Cranberry Pecan Brown Rice Stuffing

Celebrate Thanksgiving any day of the year with this Cranberry Pecan Brown Rice Stuffing made with sautéed celery, shallots and poultry seasoning.

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Cranberry Pecan Brown Rice Stuffing

Cooking time PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 15 mins
Servings SERVES 6-8
Ready in TOTAL TIME 20 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 15 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 20 mins


  • 2 cups Minute® Brown Rice
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup finely sliced celery
  • 2 tbsp minced shallot
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  • This whole grain take on a Thanksgiving favorite is a great way to switch things up this year. But keep in mind, this dish is great for any day, not just Thanksgiving! The celery and toasted pecans provide a crunchy bite to this delicious dish.

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Meanwhile, in a medium, microwave-safe bowl, mix together chicken broth, cranberries and orange zest. Microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes. Set aside.

    Step 3

  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over high heat. Stir in celery, shallots and poultry seasoning and sauté for 3-5 minutes, or until just starting to soften.

    Step 4

  • Stir in rice, cranberry mixture, pecans, parsley, salt and pepper and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed.

    Recipe Tips

    For added flavor, prepare rice with turkey or chicken stock instead of water.

    To toast pecans, pre-heat oven to 350ºF. Place pecans on a small cookie sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Be careful not to burn.

Thanksgiving Any Time

Not Thanksgiving? No problem! Now you can satisfy your stuffing craving any time of the year with the help of this Cranberry and Pecan Brown Rice Stuffing dish. Using Minute® Instant Brown Rice, which cooks up in just 10 minutes, you can toss this flavorful dish together in no time! The cranberries will remind you of Thanksgiving while also providing vitamin C and complementing the toasted pecans.

For a post-holiday feast, serve this stuffing dish with some Leftover Turkey Enchiladas or maybe Leftover Turkey Soup. Or try this Asian-inspired Microwave Egg Fried Rice for a special holiday breakfast.

Thanksgiving Dinner Favorite

Minute® Instant Brown Rice makes stuffing with the perfect balance between soft and crunchy. It’s also a source of energizing whole grains. You’ll love the combination in this dish of brown rice, savory chicken broth, tangy dried cranberries, orange zest, crunchy celery and parsley — all your Thanksgiving faves!

Sweet Touch

To give your pecans a sweeter touch, toss them in a honey glaze by combining 1/2 tablespoon honey and 1/4 tablespoon water in a bowl. Add the 1/2 cup of pecans to the bowl and stir until evenly coated. Lay on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes at 350ºF. Just be sure to use a parchment-lined baking sheet to prevent the nuts from sticking.

If you are looking for a vegetarian dinner option, try our Rice-Stuffed Eggplant Parmesan.

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