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Chicken Flavored Rice

This chicken flavored rice is an easy way to transform plain white rice into a savory, flavorful side dish. In this recipe, long grain white rice, orzo, chicken broth, chicken base and seasoning come together to make a side dish that’s sure to become a favorite.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword rice recipes, white rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 304kcal
Author Elizabeth


  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 cup Long Grain White Rice
  • ½ cup Orzo Pasta
  • ½ teaspoon Dried Minced Onion
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 tablespoon Chicken Base
  • Salt if needed at the end
  • Chopped Fresh Parsley for garnish optional


  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan (about 2½ - 3 quart) over medium heat.
  • When the butter is melted and foamy add the white rice and orzo. Sauté for 5 minutes until lightly golden in spots. Stir frequently to move it around to prevent it from getting too brown on any one side.
  • Add the minced dried onion, black pepper and chicken broth to the rice.
  • Next, add the chicken base and stir well until dissolved.
  • Raise the heat to high and bring the broth to a boil (this will take about 2-3 minutes).
  • Lower the heat to medium and let the broth simmer until the liquid is almost gone and the rice orzo combination is visible on the surface (this will take about 10 minutes). Stir occasionally and briefly just to make sure the rice/orzo is not sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  • Lower the heat to low, cover the saucepan and cook the chicken flavored rice for approximately 20 minutes, or until the rice and orzo are done. Stir only one time, halfway through the cooking time.
  • When the rice is done, uncover the pan and fluff with a fork allowing the steam to escape.
  • Taste the rice and add salt if needed. As a reference we added a pinch extra to ours.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley, if desired, serve and enjoy.


Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 1051mg | Potassium: 265mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg