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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, lower the heat, 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.
You do not want to lift the lid while the rice cooks because it lets out steam and lowers the temperature. Rice does not require stirring while cooking, just cover and let it cook! 
Rinsing the rice prior to adding into pot: optional but I recommend it. Rinse the rice to rid the rice of outer starch. This will give you separated grains and not mushy rice.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 215kcal