Citrus Rice (easy side dishes)

Citrus Rice is bright and happy side dish. Bright because of the citrus, but why happy? It’s happy for me because it’s one of those easy side dishes that is crazy simple.

Easy Side Dishes: Citrus Rice

Easy side dishes like Citrus Rice are great for a busy weeknight, but it’s impressive enough to bring with you to a potluck or family get together (I think sliced almonds make everything a bit fancier). And, I don’t know about you, but I tend to stress about the dish I bring to events like this, but really, you don’t have to. This is really quick to put together, healthy, and sure to have everyone asking for your recipe. {that and an empty bowl coming home is the goal, isn’t it?}

When having this for dinner at home, I love having Citrus Rice with a pan-seared chicken breast, but I think it would go along nicely with some fish too. And while I like it as a side dish, it would be so easy to make this into a main dish by tossing in some shredded chicken — you could even keep with these easy theme by using a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store.  See what I’m saying? So easy.

This Citrus Rice recipe calls for just 6 simple ingredients: Minute® Brown Rice, soy sauce, chicken broth, orange juice, green onions and sliced almonds. If you don’t prefer the brown rice you could totally use the white Minute Rice, but brown rice is more heart healthy, so that’s what I go with.

Easy Side Dishes: Citrus Rice

In a glass mixing bowl, you’ll combine the orange juice with the chicken broth and soy sauce. Then, the Minute Rice is stirred in, as you see below. This is covered and microwaved for 5 minutes.

Citrus Rice

After cooking for 5 minutes, you left it sit, undisturbed for 5 more minutes (or until all the liquid is absorbed). The rice is then fluffed up with a fork and gently tossed with the sliced green onions and the sliced almonds.

TIP: If cooking in advance for a family get together or potluck, I recommend cooking the rice and bringing the green onions and almonds separate. Mix them in just before serving.

Citrus Rice

And just like that, your Citrus Rice is ready to serve! It’s also wonderful as leftovers or as part of a salad.

Citrus Rice

Easy Side Dishes: Citrus Rice
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1½ cups Minute® Brown Rice, uncooked
  • ¼ cup green onions, sliced
  • 4 tablespoons sliced almonds
  1. In a glass bowl, combine chicken broth, orange juice and soy sauce. Stir in Minute Rice; cover.
  2. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.
  3. Fluff the rice with a fork; gently mix/toss in the onions and almonds. Serve.
--If taking to potluck or family get-together, I recommend cooking rice at home and bring sliced green onions and sliced almonds separately. Gently mix together at event.

--Would be delicious as a main dish too, just toss with some shredded chicken.

--Chopped mandarin oranges would also make a nice addition with the almonds and green onions.

Adapted slightly from Minute Rice website

Easy Side Dish: Citrus Rice
Minute® Rice is so quick and easy to prepare and is great pantry staple. When meal time seems like a hassle, Minute® Rice is a go-to ingredient your whole family will love and allows you to have more quality time doing what your want with your loved ones.

Leftover rotisserie chicken or veggies from a meal earlier in the week? Minute® Rice can easily be paired with some of your leftover ingredients to make a quick, easy and wholesome meal your whole family will love in just a matter of minutes.

Visit to create a great main meal or side dish for your next family get-together or potluck.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Rice.

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  1. says

    Hi Brandie,

    I love brown rice but hate the time it takes to cook it. Who has an hour to wait for rice? I don’t!

    I didn’t know Minute Rice had recipes on their website. I will most definitely hop over and check that out! Your citrus rice looks amazing – I wish I wasn’t allergic to citrus :(

    Enjoy it for me,

    Drive Me Crazy Family Adventure

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