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Copycat Cafe Rio Chicken

Made in the slow cooker, this Copycat Cafe Rio Chicken can be prepped in 5 minutes. Plus, it adds delicious flavor to any Mexican dish you can think of!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 hrs
Total Time5 hrs 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Chicken, Copycat, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Meal Prep, Slow Cooker
Servings: 6
Calories: 232kcal
Author: Clean Fingers Laynie


  • 2 lbs Chicken Breast Boneless, Skinless
  • 1 cup Zesty Italian Dressing
  • 2 tsp Fresh Garlic about 2-3 cloves minced
  • 1/2 tbsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp Chili Powder


  • Spray the inside of a 6 quart slow cooker with cooking spray, or line slow cooker with a protective liner.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine Italian dressing, garlic, cumin, and chili powder.
  • Place chicken in the bottom of slow cooker and pour wet mixture on top of the chicken.
  • Cover slow cooker and cook, on low, for 4 hours until chicken is tender and easily flakes with a fork.
  • Remove the chicken and place on cutting board. Shred chicken with two forks. Return chicken to the slow cooker, and cook for an additional hour.
  • Use in burritos, tacos, nachos, quesadillas, soups, and more!


Estimated Nutrition, Per Serving (Chicken Only, about 2/3 cup): Calories 232, Fat 10 g, Carbohydrate 5 g, Dietary Fiber g, Protein 31 g, Sodium 926 mg