Lime-Cilantro Rice with Shredded Chicken

I have a confession to make: I’ve been eating out a lot more lately than I used to. I hit a rut! I got tired of cooking for a little bit. It was terrible.

Part of the problem was that I had gotten used to cooking the same few meals – meals that I was really good at making, and tasted delicious, but left me without any variety. So lately I’ve been scouring the internet and my memory for new ideas, things to make that would be exciting and different. I have tried to make some things that have not turned out well! However, last night I hit on something good.

This is a bright, cheerful rice dish that takes a little time to make, but is totally worth it.

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Lime-Cilantro Rice with Shredded Chicken

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: medium
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For the chicken:

  • 1tbsp olive oil

  • 1 clove garlic

  • 1 lb chicken thighs

For the rice:

  • 1 c brown rice
  • 2 1/2 c water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • zest & juice of 1 (juicy) lime
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1/4 c fresh cilantro


We’re going to cook the chicken first.

  1. Heat the olive oil with the garlic cloves.

  2. When it’s hot, add the chicken. Cook the chicken for 14-16 minutes, turning halfway through, or until it’s cooked through (165ºF).

  3. Set the chicken aside to let it cool slightly.

Now it’s time to get started on the rice.

  1. Heat the olive oil in the bottom of a medium saucepan.
  2. Mince the garlic and chop the onion; add them to the hot oil. Cook the onions and garlic over medium heat until the onions are becoming translucent.
  3. While they are cooking, zest and juice the lime.
  4. Add the water, lime juice, lime zest and rice; cover the pan.
  5. Lower the heat and let it simmer until all the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. If you uncover the pot and find that the water is gone but the rice is still crunchy, add more water! Then let it simmer again.
  6. Dice the tomatoes and cilantro while the rice is cooking.
  7. Also while the rice is cooking, shred your chicken with a fork or cut it finely with a knife. Your choice.
  8. When the rice is done, add the diced tomato, cilantro, and shredded chicken. Mix it all up and it’s ready to serve!

Hope you enjoy it as much I as did. It reminded me how nice it was to make good food, instead of just ordering it!


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