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A combination of citrus juices make this Cilantro Lime Rice so tasty without being too tangy – so perfectly balanced. Everyone loves this and it’s one of my oft-requested recipes! Easy to make, too!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword chipotle rice, chipotle rice bowl recipe, cilantro lime rice, copycat chipotle cilantro lime rice, easy citrus rice, easy recipe cilantro rice, rice cooker cilantro lime rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes


  • 1 cup uncooked jasmine/basmati rice, (use a measuring cup, not the rice cooker cup)
  • cups water, (use the same measuring cup)
  • 2 small bay leaves
  • 4 tbsp freshly squeezed lime and orange juice (2 tbsp each), (or a combo of 1 orange/1 lemon/1 lime - the latter combo is sharper - adjust the amount to taste)
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil,
  • salt, to taste


  1. First, rinse the rice twice and drain it well. Place the rice and water in the rice cooker or saucepan. Insert the 2 bay leaves on the rice. Cook. The rice cooker will automatically turn to the warm setting when it’s done. If using the saucepan, bring to a boil. Once it starts boiling, cover the pan and turn the heat to the lowest setting. Simmer for 15-18 minutes or until all the liquid has evaporated.  Let it rest for 10 minutes.

  2. While the rice is resting, juice the orange, lime, and lemon (if using the latter). Measure about 4 tablespoons of juice. Set aside. Prepare the cilantro leaves. We love cilantro so we put in a lot. Add as much as you want.

  3. When done preparing the citrus fruits and cilantro, get the oil, and pour it slowly on the rice. Coat the rice with oil.

    Add the cilantro, juice, and salt and mix well with the rice. Adjust seasoning to taste. Enjoy!