Broth Rice: Why You Should Cook Rice With Chicken Broth

Broth rice is so simple but so delicious.

Not only does broth rice make an easy side for all kinds of foods, but it’s delicious and filling, too! Many of my favorite quick and easy recipes are great served over (or next to) rice, so I’ve made a lot of rice over the years using various recipes and cooking methods.

In this post, I’m sharing a super simple “rice hack” that has produced some of the best rice I’ve ever made! I’ll start by explaining this broth rice hack, then we’ll move on to a few broth rice recipes for pressure cookers and stovetops.

Making rice with broth instead of water is an easy way to add tons of flavor.

The Secret To Making The Best White Rice

Plain steamed rice has a pretty neutral flavor, and cooking rice in broth instead of water adds so much flavor! The savory flavors of the stock get infused into the finished rice, making it much more flavorful than rice cooked in plain water. How simple is that?

To make broth rice you can use homemade broth, store bought broth, or bouillon.

Much like rice cooked in broth, you can also use chicken or beef stock to make flavorful chicken stock rice (or beef stock rice). Cooking rice in vegetable broth or stock is another option, and would make a delicious addition to any meatless Monday stir-fry!

If you don’t have any broth or stock on hand, try stirring a bit of concentrated bouillon paste or powder into hot water for flavorful broth on demand. (You can also make your own homemade broth from scratch, which is much easier than it sounds!)

Some simple add-ins will allow you to make your broth rice suit any main dish.

Easy Instant Pot Broth Rice (With 4 Flavorful Variations)

I’ve been cooking rice in my Instant Pot for a long a time now! It couldn’t be easier and it turns out perfect every time. Here’s how to cook rice with chicken broth in an Instant Pot, and four tasty suggestions for jazzing up the basic recipe.

Ingredients for basic recipe:

  • 2 cups white rice (long grain rice, jasmine rice, and basmati rice all work well here)
  • 2 cups chicken broth or stock (or vegetable broth/stock, or beef broth/stock)

Additional ingredients for Mexican-style rice:

  • 1 Tbsp diced onion, sautéed
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp tomato bouillon

Additional ingredients for Indian-style rice:

  • 2 cups canned coconut milk (use in place of broth or stock)
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Additional ingredients for cheesy Parmesan rice:

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese*
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice*

Additional ingredients for pesto rice:

  • 1 Tbsp pesto*

*Stir into rice after cooking, instead of before.

Add This One Ingredient To Make The Best Rice Ever

Directions:

Rinse the rice until the water runs clear, then add it to your Instant Pot. Pour in the chicken broth or your desired cooking liquid (and other ingredients, if using), close and lock the lid, and pressure cook on High Pressure for 4 minutes.

When the timer goes off, allow 10 minutes of Natural Release, then open the Quick Release valve to release any remaining pressure from the pot. Fluff the rice with a fork and enjoy flavorful, perfectly cooked rice!

Brown Rice Variation

To cook brown rice in your Instant Pot, follow the instructions provided above, but increase the cooking time to 15 minutes and reduce Natural Release time to 5 minutes.

You can make broth rice with either white rice or brown rice.

Easy Stovetop Broth Rice

Make a savory, buttery, delicious pot of rice on your stovetop in no time!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup white rice, uncooked
  • 2 cups broth or stock
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, then add the rice to the melted butter and stir. Cook just until rice begins to turn opaque, about 1-2 minutes, then add the broth and salt.

Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer with the lid on for 15 minutes. After cooking, remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes, or until broth is fully absorbed. Fluff with a fork before serving.

Brown Rice Variation

To make this recipe with brown rice, adjust the butter to 1 tablespoon, broth to 2 1/2 cups, and simmering time to 45 minutes. Otherwise, follow the recipe and directions as written. (You can also make foolproof oven brown rice with broth or stock!)

If by some chance you have some of this fabulous rice with chicken broth left over, make Chicken Fried Rice with it for a meal your whole family will love!

Instant Pot broth rice is not only fast -- it comes out perfectly cooked and fluffy.

FAQs About Cooking Rice With Chicken Broth

Can you use broth when cooking Minute Rice?

Yes! It tastes delicious.

Will cooked rice absorb broth?

Cooked rice will absorb a small amount of broth, but you’ll get much better results from actually cooking the rice in broth, rather than adding it afterward.

Have you tried cooking rice in broth instead of water?

Best Rice Ever

Easy Instant Pot Broth Rice Recipe

Jill Nystul
This is sure to be some of the best-tasting rice you’ve ever made, and it couldn't be easier to do!
3.17 from 131 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Slow Release: 10 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 254 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups rice
  • 2 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock

Instructions
 

  • Rinse the rice and add it to the Instant Pot with your cooking liquid of choice.
  • Cook on High Pressure for 4 minutes, then let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes.
  • Open to Quick Release valve to depressurize the pot, then fluff the rice and serve.

Notes

Additional ingredients for Mexican-style rice:
  • 1 Tbsp diced onion, sautéed
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp tomato bouillon
Additional ingredients for Indian-style rice:
  • 2 cups canned coconut milk (use in place of broth or stock)
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
Additional ingredients for cheesy Parmesan rice:
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese*
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice*
Additional ingredients for pesto rice:
  • 1 Tbsp pesto*
*Stir into rice after cooking, instead of before.

Nutrition

Calories: 254kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 6gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 117mgPotassium: 155mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 2IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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