Romanian Chicken with Cauliflower Recipe | Delicious & Easy to Make

Chicken with Cauliflower

Romanian Chicken with Cauliflower Recipe | Delicious & Easy to Make
Region / culture: Romania | Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 40 minutes | Servings: 4


Chicken with Cauliflower
Chicken with Cauliflower

Chicken with cauliflower is a delicious and nutritious dish that combines tender chicken pieces with flavorful cauliflower florets. This recipe is easy to make and perfect for a family dinner or a special occasion.


The combination of chicken and cauliflower has been a popular dish in many cultures for centuries. Cauliflower is a versatile vegetable that pairs well with a variety of proteins, including chicken. This recipe likely originated in a region where both chicken and cauliflower are commonly grown and consumed.


How to prepare

  1. Clean and wash the chicken, then cut it into pieces and fry them in a pan with a tablespoon of butter.
  2. Add the flour and then pour a cup of water.
  3. Add wine, salt, and pepper.
  4. Clean the cauliflower and divide it into florets.
  5. Slightly fry the cauliflower with a tablespoon of butter and then arrange it over the chicken pieces.
  6. Let it simmer, covered, until the liquid is significantly reduced.


  • Add diced tomatoes or bell peppers for a pop of color and flavor.
  • Use different spices like curry powder or paprika for a unique twist on this classic dish.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to clean and wash the chicken thoroughly before cooking to remove any bacteria or contaminants.

- Frying the chicken pieces before adding the cauliflower helps to seal in the juices and create a crispy exterior.

- Be sure to cook the cauliflower until it is tender but still slightly crisp to maintain its texture and flavor.

- Adjust the seasonings to taste, adding more salt, pepper, or lemon juice as needed.

Serving Suggestions

Serve chicken with cauliflower over rice or quinoa for a complete meal.

- Garnish with fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro for added flavor and color.

Cooking Techniques

Searing the chicken before adding the cauliflower helps to lock in the juices and create a flavorful crust.

- Simmering the dish covered allows the flavors to meld together and the cauliflower to cook through.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs instead of a whole chicken for a quicker cooking time.

- Substitute broccoli or Brussels sprouts for the cauliflower for a different flavor profile.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the chicken and cauliflower ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator until ready to cook.

- This dish can also be frozen for up to 3 months and reheated when needed.

Presentation Ideas

Serve chicken with cauliflower in a large serving dish with a sprinkle of fresh herbs on top. - Garnish with lemon wedges or a drizzle of olive oil for a finishing touch.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair chicken with cauliflower with a side salad or steamed vegetables for a well-rounded meal.

- Serve with a glass of white wine or sparkling water for a refreshing beverage option.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

- Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

- Each serving of chicken with cauliflower contains approximately 300-400 calories, depending on the portion size and ingredients used.


- Cauliflower is a low-carb vegetable, making this dish a good option for those following a low-carb or keto diet.

- The flour used in this recipe adds a small amount of carbohydrates, but it can be omitted for a lower-carb option.


- The butter used in this recipe adds richness and flavor to the dish.

- You can use olive oil or another type of cooking oil as a substitute for butter if desired.


- Chicken is a lean source of protein, making this dish a good option for those looking to increase their protein intake.

- Each serving of this dish provides a healthy dose of protein to help keep you feeling full and satisfied.

Vitamins and minerals

Cauliflower is a nutrient-dense vegetable that is high in vitamins C, K, and B6, as well as folate and potassium.

- Chicken is a good source of essential minerals like iron, zinc, and selenium.


This recipe contains dairy (butter) and gluten (flour), so it may not be suitable for those with dairy or gluten allergies.

- You can use dairy-free butter and gluten-free flour as substitutes if needed.


Chicken with cauliflower is a nutritious and balanced meal that provides a good mix of protein, carbohydrates, and fats, as well as essential vitamins and minerals.


Chicken with cauliflower is a delicious and nutritious dish that is easy to make and perfect for a family dinner or special occasion. With a balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fats, as well as essential vitamins and minerals, this recipe is a healthy and satisfying option for any meal. Enjoy!

How did I get this recipe?

I remember the joy I felt when I first stumbled upon this recipe for Chicken with Cauliflower. It was a cold winter day, and I had just finished browsing through a thrift store filled with old cookbooks. As I sat down with a cup of tea to flip through my new finds, a small handwritten recipe fell out from between the pages of a worn, stained cookbook.

The recipe was simple, yet intriguing. It called for tender chicken pieces, fragrant spices, and a generous amount of cauliflower. The instructions were clear and concise, and I knew right away that I had to try it out.

I gathered all the necessary ingredients from my pantry and set to work in the kitchen. As I chopped the cauliflower into florets, the earthy scent filled the air, promising a delicious meal to come. I seasoned the chicken pieces with a blend of spices that reminded me of my childhood meals, lovingly prepared by my own grandmother.

The recipe called for the chicken to be seared in a hot skillet until golden brown, then set aside while the cauliflower cooked in a flavorful broth. As the dish simmered on the stove, the aroma of spices and vegetables mingled together, creating a warm and comforting scent that enveloped the kitchen.

When the dish was finally ready, I plated it with care, garnishing it with fresh herbs and a squeeze of lemon juice. The first bite was a revelation - the tender chicken paired perfectly with the soft cauliflower, each bite bursting with flavor and warmth.

I knew then that this recipe would become a staple in my kitchen, a dish to be shared with loved ones and passed down through generations. And so, I made sure to write it down in my own handwriting, adding it to my collection of cherished recipes.

Over the years, I have cooked Chicken with Cauliflower countless times, each time adding my own twist or variation. Sometimes I'll add a splash of cream for richness, or a handful of toasted almonds for crunch. Other times, I'll roast the cauliflower before adding it to the dish, enhancing its natural sweetness.

But no matter how I choose to prepare it, the dish always brings me back to that cold winter day when I first discovered it. It reminds me of the joy of cooking, of sharing meals with loved ones, and of the simple pleasures that can be found in a well-cooked dish.

And so, as I serve this Chicken with Cauliflower to my family and friends, I can't help but smile, knowing that I am passing on a piece of myself - and a delicious recipe - to those I hold dear.


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