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Cilantro Lime Rice {A Chipotle Copycat}

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Copycat Chipotle Cilantro Lime rice is sassy, citrus-y with a wonderful hint of cilantro, perfect to add to your taco Tuesday or any other meal! I could make this every night and my boys would sign me up for mother of the year. A great use for leftover rice, light, citrusy, with a hint of cilantro.

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Give it a try, delicious with Lime Coconut Grilled Chicken or your town Taco Tuesday stuffing it into something like these Barbacoa Street Tacos.

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How to Make Cilantro Lime Rice 

Heat a large saute pan over medium high heat and toss in oil (butter may be substituted), once hot; add your pre-cooked and cooled rice, stir to heat.

Sprinkle your all natural cane sugar and stir to melt, once all heated through, quickly pour in your fresh lime juice and stir to mix, sprinkle with a generous handful of fresh chopped cilantro and serve immediately!

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This works especially well with leftover rice, in fact many times when I’m making rice, I will make double the batch and freeze in batches just to use in dishes like this or my delicious Mexican rice.

Accompany this rice with these delicious recipes!

Coconut Lime Chicken

Tender, tangy and OH SO FLAVORFUL Coconut Lime Chicken is probably our favorite grilled chicken marinade! And it fits into so many diet and healthy eating categories! 

Plate of coconut lime chicken with rice | www.thefreshcooky.com

Easy Barbacoa Street Tacos

Tender, slow cooked barbacoa beef is the perfect base for these easy, flavorful, healthy street tacos! Gluten free, Paleo and easily modifiable, this recipe will become a staple on your menu!

Barbacoa Street Tacos | www.thefreshcooky.com

Cheese Enchiladas (The Cheesiest)

If you are in search of the PERFECT cheese enchiladas, in my (humble) opinion these are the ONES! Layers of creamy Mexican cheese with a rich enchilada red sauce, crunch onions and corn tortillas. 

Cheese Enchiladas | www.thefreshcooky.com

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Cilantro Lime Rice

Author: Kathleen | The Fresh Cooky
5 from 2 votes
Copycat Chipotle Cilantro Lime rice is sassy, citrus-y with a wonderful hint of cilantro, perfect to add to your taco Tuesday or any other meal!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 6 -8 servings
Calories 70 kcal


  • 2 cups cooked white rice, I like Jasmine
  • 1 Tablespoon oil, I like grapeseed or avocado oil
  • 2-3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2-3 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Heat a saute pan to medium high heat, pour in oil, saute the rice until hot.
  • Stir in sugar and salt until heated through.
  • Remove from heat, pour in lime juice and toss in cilantro.
  • Serve immediately.

✱ Kathleen's Tips


Serving: 1 Calories: 70 kcal Carbohydrates: 12 g Protein: 1 g Fat: 2 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g Sodium: 265 mg Sugar: 1 g

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The Fresh Cooky is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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  1. Hello,

    Excellent recipe and next time I will add a bit more cilantro, as Dan and I enjoy the flavor of it. The flavor of the rice went great with green chili chicken enchiladas. Thanks for sharing!