Homemade Chicken Rice-a-Roni

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Rice-a-Roni has been a boxed pantry item for as long as I can remember. It’s a very quick and convenient side dish for many family meals. Adding a main ingredient like chicken, beef or pork and you have a comforting main dish.

Most all of our family meals now are made from scratch and with rice being a huge staple in our house, I make a lot of . After I experimented a little, I found that it was really easy to make my own and I haven’t purchased a boxed Rice-a-Roni since. I use the recipe below for a base to many different rice dishes I make and adjust the seasonings accordingly.

It tastes just like the boxed version of Rice-a-Roni, only better.


Homemade Chicken Rice-a-Roni 


  • 1/3 cup spaghetti noodles, broken into pieces
  • 1 cup white rice (brown rice could be used as well)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chicken flavor bouillon
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 4 Tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 2 cups water or chicken stock


  1. Combine noodles with rice; set aside. In a small bowl, combine seasoning; set aside until ready to use.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter or margarine. Stir in broken noodles and rice. Reduce heat to medium-low (we don’t want to burn the butter) and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently until pasta and rice is lightly brown.
  3. Stir in seasoning mixture and water or chicken stock. Bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until liquid is absorbed and rice and pasta are tender, about 15 minutes.
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