Easy Creamy Lemon Rice… mmm, there are so many wonderfully exciting adjectives in the title, so let’s unpack them. First up, “easy!” This one-pot side dish is ready in less than thirty minutes, so you can focus on what you need to and still enjoy a deliciously filling fixin’. “Creamy” and “lemon” are so out of this world that they need to be mentioned as a pair. The tender long grain rice simmers in a cream cheese broth infused with hints of zesty lemon flavors. It’s safe to say Easy Creamy Lemon Rice sounds pretty delicious, but you won’t completely understand what that means until you taste it in all its glory!


  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, grated
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 cup long grain rice, uncooked
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, minced


Step 1 –In a saucepan, add the chicken broth, cream cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

Step 2 –Bring the chicken broth mixture to a boil.

Step 3 –Stir the chicken broth mixture with a hand whisk to thoroughly blend.

Step 4 –Stir the rice into the chicken broth mixture.

Step 5 –Return the rice mixture to a boil.

Step 6 –Reduce the heat and simmer the rice mixture, covered, until the rice is tender and the liquid has absorbed, for about 15 minutes.

Step 7 –Stir the basil into the rice mixture.

Step 8 –Serve.