Friday, August 15, 2014

Cafe Rio Chicken

I have an extreme love affair with Mexican food. Like I drive 45 minutes just for an enchilada. Maybe that is more like an addiction? So I have seen this recipe hundreds no probably actually thousands of times all over Pinterest . We do not have a Cafe Rio anywhere  in NY. Since I could not try their delicious looking food I opted to make my own. Well it did not disappoint. I tested this recipe a while back and did not care for it. I decided to make it again and this time it came out perfect with a few tweaks. I changed the recipe a bit to make it have a tad more flavor. I can tell you it was delicious! I used the chicken to make tacos. A total time saver and I could freeze the leftovers to use for anything else in the future. I all about saving time and freezing things.  Have a fabulous weekend all!

2 lbs skinless split chicken breasts (bone in)

salt and pepper

8 oz. zesty italian dressing

½ tablespoon minced garlic

1 packet ranch dressing mix 

½ tablespoon chili powder

½ tablespoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Season the chicken on both sides with the salt and pepper and place in the slow cooker.

Mix the italian dressing, garlic, ranch dressing mix, chili powder, cumin, and kosher salt together and pour over the chicken.

Cook on low for about 5 hours or until chicken is done. 

Shred with fork and serve in salads, burritos, tacos, or anything else you like.

*You can also double or triple this to make extras for freezing. Then simply thaw and reheat.

*adapted from Chef in Training


  1. I love Mexican food, sadly we don't have great Mexican restos in Ottawa. I have to make it. This looks so good!

  2. This looks really good. I love to marinate my chicken for at least a day in Italian dressing, but bet slow cooking the chicken in the dressing and other seasonings really adds great flavor. Will be trying this soon!

  3. Ugh Shredded CHICKEN is TOPS in my book! Looks so flipping phenomenal, I could eat oh about 20 pounds, without fail!!! I go to the grocery store salad bars and LOAD UP!

  4. I had Cafe Rio for dinner tonight!! Best place ever :) If you are ever in a place with Cafe Rio you have got to try - it's worth driving 45 minutes for!!

  5. Hi Rina! Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday!

  6. I like to make big batches of shredded chicken in my crock pot and freeze it - great for enchiladas, tacos, and lots of different soup recipes I use. I have not tried doing this one with the ranch dressing - sounds good. Pinned.

  7. This is right up my alley! Thanks for linking up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!

  8. Thank you for linking up with us at Simple Supper Tuesday! Your Cafe Rio Chicken has been featured at Moore or Less Cooking ~going live tonight at 8pm EST! Nettie <3