Crock Pot Cafe Rio Chicken {Copycat} [+ Video]

 

A great dinner idea to take to someone with a new baby or a family friendly meal is this crock pot cafe rio chicken copycat recipe served with cilantro lime rice!

 

Cafe Rio Chicken Copycat Recipe is so easy, you just throw it in the slow cooker! ohsweetbasil.com

 

Ok, so if you live in Utah there are probably 3 Mexican fast food chains that you try to copy their chicken or pork. (Mostly the pork, but I’ll do that one later.) This Crock Pot Cafe Rio Chicken Copycat recipe is seriously so good and if you don’t want to do a salad then turn it into a burrito!!

 

crock pot cafe rio chicken copycat recipe ohsweetbasil.com

 

crock pot cafe rio chicken copycat recipe ohsweetbasil.com

 

This chicken is one of those life saver crock pot (slow cooker) recipes. Kinda like this regular Crock Pot Chicken. I love that you can throw everything together in less than 5 minutes, let it cook all day and then feel like a hero as you serve it to your family. The only thing you really need to watch out for is how darn much the recipe makes.

 

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Cafe Rio Chicken Copycat Recipe is so easy, you just throw it in the slow cooker! ohsweetbasil.com

 

Scale that sucker back! It’s too much chicken for just our little family! However, that usually means it’s a great opportunity to invite someone over to surprise a neighbor with dinner. And I’m definitely all about that.

 

Cafe Rio Chicken in a slow cooker or instant pot is a great meal idea for taking dinner to someone or for a new baby! ohsweetbasil.com

 

How to Make Cafe Rio Chicken in an Instant Pot

This copycat recipe for cafe rio chicken could totally be made in an instant pot as well. To make chicken in an instant pot just set it to the poultry setting for about 6 minutes, release the pressure and serve! If the breasts are frozen you’ll want to increase the time to 10 minutes.

 

Cafe Rio Chicken in a slow cooker or instant pot is a great meal idea for taking dinner to someone or for a new baby! ohsweetbasil.com

 

A great dinner idea to take to someone with a new baby or a family friendly meal is this crock pot cafe rio chicken copycat recipe served with cilantro lime rice!

 

All Our Cafe Rio Copycat Recipes:

Cafe Rio Sweet Pork {Copycat} Recipe

Cafe Rio Sweet Pork {Copycat} Recipe

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Cafe Rio Copycat Sweet Pork Quesadilla

Cafe Rio Copycat Sweet Pork Quesadilla

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Cafe Rio Creamy Tomatillo Cilantro Ranch Dressing [+ Video]

Cafe Rio Creamy Tomatillo Cilantro Ranch Dressing [+ Video]

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Smothered Cafe Rio Chicken Burrito

Smothered Cafe Rio Chicken Burrito

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Cilantro Lime Rice Cafe Rio Copycat [+ Video]

Cilantro Lime Rice Cafe Rio Copycat [+ Video]

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Crock Pot Cafe Rio Chicken Copycat

 

Yield: 6-8 servings

Copycat Cafe Rio Chicken Recipe

Copycat Cafe Rio Chicken Recipe
Cafe Rio Chicken in a slow cooker or instant pot is a great meal idea for taking dinner to someone or for a new baby!
Cook Time 5 hours
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Bottle of Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing
  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 5 LBS Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • For Dressing Recipe
  • Cilantro Lime Recipe

Instructions

  1. Mix ingredients and pour over chicken in a crock pot and cook on low 4 hours.
  2. Remove chicken and shred.
  3. Place back in crock pot for another hour.

Serve over copycat cilantro lime rice, as a burrito or salad with Cafe Rio Creamy Tomatillo Cilantro Ranch Dressing

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6-8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 660 Total Fat: 16g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 323mg Sodium: 368mg Carbohydrates: 3g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Protein: 118g

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Carrian Cheney

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30 comments on “Crock Pot Cafe Rio Chicken {Copycat} [+ Video]”

  1. I am guilty of obsessing over the sweet pork but I didn’t want to buy a bunch of coke for a single recipe, so I went with this one. Yummy! Thanks! Instant pot worked great. I added a smidge more water and had a higher sauce to meat ratio than this but it was just right. Thanks!

  2. I love this recipe, it makes so much. Do you think it would still work if I halved the recipe? Would the time change?

    • Hey Heidi! Yes it will definitely still work. I would start with 2.5 hours and check it. So glad you enjoy it! It is definitely a recipe for a large crowd! It also freezes great if you want to make a full recipe and then save some of it for later.

  3. I’m surprised that 5 lbs of chicken only serves 6-8 people. Is that correct?

  4. Have this currently in the crockpot! What kind of tortillas do you use and where do you find the tortilla chip strips?

  5. Hi, we are looking for a good recipe for cafe rio chicken for our wedding. All of the other recipes I have found have all called for a package of ranch as well but yours doesn’t? Do you know which is the closest to how cafe rio makes it? I don’t eat meat so I have no idea. 😊. 

  6. This looks delicious and healthy!

  7. Love this has an easy weeknight dinner meal! Definitely will spice up the work week! 

  8. The chicken looks so juicy and flavorful!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  9. Why did the tomatillo dressing recipe get taken down?

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  11. Any idea what size bottle you use of Italian dressing?

  12. It clearly states add ALL ingredients and boil.

  13. question:

    when do you add the lime to the cilantro lime rice? it's not one of the ingredients on your list. do you just squeeze it on after it's cooked?

  14. Great recipes! I love tomatillas and can’t wait to try that dressing!!

  15. In case there were any doubts, this is really good. Carrian made it for me once. Delicious!

  16. that looks so good.

    and yes, could you email me the america’s test kitchen sugar cookie recipe? i was wondering about that one. also, any good frosting recipes?

    thanks!!

  17. This looks so good! I can’t wait to make it. I’ve never found a good Cafe Rio chicken that I like, it seems like everyone else is crazy about the pork. Thanks so much for posting this! I’m suddenly craving Cafe Rio (even if it is only 10 in the morning). I love the blog!

  18. I LOVE ALL YOUR RECIPES!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. I always “forget” to take pictures because there are hungry people waiting to eat 🙂 I love the sound of this meal, especially the cilantro lime rice!

  20. That sound delicious! I love healthy cooking and recipes, glad I found your blog 🙂
    Annika