One Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken & Rice

One Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken & Rice cooked in just 30 minutes, topped with creamy avocado sauce.

One Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken & Rice | Creme de la Crumb

It’s been too long. Way too long since a one pot meal has appeared on this here blog. So here it is. One pot cilantro lime chicken and rice. In 30 minutes. You’re welcome.

One Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken & Rice | Creme de la Crumb

So the sauce is optional. I mean not optional. What I mean is… technically you could make just the chicken and rice and be perfectly happy with your dinner. You really could. BUT what you really should do is make the sauce. Because it makes the dish ten times better. Nay, fifty times better.

Basically it’s amazing.

One Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken & Rice | Creme de la Crumb


One of my most favorite and most popular dishes here on Creme de la Crumb is this —> one pot lemon herb chicken and rice, but when my husband slash official taste tester tried it for the first time I should have known he’d ask where the sauce was. We are sauce people –  ranch with everything and the standard three packets of ketchup that come with every to-go order of fries is just NOT enough, why can’t you takeout people get that through your heads??

So when I made this cilantro lime chicken and rice I was prepared. I whipped up a super yummy 10 second cilantro + lime + avocado sauce to go over that chicken and rice and I am sooooooo glad that I did.

So is my husband slash official taste tester.

One Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken & Rice | Creme de la Crumb

This whole one pot dish is what busy weeknight dreams are made of. So little effort, so much goodness to be had. One pot to clean up, plus it’s a main and a side all in one and you just can’t beat that because seriously, am I the only one who struggles with coming up with side dishes for your weekly menu? I tend to get excited about the main entree and totally space it on the side dishes so I have to throw something together at the last minute,  and I will be perfectly honest… chips and salsa probably becomes a side dish to wayyyy too many of our dinners.

But if you haven’t tried it alongside fettuccine alfredo you’re missing out p.s.

One Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken & Rice | Creme de la Crumb

What people are saying about this One Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken & Rice

“I made this tonight and yum!!! Absolutely love that it only used one pot and was super quick too. We had some veggies as a side and just put them on top of the chicken in the pot to steam.. save another dish! I found the lime lovely and zesty, will definitely make it again.” – Emma

“This is my first comment on a recipe, ever! This dinner was too good to pass up the moment. So simple and easy, yet so flavorful. Made it for my fiance and my anniversary dinner this evening.” – Katie

“This post is almost a year old, but I found this on a BuzzFeed article, and I just have to say this is AMAZING! Im in love with the sauce.” – Amethyst

“Just wanted to let you know that my 12yo son followed your recipe and made this tonight… and it’s a absolute winner! We all loved it and I see this as part of our regular go-to meal recipes. The sauce was just super lovely… creamy, but not overly rich. Just divine!” – Mama

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One Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken & Rice

Cilantro lime chicken and rice cooked in one pot just 30 minutes, topped with creamy avocado sauce!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword cilantro, lime, one pan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Tiffany


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/2 inch thickness
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • juice of 3 limes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • 1 avocado
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • handful of cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Add butter to a large skillet (one that has a lid) and melt over medium heat. Once butter is melted, add chicken and cook 1-2 minutes on each side just until lightly browned. Transfer chicken to a plate.
  • Add rice and garlic to pan and stir over medium heat for 1-2 minutes until garlic is fragrant. Add chicken broth, lime juice, and cilantro. Place chicken on top of the rice. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook 25 minutes or until rice is fully cooked and liquid is absorbed.
  • While chicken and rice are cooking, make the sauce. Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth. Add more lime juice or a little more milk if needed til pourable.
  • Drizzle sauce over chicken and rice. Sprinkle with additional cilantro if desired and serve.

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So are you supposed to cook the rice first or just put the uncooked rice into the skillet with the rest?

Thanks in advance 😊

    You put the rice into the skillet uncooked!

Do you think one could make this in an instant POT?

    I haven’t attempted this but I think you could??! I would LOVE to hear the outcome if you do give it a try!

1 star
I wish I’d read the comments earlier, because the amount of limes in this recipe made it almost completely inedible. We had to throw out the entire thing and just make frozen dumplings. Maybe would be good with no limes at all except the sauce. I don’t think I’ll be able to eat anything lime-flavoured for a while. It looked really good in pictures, and even smelled good when cooking and it came out looking about the same as in these pictures, but something must have been lost on taste.

    Sorry to hear that you weren’t completely satisfied with this recipe 🙂

      Any advice on how to make this with minute rice? Thank you

        Hey Matthew! I’ve never used minute rice with this recipe so I can’t say for sure. I definitely think that using uncooked rice and preparing it the way stated is the best route to achieve the full delicious flavor of this recipe!

5 stars
REally easy. The sauce makes it!

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