Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Cilantro Lime Rice

If you've ever been to Chipotle and had their rice that they put in the burritos and bowls, and you've said "wow, I love this rice" then this recipe is for you! It's basically a knock off version of it, but I personally think it's a lot tastier. I like a lot of flavor in my rice, but if you're not too big on the lime flavor then I'd suggest you cut down on the lime zest and only use half of the suggested amount. Also, I am making this recipe with Jasmine rice, because that's my favorite and I find that it has the best texture, but you could definitely substitute brown rice or quinoa for a healthier option. This recipe is incredibly tasty, and it doesn't get much easier than this!

Cilantro Lime Rice

6 WW points per servings
Serves 4

2 Cups Low Sodium Chicken Stock
1 Cup Jasmine Rice, Uncooked
1 Large Lime, Zested and Juiced (or 2 small)
2 Cloves Garlic - Crushed
2 TBS Butter, cut into small cubes
1 Pinch of Crushed Red Pepper
1 large handful of FRESH Cilantro (Must be fresh or frozen, no dried) chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste


Cook the rice with the chicken stock according to the directions on the bag. Here's a tip for cooking rice - Don't touch it while cooking! The best thing that you can do when making rice is bring your liquids to a boil, add your rice and stir for 1 minute, then put the lid on and lower your heat to low and leave it alone until its done.  When your timer goes off, keep that lid on and remove from heat and let sit for about 5 minutes and you'll have beautiful fluffy rice every time.  If you take the lid off and stir it, or fuss with it, the rice tends to get all clumpy which is not what you want.

While the rice is cooking, combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl and set aside. After you've let your rice sit for the 5 minutes, pour the bowl over the rice and mix well, serve along side some grilled chicken or in your favorite burritos!

Alternate uses for dressing: If you substitute the butter for 2 TBS of olive oil in the dressing you can use this to marinate Chicken, Pork, or Steak! It's a fantastic all purpose dressing that I've changed up in numerous ways and it always impresses.  Enjoy!




20 comments:

  1. Tried the recipe....good but way to much lime. Needs to be scaled back a bit. Otherwise a good dish. Rice was light and fluffy.

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  2. I agree with the amount of lime, but it was still really great. Very flavorful without being burning hot spicy.

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    1. Yes it does have a strong lime flavor, because that's what my family prefers. If you don't like a strong lime flavor then I would recommend omitting the zest and just using the lime juice. Thanks for the comments!

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    2. Will definitely try this recipe this weekend with grilled fish and a salad

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  3. Thanks so much for sharing! This recipe is PERFECT, doesn't need any changes. I never have chicken stock though. I just used 2 bouillon cubes in the water/rice while boiling.

    @Jen, I think you could have phrased your comment a little nicer about the lime. Nikki is thoughtful enough to share her recipe. For future comments try phrasing your changes like this, 'This was a great recipe. I might use less lime next time for my taste preference.'

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    1. Thank you Courtney for the kind words, I'm so happy that you enjoyed it! It's a family favorite around here.

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  4. This rice sounds delicious! I can't wait to try it!

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  5. I just made this rice tonight and it is delicious! I paired it with a Pan Seared Honey Glazed Salmon with Browned Butter Lime Sauce from another wonderful blog and the combination was out of this world:

    http://www.cookingclassy.com/2012/07/pan-seared-honey-glazed-salmon-with-browned-butter-lime-sauce-the-best-salmon-ive-ever-eaten/

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  6. I left out the lime zest and it was perfect! Thanks...I've tried other Cilantro Lime recipes but they've never gotten as close to Qdoba's as this one. My teenaged son loves it!!

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  7. I tried making this the other day in my rice steamer, did not turn out well, it was sticky, will have to try it this way!!

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  8. I used my rice cooker, and it turned out perfect. I will omit the zest next time to make it more appealing to the kids. While I liked the lime flavor, it was a bit strong for them. Thanks! Great recipe!

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  9. Love Chipotle, and love the rice there. Thanks so much for a similar recipe!

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  11. Made this tonight with grilled tilapia and oh my goodness it was sooo good!!! It is now mine and my boys fav. Thank you so much for this recipe!

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  12. I'm making this tonight! I'm pairing it with grilled salmon with avocado salsa, so it will be an island-like treat! YUM!!!!

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  13. could I use my rice cooker to make this? Maybe just throw in all the ingredients and set it?

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    1. Sure you can use the rice cooker to make the rice! All ingredients are added to the cooked rice afterwards :)

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  14. Cooking as I'm typing. Looks to be a great recipe. I had to double it for my family of 6. I'm a little worried about the difference in liquid amount from what's recommended on the package, 1.5 cup of water per 1 cup of rice compared to the 2 this recipe calls for but I went with the recipe given the positive feedback. Jhope it turns out well! And thanks for sharing.

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  15. This sounds really yummy!!! I will have to try it! Thanks!!!

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