Friday, January 27, 2017

Chicken Rice Simple Side Dish

Moist, flavorful and fluffy Chicken Rice is just the simple side you have been looking for. Made with ingredients that are always in the pantry, it is perfect in a pinch and good enough for company.

Do you remember those side dish pouches? I pretty much served every meal with one. Let's be honest here. I haven't always been such a fabulous cook and for a long time it was just Chad and myself. So I would grab some fettucine alfredo, butter pasta, and rice sides which were perfect with just about everything.

But then once I embraced being creative in the kitchen I started developing my own easy side dishes that are just as easy as that package was and tastes sooo much better.

After making my Chicken Rice as a simple side for the 1 millionth time, Chad asked me if I ever shared it on our website. "Of course not" I replied. "It is so easy....  that our readers will love it!" I realized as I was in the middle of answering him.

Well, that said. This is so easy and perfect as a side dish or add chicken and veggies on top to create your homemade rice bowl. Simple and delicious is the name of the game and this side dish is everything you could want it to be.

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Helpful Tips to make Chicken Rice Simple Side Dish:

  • You can substitute chicken stock in place of the chicken base and water.

    What you will need to make Chicken Rice Simple Side Dish:


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    Chicken Rice Simple Side Dish

    Moist, flavorful and fluffy Chicken Rice is just the simple side you have been looking for. Made with ingredients that are always in the pantry, it is perfect in a pinch and good enough for company.
    prep time: 5 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 25 mins


    • 1 cup Jasmine rice
    • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
    • 1 tablespoon low sodium chicken base
    • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
    • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
    • salt to taste


    1. Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add rice, butter and chicken base. Stir. Reduce to simmer. Cook 15 minutes, or until rice has absorbed the liquid.
    2. Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Pour parsley into your hand and crumble it into the pot, add pepper. Stir and fluff with fork.  Add salt to taste. I use 1/2 teaspoon - 1 teaspoon salt.
    3. Serve and enjoy.


    1. You can substitute chicken stock in place of the chicken base and water.

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    1. As I have mentioned before...I love simple, good recipes. This one hits the nail on the head!! Thanks! Pinning it!!

    2. What do you mean by chicken base - Chicken broth?

      1. Chicken base is just a highly concentrated stock used for soups, stews, sauces and casseroles. If you prefer you can use bouillon instead, which is chicken stock that has been dehydrated and shaped into a small cube form.

        Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

    3. Can you use brown rice instead of jasmine?

    4. Can i cook the rice in 2 cups of chicken stock?

    5. I like it when you suggest a side dish to serve with main dish.

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    7. Can you use minute rice instead?

      1. I have not tested the recipe that way, but the way it is written it would overcook minute rice.

    8. How many bullions would I us

      1. 1 tablespoon worth. But, watch the sodium as bouillon tends to be high in sodium.

    9. This side dish is not just super easy, but it's super yummy. I wanted a rice dish to go with some chicken I was making for a main dish, and really didn't want to use Rice-a-Roni, but wanted something flavorful like that. I mean, I like the box stuff, but omg so much sodium! So I tried this recipe and it's SO GOOD! My 12 year old daughter took one bite and exclaimed “the rice is good!” She finished that before she even touched the main dish! My husband ate it without complaint which is amazing because he's not a rice fan. I used the Better than Bouillon chicken base and I highly recommend it. It packs a lot of flavor without all that sodium. This recipe is just perfect as is, and definitely one I will make often!

    10. Simple and delicious! My husband and son like rice and gave this the thumbs up. I also like that it has only 6 ingredients. I too used Better Than Bouillon for the chicken base - should be near the soups/stocks in the supermarket. I get Slow Roasted Italian in my email and gave The Simple Kitchen cookbook to another son who now cooks for his household. Sorry, I don't go on Facebook.


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