Saturday, April 9, 2011

Cafe Rio Chicken


I recently ate at Costa Vida for the first time and fell in love with their Sweet Pork Salad. Then my sister-in-law told me about Cafe Rio and how good their food is. I came across this recipe from my BBF (Best Blogger Friend-yes it's such a thing, or it is now!) Holly's blog and it's so good! We ate it taco style, but you could do it as a salad as well. The most wonderful part is that it's cooked in a slow cooker. Those recipes always make me happy.



2 lbs chicken breasts
1 C. Zesty Italian dressing
1/2 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 pkt ranch dressing mix (mixed with 1/2 cup of water)*
1/2 Tbsp. chili powder
1/2 Tbsp. ground cumin

Place all ingredients in a crock pot. Cook on High 5-6 hours OR on Low 8 hours. Shred with fork and serve in salads, burritos, tacos...etc. You can also double or triple this to make extras for freezing. Then simply thaw and reheat for a lickity split meal.

*Or you could use 3 Tbsp. of the bulk Ranch dressing mix from Costco or Sam's Club.


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13 comments :

  1. Yum! We haven't visited Utah in a few years and I've been craving some Cafe Rio!

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  2. I am in-love with this chicken! The flavor is sooo great! I made it again a couple of weeks ago and we used it for tacos too. That's my favorite way to eat it! YUM : )

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  3. Sounds great. I may not have to make the 10 hour drive to DC now :). If only I can get the dressing now... creamy tomillitio?? Have you got it??

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  4. Sounds wonderful. I can't wait to try this.

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  5. Looks great! I awarded you the Stylish Blogger Award...I know you already have one but I couldn't resist! Love your blog. ;-)

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  7. 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 looked like dressing, not ranch).

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  8. Amy- use 1 c. dressing like you did and then use 3 Tbsp. of the ranch dressing mix. I can't remember which one I used and I have none in my house! So measure out 3 Tbsp and that should work. I hope this helps!

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  9. How many people does this serve?

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  10. I made this yesterday and it was fantastic! We ate it burrito style with salsa, sour cream, cheese and guacamole. I will definitely make this again, thank you!

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  11. I just made this today, and I will be serving it as the meat to my nachos! The house smells delicious, and as I was shredding it, I took a little taste, and now my mouth is watering, waiting for my family to come home and have some nachos!

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  12. Any ideas on how to make this stove top or in the oven? My crockpot is in Hawaii (in the process of moving) but I won't get to it for another 5 months... ? Thanks

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    1. Here is a link that should help you out. Too bad you're crock pot is so far away! http://www.stacymakescents.com/converting-crock-pot-recipes-to-the-stove-top-and-oven

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