Go Back
+ servings
Chili-Basil Rice – Recipe
Print Recipe
5 from 1 vote

Chili-Basil Rice – Recipe

A spiced up side dish recipe for rice prepared with chopped onion, Thai chilies and fresh basil leaves. Who says rice has to be boring?
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: rice, side dish, thai peppers
Servings: 4
Calories: 263kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2-3 Thai chilies chopped – or use Serrano peppers - + more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2-1/2 cups water - for even MORE flavor use broth
  • 1 cup rice
  • 4 large basil leaves chopped
  • Juice from one small lime – about 2 tablespoons
  • Lightly toasted peanuts


  • Get the rice going first by heating the oil in a pot. Add onion and chilies and cook about 5 minutes, stirring often, to soften.
  • Add the ginger and stir. Cook about a minute.
  • Add the water (or broth) and rice and bring to a quick boil. Reduce the heat and simmer about 20 minutes or so, or until the rice is cooked through.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the lime juice. Garnish with basil leaves, toasted peanuts and extra sliced peppers.


Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 173mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 33.8mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.8mg