‘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!


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