Rice is such a cheap, easy-to-make, easy-to-store, and easy-to-use kitchen staple it can feel indispensable. We bet you’d be hard-pressed to find a kitchen where there isn’t at least one kind of rice stocked in the pantry. No matter which kind of rice you keep stocked in your kitchen, it’s easy to cook on the stove, and easier to cook in a rice cooker.
These recipes will lift rice from its side-dish status and bring it to the center of the plate. We have ideas from casseroles and grain bowls to soups and stir-fries. So the next time you’re looking at a bag of rice in your pantry, wondering if you can turn it into dinner, pick one of these dishes and get cooking!
Brown Rice Bowl with Egg
Almost all the components of this Middle Eastern-inspired grain bowl can be assembled ahead of time. Then it’s just a matter of piling everything together and frying an egg.
Tomato-Basil Chicken And Rice
What makes this recipe especially awesome is that everything — the rice and the chicken — is cooked together in one single casserole dish. That makes it a great choice when you’re looking for a hands-off dinner that feeds a crowd.
Beef And Broccoli Fried Rice
Two Chinese takeout favorites — beef and broccoli and fried rice — join forces in this quick dinner. If you’d like to make the dish even easier on yourself, swap in frozen broccoli florets.
Easy Chicken and Rice Soup
Chicken soup with rice is thrifty luxury at its easiest — you probably have enough frozen chicken, broth, and vegetables in your fridge to make it right now.
Chicken And Wild Rice Bake
This is a great freeze-ahead meal to be prepped when you have extra time or need to drop off a dish to an under-the-weather friend. It needs nearly an hour to cook, but the perfectly baked results are worth the waiting time.
One-Pot Creamy Chicken and Rice Casserole
This one-pot dinner is extremely adaptable: Swap in deli ham or turkey for the chicken, use another cheese, or try stirring some frozen broccoli into the pot.
Wok-Free Chicken Fried Rice
Fried rice is undoubtedly the best way to transform last night’s leftovers into a satisfying meal. You can use pretty much any fresh, frozen, or even leftover vegetables for this recipe, which makes it infinitely adaptable.