Harissa Chicken and Cauliflower Rice

Spicy harissa and Minute® Ready to Serve Yellow Rice add a fragrant and delicious touch to this simple chicken and rice dish. The best part is that it’s ready in just 5 minutes!

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Harissa Chicken and Cauliflower Rice

Cooking time PREP TIME 2 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 3 mins
Servings SERVES 1
Ready in TOTAL TIME 5 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 2 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 3 mins
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  • 1 cup Minute® Ready to Serve Yellow Rice
  • 1 cup small cauliflower florets
  • 1/2 cup shredded, cooked chicken
  • 2 tsp harissa paste
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro


  • You’ll love this delicious spin on simple chicken and rice. Packed with flavor and spice, and made with just 5 ingredients, it’s sure to become a weekday go-to.

    Step 1

  • Heat rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Toss together cauliflower, chicken, harissa, and 2 tablespoons of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, venting to allow some air to escape. Microwave on HIGH for 2-2 1/2 minutes, or until chicken and cauliflower are tender and heated through.

    Step 3

  • Serve chicken mixture over rice, garnished with cilantro.

    Recipe Tips

    The spice level of harissa paste varies from brand to brand, so adjust the amount you use to suit your flavor preferences.

    Not a fan of cauliflower? Switch it out for some broccoli, carrots or Brussels sprouts.

Spice it Up!

If you like your meals with a little bit of heat, this recipe is perfect for you! Harissa paste gives every bite of this dish a subtle hint of warm spice. Simply begin by combining cooked chicken with cauliflower florets for a combination of crunch and hearty protein. Next, add in a touch of harissa paste, and serve this tender combination over a bed of aromatic Minute® Ready to Serve Yellow Rice.

This easy dish offers a range of flavor and color in just 5 minutes, and with just a few ingredients. Your fridge might not be fully stocked at all times, which is why recipes with 5 ingredients or less are key to making life a little easier, and tastier!

Harissa Paste 101

Harissa is a pepper paste made of dry red chilies, garlic, citrus, extra virgin olive oil and a few warm spices. These ingredients are combined to make a pungent, bold and spicy condiment used for a range of savory meals.

This sauce blend originated in Tunisia and is a very commonly used culinary product as it is versatile and can be used in a variety of recipes. It can be served on the side, added to soups, stews and tagines, or used as an ingredient for cooking.

If you’re looking to turn up the heat, keep a jar of store-bought harissa paste on hand and bring a spicy African touch to your meals. For another meal that uses harissa, try out this Rice and Quinoa Bowl with Harissa Glazed Carrots or add it on top of this Microwave Egg Fried Rice recipe.

Looking for a no-fuss recipe for dinner? Try our Cheesy Chicken and Rice Recipe with Broccoli.

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