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Moroccan Chicken Stew & Cauliflower Rice

Keto Moroccan chicken stew with low carb golden cauliflower rice meal prep.

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keto chicken meal prep and cauliflower rice

Moroccan Chicken Stew Recipe

This recipe is one of the most popular keto videos on the FlavCity YouTube channel. The chicken stew is a one pa wonder that is full of flavor and very easy to make. The key is adding the right spices, searing the chicken, and adding lots of flavorful goodies to the braising liquid.

I wanted to give this chicken stew recipe a Moroccan twist, so I added a bit of cinnamon and cloves to the spice rub on the chicken and braised the chicken in lemon slices, green olives, and herbs. The result is a chicken stew that is monster on flavor and really only take 45 minutes from start to finish.

Moroccan chicken stew for the keto diet.

Keto Chicken Recipes

This recipe for keto chicken has an absurd amount of flavor, it starts with the spice rub and then the cooking liquid. But make sure you allow the chicken thighs to sit at room teperature with the spice rub on for 20-30 minutes, otherwise the chicken might cook unevenly.

I make sure that all of my chicken keto recipes are easy to make and have really big flavors, like my keto chicken saltimbocca with roasted cauliflower mash and my keto lunch meal prep for work and school that does not need to be heated up. Make sure to check out all of these recipes and let me know how you like them.

Cauliflower Rice Recipes

This golden turmeric rice with coconut milk could be the best cauliflower rice recipe I have ever made. I mean, just look at that brilliant color y’all! The key is to cook the turmeric in the hot pan so it blooms the essentials oils before adding the coconut milk. Make sure to use full fat coconut milk and be ready for the color to turn int what I call an edible mandala, it’s so darn beautiful.

Resist the urge to buy pre-made cauliflower rice from the store, especially frozen cauliflower rice, as the texture is too soggy. All you need to do is grate a head of cauliflower on the largest setting your a box grater. This will give you the ideal texture for the cauliflower rice, and you will avoid paying for a bag of shredded stalks, which is what they sell at the strode 😉

How To Cook Chicken Thighs

This is one of the most common questions I get asked. Never put cold meat into a hot pan, allow the chicken thighs to come to room temperature for 20-30 minutes with the spice rub on. This will create the most beautiful crust on the chicken thighs, I mean just look at the photo above.

Also, make sure to pre-heat your pan, preferably cast iron, for a good 2 minutes before putting the chicken thighs in, you want the chciken to start sizzling and getting crusty immediately. How long to cook chicken thighs is a much easier question tan breasts, because the thighs have more fat, they are more forgiving. You need to stew the chicken in the cooking liquid for 35-40 minutes, you can cut a piece t make sure it is cooked though, but they wont dry out becuase of the moist cooking liquid.

Look at the colors on that final dish, it just makes you so excited to be meal prepping chicken keto recipes. This keto recipe will last 5 days in the fridge, and you will be so darn excited to eat it every day!

keto chicken meal prep and cauliflower rice

Moroccan Chicken Stew with Turmeric Cauliflower Rice

Course: Main Course
Keyword: budget, keto
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 5 servings
Author: Bobby Parrish


For the chicken:

  • 10 boneless & skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon each smoked paprika & cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ an onion chopped
  • 1 medium size zucchini cubed
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 ounces jarred roasted peppers sliced
  • ½ cup good quality green olives pitted & halved
  • 4 thin slices of lemon
  • 1.5 cups chicken stock/broth
  • ½ a red chile thinly sliced or pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon parsley chopped
  • Avocado or grapeseed oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper

For cauliflower rice:

  • 2 medium size heads of cauliflower
  • ½ an onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric powder
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • Zest of ½ a lime & ½ orange
  • 3 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • ¼ cup blanched almonds or walnuts chopped & roasted if desired
  • 1 tablespoon parsley chopped
  • ½ a red chile thinly sliced
  • Avocado or grapeseed oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper


  1. For the chicken, make the spice rub by combining the smoked paprika, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and cloves in a small bowl, mix well. Season the chicken with a generous pinch of salt and half the spice rub on one side, flip and repeat. Pre-heat a wide pan just over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of oil, wait 30 seconds, and add the chicken to the pan. If your pan is not big enough to fit all the chicken, do this is 2 batches. Cook the chicken for 2-3 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and crusty, flip and repeat, remove from pan. Lower the heat to medium, add 2 teaspoons of oil to the pan and then add the onions, zucchini, thyme, ¼ teaspoon salt and a few cracks of pepper. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring often. Add the garlic and cook for 3 minutes then add the roasted peppers, olives, chicken along with any juices, and enough chicken stock to come half way up the side of the chicken. Tuck the lemon slices around the chicken and add the sliced chiles. Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook uncovered for 20-25 minutes, or until the stock has reduced considerably and can be used as a sauce. Move the chicken around the pan a couple times so everything cooks evenly. Sprinkle over parsley when the chicken is ready, set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, make the cauliflower rice by cutting each head of cauliflower in half and grating them on the largest setting of a box grater, trying not to grate too much of the stalk. Pre-heat a large pan with high sides over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of oil and then add the onions along with ¼ teaspoon salt and a couple cracks of pepper. Cook for 6 minutes then add the garlic and grated ginger. Cook for 2 minutes then add the turmeric powder and mix well. Cook for 45 seconds then add the coconut milk and mix well. Bring the milk to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, until it has reduced some. Add all of the cauliflower rice along with ¼ teaspoon salt and a few cracks of pepper, mix very well. Place a lid on the pan and cook for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes check to see if the cauliflower is done to your liking, if not, cook another 2 minutes. Turn the heat off and add the coconut flakes, nuts, lime and orange zest, parsley, and red chiles. Mix well and check for seasoning. You can add lime juice, orange juice, or salt if desired.
  3. Serve the chicken with some of the turmeric rice and enjoy! Everything can be frozen for 2-3 months or will keep in the fridge 2-3 days(which I prefer). Reheat in a 400 F oven for 10-15 minutes or cover the container with a wet paper towel and heat in a microwave, making sure not to overheat as the chicken will dry out. It’s best to thaw before reheating.

