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Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe

If you love Chipotle's or Cafe Rio's cilantro lime rice, you'll love this EASY homemade version. It's fragrant and flavorful—the perfect side dish!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Resting5 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 281kcal


  • 2 cup white rice
  • 2 tbsp oil or butter
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • 1 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 (4 oz) can diced green chiles
  • 1/3 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 tsp kosher sea salt
  • 2 limes


  • Place rice in a mesh sieve and rinse under cold water for 1 minute.
  • Meanwhile, place a heavy bottom skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Heat oil or butter.
  • Shake rice to remove as much moisture as possible. Pour into hot pan and spread into an even layer. Toast for about a minute and a half, stir, spread evenly, then toast for an additional minute and a half. Add onion and garlic, cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Pour in water, broth, chiles, cilantro and salt. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce, cover, and simmer for 13-15 minutes or until the rice is cooked throughout. Remove from heat, add the juice of 2 limes and zest of one, cover and rest for 5 minutes before serving.


Serving: 6g | Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 647mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 71IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg