9 Quick and Easy Rice Dinner Recipes


Looking for something to make with your rice cooker? Welcome to our new weekly suggestions. You can use instant rice, or make your own and then add that into the recipe.

Good Cooking!

Southwest Chicken Rice Bowl
Spice up dinner by cooking a Tex-Mex classic at home with this easy, warming Southwest chicken recipe, served on a bowl of flavorful rice and topped with a sprig of cilantro. Our time-saving recipe tips include using microwaveable long-grain white rice, and using chicken cutlets—both will have you out of the kitchen and enjoying this delicious dinner sooner.

Shrimp and Pesto-Rice Salad
One of the great things about this Shrimp and Pesto-Rice Salad is that you can literally serve it any way you like it. Serve this brand-new twist on the old rice salad warm, or make it ahead, chill, and serve cold.

Texas Caviar Rice and Beans
When a Southerner says “Texas Caviar” it usually means “black-eyed peas” although for some people it just means “beans.” To avoid any confusion, this recipe combines black-eyed peas and black beans, creating a delicious medley of both.

Slow-Cooker Red Beans and Rice
Few dishes embody the true tastes of the South more than red beans and rice, and this slow-cooker recipe helps you get their flavors on the table without spending all day in the kitchen. For this recipe, we’ve used thinly sliced smoked turkey sausage, which works wonderfully in a slow cooker, as well as sweet onion, two types of bell pepper, and a hint of Creole seasoning.

Chicken Fried Rice
If you feel like the delicious tastes of Chinese food, this recipe will have you enjoying them in what seems like an instant. In the amount of time it takes for takeout to be delivered to your door, our homemade Chicken Fried Rice will be on the table and ready to eat. You’ll love the zing of the Asian chili-garlic sauce, and the freshness of the haricots verts, the red bell peppers, and the diced onion.

Fried Rice 101
Fried rice is one of our favorite quick-fix dinners, and this recipe shows you how to make it quickly and simply. Start with instant long-grain rice, and in just 10 minutes, you can enjoy this tasty dish. Chili-garlic sauce, bell peppers, and sweet green peas add flavor and a little kick. Choose between shrimp, poultry, or your choice of cooked meat to make this dish your own.

Chicken-and-Wild Rice Salad
This healthy dish is table-ready in 25 minutes. Start with ready-to-serve whole grain brown and wild rice and add pecans, red bell pepper, and green onions for flavor.

Skillet Sausage ‘n’ Rice
This dish truly can be made quickly. It begins with a pound of smoked sausage, and a couple of bags of quick-cooking brown rice do the trick for this easy dish. Toss in a chopped bell pepper, a small onion, some garlic, and some chicken broth, and you’ll be amazed at how simple this dish really is.

Few dishes conjure up ideas of dinnertime classics more than chicken and rice, and this recipe helps you have this family favorite on the table quickly. For this crowd-pleasing dish, cut the cooking time in half by using skinned-and-boned chicken breasts, and ready-to-serve long grain rice.

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