Bone Broth Rice

How to Cook Nutritious & Flavorful Rice In Bone Broth

By: Jeremy Fox, CNC, CPTPublished: January 25, 2021

Rice is an extremely versatile side dish and a staple in many recipes. But plain rice gets boring. Especially when you eat it day after day.

So what if you could give your rice a boost of flavor while making it more nutritious? Sounds like a win-win, right?

Well, cooking rice with bone broth instead of water accomplishes just that. And I’m going to teach you exactly how to make bone broth rice.

Bone Broth Rice

Broth vs Stock vs Bone Broth

While you can make your own bone broth, most likely you’ll be buying it at the store. So before we get into how to cook rice with bone broth, let’s clear up any confusion about labels. 

The terms broth, stock, and bone broth all refer to a seasoned liquid used in cooking. But there are subtle differences between each one.


Broth is a thinner seasoned liquid made from simmering meat and vegetables. Usually, bones are not used. And the simmer time is short – 30 minutes to 2 hours.


Stock is made by simmering bones and vegetables. And the simmer time is longer – 4 to 6 hours

Bone Broth

Bone broth is actually the same thing as stock. But in this case, it’s simmered much longer – 12 to 48 hours.

That long simmer time unlocks a more robust flavor and natural nutrients such as collagen protein.

Most stocks and broths contain a lot of sodium. So I recommend using reduced-sodium or unsalted bone broth like the one pictured below. 

Bone Broth Rice Benefits

Add More Flavor

Any form of broth or stock will give you more flavor. But bone broth, in particular, has the most flavor due to the slow simmering process.

In addition, most bone broths contain other natural flavors like onions, carrots, celery, vinegar, and spices.

Increase Your Protein Intake

Another benefit of bone broth rice is the added protein. You get about 50-100% more protein with bone broth compared to stock.

Each cup has up to 7-10 grams of protein depending on the brand. And this is a special form of protein called collagen. 

Protect Your Joints

Collagen is a protein that makes up the connective tissue (fascia) in our muscles and joints. As we get older, our body’s natural collagen decreases, causing muscle stiffness and joint pain.

The good news is, you can increase your body’s supply of collagen through a healthy diet. And bone broth is the best source of natural collagen you can get.

Some people even sip bone broth like a hot tea just for its health benefits.

Bone Broth

How To Cook Rice With Bone Broth

Cooking rice with bone broth is super simple. Basically, you cook it as you normally would but replace the water with bone broth.

In my experience, cooking with a 1:1 ratio, or equal parts bone broth and rice works best. So if you measure out 1 cup of dry rice, that’s 1 cup of bone broth.

Usually, I add a splash of water on top of that just to make my rice a little fluffier. But you can experiment with different amounts to make your rice more or less fluffy.

In A Rice Cooker

  1. Add rice to the cooking pot
  2. Add an equal amount of bone broth to the cooking pot
  3. Close the lid and turn the rice cooker on
  4. Most rice cookers will automatically turn off when the rice is done

On The Stovetop

  1. Bring the bone broth to a boil in a medium saucepan
  2. Stir in the rice and return to a boil
  3. Reduce heat to low and cover the saucepan
  4. Allow rice to simmer until all the liquid is absorbed (17-25 mins)
  5. Remove from heat, fluff rice with a fork, and let it sit for a couple of minutes

Bone Broth Rice Recipe

The beauty of bone broth rice is its versatility. Just like plain rice, you can pair it with almost any dish. You can even use beef bone broth if you’re cooking steak or ground beef.

But for this recipe, I paired chicken bone broth rice with sauteed chicken breast and veggies.


1. Add equal parts bone broth and rice (white, brown, or wild) to rice cooker and cook on appropriate setting (alternative – cook on the stovetop)
2. Add coconut oil to warm skillet until melted
3. Cook chicken over medium heat, season with chili powder, cinnamon, and rosemary
4. Stir in tomato sauce for the last 2 minutes, then set chicken aside in a bowl when cooked
5. Saute’ veggies in the remaining oil/fat, season with black pepper and Italian seasoning
6. Mix chicken, veggies, and rice in a large bowl and serve

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Once you try cooking rice with bone broth instead of water, you’ll never go back. I haven’t cooked rice without bone broth in at least 3 years.

The flavor alone is worth it. I mean, I could eat this rice all by itself. Plus you get the added benefits of collagen protein. So you’d have to be crazy not to cook rice this way!

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