Cheddar Chive Rice: A quick and easy side dish recipe!

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April 10, 2023
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This Cheddar Chive Rice is a quick and easy side dish that you will want to make again and again!

Cheddar Chive Rice - After you try this quick and easy side dish, you'll never go back to packaged rice mixes! - wearychef.com

Cheddar Chive Rice - After you try this quick and easy side dish, you'll never go back to packaged rice mixes! - wearychef.com
Cheddar Chive Rice - After you try this quick and easy side dish, you'll never go back to packaged rice mixes! - wearychef.com

Do you know how to make rice? I hope you said yes because if so, then you know how to make this incredibly simple and tasty side dish! You only need a handful of ingredients to make a rice dish that rivals risotto (without all that stirring). I used medium grain white rice, but you can use whatever variety of rice you like (even quinoa if you prefer)! This cheddar chive rice is great with chicken or fish, or you could even add it to burritos. Really, when isn’t cheesy rice welcome on the dinner table? It only uses a small amount of reduced-fat cheese to get all that cheddar flavor, so it’s a pretty healthy recipe. I hope it’s a hit at your house!

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Cheddar Chive Rice - After you try this quick and easy side dish, you'll never go back to packaged rice mixes! - wearychef.com

Cheddar Chive Rice

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Once you try this quick and easy side dish, you may never go back to packaged rice mixes!

  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 c. uncooked rice I used medium grain white rice
  • 2 c. low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 c. shredded cheddar cheese 2% milk cheese works great
  • 3 green onions sliced thin

Instructions

  1. Add rice, chicken broth, garlic powder, and a few grinds of black pepper to a small saucepan. Bring to a low boil over medium-high heat. Stir, cover, and reduce heat to low.
  2. Cook rice 20 minutes (adjust cooking time according to package directions if using brown rice or quinoa). When done stir in cheese and green onions before serving.
  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Category: Side Dish

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Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.

48 comments

Ami
5 years ago

I made this tonight and my husband and I really enjoyed it! I was so tired of mashed potatoes…and this was a nice change. Only thing I did differently was I added a little gouda with the cheddar…I’m on a weird Gouda kick. It was so good! I’ll definitely make this again!

Sherry
7 years ago

After the first mouthful, my husband said ‘The rice is really good’. This was a mouthful from a man of few words when it comes to dinner fare! I will admit to adding more cheese and using my rice cooker instead of a pan do I could be free to do some other things. I used low-sodium chicken broth and a fair amount of pepper, since I’m on a pepper kick right now. I made a double and this will be great with the rotisserie chicken that’s about to go on the grill.

Glenna
8 years ago

Are you substituting the green onions in place of chives because they are two different items?

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Hi! You are right that chives and green onions aren’t quite the same. You can use either in this recipe with good results. Thanks!

Beth
8 years ago

Love this recipe! We sub in quinoa for rice, and it’s something my kids will eat without ranch dressing on top!
Thank you!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Oh that sounds like a hit right there. Thank you, Beth!!

bree
9 years ago

Made this last night with some tilapia. Absolutely AMAZINGGGG YUM!!! Thanks so much for the recipe!

Andi Gleeson
9 years ago

Thank YOU so much, Bree! This made my day! :)

Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch
10 years ago

Andi, This looks like a terrific and yummy dish. Thanks for linking up to Best of the Weekend. I’m featuring this post this weekend!!

Andi
10 years ago

Thank you so much for the feature, Nichi! I really appreciate it!

Lisa @ Cooking with Curls
10 years ago

I love idea of adding cheese to rice, and I have no idea why I never thought about it. ;) It sounds delicious!

Andi
10 years ago

I don’t think I had tried it before either. Shame on both of us ;) Thanks for stopping by, Lisa!

Julia@Mini Van Dreams
10 years ago

This looks delicious! Thank you for linking up at Tickle My Tastebuds last week. I am featuring you on tomorrow’s party! Make sure you stop by and share some more delicious recipes!

Julia @ Mini Van Dreams

Andi
10 years ago

Thank you so much, Julia!

Jennie @ The Diary of a Real Housewife
10 years ago

Looks so good! My son loves rice, I will have to try this one!
Come by and share on my linkup today!

Andi
10 years ago

Thank you, Jennie! I hope you guys like it.

