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Creamy Mushroom Bacon Chicken with Cauliflower Rice Risotto (Paleo, Whole30)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 5 -6
Calories 449 kcal
Author Amy Rains


For the Chicken:

  • 4 slices of thick bacon
  • 1.5 lbs chicken breasts or tenders pounded to 1/2 inch thickness
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil or avocado oil
  • 1 cup sliced leeks
  • 12 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup full fat canned coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Risotto:

  • 1 large head of cauliflower*
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or avocado oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup diced white onion
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 3 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Start by prepping the risotto. Cut the cauliflower into florets, and place inside a food processor (may need a few batches). Pulse until cauliflower resembles a rice like texture.
  2. Begin by heating a large skillet to medium heat. Place bacon inside the pan, cook 4-5 minutes per side (or until desired level of crispiness). Set aside. Reserve bacon fat.
  3. Add chicken to the skillet, season with salt and pepper. Cook 3-5 minutes per side (depending on thickness of chicken), and remove chicken from pan (it won't be cooked all the way through). Keep the pan and burner hot.
  4. Add additional oil to pan if it's dry. Now toss leeks and mushrooms into the skillet. Saute for 5-6 minutes, or until mushrooms are fragrant and leeks are softened.
  5. Crumble bacon into small pieces and return to the pan with mushrooms. Add chicken and coconut milk, stir to combine. Now add dijon mustard.
  6. Simmer at medium low heat for 8-10 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, make the risotto. Heat up a separate skillet to medium high heat, add oil once hot.
  8. Toss in onion, saute for a 2-3 minutes. Then add garlic and mushrooms. Cook for another 5-6 minutes, until mushrooms are browned.
  9. Now toss in cauliflower rice, chicken broth, and dried basil. Reduce heat to low, and let simmer for 8-10 minutes while the rice absorbs the broth.
  10. Add salt to taste and top with fresh thyme.
  11. Serve chicken with sauce on top of risotto.
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Mushroom Bacon Chicken with Cauliflower Rice Risotto (Paleo, Whole30)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 449 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 98mg33%
Sodium 389mg17%
Potassium 1251mg36%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 535IU11%
Vitamin C 25.1mg30%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 3.9mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.