I Can Have Rice Anytime Of The Year – Try This Delicious And Light Recipe

Rice is an universal ingredient. I use it very often when cooking and, luckily for me, my little ones just adore dishes made with rice.

Not only that, but unlike other vegetables that I associate predominantly with a given season, rice can be used any time of the year and still the meal would be yummy and inspiring.

Today I present a very easy to make recipe that the whole family can enjoy any time – both in the summer, and also during the winter months: Rice with Courgettes in the Oven.

If you want you can add other vegetables as well (peas, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, etc.) or meat. I prepared this dish using chicken thighs, but you can easily skip this ingredient if you prefer.

Try this delicious recipe – Rice with Courgettes in the Oven and enjoy a yummy and light dinner together with the people you love:

Rice with Courgettes in the Oven Rice with courgettes

Ingredients (for 5 servings):

  • 2 onions, sliced

  • 4-5 carrots, cut in small pieces

  • 3 courgettes (zucchinis), cut in cubes

  • 1 cup rice

  • dill – 2tsp dry dill or cut some fresh dill

  • salt

  • 4-5tbsp oil

  • 5 chicken thighs (optional)


  1. Put oil in a pan and when hot add the onions and carrots. Fry them for a 4-5 minutes, then add the courgettes as well

  2. Fry stirring frequently for 8-10minutes until the vegetables are tender

  3. Add the rice and stir it until well oiled. Season with dill and salt

  4. Transfer the mix to a tray, put the chicken thighs on top (if using) and pour 3-4 cups hot water or stock

To thicken the flavour you add 1-2 vegetable or chicken stock cubes to the water you’re using for cooking Getting ready to bake

  1. Bake at 200°C in the oven until the rice has absorbed the water

This dish can be served both as a lunch or dinner meal.

Have a light and yummy evening!


  1. Kam

    I love rice, I mainly eat white rice with pretty much anything but I’m always up to trying new forms of rice! i like the addition of the zucchini and carrots! almost like a fried rice type of dish! Keep the good recipes coming and i will let you know how this one came out!

    1. Ellie

      Hi Kam, thank you for your comment. Let me know how you liked the recipe, I would love to know.

      Share with me some of your favourite recipes with rice.

      Have a lovely day.


  2. Julie

    I absolutely love rice as well; having spent my growing up years in Asia it is actually an essential part of our dishes. Like you, I am glad that my kids have also come to appreciate the versatility and taste of this beautiful dish. I really look forward to making this recipe for our Sunday lunch – hope you can share more with us next time. Thank you for posting this.

    1. Ellie

      I love rice with different vegetables, and I love courgettes (zucchinis). That is why I decided to combine both of those ingredients as rice can tolerate almost anything 🙂

      Share with me some of your favourirte rice dishes so that I can offer my kids something different next time.



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