Using cauliflower rice actually speeds up the cooking time as well because regular rice takes longer to cook.
close-up photo of scoop of casserole with melted cheese
Because we are using cauliflower rice, the cauliflower does not absorb as much as the sauce as regular rice would. So this dish is a lot saucier than a typical rice casserole. But I actually love how saucy it is.

This dish combines shredded chicken, cauliflower rice, black beans and tomatoes. Everything is mixed with red enchilada sauce and then topped with cheese. It’s then baked for a few minutes until the cheese is hot, bubbly and melty. And then it’s ready to be served!
close-up photo of casserole

Chicken Enchilada Cauliflower Rice Casserole

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10

A lightened up and lower carb version of enchilada rice casserole, this dish replaces rice with cauliflower rice. It's an easy and flavorful meal, ready in less than an hour.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb shredded chicken
  • 1 tsbp olive oil
  • 6 cups cauliflower rice
  • 1 (15 oz) can corn, drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium tomato diced
  • 1 (28 oz) can red enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 avocado thinly sliced

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. 

  2. Add 7 oz of enchilada sauce to chicken and stir until evenly mixed. Set aside.

  3. In a large skillet, add olive oil and bring to medium high heat. Add in the cauliflower rice. Cook cauliflower until tender. Drain any liquid released from cauliflower.

  4. Add in corn, black beans, tomato. Pour in remaining enchilada sauce and stir until everything is evenly coated.

  5. Pour cauliflower mixture into a 9 x 12 inch casserole pan. Spread chicken across surface. Sprinkle cheese over top.

  6. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until everything is heated and cheese is melted and bubbling.

  7. Garnish with cilantro and avocado. 

Notes:

  • If you are on a strict low carb diet, you can reduce carbs further by removing the corn and using a homemade low carb enchilada sauce.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Enchilada Cauliflower Rice Casserole
Amount Per Serving (0.1 of recipe)
Calories 310 Calories from Fat 113
% Daily Value*
Fat 12.6g19%
Saturated Fat 5.2g33%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 866mg38%
Potassium 920mg26%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 440IU9%
Vitamin C 62.5mg76%
Calcium 245mg25%
Iron 1.6mg9%
Net Carbs 18g36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.

11 comments on “Chicken Enchilada Cauliflower Rice Casserole”

  1. I just bought a cauliflower. I will give this recipe a go. Looks delicious.

  2. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and it turned out great. I sauteed onion, garlic, and green bell pepper with the cauliflower rice and seasoned it. Thank you for a great recipe.

  3. I added two packs of taco seasoning to the cauliflower mixture. When I served it I added Chalula sauce and sour cream. Really good. 

  4. This looks amazing! Could I prep this at lunchtime and then bake it at dinner or would it not turn out as well? 

  5. 5 stars
    My family loved this! Made just as is (ok, perhaps I added a bit more cheese), very easy recipe and delicious!

  6. 5 stars
    For two people I used 4 cups of cauliflower rice and an 8 x 8 pan but still a can of black beans, no corn. It was amazingly wonderful!
    Thank you
    You are a very talented person. I make your Cauliflower buns every week, For breakfast we toast a bun and put an egg over it.

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