Healthy Rice Recipes

Find healthy, delicious rice recipes from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Salmon Rice Bowl

Rating: 5 stars 4
Inspired by the viral TikTok trend, this tasty bowl makes for a satisfying lunch or dinner. With a handful of healthy ingredients, like instant brown rice, heart-healthy salmon and lots of crunchy veggies, you'll have a filling and flavorful meal in just 25 minutes. Looking to cut down on carbs? Try swapping in riced cauliflower in place of the brown rice.
Mila Clarke
By Mila Clarke

Chicken & Broccoli Casserole

Rating: 3.5 stars 16
This one-pan chicken-and-broccoli recipe comes out of the oven all browned, cheesy and bubbling like a casserole, but is really prepared more like a skillet meal on the stovetop. Serve with a crunchy green salad.

Green Veggie Bowl with Chicken & Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Rating: 5 stars 6
For this healthy 30-minute dinner, treat your veggies like pasta and cook until al dente, or just done. If you have a little extra time, double or triple the lemon-tahini dressing and use it to quickly dress a salad or as a sauce for steak or shrimp.

One-Pan Garlicky Shrimp & Rice

Rating: 4 stars 3
This one-pan garlicky shrimp and rice dish makes a great easy dinner with easy cleanup. The garlic mellows as it cooks and infuses its flavor into the sweet shrimp and rice in the pan. A squeeze of lemon at the end brightens up the dish.
By Liz Mervosh

Vegan Coconut Chickpea Curry

Rating: 5 stars 12
To make this 20-minute vegan curry even faster, buy precut veggies from the salad bar at the grocery store. To make it a full, satisfying dinner, serve over cooked brown rice. When shopping for simmer sauce, look for one with 400 mg of sodium or less and check the ingredient list for cream or fish sauce if you want to keep this vegan. If you like a spicy kick, add a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce at the end.
Katie Webster
By Katie Webster

Crispy Fish Taco Bowls

Rating: 5 stars 4
The adobo sauce in a can of chipotles lends earthy heat to the crema that tops these bowls. Don't toss out the unused peppers! Freeze them in an airtight container and pull them out to add to sauces, marinades or chili.

Salmon with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

Rating: 5 stars 6
Sun-dried tomatoes do double duty in this easy weeknight dinner—we use the flavorful oil they're packed in to sauté shallots and use the actual tomatoes in the creamy sauce. Served with perfectly cooked salmon, you really can't go wrong with this recipe.
A portrait of Carolyn Malcoun
By Carolyn Malcoun

One-Skillet Bourbon Chicken

Rating: 3.5 stars 6
Coating the chicken in cornstarch might seem like an extra step, but the reward is twofold: it gives the chicken a crispy exterior and also thickens the sauce. Legend has it that bourbon chicken was originally named after Bourbon Street in New Orleans; it can often be found on menus at Chinese American restaurants.
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By Liv Dansky

One-Pot Arroz con Pollo

Juicy cuts of chicken get cooked alongside rice, onion, tomatoes and broth in this irresistible one-pot dish that pulls inspiration from the Puerto Rican arroz con pollo. For added fiber, brown rice stands in for the white rice typically used.
By Wendy Lopez

Slow-Cooker Arroz con Pollo (Chicken & Rice)

Rating: 5 stars 4
This one-pot chicken dinner, inspired by the traditional dish of Spain and Latin America, comes together easily in the crock pot. The instant brown rice is added near the end, to keep it from overcooking.
By Laura Walsh

Spinach, Feta & Rice Casserole

Rating: 4.5 stars 7
This one-pan recipe is the casserole version of spanakopita! It's hearty enough to enjoy as a vegetarian lunch or dinner, yet versatile enough to serve alongside just about any protein. To make it extra creamy, top each serving with a dollop of sour cream.
By Carolyn Casner

Cabbage Roll Casserole

Rating: 4.5 stars 11
This casserole has all the elements of cabbage rolls—ground beef, onion and rice cooked in tomato sauce—and skips the fuss of rolling. The cabbage is chopped instead and layered with the saucy filling, then topped with cheese, for a satisfying and easy casserole. Feel free to substitute other ground meats, such as turkey, for the ground beef—this recipe would also be great with a vegetarian meat substitute.
By Carolyn Casner
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Inspiration and Ideas

21 Healthy Rice Bowls That Are High in Protein
With black, brown, wild or cauliflower rice as a tasty, filling base, we pile these bowls high with all of your favorite veggies, beans, fish, meat and herbs to create delicious flavor combinations that you'll love.
16 Slow-Cooker Chicken and Rice Recipes
Let your slow-cooker do the work with these chicken and rice recipes. By utilizing your slow-cooker, you can have a delicious and healthy dinner with very little effort on your part. To avoid overcooking your rice, make sure you add it towards the end of the cook time. Recipes like Slow-Cooker Butter Chicken and Chicken and Sausage Gumbo are nutritious, flavorful and a perfect option for tonight's menu.
Smoked Turkey, Kale & Rice Bake
Rating: 4 stars 3

This hearty one-skillet dinner is loaded with celery, kale, tomatoes and quick-cooking brown rice. It's easy to make the recipe vegetarian by substituting smoked tofu for the turkey.