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jasmine rice in a bowl with cilantro and lime

Better than Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice

Yup, I said it. This is better than Chipotle's Cilantro rice! Enjoy this with chicken and veggies on top or just as a side dish!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword chickenandrice, cilantrorice, copycatchipotlerice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 cups rice
Calories 215kcal


  • 2 Tbsp. butter, unsalted
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup white onion or 1 shallot, diced
  • 2 cups Jasmine rice
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 3 cups chicken broth, low sodium (or water)
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1-2 Tbsp. zest from the 2 limes
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped


  • In a medium sized frying pan over medium heat, melt the butter and add in the onion and garlic. Stir occasionally and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add in the rice and stir for 30 seconds.
  • Add in the cumin, garlic powder, salt, pepper and chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Cover with a lid and cook for 15-20 minutes. DO NOT lift the lid while the rice is cooking.
  • Once the rice is cooked, fluff with a fork and add in the lime zest, lime juice and chopped cilantro. Give it a nice stir and serve warm!



When you chop the cilantro use the leaves and some of the stems! The stems have great flavor.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 215kcal