Easy Rice Recipes for Dinner

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steak bites in a white bowl with white rice

Dinner recipes with rice because you guys know how much I love a good, healthy and comforting meal.

Rice has a place in almost all of our pantries and can be a delicious foundation for healthier eating!

Some of my favorite back pocket recipes always have rice involved to either round out the meal or make it a complete plate.

From pasta recipes to casseroles to all of these easy rice recipes for dinner you’ll be sure to find something you love here on Kroll’s Korner 🙂

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!

Sausage, Peppers and Rice Skillet
Sausage, Peppers and Rice Skillet is a quick and easy family favorite weeknight dinner made with simple, nutritious ingredients.
Check out this recipe
Sausage, Peppers and Rice in a large nonstick skillet topped with parsley

2. Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls

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 the Instant Pot! A delicious meal for family weeknight dinners.

Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls
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!
Check out this recipe
chicken burrito bowls in a white bowl

3. One-Pot Chicken and Rice Casserole

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.

One-Pan Chicken and Rice Casserole
A classic comfort meal using pantry staple ingredients! One Pot Chicken & Rice Casserole is easy to prepare, uses cream of mushroom soup & is gluten-free.
Check out this recipe

4. Mediterranean Chicken and Rice

Mediterranean Chicken and Rice is a restaurant style dish that is made with fresh Mediterranean flavors. A nutritious dinner made in an hour that the whole family will enjoy.

Mediterranean Chicken and Rice
Mediterranean Chicken and Rice is fuss-free, full of flavor and so so good. Made with chicken thighs and perfectly cooked yellow jasmine rice. It's a staple weeknight dinner recipe!
Check out this recipe
chicken thighs and yellow rice in a cast iron skillet garnished with feta, parsley, tomatoes and kalamata olives

5. Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls

The easiest, most unbelievably delicious Teriyaki Chicken with Rice Bowls made in your Instant Pot. And it’ll be on your dinner table in ~30 minutes. It’s so much better than takeout!

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls
Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls are made with U.S.-grown jasmine rice, fresh vegetables and a delicious teriyaki sauce for an easy weeknight dinner!
Check out this recipe
teriyaki chicken rice bowls in the instant pot made with Jasmine rice

6. Sriracha Ground Turkey Meatballs with Broccoli & Rice

The classic meaty morsel gets a tasty upgrade in this Spicy Sriracha Teriyaki recipe. No breadcrumbs, gluten free, easy, ground turkey, baked and perfect for meal prep!

Sriracha Teriyaki Ground Turkey Meatballs
Great for an appetizer or make it into a meal with rice and a veggie! Use oats instead of breadcrumbs in your meatballs for added fiber!
Check out this recipe
meatballs in a white bowl with broccoli and rice

7. Crockpot Teriyaki Steak Bites with Rice

Another delicious and hands-off meal. Pair the steak butes with rice and your favorite vegetables. You can customize it too: Add in bell peppers and onions into the crock pot if you have them on hand.

Crock Pot Teriyaki Steak Bites
Teriyaki sauce flavors this sirloin steak and the crock pot makes it effortless to cook! Enjoy as an appetizer or make it into a meal with rice and a veggie such as broccoli or a green salad!
Check out this recipe

8. Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

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
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.
Check out this recipe

9. Chicken Shawarma Soup

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!

Chicken Shawarma Soup
Take all of your favorite flavors of Middle-Eastern Chicken Shawarma and put it in soup form! Chicken, vegetables and rice are the base of this soup and you'll love how easy it is to make!
Check out this recipe
Shawarma Soup in a white bowl

10. Sheet Pan Chicken, Rice and Veggies

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!

Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggies
Sheet Pan Chicken and Vegetables is an easy and nutritious weeknight dinner. Use your favorite vegetables or veggies in season and enjoy making dinner all on one pan!
Check out this recipe
chicken rice and veggies on a gold baking sheet

11. Cranberry Apricot Chicken

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!

Cranberry Apricot Chicken
This dish is quick and easy, yet looks elegant so it will impress your guests or loved ones!
Check out this recipe
chicken on a white plate with veggies, cranberries and apricots

12. Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin

We have loved including this slow cooker pork tenderloin into our menu rotation because it’s unique in flavor and makes for perfect leftovers for lunch the next day.

Tasty Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin
This ultra tasty slow cooker pork tenderloin is cooked in an umami Asian sauce, is easy to prepare and bursts with flavor. We love serving it over white rice and with roasted broccoli.
Check out this recipe
pork tenderloin in a white bowl with broccoli and rice

13. Ground Turkey Swedish Meatballs

Ground turkey Swedish meatballs for weeknight dinner to the rescue!  Swedish meatballs are delicious over brown rice or your favorite pasta.   

Turkey Swedish Meatballs
My Turkey Swedish Meatballs are super juicy, smothered in a rich and creamy gravy and perfect for a weeknight dinner. They are delicious served over pappardelle pasta or a wide egg noodle or mashed potatoes for something more hearty and comforting.
Check out this recipe

14. Cilantro Lime Rice

This Cilantro Lime Rice side dish is the perfect addition for your next Taco Tuesday! It is fun making your rice flavorful from fresh ingredients instead of from a box!

Better than Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice
Yup, I said it. This is better than Chipotle’s Cilantro rice! Enjoy this with chicken and veggies on top or just as a side dish!
Check out this recipe

15. How to make Rice Pilaf

This post teaches you how to make rice pilaf on the stove in a simple, yet flavorful way.

How to Make Rice Pilaf
This rice pilaf turns out perfectly every time and is so simple & full of flavor! Serve with grilled meat and vegetables or as a side dish with your favorite meal.
Check out this recipe
rice pilaf in a white bowl topped with fresh parsley

16. Easy Chicken Fried Rice

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!

Easy Chicken Fried Rice
You'll love this Easy Chicken Fried Rice especially when you want a quick meal with just a few ingredients. Learn how to make chicken fried rice today!
Check out this recipe

I hope you love these dinner recipes with rice!!

These are all of the best rice recipes on my blog. I hope this helps you navigate dinner time with a little less stress and a lot more flavor!

More resources you might appreciate: soups and stews recipes, beef and pork recipespoultry recipes and meal prep recipes.

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!

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Kathryn

Rice is definitely a staple pantry item in our house, so I love all of these ideas. Thank you so much!

Anita

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.

Tara

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!

Cathleen

I always have rice handy, so these recipes are definitely going to happen in my kitchen soon 🙂

Colleen

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.