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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*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 96mg 32%
Sodium 599mg 25%
Potassium 638mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Sugars 4g
Protein 32g 64%
Vitamin A 8.8%
Vitamin C 2.9%
Calcium 3%
Iron 9.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.