I’m all about simple when it comes to weeknight cooking, so this quick easy dinner has my heart. While we meal prep most of our meals, there are some (easy ones) I whip up the night-of and this rotisserie chicken and cauliflower au gratin is one of them! It’s low carb and rich in protein and totally family-friendly.
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This isn’t your traditional au gratin
Did your Mom ever make potatoes au gratin when you were a kid? Mine did and that’s exactly what inspired me to create this one-pan dish. In traditional cooking, “au gratin” is a fancy French term for a dish sprinkled with breadcrumbs or grated cheese, or both, and browned. Since we don’t eat potatoes (or breadcrumbs), I had to get a little crafty with the ingredients I would use to “sprinkle” on top of my non-potatoes. Since I knew I wanted a quick easy dinner that would bake all together without any drama, I settled on cauliflower and chicken.
A quick easy dinner, made in 30 minutes or less
Instead of roasting my own chicken first (which takes like 40 minutes in my world), I decided to pick up an organic rotisserie chicken (already cooked) so that all I had to do was deconstruct it (working with meat is like, my least favorite thing to do in the kitchen) and add it to the baking pan. The other shortcut is using organic frozen cauliflower.
With this option, I microwave it for half the time needed and dump that in the baking pan too. If needed, I slice the cauliflower into smaller, bite-size pieces, but that’s it. The goal here is a quick easy dinner, all happening in one simple pan. But, if you want to use fresh chicken or fresh cauliflower, by all means – go for it! Just note that you’ll have a longer prep experience, but you do you!
No breadcrumbs in this sprinkle!
For the topping, I decided to create my own “bread crumb” style mixture (low carb and grain-free, of course!). In that, I mixed up some salt, onion and garlic powder, parmesan cheese and almond flour. I was actually going to throw some crushed pork rinds in as well, but we didn’t have any (hubs likes to snack on them!). So, I skipped it and was very pleasantly surprised by the finished product.
If you do decide to add pork rinds to your sprinkle mixture, I’d recommend about a 1/4 cup (crushed up).
Low carb, keto-friendly and nutritious
My favorite thing about this quick easy dinner is that its only 4.1 net carbs (for the entire serving!) and packed with protein. If you’re eating keto, you can totally enjoy this for lunch or dinner (we ate it for dinner on night 1 and packed the rest up in airtight containers for meal prep lunches that week).
Cauliflower is extremely nutritious (hello Vitamin C and K) and just one cup provides 3% of your daily magnesium requirement (if you’re eating low carb, you’re gonna wanna make sure your magnesium and other electrolytes are in check).
Family-friendly and crowd-pleasing
My 5 year old can be tricky when it comes to eating meat. She loves veggies, but meat has always been something she gravitates away from. This can be tricky when trying to create a quick easy dinner that the entire family can enjoy (casseroles and other one-pan dishes can be off-putting for kids).
The great thing about this chicken and cauliflower au gratin is that it’s not “too mushy” and while the cauliflower is cooked, it maintains a nice structure, adding a teeny-tiny bit of crunch to every bite. While there’s a fair amount of chicken in each serving, it’s not too overwhelming and..I mean, cheese is the universal language of love for all ages, amIright?
Rotisserie chicken and cauliflower au gratin recipe
The complete recipe is below and I promise you, it’s as easy as it sounds. You’ll have about 10 minutes of prep (while you’re deconstructing your rotisserie chicken, you can be microwaving your cauliflower). The rest is as simple as a quick mix and sprinkle. Hope you’re entire family enjoys this super easy quick dinner.
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