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Saffron Rice w/Chicken & Mushrooms

This quick & simple yet delicious meal is perfect for a busy weeknight.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4 servings


  • 4 cups chicken broth (you could substitute vegetable broth instead if desired, but chicken broth gives it a better flavor)
  • 2 large pinches of saffron threads
  • 4 Tbsp. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 medium-sized sweet onion (chopped)
  • 2 large stalks of celery (diced)
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms (chopped into smaller pieces) - I use cremini/baby bella mushrooms
  • 2 cups (380g) long grain rice (uncooked) - you cannot use "minute rice" for this recipe, it must be original, long grain rice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (plus more to taste, if needed)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper (plus more to taste, if needed)
  • 1+1/2 cups of rotisserie chicken (chopped into bite-sized pieces) - you could use some leftover chicken instead if you prefer
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley flakes (or 1 cup of chopped fresh Italian parsley)


  • Heat the chicken broth in a medium-sized saucepan until it comes to a simmer, then add in the saffron and allow to infuse with the broth.
  • Meanwhile, melt the butter in a larger saucepan over medium-high heat, then add the mushrooms, celery and onion and cook, stirring constantly, until the vegetables have softened.
  • Add the rice to the butter/vegetable pan and stir until everything is thoroughly mixed and rice is coated with butter, then add in the saffron-infused chicken broth, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium and cook uncovered for ~15-20 minutes until the rice is fully cooked and liquid is absorbed.
  • Stir up the rice to fluff it up, then add in the chicken and parsley and stir until the chicken has heated.
  • Serve hot.


**NOTE: This recipe is NOT Low FODMAP and is NOT approved for IBS and/or GERD/Acid Reflux/Heartburn**
Adapted from <a href="" target="_blank" Erren's Kitchen.
Active, involved time for this recipe is really only about 10-15 minutes. The rest of the time is letting the rice cook/simmer, which allows you to go do other things if you don't feel like standing in front of the stove.