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Homemade Rice Mix Recipes

Create your own homemade rice mixes similar to Rice a Roni. This page contains homemade rice mix recipes.


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By 10 found this helpful
January 27, 2012
This is handy to have and is much cheaper than buying the pre-made mixes.


  • 3 cups uncooked long grain rice
  • 2 Tbsp. instant chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/4 cup dried parsley flakes
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • 2 Tbsp. of butter (add when cooking)


Combine all in storage container with a tight fitting lid.

To prepare:

Combine 2 cups water and 1 Tablespoon of butter in a saucepan. Bring to boil. Stir in 1 cup of the rice mix. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes till done, or use your rice cooker if you have one.


Servings: 6
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cooking Time: 15 to 20 Minutes

Source: I do not know where I got this. I have had it a long time.

By Elaine from Belle Plaine, IA

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January 30, 20120 found this helpful

The great thing about this recipe is you can switch out the thyme with seasonings like oregano and Italian or poultry seasoning to vary the flavor. Am going to give this a try but think will increase the chicken bouillon quite a bit simply because I prefer the base flavor to be strongest of the seasonings.

Hope you don't mind me making a suggestion. Reduce the rice to 2 cups and substitute the other 1 cup with vermicelli (you can find the already small type in the Mexican food isle) and then brown the vermicelli in the butter before adding the other ingredients. Doing this will make it more like Rice a Roni if you're a Roni fan.

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July 21, 2014

This is a big time saver!

Total Time: 20 minutes

Source: My Files


  • 3 cups uncooked rice
  • 2 Tbsp chicken bouillon
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • Add to Mix
  • To cook:
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cups water


  1. Combine all the first set of ingredients. Store in bowl with lid.
  2. To Cook: In saucepan bring the water and butter to a boil.
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December 5, 20040 found this helpful

This curried rice mix is an interesting complement for plain chicken or pork.

Layer the ingredients in the order given in a 1 1/2-cup jar.

Attach this to the Jar:

Curried Rice
Serves 6

In a medium saucepan bring the water to a boil. Add the rice mix. Cover and reduce the heat to a simmer for 20 minutes.

By Kathy

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 5, 20040 found this helpful

what do you mean by 1 package? Does the person receiving the gift mix everything together. Is that considered 1 package? I know that it takes 2 cups of liquid to 1 cup of rice to make rice. So does that mean 1 recipe is considered one package?

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By 0 found this helpful
August 20, 2012
Inspired by reading about Rice-a-Roni. We don't have it here, I made my own version. Result: a lovely smoky-tasting mix, very unusual.


  • Brown rice
  • Wholewheat spaghetti
  • Buckwheat grains
  • Pot barley


Mix equal quantities together, and store in an airtight container. Boil as for rice or spaghetti, BUT add 3 times the volume of water, as this mix is very thirsty. Pre-soaking might cut down the cooking time, but I haven't tried it yet.

When cooked, add powdered cumin, if liked, to enhance the smoky flavour. Other spices according to taste: chilli, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika.


This mix is for rice dishes where rice is the main ingredient. It is too flavourful for curries, etc.

Suggested uses: rice salads, rice-cakes, adding flavour to bean-burgers and, if you are a good bread-baker, to home-made bread-dough.

Servings: As for rice.
Prep Time: Pre-soak for a few hours, if liked. Minutes
Cooking Time: 30 - 40 mins. Minutes

By Helen from Northern Ireland, UK

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By 0 found this helpful
February 23, 2007

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir until evenly distributed. Put about 1 1/3 cups into three 1-pint containers and label as "Chicken Flavored Rice Mix".

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