cilantro-lime rice skillet

Quick 30-Minute One Pan Cilantro-Lime Rice Skillet

Rice is an absolute staple in our household. We eat a boat load of it all the time. For my SO, it’s a total comfort food. I’ll come home to him just noshing some rice with a bit of sriracha mayo in it. He’s so happy as he eats away. He calls it our “poor people mac and cheese,” haha. It is quite tasty.

I am constantly buying rice. There are only two of us in the house, but I’m still buying 6+ pounds of rice once or twice a month. Keep in mind, this is real rice. Up until this delicious cilantro-lime rice skillet, I had never even tried minute rice.

Last week when we were shopping, I reluctantly grabbed the smallest box of minute rice that I could find and put it in my basket. I had never used it, and I didn’t really know what it was about. When I got home, and I opened the box, I called out to my SO about how weird it was. “Well, yeah, it’s freeze dried!” “IT IS?!?!” “Yeah, I thought you knew how to cook…” He’s a snarky one sometimes, and he definitely knows I can cook, haha. Cooking the minute rice, I must say, was a fun experience. It was so quick and easy. Plus, I enjoyed watching it rehydrate.

The overall meal was delicious! We both loved it, and it will now make its way into our repertoire.

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I love a couple things about this meal. One, it’s quick and simple! It’s perfect for busier weeknights, or weekends in our case. I like that it is ONLY one pan to clean. That is excellent. Finally, it’s inexpensive. Add the light, fresh flavors, and it’s a perfect meal.

Thanks to Jaclyn at Cooking Classy for inspiring this WONDERFUL recipe!


  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 green onions, chopped (keep lighter and darker portions separate)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 (4 oz) can chopped green chilies
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 2 tsp lime zest
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can black beans, rinsed and well drained
  • 2 cups minute white rice (don’t use regular rice!)
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot add chicken, season with salt and pepper and other spices. saute until cooked through, about 6 minutes, adding in lighter portions of the green onions and garlic at last 1 minute of cooking. Stir in broth, green onion greens, green chilies, lime zest, lime juice, black beans and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring mixture to a boil, add rice, fully immerse rice in broth, and allow to boil 20 seconds, then remove from heat and immediately cover with a lid. Let rest 5 – 6 minutes.
  2. If needed, return pan to medium heat and cook and toss 1 minute to allow rice to absorb excess moisture. Remove from heat, toss in cilantro and let rest uncovered 3 minutes.

Check out the original source for this recipe with step-by-step photographs and helpful tips as well as many other delicious recipes at: Cooking Classy.

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