‘Cafe Rio’ Chicken

    This is a copy-cat version of Cafe Rio’s chicken, and it is HEAVENLY! It’s another one of those amazing crock pot meals, I just love. It is so flavorful and your house will smell so good as it cooks! This chicken is perfect to use in tacos, burritos, and on salads. You will love it anyway you choose to eat it!
Cafe Rio Chicken
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Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 10 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 10 min
  1. 2 pounds boneless, skinless Chicken Breasts
  2. 1/2 cup Zesty Italian Dressing
  3. 1/2 Tablespoon minced Garlic
  4. 1 ( 1 oz ) packet Ranch Dressing Mix (mixed with 1/2 cup of water)
  5. 1/2 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  6. 1/2 Tablespoon ground Cumin
  1. Place all ingredients in a crock pot. Cover with lid.
  2. Cook on High 3 hours OR on Low for 5 hours.
  3. Shred chicken with fork and serve in salads, burritos, tacos.. whatever you want! So easy, So good!
  1. Yields: 6 servings
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  1. says

    So what is a “small” bottle of dressing? And what size packet? I used 8 oz of dressing (smallest bottle in my store was 16 oz), and a .4 oz packet of ranch dressing mix (my store had 3 sizes, .4, .75 and 1 oz), and it was too zesty tasting and wasn’t the color of yours (it was the color of zesty dressing,not ranch).

  2. Ashlie says

    I made these last week and I didn’t care for the zesty Italian wafting through the house and wasn’t sure the chicken would turn out good. Boy was I wrong! This stuff disappeared in about 8 seconds with homemade taco shells, cotija cheese, cilantro, tomatoes and avocado. Yum!

  3. Stephanie says

    Holly – I have recently discovered your blog (Thank you, Pinterest!) and have tried a few of your recipes so far. I’m in love!! I am a working mom and my husband and two kids are all in school – so meal planning has become a pain in my side and I often feel as though I don’t have enough time to cook before needing to address homework, baths, and bedtime! I so appreciate those things in which you’ve provided freezing instructions, which leads to my question! :)

    QUESTION: How might I go about freezing this Cafe Rio Chicken for future use? (I did read the USDA freezing instructions you posted elsewhere) Is it really just simply letting it cool completely and throwing in a freezer bag and placing in the freezer???

    Thanks again for all your great meal plans and ideas – and thank you for your time invested!

  4. Kams says

    We tried this last night in tacos and it is AMAZING! I made the leftovers into a taco salad today and it was the best I’ve ever eaten. I will made it over and over and over again lol.


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