Creamy Lemon Rice

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


4 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
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
Creamy Lemon Rice Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  1. In a saucepan, combine first six ingredients; bring to a boil. Stir with a whisk to blend.
  2. 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.