Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins
Very similar to the original without all the chemicals, additives and sodium.
- 1 teaspoon dry chopped onion flakes
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dry parsley flakes
- 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups chicken stock (or 2 cup water plus 1 tbsp low sodium chicken boullion granules)
- 1 cup long grain rice
- 1⁄3 cup dry wild rice
- 1 tablespoon butter (optional)
- Combine all of the spices in a medium saucepan and mix thoroughly.
- Add the both types of rice, the chicken stock and butter (if using).
- Bring mixture to a boil and stir to combine.
- Cover saucepan with a lid, turn down heat to a simmer and simmer gently for 10-15 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed.
This recipe has nothing to do with "Uncle Ben's." It couldn't be further from what it's trying to copy; Uncle Ben's has no chicken, no turmeric, no cumin, and no ginger. The finished product is actually orange-colored from the turmeric. It's not bad, it's just not at all a copycat of Uncle Ben's as it claims.
Is it 100% identical to the store bought product? No, but it is really close. I am right now making this recipe for the 4th time. The first 3 times, I enjoyed it and I'm pretty sure that I'll enjoy it this time too.
I purchased some wild rice today from Sprouts market and was looking online for the seasoning to make a rice similar to Uncle Ben's, which I loved when I use to purchase boxed foods. I used the recipe omitting the turmeric because I didn't have any at home. I used only wild rice and the other spices and seasonings and the rice turned out delicious! The cooking time however is about 25 minutes. I served it with a baby greens salad with Campari tomatoes, homemade Italian dressing and Strip Steak. Very satisfied.??