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Christmas Rice

My family has enjoyed this delicious rice dish for many years. With chopped red and green peppers, it's both fresh-tasting and festive-looking. It's the perfect light side dish for a big holiday meal. —Chere Bell, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 1/2 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups uncooked instant rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional


  • In a skillet, saute onion, celery and peppers in butter over medium heat for 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove from the heat; set aside.
  • In a saucepan, bring broth to a full boil. Remove from the heat. Quickly stir in rice, celery mixture, pepper, and, if desired, salt. Cover and let stand for 6-7 minutes. Stir before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 156 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 362mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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  • KarenKeefe
    Oct 26, 2015

    I made this recipe using Minute rice and regular rice. Definitely better using real rice!

  • L0r1
    Dec 5, 2014

    have you tried adding a slice or two of bacon cut into slivers and fried along with those veggies.. aroma, Lori

  • kikis
    Dec 3, 2014

    I have been looking for a delicious rice recipe and this is the one I am going to keep for holiday dinners.

  • Rhoniek
    Apr 1, 2013

    My family of 11 loves this dish. It's not just for Christmas. We like to add shredded chicken to it, and make it a main dish.

  • Judy
    Nov 18, 2007

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