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Lemon Pesto Rice in a white dish with a spoon on the side.

Lemon Pesto Rice

This lemon pesto rice makes the most amazing side dish to just about any meal. It has a delicious pesto flavor with a kick of lemon.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Rice, Side, Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 299kcal
Author Emily Walker



  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the rice and gently stir until rice begins to lightly brown.
  • Add the garlic and salt and stir the rice til it looks golden.
  • Add chicken broth and lemon juice and turn the heat up to medium high.
  • Bring the mix to a boil then turn the heat to low and cover the pan with a lid.
  • Simmer for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and fluff with a fork then stir in the pesto.
  • Serves 4.


Calories: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 810mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 11.5mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 0.7mg