Got a box of instant rice in the pantry? You've got supper! Try one of these fast and easy recipes that use quick-cooking rice for tonight's meal.
If you think rice recipes are oh-so-ho-hum, think again. Even if you didn’t grow up in places like South Carolina or Louisiana, where this grain reigns, you’ll love the delicious pops of Southern flavor we’ve added to easy rice recipes that anybody can make. Get a taste of the Lone Star State with Texas Caviar Rice and Beans—and ramp up the Tex-Mex even more by topping with guacamole, salsa, and sour cream. Lime juice and jalapeno bring summery zest with a kick to our Southwest Chicken Rice Bowl. For a Louisiana-tinged rice recipe, try Slow-Cooker Red Beans and Rice or Skillet Sausage ’n’ Rice—or “go Gulf” with Shrimp-and-Pesto-Rice Salad. Brush up on the basics with Fried Rice 101, an easy rice recipe enlivened with chili garlic sauce, bell pepper, and sweet green peas. Want something healthy and pretty? Try our Chicken-and-Wild-Rice Salad. They’re all quick dinner ideas—and delicious.
Southwest Chicken Rice Bowl
Recipe: 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. Lime juice gives this rice bowl a summery zest while cayenne and jalapeño pepper add a nice kick. You can garnish this tasty dish with tortilla strips, lime wedges, salsa, or cilantro. This Southwest Chicken Rice Bowl is perfect for pairing with margaritas.
Shrimp and Pesto-Rice Salad
Recipe: 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. This simple dish has delicately seasoned shrimp baked in the oven, then combined with a spinach pesto to create a delicious, quick, and healthy dinner. You’ll love the zing of the lime and the lime zest, the fresh taste of the mint, and the spice of garlic, while the almonds will add a deep, smoky flavor. Combined together, these ingredients make a full, rich, flavorful meal perfect for summer but delightful at any time.
Texas Caviar Rice and Beans
Recipe: 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. To keep it quick and simple, they are microwaved with roasted red bell peppers and poblano peppers, and—after marinating for 20 minutes—are hot and ready to go in only two minutes more. So get ready to turn a Lone Star State appetizer into a simple weeknight main dish. Customize with any topping, such as guacamole, salsa, or a dollop of sour cream. This will be caviar you are sure to love, Texas-style.
Slow-Cooker Red Beans and Rice
Recipe: 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. To give this quick-fix dinner a little extra spice, you can add hot sauce if you like. Top this Slow-Cooker Red Beans and Rice with finely chopped red onions, or finely chopped green onion. Both will add a little extra spice to this amazing dish
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. Toss in some cooked chicken, top with green onions, and some chopped, toasted almonds, and you will have all of the flavors and tastes of take-out, but all of the pleasure and satisfaction of homemade. Enjoy this quick-fix dinner of Chicken Fried Rice today.
Fried Rice 101
Recipe: 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. A teaspoon of chili-garlic sauce will add just the right amount of kick. Top it with toasted almonds, or sliced green onions, or both. You will love the crisp greens, and the crunchy nuts, but most of all you will love how easy it is to have this dinner on the table in minutes.
Chicken-and-Wild Rice Salad
Recipe: 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. By using shredded, cooked chicken you will keep your preparation time to a minimum, and toasting the pecans will take no time at all. What results is a fresh, delicious salad that comes together fast, and goes from countertop to table in minutes. It tastes delicious, is fresh, and is packed with flavor. This quick-fix dinner should be a family staple. You’ll love how simple it is to enjoy delicious, nutritious, leafy greens quickly.
Skillet Sausage 'n' Rice
Recipe: 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 with how simple this dish really is. You will love how the flavors all tie together, and how delicious it all is. Smoked sausage, green bell pepper, and onion are the perfect skillet dinner partners. Let their spicy and savory flavors sizzle and simmer in the pan, then enjoy them on a plate. Dig in.
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. Frozen peas and canned mushrooms will also help you keep the preparation time to a minimum, but this dish will still taste absolutely delicious. Crispy bacon adds just that little touch of smoky, crunchy flavor, and, topped with fresh parsley, this dinner even presents beautifully. If you like, you can substitute the green peas for snow peas for a different texture. However you prefer it, this quick-fix supper is wonderful.