Healthy Copycat Chipotle Cilantro Rice

With the holidays right around the corner, you’re sure to see various family-famous recipes all over the web- especially on Pinterest. While I love the food my Mom makes each Christmas, after a day or 2 of eating the same thing, I get a little sick of it. I know, I know, I’m weird. So on December 27th, when I’m officially over eating turkey and mashed potatoes, I turn to the cabinet staples to whip up a simple and easy dish to eat. One of the easiest pantry staples that also fills you up is Minute® Rice, which is quick and easy to prepare. This recipe was created with the help of Minute® Rice.

For my side dish (which pairs well with your leftover Christmas dinner main entree/meat), I recreated a healthier version of Chipotle’s cilantro rice. This one incorporates brown rice with some basic flavors like lime and cilantro for a fun take on a traditional side dish. It’s super simple to make and is a whole lot cheaper than ordering a burrito at Chipotle.


  • 2 cups brown rice, uncooked
  • 4 cups water
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro


  • In a medium size pot over medium-high heat, bring 2 cups of brown rice and 4 cups of water to a boil.
  • After boiling, reduce heat to low and cover for about 30 minutes until all of the water has evaporated.
  • Transfer brown rice to a bowl and let cool for 5-7 minutes.
  • In another small bowl, combine lime juice, minced garlic, oil, and sea salt. Mix gently. Add to rice and stir until combined.
  • Lastly, add in fresh chopped cilantro and stir to mix evenly.


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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Rice.

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