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Cafe Rio Chicken

Copycat Cafe Rio Chicken Recipe

This recipe for Cafe Rio-style shredded chicken is one of my family’s very favorites. I love it because it only takes a few minutes to get everything in the crock pot, and I have a tasty dinner ready-to-go. Great for parties too!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 276 kcal


  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup zesty italian dressing
  • 1/2 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 packet of ranch dressing mix mixed with 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp. ground cumin


  1. Place all of the ingredients in a crock pot and stir to combine.
  2. Cook on high for 5-6 hours or on low for 8 hours.
  3. Shred and serve on salads, in burritos, tacos, tostadas...
Nutrition Facts
Copycat Cafe Rio Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 276 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 96mg32%
Sodium 599mg26%
Potassium 638mg18%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 440IU9%
Vitamin C 2.4mg3%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.