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Jul 8, 2010 12:38 PM

Need an easy rice side dish to go with chicken

I have some boneless chicken breasts in a yogurt marinade that I'm going to grill tonight. Anyone have any ideas for a good, easy rice side dish? Thanks!

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  1. This Barefoot Contessa basmati rice recipe is easy and good.

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    1. re: valerie

      This should work great. I have everything on hand. I always love Ina's recipes. I love Barefoot Contessa show. She has a calming effect over me. Thanks for the link.

    2. If you like cilantro, a bunch of us on this board really love Robert Lauriston's Cilantro Rice's beautiful AND tasty, might work nicely with the yogurt-marinated chicken!

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      1. re: Val

        This sounds absolutely delicious! Sadly, I have no cilantro(I do have parlsey though). I bookmarked and will definitely make it when I have cilantro in the house. Thanks.

      2. Lebanese rice? I crush up vermicelli, cook it in butter until toasted (sometimes add onions), add rice and stock and let it cook. Sorry I don't have a real recipe.

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        1. re: chowser

          !!! chowser!!! That sounds just like Rice-a-Roni! And I made a copycat recipe of it last night...too funny!

          1. re: Val

            I haven't had Rice-a-Roni since my grad school days! Do you have a good copycat recipe? I'd love to make it.

            1. re: chowser

              Here's the one I used was the first recipe that came up when I googled 'Rice a Roni copycat'...LOL...I used thin spaghetti that I broke up by hand...I was only making enough for 2 of us. Now I can't say we sat back and said "Wow, it tastes just like it!" but it was good and certainly LOOKED a lot like it. I used a combination of Herb-ox sodium free bouillion (that most people on this board wouldn't be caught dead using! I just like it after one of my sons was sick in 2007-2008 and was on a strict low-sodium diet) and Kitchen Basics chicken stock and a generous pinch of turmeric, as this recipe calls for. See what you might be able to find a better copy cat recipe out there...this suited us fine, though.


              1. re: Val

                LOL, that's exactly how I make the lebanese rice! Thanks for the link.

                1. re: chowser

                  Oh, but yours sounds way more interesting!!! Sheesh...wonder if the Rice a Roni folks knew they were making Lebanese rice all those years ago...there's probably a story did you obtain the recipe for Lebanese rice, may I ask? Passed down through family? Neighbor? Just curious that the 2 are just about identically the same!

                  1. re: Val

                    Um, I just winged it, based on my favorite Lebanese rice from a local restaurant. I don't follow proportions exactly so I can't say mine measure the same but it's the same ingredients and technique, although I vary it. But, mine isn't nearly as good as the restaurant's. I do use home made chicken stock if I have some.

                    1. re: Val

                      I been making my own rice a roni for years not knowing it is similar to Lebanese rice.

                      1. re: classylady

                        I've been making my own Lebanese rice for years not knowing it is similar to rice a roni.:-)

            2. re: chowser

              I make a somewhat similar dish but use orzo instead of breaking up spaghetti or vermicelli. Much faster.

            3. My wife makes a nice cold rice salad with dill and rice wine vinegar. Good summertime rice side. Not sure she's got a recipe, pretty sure it's just "to taste".

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              1. re: Scott D

                I just picked up some fresh dill (I think it's too hot for it to grow here in SW FL right now, otherwise I'd have a pot of it out front)...and that sounds good & refreshing, Scott D! Can you please ask her if there is a recipe? Thanks!

              2. Basmati rice, sauteed first in butter w. onion, cooked down in chicken broth and then tossed w/ raisins and toasted almonds (can use diced dried apricots, dates, prunes, craisins, pineapple, or any combo. thereof).