I made this about a year ago when we had some guests over for dinner and the main dish was a build your own Mediterranean wrap with things like onion, cucumber, lettuce, tomato, chicken and hummus in a homemade chiptati/pita bread/tortilla. We had this as the side and also as an option to put into the wrap. I wasn't expecting it to be that amazing since I just threw in random spices but they loved it! Since then I've had requests for it so I came up with this recipe. And if you have a better name for it, please tell me. For now, yellow rice.
I don't make it as often since I now eat and cook mostly whole30 food (about 80%) and plus it gets taster the more butter you put in it!!!
There are two different methods of making this rice. Either you can cook the rice in chicken broth or you can add in the chicken stock cubes when mixing in the butter and seasonings. You could probably cook it all together with the butter and seasonings and everything as a one step option. However, I've found that sometimes the rice doesn't cook as well in the chicken broth so I prefer to make it this way. I also use this recipe when we have left over white rice or extra white rice and want to spice it up.
Cooked white rice
Chicken stock cubes
2 tbsp (or equal parts) yellow/medium curry powder and turmeric
1 tbsp (or equal parts) cinnamon, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, mixed herbs.
Optional spices: lemon pepper, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes.
Dash of cloves powder.
Make sure your rice is cooked.
1. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a pan on the stove. Once melted, add 2-3 cubes of chicken stock. Mash and combine until it forms a thick sauce.
2. Add in about 2.5 cups of rice. Stir to coat and combine evenly.
3. Add in about 3 tablespoons of the yellow spice mixture and continue to stir until all grains of rice have a deep yellow to orange color and the rice is hot enough to serve.
This is also a fantastic way to heat up rice that you have in the fridge if you don't want to keep it plain and microwave it. We love to serve it with any main dish and it was especially good with homemade Mediterranean wraps! You can make it into the main course by just adding in some veggies and a protein.
It's an easy reciple to make ahead in bulk and then freeze to have on hand in a pinch!