Baked Ranch Rice

Baked Ranch Rice Recipe – effortless to make and packed full of amazing flavor! White rice, butter, ranch dressing mix, and chicken broth. This goes with everything – chicken, pork, and steaks. One bite and this is sure to become a family favorite!

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Stick of Butter Ranch Rice

Get ready to elevate your rice game with our delectable Ranch Rice! This simple yet flavor-packed dish takes the humble long-grain white rice to new heights. Rice, baked in chicken broth, ranch dressing mix, and butter. The result is a side dish that’s more than just rice – it’s a symphony of savory and herby flavors that elevate every meal. Creamy, comforting, and delicious, our Ranch Rice is a delightful addition to any table. Get ready to savor a side that turns the ordinary into extraordinary!

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How to Make Baked Rice Casserole

This side dish is effortless to make with only a few simple ingredients. Rince long grain white rice and spread it into the bottom of a 2-qt baking dish. Sprinkle the rice with ranch dressing mix. Add chicken broth and butter. Cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil. Bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and stir the rice. Bake uncovered for an additional 25 to 30 minutes. Fluff the cooked rice with a fork and season with salt and black pepper to taste. Garnish with chopped parsley or green onions.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to rinse the rice? Rinsing the rice removes excess starch and helps the grains remain separate. If you don’t rinse the rice, it may be sticky or gummy.
  • I use long grain rice. Can substitute jasmine rice or basmati rice.
  • Can I use brown rice? I am sure that you can, but I have not tried this recipe with brown rice, so I can not say what modifications need to be made.
    • Brown rice requires more cooking liquid and takes longer to cook.
  • I suggest low-sodium or no-salt chicken broth.
    • Can substitute vegetable broth or beef broth.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix made with buttermilk powder, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, chives, dill, salt, and pepper: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-ranch-dressing-mix/
  • Variations/Additions:
    • soy sauce
    • Worcestershire sauce
    • Sauteed onion
    • Sliced mushrooms
    • broccoli
    • parmesan cheese
    • Stir in some frozen green peas when you take the casserole out of the oven
    • Add your favorite cooked protein to turn this into a main dish (chicken, bacon, pork, steak, shrimp)
  • Is Ranch rice gluten-free? Yes! All of the ingredients in the recipe are gluten-free.
  • Store leftover rice in an airtight container in the fridge.
    • Reheat leftovers in the microwave.
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What to Serve with Baked Ranch Rice

We absolutely LOVE this recipe. I always have the ingredients on hand to whip up this recipe at a moment’s notice. This is the perfect side dish for holiday dinners, potluck dinners, or any weeknight meal.

We love to serve this alongside perfectly grilled chicken breasts, their juicy tenderness providing a delightful contrast to the creamy richness of the ranch-infused rice. Another delicious option is our Steakhouse Pork Chops, their flavorful char complementing the subtle tang of the dish. And for the ultimate indulgence, a perfectly cooked steak dinner, its bold flavors intertwining with the velvety goodness of the rice. No matter what you serve with this casserole, it is sure to be a hit!

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Baked Ranch Rice

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Baked Ranch Rice Recipe – effortless to make and packed full of amazing flavor! White rice, butter, ranch dressing mix, and chicken broth. This goes with everything – chicken, pork, and steaks. One bite and this is sure to become a family favorite!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice, rinsed
  • 2⅔ cups unsalted chicken broth
  • 1 (1-oz) package ranch dressing mix
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 425ºF. Spray a 9×9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Add all the ingredients to the prepared pan.
  • Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the foil. Stir the rice and bake for an additional 20 to 30 minutes.

Notes:

  • Do I have to rinse the rice? Rinsing the rice removes excess starch and helps the grains remain separate. If you don’t rinse the rice, it may be sticky or gummy.
  • I use long grain rice. Can substitute jasmine rice or basmati rice.
  • Can I use brown rice? I am sure that you can, but I have not tried this recipe with brown rice, so I can not say what modifications need to be made.
    • Brown rice requires more cooking liquid and takes longer to cook.
  • I suggest low-sodium or no-salt chicken broth.
    • Can substitute vegetable broth or beef broth.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix made with buttermilk powder, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, chives, dill, salt, and pepper: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-ranch-dressing-mix/
  • Variations/Additions:
    • soy sauce
    • Worcestershire sauce
    • Sauteed onion
    • Sliced mushrooms
    • broccoli
    • parmesan cheese
    • Stir in some frozen green peas when you take the casserole out of the oven
    • Add your favorite cooked protein to turn this into a main dish (chicken, bacon, pork, steak, shrimp)
  • Is Ranch rice gluten-free? Yes! All of the ingredients in the recipe are gluten-free.
  • Store leftover rice in an airtight container in the fridge.
    • Reheat leftovers in the microwave.

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Comments

  1. Made this tonight. After 30 minutes took it out, put in broccoli, mushrooms, and cheese. It was so good! I must confess my daughter makes all of the spice mixes for us as I can’t smell. (Born with no sense of smell) But I can taste! WOW!! So it was Ranch with a twist!

  2. I’d like to substitute riced cauliflower for the rice. How much cauliflower should I use? Certainly more than a cup?

    1. Cauliflower is not a substitute for real uncooked rice. This recipe would have to be completely reformulated if you use cauliflower.

    1. I am sure that you can. I have not made this in the pressure cooker, so I can not give any guidance on cooking times, etc.

  3. This sounds great! I will be making this tonight. We love rice in this house and who doesn’t love all things ranch!!! 😋

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