Rice combined with a medley of vegetables and spices. A great side dish with chicken and pork. Leftovers are great for lunch the next day.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir carrots, celery, red bell pepper, onion, and garlic until the vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes.

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  • Gently stir rice, corn, and peas into vegetables to combine. Pour chicken broth, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce into rice mixture. Season with lemon pepper, parsley, thyme, saffron, salt, and black pepper, bring to a boil, and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer until rice is tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let pilaf stand covered until grains are separate, 10 to 15 more minutes.

Cook's Note:

Be sure not to remove lid at all during cooking process until ready to serve.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

366 calories; 5.3 g total fat; 11 mg cholesterol; 380 mg sodium. 71.1 g carbohydrates; 8.3 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (31)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2013
In all fairness I am the writer of this recipe. It's been quite a few years since I originally wrote this recipe and have made some changes I thought I'd share. I agree with Naples review about using the frozen peas and corn and adding them at the end. This adds a nice additional texture to the dish. The reason I wrote the saffron as optional is because it is pricey and not a typical household staple. I do agree that it is worth using if you can it does add a rich warmth and beautiful color to the dish. It's best to steep it first in warm broth. This recipe really lends itself well to adaptation because of the simplicity of its ingredients. Adding turmeric chili powder curry ginger jalapeno etc. Could transform this to your perfect side. Have fun with it! The leftovers are a wonderful lunch the next day! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/13/2012
I was a bit disappointed.... It smelled and looked great but the taste was just so-so. Also a bit too mushy. I think if I made it again I'd eliminate the canned peas. But all in all it was okay. Read More
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36 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2013
In all fairness I am the writer of this recipe. It's been quite a few years since I originally wrote this recipe and have made some changes I thought I'd share. I agree with Naples review about using the frozen peas and corn and adding them at the end. This adds a nice additional texture to the dish. The reason I wrote the saffron as optional is because it is pricey and not a typical household staple. I do agree that it is worth using if you can it does add a rich warmth and beautiful color to the dish. It's best to steep it first in warm broth. This recipe really lends itself well to adaptation because of the simplicity of its ingredients. Adding turmeric chili powder curry ginger jalapeno etc. Could transform this to your perfect side. Have fun with it! The leftovers are a wonderful lunch the next day! Read More
(26)
Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2013
In all fairness I am the writer of this recipe. It's been quite a few years since I originally wrote this recipe and have made some changes I thought I'd share. I agree with Naples review about using the frozen peas and corn and adding them at the end. This adds a nice additional texture to the dish. The reason I wrote the saffron as optional is because it is pricey and not a typical household staple. I do agree that it is worth using if you can it does add a rich warmth and beautiful color to the dish. It's best to steep it first in warm broth. This recipe really lends itself well to adaptation because of the simplicity of its ingredients. Adding turmeric chili powder curry ginger jalapeno etc. Could transform this to your perfect side. Have fun with it! The leftovers are a wonderful lunch the next day! Read More
(26)
Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2013
Yes this WAS awesome! Hubs and I both loved it! It's colorful flavorful and interestingly different from most rice side dishes. I did add the optional saffron and really would recommend not omitting it. It adds a unique and appealing flavor as well as a rich and beautiful color. I used both frozen corn and frozen peas adding both straight from the freezer at the end - no need to cook them with the rice! This along with Swiss Chard Sautéed with Lime was an ideal side dish for Spanish Style Albondigas in a Sunny Mediterranean Sauce both recipes from this site. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2013
I made this with a couple of omissions; I didn't have the red pepper on hand and not sure it needed it. I also left out the corn and celery since I was looking for a traditional simple recipe. It turned out great and we absolutely loved it. No more rice pilaf from a box for us! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2013
Loved it but added chicken tumeric and ginger. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2014
I make this once a month just to change up the rice. It turns out perfect everytime and the flavour is awesome!. I use basmatti rice because that is usually what i have at home and just use carrots and peas or whatever veggie i have hanging around. the kids eat it up everytime. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/01/2015
Smelled fantastic and was just as good tasting. I substituted cumin curry and turmeric for the saffron thyme and parsley. Also combined half royal rice mixture and half white rice for higher fiber content. Used home processed frozen corn and Osem brand consume' instead of suggested chicken broth to keep it Kosher. Will definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/04/2012
This was very nice. I did not have any corn so had to leave it out. Served it with Tonkatsu and Tonkatsu sauce both from AR. Good dinner. I think that next time that I make this I will add some chiles or jalapenos. I think that this would notch up the flavor a little. Thanks so much for posting the recipe Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2015
above average better than some restaurants. Young adult commented on good flavor also and suggested adding eggs. will make again and follow recipe more closely surely it will be even better. Liked the jalapeno addition at the end as a side to mix in per serving plate. Tried a plate with Ginger and another with Turmeric. would prefer to use Saffron next time. this first time used what was on hand a couple baby carrots a can of mixed peas and carrots frozen red pepper was out of thyme saffron and soy sauce used 50% extra Worcestershire sauce substituted celery seed for celery forgot the onion used all other ingredients lemon pepper and chicken broth omitted additional salt and pepper. Giving it a 5 instead of a 4 as my adjustments due to what was on hand when I had a craving for good rice has changed the flavor a little. Prep time was 0 just started cooking and adding. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/12/2012
I was a bit disappointed.... It smelled and looked great but the taste was just so-so. Also a bit too mushy. I think if I made it again I'd eliminate the canned peas. But all in all it was okay. Read More
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