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Most of the recipes I post are quick and easy recipes that are intended to save time in the kitchen. I know that this particular recipe, since it is a gluten free Rice-A-Roni copycat, is obviously going to be more work than just opening a box of the original. BUT, when it comes to a gluten free meal that the whole family enjoys, this meal is worth the extra couple of steps. It is delicious!
QUICK NOTE: “Rice-A-Roni” is a registered trademark of the Golden Grain Company. I am not affiliated with this company and they have not sponsored this post. I am using this name only to provide a frame of reference for readers and in no way imply ownership of this trademark or their recipe.
Is Rice-A-Roni Gluten Free?
The official Rice-A-Roni website addresses this question in detail. in which They explain that neither of their Pasta-Roni or Rice-A-Roni lines are gluten free. Pasta-Roni uses wheat-flour noodles and Rice-A-Roni adds wheat-flour pasta to their rice mixtures.
So if you have a hankering for Rice-A-Roni, your best bet is to make it yourself if you are sensitive to gluten. Luckily, it’s very quick and easy to do so!
I adapted this recipe from one I found in a Gluten Free Gourmet cookbook (find it here). The author recommends keeping a “rice-a-roni” mixture in the cupboard to make this recipe even faster, but I find that I don’t want yet another container of something in my cupboards, especially since the mixture would just be rice and spaghetti pieces. And really, breaking up spaghetti into pieces is not that time consuming (plus, it’s a GREAT job for little helpers!).
I normally use this recipe on the day after I cook whole chicken on the Traeger. In fact, this recipe is one of the reasons that I cook two birds at once – – I like to have leftovers for this copycat “Rice-a-Roni”!
How to Make a Gluten Free Rice-A-Roni Copycat Recipe
Start by picking about 1 1/2 cups of meat from the leftover roast chicken and set it aside.
Then, break gluten free spaghetti into small pieces (about 1/2 inch) until you have 1/2 cup worth.
Add the spaghetti pieces to one cup of rice, then add the seasonings to that mixture. Combine chicken broth and soy sauce in a measuring cup and set it aside.
When everything is prepped and ready, heat one tablespoon of oil at medium high heat in a large skillet with a lid. Then add the bowl of dry ingredients to coat with oil, stirring for about 30 seconds before adding the wet ingredients.
After pouring the broth/soy sauce mixture into the skillet, add about three large pinches of slivered almonds (about three tablespoons). Once the mixture has come to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes.
At the very end of the cooking, add the diced chicken and stir. Then put the lid back on and let the mixture sit for a few minutes for the chicken to heat through.
This is a dish that the whole family will love! If your household doesn’t need gluten free entrees, regular spaghetti and soy sauce work great in this recipe. This is also a tasty side dish if you omit the chicken.
Continue reading for complete (and printable) instructions for how to make this gluten free Rice-A-Roni copycat recipe…
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