Stacy
10 years ago

I made a vegan version of this using vegan chicken broth and vegan cheese and it was amazing! Thanks for the wonderful recipe, I will definitely be making this one again and again. I can think of so many other things to add to this (peas, broccoli, and bacon bits just to name a few) to change it up a little.

Andi
10 years ago

Hi, Stacy! I’m so glad you were able to make it work for you! You are right that the recipe will be easy to change up with different stir ins. Have fun :)

Thalia @ butter and brioche
10 years ago

great recipe andi. definitely one i will be adding to my weeknight repertoire, thanks for sharing!

Andi
10 years ago

Thanks so much, Thalia. Your blog is beautiful!

pizzarossa
10 years ago

This would make a great side dish alternative to potatoes, and so quick and easy for weeknights. It’s on the menu for tomorrow night :)

Andi
10 years ago

I hope you love it! Thanks so much for stopping by :)

Crystal | Apples & Sparkle
10 years ago

Great easy recipe! Thanks for sharing : )

Andi
10 years ago

Thank you, Crystal!

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic
10 years ago

Great giveaway! This cheddar chive rice sounds incredible. I would want multiple servings!

Andi
10 years ago

Thanks so much, Bianca!

Bill @thewoksoflife
10 years ago

Hi Andi,
This rice dish looks really delicious and I don;t think it’s just the beautiful photo! ;-)

Andi
10 years ago

That is sweet of you to say, Bill. Thank you!

Cathy
10 years ago

Can instant rice be substituted? We generally don’t have the other in house, but this looks to good to resist. Thanks for the recipe.

Andi
10 years ago

Hi, Cathy! Yes, instant rice would definitely work. Just make it as you normally would with chicken broth instead of water. Hope you like it, and thanks for stopping by!

Kelly
10 years ago

Love this easy side dish! We always have rice in our house and adding cheese is such a great idea!

Andi
10 years ago

Thanks so much, Kelly! I hadn’t really thought of adding cheese to rice before, but I don’t know why. I add it to everything else ;)

Annie @Maebells
10 years ago

Yum!! I love a good rice dish! So quick and easy!

Andi
10 years ago

Thanks, Annie! I hope you are having a good week.

IveA
10 years ago

YUM, YUM, YUMMY, love your recipes!!! Keep the great work!!! :-D

Andi
10 years ago

You are always so sweet. Thank you!!

Donna Hufman Warrington
10 years ago

I can’t wait to try the recipe, it sounds wonderful and we LOVE rice and we eat it often….now, I’m going in to check for noodle recipes for we eat a lot of noodles as well.

Andi
10 years ago

Thanks so much, Donna! I hope you enjoy the rice :)

Joanna L
10 years ago

It looks delicious…I would love to try it!

Andi
10 years ago

I hope you love it, Joanna. Thank you!

Jhanis
10 years ago

We have rice every single day in the house buy have never tried this! Would love to try it this week! Thanks for sharing! And great giveaway!

Andi
10 years ago

I hope you enjoy this version, and good luck in the giveaway. Thank you!

Carol at Wild Goose Tea
10 years ago

I am always looking for side dishes. Funny but I don’t even think about rice most of the time.
I like rice. Conditioning from home—–and that was so long ago the world was flat.

Andi
10 years ago

We only ate rice when it was smothered in gravy or beans when I was growing up. It took me a while to start liking rice on its own!

Isabella Taul
10 years ago

Thank you for the amazing giveaway AND the amazing recipe. I love rice with cheese so I definitely want to make this. I want to try adding it to burritos like you suggested.
p.s. I found out about this giveaway/recipe via your newsletter! :)

Andi
10 years ago

I’m glad you like it, Isabella! Thanks so much for signing up for my newsletter. As much as I love social media (OK, I don’t always love it…) email subscribers are the best because you actually get the messages :) Good luck in the giveaway, and I hope you love the rice!

Isabella Taul
10 years ago

Thank you! I’m certain I’ll love it. These days I only make plain rice (to go along with stew or something). I’m admittedly not a natural chef so I have a hard time getting creative. lol

Andi
10 years ago

I’m more of a cook than a chef, so I try to come up with creative recipes that are still super easy. I hope you like this rice dish, Isabella. Thank you!

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