Simple Summer Sides – Homemade Rice A Roni (Chicken)

Homemade Rice A Roni


You might remember my post about making your own Sour Cream Noodles (see here) – this is my take on Rice A Roni, the boxed rice and pasta side dish.  The thing I love most about this recipe is it’s versatility – there are so many ways to change-up the flavor!

You can chill this and use it as a base for pasta salad.  Simply add shredded chicken, fresh spinach, chopped tomatoes, basil, feta cheese and the juice of a lemon – YUM!!  Or for a different flavor – try adding beef stock and sour cream instead of the chicken stock and you have stroganoff flavored rice.

I kept mine simple today and topped it with chopped spinach and tomatoes.  I’m serving it with Spice Rubbed Grilled Chicken and fresh corn on the cob.  A perfect summer meal!

Homemade Rice A Roni (Chicken)

1 cup rice (I used Jasmine)

1/2 cup chopped dried noodles (fine egg noodles work here too, but I used linguini)

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 small onion, diced

2 1/4 cups homemade chicken stock

salt and pepper to taste

In a large saute pan, melt butter and olive oil together.  Add onion, garlic, rice and noodles, and cook until the noodles begin to turn golden brown – stirring often.  Add in chicken stock and bring to a boil.  Turn the heat down to low, cover and cook for 20 minutes.  Do not open the lid during this time.  Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes.  Fluff rice with a fork and season to taste with salt and pepper.  Enjoy!


The total cost to make this dish is $.28 – much more affordable than the box mix AND so much better for you! Most box mixes are high in sodium – by making your own stock, you can control the amount your family consumes.

Two of my favorite reasons to cook from scratch – it saves you money and is much healthier!


What is your favorite summer side dish?  Is it a homemade version of something storebought?  I’d love to hear from you!


17 thoughts on “Simple Summer Sides – Homemade Rice A Roni (Chicken)

  1. *sigh* I remember the rice a roni days with fondness… Wouldn’t touch it w/ a ten foot pole these days. Thanks for the recipe redux Stephanie.

  2. My boyfriend would love this and those sour cream noodles.. must try immediately. Any homemade versions of hamburger helper haha?! I can’t stand the stuff and he loves it!

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