Easy Rice Recipes for Families

So you have one of those 50-pound bags of rice – now what do you make with it?
More importantly, what recipes can you make with rice that your whole family, even the kids will enjoy!

Today, I’ve got the top 10 family-friendly recipes made with rice. And if you really stocked up, you can learn how to freeze rice here.

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If you are here because you’re trying to meal plan with essentials and make fewer trips to the store, check out the Pantry Staples Meal Plan. It’s your 2-week guide to cooking with what you already have in your pantry and freezer.

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If you don’t make rice much, don’t worry I can walk you through how to make perfect rice in this post.

An old pro at making rice? Awesome! Let’s jump right in and choose one of these tasty recipes!

Family Recipes with Rice

Recipe: Spanish Chicken
This is a simple one-pot meal made with veggies and chicken. Easiest clean up ever!

Recipe: Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls
This recipe is always a huge winner with kids. The sweet teriyaki sauce makes everything better, from chicken to veggies!

Recipe: Cajun Jambalaya
All the best Creole flavors and it comes together in about 30 minutes. That is a huge dinnertime win!

Recipe: Salsa Chicken Burrito Bowls
Burrito bowls are an easy way to use up any spare leftovers you might have in your fridge and serve over rice. Plus, this salsa chicken recipe is a slow-cooker favorite.

Recipe: Bean Burrito Bowls
If you stocked up on beans as well as rice, this is the perfect recipe for you! It can easily be made with or without chicken, to accommodate what you already have in your pantry or freezer.


Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice Soup
This soup is packed full of flavor, trust me, you’ll want to double the recipe. Leftovers are easy to freeze so you can keep the soup on hand for any night of the week.

Recipe: New Orleans Red Beans & Rice
This stovetop meal is simple, but full of that New Orleans zest! Grab your dry beans and rice, and get ready to be amazed at how delicious those two simple ingredients can end up.

Recipe: Egg Roll in a Bowl
Made in one skillet with simple ingredients, this is seriously one of the easiest recipes on my entire site!

Recipe: Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry
While traditionally made with chicken and broccoli, this stir fry recipe will work with any fresh (or frozen) produce you have on hand.

Recipe: Spicy Sriracha Chicken
Chicken, rice made with a spicy-sweet honey sriracha sauce. Serve over rice, and with your favorite vegetables.

With these family-friendly rice recipes under your belt, you won’t get bored of rice for a long time.

Chicken & Rice Soup

When you need a delicious, warm bowl of comfort food for dinner, this easy Chicken and Rice Soup recipe is exactly what your body and soul need.

  • Author: MOMables – Laura


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme or poultry seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 32-ounce containers low sodium chicken stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken, from a rotisserie chicken


  1. In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, carrots, celery, thyme, and bay leaf. Cook and stir until the veggies are soft, about 5 minutes
  2. Add the chicken stock and water. Bring to a boil. Add the rice and chicken meat, stir and cook over medium-low heat until the rice is tender, about 25 to 30 minutes.


  • Kitchen Note: If using brown rice, you will need to cook for 45 minutes or until the rice is softened. Add the chicken in the final 30 minutes of cooking.


  • Calories: 182
  • Sugar: 6.8g
  • Sodium: 237mg
  • Fat: 5.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 26.2g
  • Fiber: 2.9g
  • Protein: 7.2g
  • Cholesterol: 8.4g

About MOMables - Laura

Mom to 3 kids, obsessed with coffee, meal planning, and helping you cook fresh meals for your family fast!