If you want to learn more about cooking rice in chicken broth, plus simple step-by-step instructions, this post has everything you need!
Rice is a yummy gluten-free ingredient that tastes wonderful by itself, or it can be transformed into so many different dishes, from many different cultures.
Most rice recipes suggest you boil the rice in water, and then from there the possibilities are endless.
You can crack and cook an egg, add some butter and liquid aminos, and saute the cooked rice for a quick and easy fried rice.
You can add butter and maple syrup to cooked rice for a sweet treat.
Another idea is to simply cook it in water, add in a shake or two of salt and pepper, and enjoy its simplistic flavors.
But, if you happen to love salty, bold, and vibrant flavors, I have a little secret to share with you. Instead of boiling your rice in water, try cooking rice with chicken broth.
While I do recommend boiling your rice in homemade chicken broth, since it is more flavorful, healthy and has amazing healing properties… you can also use a good store bought version for this recipe.
Some grocery stores actually make homemade chicken broth, so you may check out to see if your store does. There are also a lot of great organic chicken broth options available at most stores.
Cooking rice with chicken broth is incredibly simple.
Cook rice according to package directions, with one exception. Instead of cooking it in water, use chicken broth.
There is no step 2. See, easy peasy!
You can increase the flavor of your dish, exponentially, just by cooking rice with chicken broth, instead of water.
The chicken broth will leave your rice moist, salty, and for such a simple substitution. Your friends and family will be wondering how you made such tasty rice!
A Printable Recipe – Cooking Rice in Chicken Broth
Cooking Rice with Chicken Broth
- 1 3/4 cup Chicken Broth
- 3/4 cup Uncooked White Rice
Bring broth to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
Add in rice, stir, cover, and reduce to low. Cook on low for 20 minutes, or until broth is absorbed and rice is tender.
Extra Flavors for Chicken Broth Rice
So you’ve mastered cooking rice in chicken broth, and want to try some variations! I’ve got you covered – here are some yummy additions to your rice to try:
- Buttery Herb Rice: once rice is cooked, add in 1 – 2 tbsp of butter, 1 tsp minced garlic, and 1 tsp fresh chopped rosemary.
- Caprese Rice: once rice is cooked, add in 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes, 6 chopped basil leaves, and 4 ounces of cubed mozzarella cheese.
- Lemon and Asparagus Rice: to cooked rice, squeeze in the juice from half a lemon, 1 tsp lemon zest, and chopped blanched asparagus. Season with 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme.
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Alisa thapa says
Today I cooked chicken broth rice and Bengali chicken potatoes curry yummy. It is very delicious I loved ir
Mary Ellen Hellman says
I am going to bake a chicken and rice casserole and the recipe calls for 2 cups water. Can I substitute chicken broth for the water?
Andrea Vaughan says
Yes, I am sure that would be a fine substitute. Let me know how it turns out!
I could live on rice – really. I’ve never made it with broth. Looking forward to trying it this week with a chicken dish I already have planned – this will be the perfect side dish.
Erin Staples says
This sounds amazing, I’m trying this next week for sure! Thanks for all of your tips
Loved changing things up and using chicken broth to cook the rice, added so much extra flavour, the kids gobbled it up!
Adding chicken broth adds so much more flavor! This is my new go-to method!
This is such a great lesson on how to cook rice with chicken broth. I love the extra flavor the broth brings to the rice and this recipe makes it so easy!
Corinne Schmitt says
This is such an easy swap and really does make a big difference in flavor! Thanks for the tip.
Tried this and loved it! Thank you.
I can’t wait to try some of those add in ideas with this! Thank you!
Tommie Thomas says
I tried this Recipe oh my God this was so good I had my rice with broiled salmon didn’t need any type of gravy just the salmon and the rice delicious. Next time I’m going to try to double the chicken broth and the rice so I can make a larger dish
So glad you enjoyed it 🙂
If the chicken broth makes the rice moist, then it will not work for sticky rice?
I have not made sticky rice before (although, now I want to!) but I did find this recipe for it: https://www.tablespoon.com/meals/how-to-make-sticky-rice-at-home – I think you’d be able to sub chicken broth with water, 1 for 1, but again, I haven’t ever tried it.
Mr. Rogers says
You mentioned organic chicken broth… so would I use the same 100% chicken broth in replacement of just water which I did use spring water not tap, or would I use the 50/50 method? I did not want to add salt or butter, just the liquid and rice.
Also I’m under the assumption we’re talking about white rice, will this recipe work with brown rice and if so do I follow the instructions given to prepare the brown rice with liquid and just replace the water with broth or will I be adding more/less chicken broth??
Hi Mr. Rogers –
You can substitute water/organic broth/regular broth – so yes, you can use 100% chicken broth in replacement of just water. The chicken broth flavors the rice, so you shouldn’t have to use salt or butter.
Yes, this recipe is designed for white rice. IF you want to make brown rice, you’ll use a 2 – 1 ratio of broth to rice, so 2 cups of broth to 1 cup of rice. You’ll also increase the cooking time to 45 minutes.
Made Steam Rice using 50% chicken stock and 50% water, pinch of salt and appropriate amount of butter depending on amount of rice being cooked. This was to accompany my chicken francaise with a light lemon sauce and steamed broccoli. Perfect combo for dinner.
Yum – sounds delicious!
I wish I could remember where I read that the chicken broth should be half strength when using it to cook rice. I’m trying it that way next time!
This is also good information if the plumbers turned off your water to fix the shower and you need to make dinner and need rice… you know… in theory if that were to happen. Thanks!
That was oddly specific! But thanks!