Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Chipotle's Copycat Cilantro Lime Rice

We really don't eat out much, but when we do and we have something that we really enjoy, I love to create my own version at home.  Last winter my sister-in-law and her kids came over for a visit while they were in town.  We ended up getting dinner from Chipotle.  The food was really great, but when I tried the Cilantro Lime Rice, I knew there were so many possibilities for this dish. So, I decided to create my own delicious version.  It is truly amazing.

We really love this Cilantro Lime Rice with Grilled Margarita Chicken.  Oh my, what a perfect pairing they make.  This rice is also excellent when served with my Simple Mexican Lasagna and also Bourbon Barbecue Pork Baby Back Ribs.  What a perfect dish.  The jasmine rice adds a nutty flavor and fantastic texture.  Citrus juices and cilantro make for a very bright and incredibly side dish!  

Enjoy, you are going to love it!

Bourbon Barbecue Pork Baby Back Ribs:  In true Southern tradition, baby back pork ribs are cooked to tender perfection and finished on the grill in a whiskey barbecue sauce.

Layer upon layer of drool worthy south-of-the-border flavors in this incredibly Simple Mexican Lasagna.  Prep to plate in half an hour!  Make sure to save this recipe, as a 30 minute dish that freezes well and tastes amazing, this is a keeper!!!  

Grilled Margarita Chicken is the best chicken you will ever eat. Tart lime, sweet orange, Cuervo gold tequila, you are going to love!!

Better than Chipotle - Cilantro Lime Rice
serves 4
1 cup jasmine rice
2 cups water
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon orange juice
1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro

In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add salt, bay leaf and rice.  Return to boil.  Reduce to simmer, cover 15 minutes.  Remove from heat, leave covered for 5 minutes.  Remove bay leaf.

Fluff rice with fork, add oil and juices.  Stir to combine.  Add cilantro right before serving.



  1. Lately, I've been using a lot of lime juice and I've slowly come to like cilantro (is it an acquired taste?) I just know this rice would be terrific with your margarita chicken. Slated for my last of summer meal -- or maybe all winter.

    1. Cilantro always smelled like a garden weed to me. But once you start using it, it goes well with so much. Bahn mi sandwiches, Thai soup, Mexican dishes, etc. It bolts so rapidly in the garden that we don't grow it and have to settle for the grocery store variety.

  2. This sounds great! I am always looking for new ways to spice up plain old rice!

  3. Allergic to oranges :( can I substitute a different juice? Grapefruit?

    1. I would just use more lime juice in its place. Hope that helps.

    2. I am also allergic to oranges. I would just leave it out. Maybe add a touch of sugar or sweetener or some sort. The orange would have sweetened the rice a little.

    3. When I was in a Chipotle near me years ago, I was watching the person in back make the rice. I asked him what he just poured in and he said "pineapple juice". That is how I make mine.

  4. This was a great recipe. We served it with the barbacoa recipe that you posted in February, as well as pico de gallo and a copycat of the corn salsa. Thanks for posting!

  5. How .any servings will this make? I am very excited to try it and I want to make sure that I make enough.... enough to share. Tehehe... ;)

    1. Serves about 4. I updated the recipe to show the 4 servings. Thank you and enjoy!

  6. Ange - Slow Cooker & Other Recipes 4 Friends (Facebook)August 21, 2014 at 3:17 AM

    I made this rice last night to accompany Tangy Asian Meatballs - it was a great hit. I shared the recipe (with credits) to my face book group, Slow Cooker & Other Recipes Friends, we LOVE your recipes.

    Thanks for Sharing.


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