I know you all agree that cilantro and lime are the perfect addition to any Mexican dish. This past weekend I made cilantro- lime chicken and rice recipe was a perfect side dish to serve with it. I added cumin which put it over the top delicious. Honestly, I think this is the best rice I have eaten and I could eat it all by itself, straight from the bowl. It was super fluffy and rich in flavor!
I know I’ve mentioned in a previous post how important it is to rinse rice before cooking but it’s worth mentioning again. When rinsing, I use a mesh strainer and run the rice under cold water until the water runs clear. Once rinsed, I transfer the rice into a saucepan or skillet. I have never been one to skip a simple task but, for some reason, I would always forget to rinse my rice. No wonder it always turned out sticky and all clumped together! Rinsing removes the surface starch and aides in making the rice clean, fresh and fluffy. This one simple step is important and makes a big difference – the extra effort will be greatly rewarded.
Hope you enjoy this recipe and my tips on cooking rice. Feel free to share your comments and feedback below.
1 cup basmati rice
2 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon lime zest
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon roasted cumin
•Rinse rice in cold water throughly in a strainer until water runs clear.
•Combine rice, chicken broth, butter, garlic salt and cumin in a large skillet or saucepan.
Cover and bring to a boil on medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer
20 minutes. Note: Stir in between to make sure it’s not sticking to pan.
•Remove from heat allow to stand with lid on for 10-15 minutes. Remove lid and add
fresh lime juice, lime zest, and chopped cilantro; Stir with wooden spoon until well
•Optional Garnish- lime wedges, chopped cilantro and jalapeno’s