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Green Rice Pilaf Recipe

Green Rice Pilaf Recipe

With its mild heat and full flavors, this side pairs well with a variety of entrees, especially Southwest or Mexican specialties. —Sherri Melotik, Oak Creek, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 15 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro


  • 1. In a large saucepan, saute onion in oil until tender. Add rice; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • 2. Add the broth, chilies, jalapeno, cumin, garlic powder and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
  • 3. Stir in cheese and cilantro. Transfer to a 1-1/2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and bake at 375° for 14-16 minutes or until rice is tender. Yield: 6 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup: 171 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 368mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.

Reviews for Green Rice Pilaf

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Susan's Kitchen
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2011

"Wasn't sure at first when I was putting it together but I was pleasantly surprised. Definitely a nice change when making rice. Would make this recipe again"

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2010

"was a very good side dish.May try cheddar cheese next time but definitely will make again"

Reviewed Aug. 20, 2010

"A unique twist on rice, the cumin and chilies fare really well with the mozzarella cheese. I sprinkled a little more on top of the casserole before baking. I will definitely use this recipe again!"

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