Healthy Brown Rice Recipes

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

Staff Picks

One-Skillet Bourbon Chicken

Rating: 4 stars 8
Bourbon chicken gets coated in a slightly sweet-spicy sauce for a flavorful dinner that comes together quickly, making it perfect for busy weeknights.
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By Liv Dansky

Chicken & Broccoli Casserole

Rating: 3.5 stars 16
This one-pan chicken and broccoli casserole is prepared in a skillet on the stovetop, then finished in the oven until it's browned, cheesy and bubbling. Serve with a crunchy green salad.
By Robin Bashinsky

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

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

Stuffed Cabbage Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 11
Like stuffed cabbage? You'll love this easy stuffed cabbage soup. It's got all of the classic flavors of stuffed cabbage without all the fuss of stuffing. Plus, you can make this warming soup ahead of time or freeze it for later for a quick dinner or lunch.
By Karen Rankin

Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl

Rating: 5 stars 2
This sweet-and-salty teriyaki chicken rice bowl is flavored with fresh grated ginger and scallions and packed with colorful veggies and everything else you need for a balanced dinner in one dish.
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By Liv Dansky

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

One-Pot Arroz con Pollo

Rating: 4 stars 2
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.
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By Wendy Lopez

Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage

Rating: 3.5 stars 7
Though traditional stuffed cabbage recipes are made with meat, here Savoy cabbage leaves are stuffed with a combination of rice, mushrooms, onions, garlic and herbs for a healthy vegetarian stuffed cabbage recipe. The stuffed cabbage leaves gently bake in a simple tomato sauce. This easy stuffed cabbage recipe can be made ahead of time and baked just before serving.
Kathy Gunst
By Kathy Gunst

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.
Carolyn Malcoun
By Carolyn Malcoun

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.
By Adam Dolge

French Onion Dip Chicken & Rice Casserole

Rating: 5 stars 1
This creamy French onion dip chicken and rice casserole topped with crispy potato chips is perfect for game day or whenever you want a comforting meal the whole family will love.
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By Liv Dansky
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Inspiration and Ideas

Easy Brown Rice
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Turmeric Rice Bowl with Garam Masala
This fragrant turmeric rice bowl topped with leftover spiced roasted root vegetables and chickpeas is inspired by flavors from India for an easy, vegetarian dinner.
Slow-Cooker Arroz con Pollo (Chicken & Rice)
Rating: 4.5 stars 5

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.