Can you use broth in a rice cooker?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you use broth in a rice cooker?”, and how to cook rice with chicken broth?

Can you use broth in a rice cooker?

Yes, you can use broth in a rice cooker. Substituting the water with broth in a rice cooker is a great way to add extra rich flavor and golden color to the homemade rice. 

Rice cooked in broth exude a restaurant-like quality. If you do not have broth, you can use a bouillon cube. 

Dissolve the cube in water before adding it to the rice mixture. Alternatively, you can add 1-2 chopped tomatoes, some garlic, and salt to season your rice.

What is the difference between chicken broth and chicken stock?

Chicken stock is the decoction of the meat and bones while the chicken broth is prepared as a result of heating only chicken flesh in water. Although chicken stock and chicken broth can be often used interchangeably, it is better to strictly follow the recipe to get the desired results.

How to cook rice with chicken broth?

Ingredients

Seasoned white rice 

  • 1 ½ cups (286 g) of long-grain white rice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 ½ cups (0.59 L) of chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon (3 g) of freshly chopped parsley leaves, for garnish

Makes 3-5 servings

Flavorful brown rice

  • 1 tsp (4.9 ml) of olive oil
  • 1 cup (190 g) of long-grain brown rice
  • 1 ½ cups (350 ml) of chicken broth
  • 1 cup (240 ml) of water
  • ¼ tsp (1 g) of kosher salt
  • ¼ cup (5 g) of chopped fresh parsley, optional

Serves 5

Method 1: Cooking seasoned white rice

Boil the rice

Fill a 2 US qt (1.9 L) saucepan with 2 12 cups (0.59 L) of chicken broth. Then stir in 1 1/2 cups (286 g) of long-grain white rice. Season with salt and pepper. 

To add extra flavor, stir in shallots sauteed in butter. Bring the mixture to a boil. Then reduce the heat to medium and let the rice cook.

Tightly close the saucepan and let the rice cook for about 15-17 minutes under steam. This ensures that the rice grains absorb the broth flavors. There should be no broth left in the pan after 17 minutes. If otherwise, cook the rice for another 2-3 minutes.

Fluff the rice

Remove the saucepan from heat and set it aside. Use tongs or a fork to remove the garlic and thyme(if you added any). 

Then fluff the rice using a fork and sprinkle them with freshly chopped parsley. Once the rice has cooled completely, store them in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Method 2: Preparing flavorful brown rice

Toast the brown rice

Heat 1 teaspoon (4.9 ml) of olive in a saucepan. Then stir in add 1 cup (190 g) of long-grain brown rice and toast them for about 5 minutes. This step is optional. 

Add the liquid ingredients to the pan

Stir in 1 12 cups (350 ml) of chicken broth, 1 cup (240 ml) of water, and ¼ teaspoon (1 g) of kosher salt to the toasted rice. Replace the water with chicken broth for a stronger flavor. 

Boil the rice

Bring the mixture to a rolling boil. Then reduce the heat and simmer the rice for about 40 minutes over medium heat. Lock the pan with the lid and let the rice cook in the steam.

Let the rice rest

Turn off the flame but do not remove the lid. Let the rice cook under residual heat. This step is crucial to avoid sticky or gummy rice.

Fluff the rice

Use a fork to fluff the rice. Then sprinkle the rice with ¼ cup (5 g) of freshly chopped parsley for added flavor. Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Variations 

Rice Quantity: 3/4 cup Uncooked White Rice

Buttery herb rice: In a small mixing bowl, whisk together 1 – 2 tbsp of butter, 1 tsp minced garlic, and 1 tsp fresh chopped rosemary. Add this mixture to your freshly cooked rice for added flavor.

Caprese rice: Stir in 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes, 6 chopped basil leaves, and 4 ounces of cubed mozzarella cheese to the freshly cooked rice to make Caprese rice.

Lemon and asparagus rice: Stir in freshly squeezed lemon juice from half a lemon, 1 tsp lemon zest, chopped blanched asparagus, and 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme to freshly cooked rice.

Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question “Can you use broth in a rice cooker?”, and how to cook rice with chicken broth?

References

https://www.wikihow.com/Cook-Rice-with-Chicken-Broth
https://bestunder250.com/chicken-broth-zojirushi-rice-cooker/#:~:text=Yes%2C%20you%20can%20use%20water,base%20for%20soup%20or%20stew
https://homemadeforelle.com/cooking-rice-chicken-broth/

Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.