Cranberry Pecan Rice and Quinoa Stuffing

This Cranberry Pecan Rice and Quinoa Stuffing will remind you of Thanksgiving, thanks to nutty quinoa, dried cranberries, toasted pecans, savory chicken seasoning and veggies.

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Cranberry Pecan Rice and Quinoa Stuffing

Cooking time PREP TIME 7 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 13 mins
Servings SERVES 2-4
Ready in TOTAL TIME 20 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 7 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 13 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 20 mins


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 bag Minute® Rice & Quinoa
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  • This dish is a perfect holiday or special-occasion side. With Minute® Instant Rice & Quinoa, sautéed onions, crisp celery and dried cranberries all simmered in chicken broth, then topped with toasted pecans, it’s bursting with satisfying textures, colors, and a delicious assortment of flavors.

    Step 1

  • Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Sauté onion and celery for 2 minutes, or until starting to soften.

    Step 2

  • Add broth, cranberries and poultry seasoning. Bring to a boil and stir in rice and quinoa.

    Step 3

  • Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Stir in pecans and season with salt and pepper.

    Recipe Tip

    For a vegetarian version of this dish, simply replace the chicken broth with vegetable broth.

Holiday or Any Day

This Cranberry Pecan Rice and Quinoa Stuffing is a perfect side for the holidays or any special occasion! Ready in 20 minutes, it also fits into any schedule, from chaotic, pre-holiday planning to last-minute weeknight prepping.

With our Minute® Instant Rice & Quinoa cooked in a savory chicken broth and flavored with poultry seasoning, this recipe starts with a cozy and comforting taste that will remind you of Thanksgiving. Plus, much like the holiday dinner itself, it offers a cornucopia of flavors.

Enjoy sweet dried cranberries, toasted pecans and the classic mix of onions and celery in this dish. On top of these flavors, you’ll also have the nutty taste of our instant quinoa and chewy bites of whole grain brown, red and wild rice.

Thanksgiving, Year-Round

This recipe has almost everything you could want from a Thanksgiving-style side dish; a simple mix of vegetables, chicken stock, cranberries and pecans. There’s only one crucial ingredient missing from this meal — the turkey, of course! Even when roasting a turkey is out of the question, enjoy this side with a juicy turkey burger or have it with Leftover Turkey and Rice Enchiladas for a savory weeknight dinner that has all the elements of a classic Thanksgiving meal.

If you are looking for vegetarian options for dinner, try our Rice-Stuffed Eggplant Parmesan or our Microwave Egg Fried Rice.


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