Sunday, December 29, 2013

Buffalo Cauliflower & Chicken Casserole


It's tough to give credit when you adapt a recipe that was an already an adaptation itself. I found this dish thanks to Pinterest, which lead me back to Paleo'ish on a Dime. Original credit goes to Love and Primal. I owe them both some thanks, because this easy recipe is a keeper!

Both versions aren't 100% paleo, and neither is mine. You'd have to skip the cheesy topping, and I frankly think the dish would be missing something without it. In retrospect I might go with a little bleu cheese to really compliment the buffalo flavor… this time around I used some shredded Daiya pepper jack to keep things dairy-free (and only used 1 cup, vs, the 2 cups recommended).

I also included some crumbled and crispy bacon, as the original recipe suggested. The crunch really added something and highly recommend it. I do think the ranch that Paleo'ish on a Dime used would add a nice cooling contrast to the hot sauce, but I have yet to create a truly successful dairy-free ranch.

Buffalo Cauliflower & Chicken Casserole

1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets
6 tbs. hot sauce
1 tbs. paprika
2 tbs. garlic powder
1 tbs. freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup olive oil
1 1/2 lb. chicken breasts, cut into small cubes
1 cup dairy-free shredded pepper jack cheese
1 cup minced green onion
3 nitrite-free bacon pieces, cooked until crisp & crumbled

Preheat oven to 400. Put hot sauce, spices and olive oil in a large bowl and mix. Add cauliflower florets and toss to coat.

Spread cauliflower out in a 9x13 greased baking dish. Bake for 35 minutes, tossing once.

Meanwhile, add chicken to bowl with remaining sauce and seasonings. Toss to coat the meat. When cauliflower is done, remove from oven and scatter chicken on top. Sprinkle with cheese and return to oven. Bake for another 15 minutes.

Scatter with minced green onion and crumbled bacon.

14 comments:

  1. Just want you to know that I check your site everyday and have made several of your recipes more than once! Making this one again tonight for my husbands' guys night per his request. We are a paleo family and having your recipes really makes it a lot easier! Thanks for posting:-)

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    1. thank you, thank you, thank you Emily! I hope the guys liked it, and love hearing such nice words :)

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  2. Hoping to make this for dinner tomorrow night. I am curious though, do I put the cubed chicken on top of the cauliflower raw? Or should I cook it first? Thank you for your help!

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    1. hi Alli! You just add it raw, nice and easy! hope you like it!

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  3. Thanks for sharing another great recipe! We've featured it, along with your Baked Potato Casserole, on our blog, Recipe Chatter. You can check it out here: http://www.recipechatter.com/paleo-casserole-recipes-spring

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  4. Thank you for the recipe. My husband can't stop moaning about how great it is. He keeps saying this is the best ever. Thanks for your help!!! Paleo has been a bit of a challenge for us and these recipes really keep us on track, Great flavor and healthy too.

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    1. So glad to hear! This one has been requested by my "caveman" for this upcoming week… I love that it's so easy to make as well.

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  5. One word.......AWESOME!
    The family loved this.

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  6. glad you liked it Lou! This is one of my favorites too.

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  7. Do you think this could be a freezer meal? Would you recommend cooking everything first and then freezing? I'm looking for some good freezer casseroles.

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    1. hmmm... it *might* work, though I haven't had the best of luck in freezing cauliflower. I find it gets very mushy.

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  8. Made this for a house full of teenagers tonight -- HUGE HIT! This is a great recipe!

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  9. Thank you for this great recipe! I have Lyme disease and must follow a paleo/SCD. This is a wonderful dish for lunch, dinner, etc!

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