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Italian Herb Rice

Fluffy Italian rice cooked in chicken broth and then tossed with warm butter and generous herbs makes a terrific side dish for any meal.

This is a flavorful and hearty side dish that will nicely round out any weeknight dinner. And with simple, common ingredients, it’s easy to make extra.

Buttery jasmine rice with herbs topped with parsley, served in a blue ceramic bowl with a checkered white and gray hand towel

Rice with Herbs

If you’re looking for a quick and easy side dish, this Italian rice recipe can be made in only twenty minutes. Paired with Lemon Garlic Tilapia or Spicy Chicken and Bacon Stir Fry, it’s sure to be a hit.

And the best part? This recipe scales easily, making it a great dish to prep in bulk for future meals. My kids love it anytime there is extra rice on hand.

We add it to burrito bowls, stir fry dinners, or toss it with a bit of leftover grilled chicken or taco meat. There really is no wrong way to use leftover rice.

Buttery jasmine rice with herbs topped with parsley, served in a blue ceramic bowl with a checkered white and gray hand towel

Italian Rice

With minimal effort and simple spices, this flavorful Italian rice adds something special to any meal.

Don’t let the fact that this recipe is so easy to make fool you; this dish is packed with flavor. Chicken stock (or broth) gives the rice a hearty, rich boost; paired with a handful of herbs, this rice is going to take your weeknight dinner to the next level.

One quick note about the herbs used in this recipe: you can use fresh or dried herbs in this recipe (or both!).

When using dried herbs, add them to the saucepan as soon as you start cooking the rice. When using fresh herbs, wait until after the rice has been removed from the heat before stirring them in. Waiting until the end to add the herbs makes a big difference with fresh herbs.

Oh, and don’t make the same mistake I made when I first made this recipe. If you’re using store-bought chicken stock/broth, make sure you adjust the amount of salt you use accordingly. Trust me, you don’t want the rice to turn out extra salty! So, wait and taste the rice before adding salt.

Overhead shot of jasmine rice and two melting pats of butter in stainless steel skillet

Herbed Rice

  • Jasmine rice
  • Chicken stock or broth
  • Chopped fresh basil OR dried basil
  • Chopped fresh thyme OR dried thyme
  • Chopped fresh oregano or dried oregano
  • Butter
  • Kosher salt (be sure to reduce this amount if you are using a store-bought chicken broth)
  • Black pepper
  • Chopped fresh Italian parsley
Overhead shot of Italian herb rice garnished with parsley in stainless steel sauce pan with silver spoon

Italian Rice Recipe

You’ll want to start by combining the rice, chicken stock, and any DRIED herbs in a large saucepan. Stir and bring to a boil over high heat. Then reduce the heat to low and cover with a lid.

Keeping an eye on the skillet, you can let the rice simmer covered over low heat for 16 minutes. All the liquid should be absorbed and the rice should be tender. Once the rice is done, remove it from the heat and stir in the herbs, if using FRESH herbs.

Stir in a tablespoon or two of butter and fluff with a fork. Taste and add salt and pepper, as needed. Finally, sprinkle with parsley before serving.

Overhead shot of buttery jasmine rice with herbs topped with parsley, served in a blue ceramic bowl

This recipe pairs well with this Lemony Garlic and Herb Halibut and with this 15-Minute Honey Garlic Chicken. You’ll have dinner on the table before you know it.

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Mexican Fried Rice is filled with ground beef, bell peppers, black beans, corn, and green chile. This is a kid-favorite dinner that the whole family enjoys.

Easy to make and versatile, this Simple Asian Rice recipe is one you’ll never get tired of; it makes the perfect accompaniment to any Asian-inspired meal. Likewise, any Mexican-inspired meal instantly becomes better with this Easy Spanish Rice.

Overhead shot of buttery jasmine rice with herbs topped with parsley, served in a blue ceramic bowl
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Italian Herb Rice

Fluffy Italian rice cooked in chicken broth and then tossed with warm butter and generous herbs makes a terrific side dish for any meal.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 225kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Jasmine rice
  • 4 cups chicken stock or broth
  • teaspoons chopped fresh basil or ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • teaspoons chopped fresh thyme or ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • teaspoons chopped fresh oregano or ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1-2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (be sure to reduce this amount if you are using a store-bought chicken broth)
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley

Instructions

  • Combine the rice, chicken stock, and any DRIED herbs in a large saucepan. Stir and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and cover with a lid.
  • Simmer covered over low heat for 16 minutes, until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove from the heat and stir in the herbs, if using FRESH herbs.
  • Stir in a tablespoon or two of butter and fluff with a fork. Taste and add salt and pepper, as needed. Sprinkle with parsley before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 476mg | Potassium: 181mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

{originally published 4/2/13 – recipe notes and photos updated 6/13/23}

Overhead shot of buttery jasmine rice with herbs topped with parsley in a stainless steel skillet with silver spoon

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