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!

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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.
    *anna

  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!

  3. Pingback: Rice, It’s What’s For Dinner! | Finding the Thread

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