Taste of Chipotle: Cilantro Rice

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My husband is a fan of the cilantro rice at chipotle.  So, instead of buying expensive burrito bowls all the time (though I did give him a gc at Christmas time which he has graciously shared with me and baby)…I thought I would work at perfecting my own cilantro rice, especially now that I have cilantro growing in a pot on the back porch.

So, after 3 tries, I think we have done it.  Here you go.  Enjoy!

2-4 T olive oil

2 cups Jasmine rice

3 cups water

1 T orange zest

1/2 lemon zest and juice

1 lime zest and juice

cilantro handful (depending on your taste level for cilantro)

Just like you do risotto, add the rice to the olive oil and coat the rice BEFORE you add the water.  Essentially you are toasting the rice, which makes a big difference in taste!  Then add the water and juice and zest (and additional s/p if you care to add any).  Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed into the rice.  Take off the burner and add in the finely chopped cilantro.

Enjoy with black beans or chicken or meat of your choice.  So yummy!