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Copycat Chipotle™ Cilantro-Lime Rice

Copycat Chipotle™ Cilantro-Lime Rice
  • Prep 5 min
  • Total 25 min
  • Servings 4
When you’re hankering for a bowl of zesty cilantro-lime rice, but you don’t want to fuss with the pricey overhead, this taste-alike version will satisfy that craving. Give plain white rice a facelift with this copycat Chipotle™ rice recipe.
By Buns In My Oven
Updated December 5, 2019

Ingredients

  • 2 cups long grain white rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup diced cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Steps

  • 1
    Add rice, water and bay leaf to medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook for 15 minutes or until water has absorbed.
  • 2
    Remove from heat and let sit, covered, for 5 minutes.
  • 3
    Remove bay leaf from rice and discard. Stir in cilantro, lime juice, olive oil and salt.

Expert Tips

  • If you want to make this Chipotle™ cilantro lime rice with brown instead of white rice, you’ll need to increase the cook time per the package directions on your brown rice. Generally brown rice cooks for twice as long as white rice, or until all the water is absorbed.
  • Use this rice as a base for your favorite protein bowl or rice-filled burrito, or serve as a side dish.
  • Washing your rice it is a great way to keep it from getting too gummy as it cooks. Simply rinse in cold water in a sieve for a few seconds before adding to your pot.
  • It’s important that rice isn’t disturbed while it’s cooking. As tempting as it is to lift the lid and give it a stir, all that trapped steam is what makes the rice tender, fluffy and soft—so be patient!

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
370
Calories from Fat
15
Total Fat
2g
3%
Saturated Fat
0g
0%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
600mg
25%
Potassium
115mg
3%
Total Carbohydrate
81g
27%
Dietary Fiber
1g
4%
Sugars
0g
Protein
7g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
2%
2%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 3 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
5 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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