Recipe Notes

Macros for chicken, makes 5 serving
353 calories per serving
3.18 net carbs per serving
13.4 grams of fat per serving
48.6 grams of protein per serving
1.4 grams of fiber per serving

Macros for Cauliflower rice, makes 5 serving:
231 calories per serving
5.9 grams of net carbs per serving
17 grams of fat per serving
6.6 grams of protein per serving
5.2 grams of fiber per serving

29 thoughts on “Moroccan Chicken Stew & Cauliflower Rice”

  1. Where can I find the recipe for your Moroccan Chicken dish. The recipe listed here is for a beef dish. I watched the video and it looks amazing but I’d like to print the directions.

      1. Thank you!!!!! Works now!!! I cooked alongside the YouTube video and it came out amazing!!!!! I will be making this again.

    1. Bobby Parrish

      Thanks for the heads up Nancy! We just launched an updated website today and are working through a few glitches 😉

      1. Thanks for being so responsive. The correct recipe shows now. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks again! 🙂

  2. This was delicious and follow friendly. I absolutely love it! I didn’t have much faith in this recipe, lol! Not at first. I was pleasantly proven wrong. Can’t wait to try others. Enjoy!

    1. Bobby Parrish

      as George Michaels would say..” you gotta have faith” Randi! I have plenty other recipes that might prove you wrong too if you want a challenge 😉

  3. Having a hooked on phonics moment posting this, so short and sweet.. This is a delicious, follow friendly meal. I love it!

  4. Love your recipe. Can’t find the seasoning/spices like coriander, smoke paprika ,only found paprika not smoke. Where can I get them?
    Thanks for sharing .Would love to try.

    1. Bobby Parrish

      Thanks so much Merian! Whole foods sells in the bulk section or you can order on amazon. I have a spice shop in my area, and I can buy spices by the ounce.

  5. Timoya Sanders

    Hello, love your recipes and videos.. I was just wondering if this dish is spicy(hot)? Wanna try it out but hubby can’t have spicy foods. Thanks

  6. Absolutely delicious recipe!!! The flavors are amazing and the tumeric cauli rice felt like you were eating coconut rice, which added a whole new dimension to the dish. I don’t really like the flavor of cauliflower, but i loved the rice.
    Definitely worth a try if you’re looking for a new keto recipe.

    1. Bobby Parrish

      I calculate macros based upon overall weight, so just take the total volume of chicken and cauli rice, and divide by 5!

  7. Hi Bobby,
    This dish looks really delicious and healthy! I will try it tomorrow for sure. Btw, what is the brand of pan did you use? The one that looks copper. I am looking for a reliable pan that is exactly the size that you used. I hope to hear from you. Thank you so much!

  8. OMG… I was thinking about starting the keto diet and then I came across Bobby’s recipes on youtube. After seeing his recipes I knew I had to try one of them so my mom and I made this recipe, and when I say this was delicious it was sooooo delicious. Now because of this recipe and the others that Bobby has available I believe without a doubt that I can start the keto lifestyle and stick to it. Thank you to Bobby and his wife for starting this channel and doing these recipes because now I have hope for the future and my weight loss journey. Thank you to everyone who made this possible from the bottom of my heart… I really feel like this will help me make a change.

    1. Wow..this is fantastic tatiana!! I want t use this comment as a testimonial its so lovely 😉 You can defo stick to keto, its easy when you have tasty recipes that dont make you miss carbs. Keep us updated and thanks for the love!!

      1. You sure can use my comment as a testimonial…. and I will definitely keep you updated. I plan to make sure that i achieve my goals this time especially with these awesome meals and the keto lifestyle in general.

  9. WOW!! I just made it and it is sooo yummy!!! Very easy to follow steps, simple recipe. THANK YOU! I would give it 6 stars if I had the option 🙂

  10. Hi!
    This dish looks amazing!! I want to try this but my husband hates olives, would it take away too much of the dish if we left them out? Also, would extra virgin olive oil work instead of avocado oil? Thanks!

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