These blackened chicken brown rice bowls are filled with seared chicken breast, hearty brown rice, freshly sauteed onion, bell peppers, and carrots.
This bowl-style meal is the perfect weeknight dinner, and you can have the leftovers for lunch the next day! However, before we get to the blackened chicken rice bowl recipe, let’s explore the cooking process and the ingredients.
Where Did Blackening Originate?
Blackening is a cooking method associated with Cajun cuisine used to cook fish and other ingredients such as chicken. Blackening was made famous by chef Paul Prudhomme.
The meat was dredged in melted butter and then coated with a combination of herbs and spices such as thyme, chili pepper, oregano, peppercorns, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. Next, the meat was seared in a scorching hot skillet until it developed a distinctive brown-black crust. This signature brown-black crust is the outcome of the browned milk solids from the butter and charred spices.
Brown Rice Vs White Rice
Two significant factors set brown rice apart from white rice: it’s a whole grain and healthier! Brown rice features the entire grain, including the coarse bran, the wholesome germ, and the carb-dense endosperm.
On the other hand, the hull, germ, and bran are removed from white rice, which strips away most of its nutrients. Brown rice has a subtle nutty flavor, with a chewier texture than white rice.
Nevertheless, brown rice spoils faster than white rice. When it is appropriately stored, dry white rice has a shelf life of 2 years, while brown rice has a lifespan of 6 months. In addition to this, brown rice also takes longer to cook than white rice.
Health Benefits Of Brown Rice
Though it is a carb, brown rice has several health benefits. Brown rice is a whole grain that’s considered a low glycemic food which means substituting brown rice for white rice may decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Brown rice is an excellent source of minerals and vitamin B1, which prevents beriberi. Brown rice is rich in fat which is used as an energy source for the body. Brown rice contains phytic acid, which has antioxidant and anti-cancer properties and reduces serum cholesterol, preventing cardiovascular diseases.
Keto Blackened Chicken Rice Bowl
Just because you subscribe to a keto lifestyle does not mean you have to miss out on this delicious meal. You can customize this rice bowl so that it is keto-friendly.
This blackened chicken rice bowl features brown rice, and brown rice is a whole grain. Therefore, it is not keto. However, you can substitute brown rice with cauliflower rice.
Cauliflower is a low-carb food which makes it the ideal keto rice substitute. A cup of brown rice had approximately 45 grams of carbs, and in contrast, one cup of cauliflower rice contains about 3 grams of carbohydrates.
Even though carrots can be consumed on the keto diet, they should not be consumed in large portions as the carbs can quickly add up. If you do not want to consume carrots, you can substitute celery or broccoli in place of them.