15+ BEST Sauces for Chicken & Rice (Easy Recipes)

In search of some tasty sauces for chicken & rice? I’ve got you covered with this handy guide. From creamy sauces, to spicy sauces, and more!

Chicken and rice is a classic comfort food that never fails to satisfy. But why settle for ordinary when you can take your dish to the next level with delectable sauces?

From zesty and tangy to creamy and aromatic, there are endless possibilities. In this post, we’ll discover 15+ mouthwatering sauces that will take your chicken & rice from blah to amazing…

Enjoy the journey of discovering new and exciting flavor combinations!

The BEST Sauces for Chicken & Rice

Spoonful of creamy garlic sauce.
Garlic Cream Sauce
Garlic lovers rejoice! A creamy and garlic-infused sauce can take your chicken and rice to new heights of deliciousness. This sauce combines the richness of cream with the bold flavors of garlic, resulting in a smooth and savory delight.
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Mushroom Sauce
Indulge in the earthy and savory goodness of mushroom sauce. Sautéed mushrooms, onions, garlic, and herbs cooked in a creamy base create a luscious sauce that pairs perfectly with chicken and rice. The rich flavors of the mushrooms complement the chicken, adding depth and an extra layer of satisfaction to your dish.
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Prepared gravy in small gravy boat.
Put your leftover chicken drippings to use in this surprisingly simple Chicken Gravy recipe! It’s easy to make with either roasted chicken drippings or chicken broth as the base and is loaded with deeply rich and savory flavors. Enjoy it as the ultimate compliment to your weeknight dinner or make it a part of your Thanksgiving menu.
Chicken Gravy
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Stir Fry Sauce
Elevate your everyday stir fry with a simple homemade Stir Fry Sauce. It’s a 5-minute sauce made from pantry-staple ingredients, like soy sauce, broth, garlic, and ginger. No cooking required!
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Chipotle Sauce
If you enjoy a hint of spice, chipotle sauce is the way to go. Made from smoky chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, and spices, it adds a fiery kick to grilled or shredded chicken and rice.
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Onion gravy in large skillet with spoon.
Learn how to make gravy without drippings using this red wine onion gravy recipe! Luxurious and incredibly savory, it’s an easy homemade gravy made from simple, yet flavor-packed ingredients.
Onion Gravy
Spoon drizzling kecap manis into bowl.
Sweet Soy Sauce
Kecap Manis (Sweet Soy Sauce) is a popular Indonesian condiment you can use as rice bowl drizzle. So sweet and aromatic, this 3-ingredient sauce is easy to make and a must-have in your fridge!
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Make this 15-minute Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Sauce to instantly transform your pasta, chicken, or seafood into a gourmet meal! It’s luxurious and easy to make with cream, sun dried tomatoes, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese.
Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Sauce
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Lemon Butter Sauce
The bright, citrusy notes of lemon combined with rich butter create a heavenly sauce. Drizzle it over grilled chicken and rice to add a refreshing twist and a touch of indulgence.
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Jerk Sauce
This authentic jerk sauce recipe is jam-packed with spice and an incredible blend of sweet, savory, herbaceous, and warm flavors. Each taste will transport you to the beaches of the Caribbean!
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Raita Sauce
Cool and refreshing, raita sauce is an Indian classic made from yogurt, cucumber, garlic, and spices. Serve it alongside grilled chicken and rice for a delightful twist.
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Homemade Teriyaki Sauce
Teriyaki Sauce
For a taste of the East, reach for teriyaki sauce. Its sweet and savory flavors work wonders with stir-fried chicken and rice. Don't forget to garnish with sesame seeds for added crunch.
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Chimichurri sauce in small jar with spoon.
Chimichurri Sauce
Originating from Argentina, chimichurri sauce is a vibrant blend of fresh herbs, garlic, vinegar, and olive oil. Its zesty and herby profile complements grilled or roasted chicken, infusing your dish with a burst of flavor.
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Honey Mustard Sauce
The combination of sweet honey and tangy mustard makes for a delightful sauce. Drizzle it over grilled or baked chicken, and let the flavors harmonize with the rice.
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Mojo Sauce
Mojo Sauce is so delicious drizzled over a chicken & rice bowl. It's a vibrant green sauce with loads of flavor.
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Buffalo Sauce
If you enjoy a bit of heat and a touch of tanginess, buffalo sauce is a fantastic choice. Originating from the classic Buffalo chicken wings, this sauce is made from a combination of hot sauce, melted butter, and other seasonings.
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Peruvian Green Sauce
This Peruvian Green Sauce (or Aji Verde) is a spicy and versatile condiment. Made with jalapeno, cilantro, and fresh lime juice, plus Greek yogurt to give it a creamy texture. It's an amazing dipping sauce, spread or dressing.
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Pesto Sauce
Basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil come together to create the beloved pesto sauce. Toss it with shredded chicken and rice for a vibrant, herbaceous delight.
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Barbecue Sauce
A staple at summer cookouts, barbecue sauce is a tangy and smoky delight. Slather it over grilled or roasted chicken for a finger-licking good experience, accompanied by a side of rice.
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Jalapeno Sesame Salsa
This jalapeno sesame salsa recipe is totally unique and so addictive! It's the perfect topping for rice bowls.
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How to make ahead & store

Many of these sauce recipes can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead. 

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15+ Sauces for Chicken & Rice

In search of some tasty sauces for chicken & rice? I’ve got you covered with this handy guide. From creamy sauces, to spicy sauces, and more! Try this simple Stir Fry Sauce. It’s a 5-minute sauce made from pantry-staple ingredients, like soy sauce, broth, garlic, and ginger. No cooking required!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 people



  • In a jar with a lid or in a bowl, combine all of the ingredients and shake or whisk to combine.
  • Use immediately in a stir fry recipe, or store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week in an airtight container.


  • Keep the sauce in an airtight jar or container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
  • It can also be frozen for up to 6 months. Let it thaw in the fridge before using. 
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Calories: 68kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1265mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg

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