Cilantro Lime Chicken Bowl (Paleo, Whole30 + Dairy-Free)

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 bowls
Author J+E | Real Simple Good


For the chicken:

  • 2 tbsp avocado or olive oil
  • 1 lime - the zest and juice
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro - chopped and more for garnish
  • 1/4 tsp each: salt and pepper
  • 2 lbs chicken breast

For the avocado cream:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lime - just the juice
  • 2 tbsp avocado or olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper - to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp water

For the cauliflower rice:

  • 1 head of cauliflower or 1 bag of already riced cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp avocado or olive oil
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro - chopped
  • Salt and pepper - to taste


  1. First make the marinade for your chicken. In a large ziplock, combine your avocado or olive oil, lime zest and juice, chopped cilantro, salt, and pepper.
  2. Then, place your chicken breasts between two sheets of parchment paper or plastic wrap and use a meat mallet or rolling pin to flatten your chicken so that the pieces are even in thickness. Then, add your chicken to the ziplock with the marinade and mix everything around so the chicken is fully coated. Place in the fridge to marinate for at least 15 minutes. I let ours marinate for about an hour and it was great!
  3. While the chicken is marinating, make your avocado cream. Place all of the avocado cream ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Start with one tablespoon of water. You may need to add more water to get the consistency thinner depending on the size of avocado used. It should be like a thick and creamy salad dressing.
  4. Also while the chicken is marinating, if you are making cauliflower rice from a head of fresh cauliflower, use your food processor to rice the cauliflower. Then, place your riced cauliflower in a large skillet on the stove. Add your chopped cilantro, and season with your avocado or olive oil, salt and pepper.
  5. Once the chicken is done marinating, cook it on the grill outside or in a cast iron skillet on the stove. Either way, use medium-high heat and grease the grill our your grill pan with more avocado or olive oil. Place your chicken on the grill or in the pan and cook for about 6 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is cooked all the way through.
  6. While the chicken is going, cook your cauliflower rice. It will only take about 5 minutes, so you can wait till you flip the chicken to start. Cook your cauliflower rice over medium heat, stirring occasionally. You can also cover your pan to speed up the cooking time as needed.
  7. Once your chicken is done, turn off the stove and serve your a bowl! Start by creating a bed of cauliflower rice, then add your chicken on top, drizzle the avocado cream, and top with fresh cilantro.