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Are you a fan of cauliflower rice bowls yet? Friend, get on board. You’re going to happily devour these Sheet Pan Balsamic Basil Chicken Cauliflower Rice Bowls. (I know. That’s a mouthful.)

Let’s get lots of good veggies in one dish with minimal prep, minimal cooking time, and minimal mess. Yes? Yes!

It’s a bowl of veggies that doesn’t feel like a bowl of veggies. The very best part may just be that everything cooks together on one sheet pan.

BOOM. Mind blown.

No need to prepare one ingredient one way and another a different way. Let’s just not, okay?

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Did I mention that this dinner only takes 30 minutes from start to finish? 30 minutes. So you can live your life and then throw this together at the last possible minute.

The chicken and broccoli roast in balsamic vinegar plus the chicken gets a little extra love from minced garlic and fresh basil.

Layer in roasted red onion and cauliflower rice. You have yourself a fantastic good for you bowl of yum.

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I’ll warn you now. This is one of those recipes that just starts to smell amazing almost as soon as it goes in the oven. Isn’t that the best?

I love when everyone in the house knows something good is happening. Meanwhile I’m off doing other things because this dinner almost makes itself. (Well as close to that as we can manage.)

4.79 from 28 votes

Sheet Pan Balsamic Basil Chicken Cauliflower Rice Bowl

By Christina
Everything you need for this Balsamic Basil Chicken Cauliflower Rice Bowl cooks together on one sheet pan for easy clean up!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 2 cups riced cauliflower
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 4 chicken breasts, diced, boneless, skinless
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/8 cup fresh basil, chopped
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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Spread diced chicken in a single layer on one side of your baking sheet.
  • Add broccoli florets to baking sheet in a single layer beside your chicken. Cut any large florets in half or thirds.
  • Spread sliced red onion in a single layer on baking sheet beside the broccoli.
  • Add cauliflower rice to baking sheet beside the onion. (If you're ricing your own cauliflower just add florets to a high powered blender and blend until cauliflower has a rice or pearl-like consistency.)
  • Drizzle 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar over the chicken and broccoli.
  • Add minced garlic to your chicken.
  • Add salt, pepper, and olive oil to everything on the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and separate the chicken if it's sticking together. Place back in the oven and bake for 5 additional minutes or until chicken is cooked through..
  • Layer your cauliflower rice, red onions, broccoli, and chicken in bowls. Add a little more balsamic vinegar if you prefer a stronger taste (I always do) or more salt and pepper. Top with basil.


Dicing the chicken breasts allows them to cook through quickly and absorb more balsamic vinegar. Plus, it means when everything is done baking all you'll have to do is build your veggie bowls!
Many people do not use olive oil when preparing this sheet pan meal to keep it extra light. You can omit if you prefer.


Calories: 414kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 51g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 145mg, Sodium: 305mg, Potassium: 1259mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 533IU, Vitamin C: 90mg, Calcium: 69mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Kaylene says:

    I notice there isn’t any oil in the recipe. Does everything just dry roast or do I need to add oil?

    1. Christina says:

      It doesn’t need oil because of the balsamic vinegar. 😉

  2. Casey says:

    This sounds great!
    I wonder if the time would be the same using salmon filets…

    1. Christina says:

      Mmmm let me know if you try salmon!

  3. Alyssa says:

    I have this in the oven as we speak. It definitely smells great, but unless you have an industrial sized cookie sheet, I have no idea how you fit everything on there. I have a large cookie sheet and was only able to fit two chicken breasts, the broccoli, and the onion. I’ll have to cook the cauliflower rice separately…which isn’t a huge deal, but now it’s not a one sheet. Maybe you could update with which size to use?

    1. Erica says:

      I use large sheet pans (mine came from Costco) and are deeper and much larger than your average cookie sheet. 

  4. MaryAnn says:

    Sounds yummy! I get riced cauliflower in the frozen section. Would I microwave it and still add it to the sheet pan?

    1. Christina says:

      You don’t need to cook it in advance but I would thaw it out so you don’t have excess water in the sheet pan.

  5. Emily says:

    Can you use frozen cauliflower rice?

    1. Christina says:

      You can but I might thaw it first so you don’t end up with excess water.

  6. Meredith says:

    This may be a silly question, but do I cover it to bake it? I usually do when roasting my veggies, but have never done a sheet pan meal with meat.

    1. Christina says:

      I actually never cover when I’m roasting veggies and I don’t cover for this recipe. Let me know if you try it how you like it! <3

  7. Carrie says:

    Love this dish, didn’t love my balsamic vinegar is there a brand you use.

    1. Christina says:

      My current favorite is Monari Federzoni Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. I likely got it at Walmart. Hope this helps and I’m happy you enjoyed the recipe!

  8. Laurie Mitchell says:

    This is really good second time making it.

  9. Robin says:

    Was really hoping this would be delicious as it looked but was just ok. Super easy, all great ingredients and followed the instructions to a T, but we really didn’t care for it:(

  10. Barbara Trepte says:

    I can’t wait to try your recipes and get back on my Whole 30

    1. Christina says:

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy them!