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Creamy Lemon Rice

This bright rice dish has a creamy texture that's reminiscent of a lemon risotto, but without all the watching and stirring. Keep this one in your back pocket for hosting dinner guests—or a great side any old day! —Lyndsay Wells, Ladysmith, British Columbia
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil


  • In a saucepan, combine first six ingredients; bring to a boil. Stir with a whisk to blend.
  • Stir in rice; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in basil.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 246 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 806mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • gaylene2
    Sep 11, 2020

    I had tasted some lemon rice at a restaurant and wanted to see if this worked. It wasn’t the same, but even better! I added dry basil with the rice and that worked well. I doubled it and added five more minutes to the cooking time. It was yummy and I definitely will make again!

  • justmbeth
    Feb 1, 2018

    As mentioned previously, the cook time needed to be longer. With the longer cooking time, I needed to add more liquid as it came out a bit dry. I used dry basil but I want to try with fresh next time.

  • homemadewithlove
    Nov 1, 2017

    Great side dish. Quick and easy, pairs well with chicken or baked fish.

  • jessicadidion
    Mar 28, 2017

    I LOVE THIS RICE!! This is a super easy recipe with on-hand ingredients.

  • kyle1987
    Feb 20, 2017

    Was tasty. Husband isn't a rice fan but liked this. It took longer to asorb the liquid than the recipe called for.