Chipotle Copycat: Cilantro Lime Rice

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Last week I posted these Chipotle copycat chicken burrito bowls and someone emailed me wondering if I had a copycat recipe for the cilantro lime rice that comes in the burrito bowls.

I didn’t. But I do now. And it’s goooooooood.

The rice is so flavorful you can eat it on its own, but it’s absolutely heavenly when paired with the chicken and veggies. The secret is using basmati rice, which is a nice long grain rice that holds flavor well, and sautéing it in a bit of butter before cooking it.

The added bonus of using these copycat recipes? You don’t feel the need to chug a gallon of water when you’re done. What is it about all the salt in Chipotle? Yowza.

p.s. The first time you make this, add the lime juice gradually to taste. I prefer the full 1/4 cup, but my hubby and kids are good with like 2 tbsp.

Chipotle Copycat: Cilantro Lime Rice

Chipotle Copycat: Cilantro Lime Rice


2 tablespoons of butter

2 cups uncooked basmati rice

1-1/2 cups water (or follow the directions on your package, not all types of basmati are made equal. I always use 1/2 cup LESS than the package suggests because I hate soggy rice)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup fresh lime juice (start with less and add to taste)

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro


In 4 quart heavy saucepan heat butter over low heat until melted. Add rice and stir for one minute. Add water and salt and bring to a full boil then cover and simmer over low heat until rice is tender and water is absorbed, about 12 minutes. Do not overcook it. Remove from heat and stir in lime juice and cilantro.

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