I always use stock or broth when I make my rice. I also keep a box of orzo on hand to mix with the rice...when I remember I even brown it first but in the rush to get dinner on the table I often forget!!
Chicken stock makes a big difference in flavor.
Next time, try it with beef stock. It makes a great side for beef or lamb.
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
I use chicken stock too. Costco had a wonderful deal on "all natural" 6 packs of it!
It is good in (gasp) water for boxed macaroni and cheese too. (I add dried minced
garlic and onion flakes to both sometimes, too.)