Rainbow Rice

Rainbow Rice

Recipe by Georgia Department Of Education


50 servings

Prep time

10 minutes

Cooking time

30 minutes




50 Rainbow Rice

Total time

50 minutes

Meal Components: Meat-Red/Orange Vegetable-Other Vegetable-Grains


Brown rice, long-grain, regular, dry Weight 1 lb 4 oz Measure 3 cups

Brown and wild rice blend, dry Weight 10 oz Measure 1 ½ cups

Barley, quick pearl, dry Weight 13 ½ oz Measure 1 qt

Quinoa, dry Weight 6 ½ oz Measure 1 cup

Bulgur wheat, dry Weight 10 oz Measure 2 cups

Low-sodium chicken base Weight 2 ½ oz Measure ¼ cup 2 tsp

Fresh carrots, diced Weight 2 lb 8 oz Measure 2 qt

Fresh red bell pepper, diced Weight 2 lb 11 oz Measure 6 ½ cups

Extra virgin olive oil Measure 2 Tbsp 2 tsp

Kosher salt Measure 2 tsp

Frozen, cooked diced chicken, thawed, ½” pieces Weight 7 lb Measure 1 gal 3 qt

Fresh baby spinach, chopped Weight 1 lb 4 oz Measure 2 qt


1. Combine brown rice, brown and wild rice blend, barley, water, and base in a stockpot. For 50 servings. add 2 ½ qt water and 2 Tbsp 2 tsp base. Reserve the remaining base for step 4.

2. Heat to a rolling boil. Cook until water is absorbed, about 30-40 minutes. Stir once. Cover and cook for an additional 10 minutes over low heat. Fluff. Critical Control Point: Hold at 135 °F or higher.

3. Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh strainer until water runs clear, not cloudy.

4. Combine quinoa, bulgur wheat, water, and the remaining base in a stockpot. For 50 servings, add 1 qt 2 cups water and 2 Tbsp base. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and stir occasionally. Simmer until water is completely absorbed, about 15 minutes.
Note: When done, quinoa will be soft and a white ring will pop out of the kernel. The white ring will only appear when it is fully cooked. Critical Control Point: Hold at 135 °F or higher.

5. Combine carrots, red peppers, oil, and salt. Toss to coat.

6. Lightly coat the steam table pan (12” x 20” x 2 ½”) with pan release spray. Transfer vegetables to a steam table pan. For 50 servings, use 2 pans.

7. Roast: Conventional oven: 375 °F 10 minutes, Convection oven: 350 °F for 10 minutes.

8. Fold in rice/barley combination, quinoa/bulgur combination, chicken, and spinach. Return to oven and bake for 10 minutes. Critical Control Point: Heat to 165 °F or higher for at least 15 seconds.

9. Critical Control Point: Hold for hot service at 135 °F or higher

10. Portion with 8 fl oz spoodle (1 cup).


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