Homemade Chicken Rice-A-Roni

Homemade Chicken Rice-A-Roni Recipe – you’ll never use the boxed stuff again! Rice, spaghetti, chicken bouillon, Italian seasoning, parsley, garlic powder. SO good and super easy to make. I like to mix up the ingredients and put into baggies for a quick side dish during the week.

Homemade Chicken Rice-A-Roni Recipe - you'll never use the boxed stuff again! Rice, spaghetti, chicken bouillon, Italian seasoning, parsley, garlic powder. SO good and super easy to make. I like to mix up the ingredients and put into baggies for a quick side dish during the week.

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You will never open another box of Rice-A-Roni after making this rice. This Homemade Chicken Rice-A-Roni is just as easy as the boxed stuff, but it tastes 100 times better! Chicken Legs keeps asking me to make this for dinner. 

I know you might be saying that this is a lot of work for a side dish. It might be if you are measuring out everything each time you make it. I wanted to avoid reaching for the box, so I made several kits of this homemade Rice-A-Roni at one time. I measured out the rice and pasta and put it in a ziplock baggie. Next, I measured out the seasonings and put them in another ziplock baggie. Now, all I have to do is add butter and water. Just like the boxed stuff. 

Homemade Chicken Rice-A-Roni Recipe - you'll never use the boxed stuff again! Rice, spaghetti, chicken bouillon, Italian seasoning, parsley, garlic powder. SO good and super easy to make. I like to mix up the ingredients and put into baggies for a quick side dish during the week.

Homemade Chicken Rice-A-Roni

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Homemade Chicken Rice-A-Roni Recipe – you'll never use the boxed stuff again! Rice, spaghetti, chicken bouillon, Italian seasoning, parsley, garlic powder. SO good and super easy to make. I like to mix up the ingredients and put them into baggies for a quick side dish during the week.

Ingredients:

  • 2- oz vermicelli, broken into half inch pieces (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup long-grain rice, not instant
  • 4 tsp chicken bouillon
  • ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • tsp garlic powder
  • cup water
  • 2 Tbsp butter

Instructions:

  • In a large skillet, melt 2 Tbsp butter. Add broken pasta and rice. Cook until lightly brown.
  • Add water and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover.
  • Cook 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until water is absorbed.

Steph

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  1. I love this stuff but also walk by because of the sodium, but I also buy the No Sodium Herb-Ox. Tastes even better!! TYVM for this addition to my Recipe Box on the P

  2. So, I'm always skeptical of copycat recipes that say they're just like the original… I stumbled upon this recipe on Pinterest. I LOVED Rice-A-Roni as a kid. I haven't had it for years because of the "crap" that's in it. So, Since I had the ingredients, I decided to give it a try. THIS IS SO GOOD!!!!! It really does taste JUST like the original!!! And it was just as easy to make!!!! Two thumbs way up on this one!!!!

  3. I used some Fideo Pasta.. (cut spaghetti) and Rachel Rays Italian grinder Not shilling for her, but her Italian spice grinder is really good.
    Thanks Steph for the recipe.. Rice-a-roni is a guilty pleasure from my childhood.

  4. Thank you for sharing this, I just learned I have High Blood Pressure and just bought the low sodium version of the box product. This will be so much better for me.

  5. THANK YOU for this recipe!! I love using this to make a chicken rice casserole and now I can make the rice mix homemade.

  6. This is so great, I wish I would have thought of it…Thanks so much, not only for this recipe but for all the others you have posted and we have enjoyed! That you!!

  7. We LIVED on this when we were in college! Great incentive for me to resurrect/improve an old favourite, now that our kids are in college. thanks!

  8. I'm worried about the sodium in the bouillon. can you skip the bouillon and just used chicken stock/broth instead of water?

  9. We just had this for our supper and it was sooooo delicious! My mom use to make this for us back in the 60's when I guess it first came out and I always loved it. Now that I am a million years old and try to make most things from scratch for the obvious healthy standpoint, I was so happy to find your recipe. Thanks so much!!!

  10. This is a great idea as with all the boxed pasta mixes you are paying a premium price for very simple and inexpensive ingredients. Hamburger helper is a pet peeve of mine. Basically macaroni and one already has to add the meat and cook it so what are you actually buying other than a few spices?

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