Rice and Cranberry Pilaf

This Rice and Cranberry Pilaf is simmered in chicken broth seasoned with cranberry juice. Topped with cranberries, lightly toasted pecans and a hint of orange, it’s a colorful, festive side.

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Rice and Cranberry Pilaf

Cooking time PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 5 mins
Servings SERVES 4-6
Ready in TOTAL TIME 10 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 5 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 10 mins


  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup white cranberry juice
  • 2 cups Minute® White Rice
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup toasted, chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp orange zest (optional)


  • Sweeten up your meal with this Rice and Cranberry Pilaf recipe, made with Minute® Instant White Rice, cranberries and toasted pecans. This festive side dish is perfect for a quick dinner at home, a holiday gathering or a potluck event.

    Step 1

  • Pour broth and juice into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

    Step 2

  • Stir in rice and cranberries and return to a boil. Cover and remove from heat. Let stand for 5 minutes.

    Step 3

  • Stir in pecans. Top with green onions and orange zest, if using.

    Recipe Tips

    To toast pecans, spread them in a single layer in a heavy-bottomed skillet. Cook over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently, until nuts are lightly browned and fragrant. Remove from skillet immediately and let cool before adding to any dish.

    Substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth to make this dish vegetarian.

Quick-Cooking, Homemade Taste

Forget the pre-made variety, this sweet and savory rice pilaf is as simple as it looks and comes together in just 10 minutes! Whether you need a quick and filling dinner side or an easy dish for your next family gathering or potluck dinner, this versatile Minute® Rice recipe never disappoints. This take on a classic rice pilaf is infused with fall flavors thanks to the addition of chicken broth seasoned with cranberries and cranberry juice.

Try another classic made easy, such as our Louisiana-style Red Beans and Rice. It comes together in just 15 minutes! Check out our recipe section for short-cuts and all kinds of meal ideas that are easy to make and delicious.

Protein Boost

If you’re looking to add whole grains and protein to this dish, swap out the white rice and use Minute® Instant Brown Rice and Quinoa, instead. Simply increase the cooking time to 10 minutes and add in additional broth, if necessary. You can also add fiber with chopped apples or extra protein from a bit of shredded chicken, cooked sausage or crispy bacon.

This dish keeps well in the fridge so feel free to make it ahead of time and store it until you’re ready to serve. You can also use it for meal prep. For a complete meal, try it with our Festive Chicken Rice Rolls.

For a super easy weeknight meal, try our Cheesy Chicken and Rice Recipe with Broccoli.

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