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How to Cook Rice in Chicken Broth

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We all know the incredible benefits of rice. It’s gluten-free and gives us an energy boost, as well as keeps us full for long periods of time. One of the best things about rice is that it’s also one of the most versatile and easy to cook foods, with only a few minutes of prep time needed. You can also have so many varieties of rice—there’s white rice, brown rice, black rice, sticky rice, fluffy rice… the list goes on. And if you have some cooked rice left over, you can use it to cook fried rice, so you can reduce your food waste, too. Really, there’s a reason rice is such a staple everywhere (not just rice-eating countries) and that isn’t changing any time soon.

Here we’ll be showing you how to cook rice in chicken broth. This is one trick that can add a little oomph to your usual plain rice. Chicken and rice is a great pair, and it’s no surprise this variation works great too. If you’ve never cooked rice like this before, worry not! The recipe is incredibly easy, you’ll want to cook it everyday. You can use this as a side dish or as a base for a rice-bowl with toppings of your choice. 

Read on to find out how to cook chicken broth rice and a few other variations you could try.

Can You Use Chicken Broth Instead of Water to Cook Rice?

The short answer is yes, and it’s super easy. With substituting water for another liquid, you can improve the flavor of rice exponentially, and it won’t even cost you a lot of time or money. Some even use water with vegetable broth or beef stock to cook their rice as these enhance the flavors greatly.

What's the Ratio for Rice to Water?

Let’s say you still haven’t mastered cooking the perfect rice. One useful tip is to make sure the ratio of rice to water when prepping is just a little less than 1:2. So if you are preparing 1 cup of rice, use 1 and ¾ cups of water, or in this case, chicken broth. If you swap the water for any other kind of liquid, your ratio may vary according to taste. 

Can I Add Water to my Chicken Broth?

Absolutely, but it all depends on your taste preference. Sometimes store-bought chicken broth can be a little too salty, so you can add water to your chicken broth. If you’re unsatisfied, you can always add a few spices to your dish after you cook it. Cooking rice is never a daunting task because there’s always room for variation.

Cooking Rice with Chicken Broth Quick Guide

Course: Side Dish
Prep Time: 5 mins.
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 mins.

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

This fun rice recipe is so easy to cook, you’ll only need 2 main ingredients:

  • 1 and ½ cups Long-grain White Rice or Brown Rice
  • 3 and ½ cups Chicken Broth (We recommend organic chicken broth, 3-4 cups depending on taste)

Directions

  1. Pour chicken broth into a saucepan over medium-high heat and bring it to a boil.
  2. Stir in rice and close the lid. Cook well and from medium-high, reduce the heat to low.
  3. Cook on low for 20 minutes. Remove the lid and check if the chicken broth absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove the saucepan from heat.

Variations

This recipe is sure to be a hit at dinner parties, lunch, or just a solo meal! What’s even better is you can add your own mix. If you’re looking for more ways to spice up your chicken broth rice, here are some extra rice recipes you could follow:

  • Add Butter and Herbs. This recipe calls for a few more spices to be added to your rice. Wait for the rice to cook and once it’s done, add in 1 tablespoon of butter, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, and 1 teaspoon of chopped rosemary. Cook on low heat. The butter will give extra texture and flavor to your meal. Add 5 mins. cook time. This recipe serves 4.
  • Make Caprese Rice. This recipe is a great way to cook your white or brown rice. Once you have your cooked rice, simply stir in 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes, 8-10 chopped basil leaves, and 8 ounces of mozzarella cheese in cubes. You can try to fluff the rice gently with a fork and then serve. This recipe serves 4.
  • Cook Chicken Broth Fried Rice. This is one of the recipes you’re probably already familiar with — if you still have rice left over and aren’t sure what to do with it, just add the cooked rice in a pan over medium heat. Add extra salt and stir in spring onions, then cook for 18-20 minutes or until rice is a bit browned at the bottom. This recipe serves 4.

There’s never a shortage of ways to cook rice, and this is one of the side dishes that can pair well with almost anything. In just 25 minutes or more, you’re pretty much ready to be a home chef! We highly recommend using organic ingredients to get the best out of this rice recipe. Don’t be afraid to add a twist to your recipe, too!

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Hui Yin

Hui Yin moved from Hong Kong 🇭🇰 to the USA 🇺🇸 when she was just 8 years old. Now in her late 20's she enjoys writing and taking long walks in the park to burn off the copious amounts of rice she eats for dinner.

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