This Cafe Rio Chicken Recipe is just like you would get at the restaurant! Chicken breasts are slow-cooked in a zesty dressing and Mexican spices and the finished product is perfect in tacos, burritos, or salads.
Cafe Rio is one of my all-time favorite restaurants.
I could eat a shredded chicken salad every day!
While most people love getting the sweet pork barbacoa in their entrees, I would rather have their tangy shredded chicken.
It’s not very budget-friendly to eat out every day, so the next best thing is making the recipes at home!
This Cafe Rio chicken recipe is incredibly easy to make because all of the cooking takes place in the Crock Pot and you only need 5 ingredients.
PLACE 2 pounds of chicken breast (2-3 breasts) in your Crock Pot.
POUR 1 cup zesty Italian dressing over the chicken.
SPRINKLE with 1/2 tablespoon of chili powder, 1/2 tablespoon of cumin, and 2 cloves of minced garlic.
COVER and cook on LOW for 4-5 hours.
ONCE chicken is done, remove it from the Crock Pot, shred, and place it back in the juice to serve.
Recipe Tips and Substitutions
We love to serve this shredded chicken with cilantro lime rice and tomatillo dressing in a homemade Cafe Rio salad.
You can also use this chicken in:
Burritos: Wrap chicken, cheese, and beans in a burrito-sized tortilla and cover with enchilada sauce and more cheese. Cook at 350 degrees until cheese has melted.
Enchiladas: Substitute this chicken in these chicken enchiladas with sour cream white sauce.
Quesadillas: Sandwich shredded chicken and cheese between two tortillas and cook in a greased frying pan over low heat until cheese has melted.
More Like This
Looking for more easy Crock Pot Recipes? You’ll love these!
- Crock Pot BBQ Pineapple Chicken
- Crockpot Asian Chicken Thighs
- White Chicken Chili Recipe with Cream Cheese
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Simple Cafe Rio Chicken Recipe
- 2 pounds skinless chicken breasts, 2-3 breasts
- 1 cup zesty Italian dressing
- 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
- 1/2 tablespoon cumin
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- Place chicken breasts in your Crock Pot.
- Pour Italian dressing over the chicken.
- Sprinkle chicken with chili powder, cumin, and minced garlic.
- Cover Crock Pot with the lid and cook on LOW for 4-5 hours.
- Once chicken is done, remove it from the Crock Pot, shred, and place it back in the juice to serve.