Main Dishes | Published Mar 21, 2020 | Updated May 7, 2020 | By Tawnie
Delicious dinner recipes with rice results in an easy and flavorful meal to make at home. These meals not only make the perfect dinners but are so great to have stocked in the fridge for leftovers too! Lots of options for easy rice recipes here for you to enjoy!
Reasons to fall in love with these dinner recipes with rice
Rice has a long shelf life: Dry goods such as rice (and pasta, beans and oats) are a great foundational ingredient for your pantry. They have long shelf lives, are super easy to store and can be incorporated into a variety of meals as you can see in this post!
Pro tip: keep your grains in an airtight container in a cool, dry place to maintain proper quality and overall taste.
It’s inexpensive: Rice, beans and pasta are pantry staples for a reason: they are very cheap!
It’s versatile: I think one of the reasons rice is so popular is due to its versatility. From soups to side dishes and main meals, rice can be consumed in a variety of ways.
Speaking of variety, be sure to buy a variety of rice: wild rice, brown rice, red rice, black rice, jasmine rice, etc. Have fun with different varietals!
Rice is satisfying: rice has 100 calories per serving and still provides us with the feeling of fullness!
Rice is nutritious: Rice provides more than 15 necessary vitamins and minerals, including B-vitamins, iron and zinc; and just 1 cup of enriched white rice contains nearly 23% of your daily folic acid requirement!
Rice is gluten free: Both enriched white rice and whole grain brown rice are naturally and completely gluten free.
What can I add to rice to make it a more nutritious meal?
Most of these recipes below you can modify and make your own by adding in different vegetables or spices.
If you are simply only making plain rice, try topping it with an egg, add frozen veggies and some so sauce for a quick fried rice, add in beans, add in cilantro and lime for a cilantro lime rice!
1. Sausage, Peppers and Rice Skillet is one of our favorite dinner recipes with rice!
This meal is a quick and easy family favorite weeknight dinner made with simple, nutritious ingredients. Add in different vegetables to make it your own!
This meal uses pantry staples, is packed with flavor and is a hands off meal since the Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker does the work for you! Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, salsa verde, black beans, rice and green chiles. It’s great for meal prep and I love that it’s made all in theInstant Pot! A delicious meal for family weeknight dinners.
Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls is an easy 30 minute meal that is great for meal prep for a healthy weeknight dinner! The chicken is so tender and the flavors are unbelievable! You'll never want a burrito bowl without using your Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot again!
This meal came together after staring into our pantry for about 10 minutes trying to see which ingredients I could mix-and-match together. Now it’s one of our favorite back pocket dinner recipes with rice! It’s satisfying and delicious with roasted broccoli or a starter salad.
I wanted to design a gumbo recipe that is realistic enough for you to make for a weeknight dinner or for meal prep. Gumbo is quite a delicious and comforting meal. It’s hearty, warming, nutritious and makes the house smell amazing!
Chicken and Sausage Gumbo recipe: A favorite in New Orleans and soon to be in your house too! This gumbo is made with chicken and andouille sausage, aromatic vegetables and delicious Cajun spices such as paprika and thyme.
I’ve found an easy way to make Chicken Shawarma into a soup at home with the same authentic flavors. You can purchase shawarma seasoning at the store, or you can make your own! I think the secret to making this soup is the warm spices added in…they provide so much flavor!
Serve dinner on one pan with this Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggies. Dinner should me simple, healthy and delicious without the fuss or dishes. Enjoy this full meal of juicy chicken thighs, rice and vegetables all on one pan!
Dinner doesn’t get much easier than this Cranberry Apricot Chicken! The dried fruit cooks down with fresh orange juice, cranberry juice and white wine which gives the chicken a heavenly sweet glossy coat. Smother the fruit just on top of the chicken & on top of the veggies and rice too!
This easy chicken fried rice recipe is loaded with veggies and flavor. It’s totally better than takeout, this version of chicken fried rice is easy to make, tastes great and perfect for meal prep. Be sure to watch the recipe video too!
If you make any of these dinner recipes with rice be sure to leave a comment and rating on the recipe so I know how you liked it! I really appreciate it – xo!
Hi, I’m Tawnie!
Welcome to my tiny “korner” on the Internet! I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who loves cookies as much as kale. (OK, maybe I like cookies a little bit more but shh, don’t tell anyone). I am so glad you’re here! Follow along for hassle free, realistic and approachable recipes.
Rice is definitely a staple pantry item in our house, so I love all of these ideas. Thank you so much!
I love rice dishes, they’re filling and delicious, and are generally easy to prepare. It’s so great that you have this post with all kind of rice recipes to try.
Such a great collection of recipes! Perfect uses for the rice. I can’t wait to try the Cilantro Lime Rice and Sausage Peppers and Rice Skillet!
I always have rice handy, so these recipes are definitely going to happen in my kitchen soon 🙂
Rice is such a great foundation for a delicious meal, and these recipes are proof of that. I can’t wait to try some of these.