Am's Take on Cafe Rio Chicken

Total Time
Prep 4 hrs
Cook 0 mins

This Was given to me by a dear friend's daughter and it is worth sharing and keeping here for safe keeping hope you all enjoy as much as we did.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Make the dressing by blending all the ingredients together in a blender. The longer this can sit and chill the better the flavor will enhance.
  2. Chicken: Put in crock pot for 4 hours then shred and replace for 1 hour to soak up the juice.
  3. Rice: Blend in the blender the following: bouillon, garlic, cilantro, green chilies, salt, butter and onion.
  4. Let water come to a boil; add rice and blended ingredients. Let rest until rice is done.
  5. What we did was put a tortilla in a frying pan and added cheese on it until it became slightly crisp then layered chicken, rice, romaine lettuce, fresh lime and the dressing.
  6. This was a easy and very good recipe and the leftovers were great!


Most Helpful

I made the chicken and the dressing listed here but I used my own rice recipe. I was nervous about the chicken since it was so easy and had few ingredients but it turned out perfectly! I ended up using a 3 lb bag of frozen chicken but kept all other ingredients the same as listed and it was so good. I cooked it in the crockpot on low for 8 hours then I shredded the meat and put it back in the crockpot and placed it in the fridge over night. Then about an hour before dinner the next night, I turned the crock pot on high and warmed it back up. Saved me some time that day. The dressing was really tasty too. I used one jalape?o but I didn't use any of the seeds. Me, my husband and my two young kids all enjoyed this. I ate the leftovers for two days after. Thanks!

ILikeSweets February 21, 2012

This chicken recipe is great. I prefer my own cilantro rice recipe which doesn't use as much rice and doesn't use instant rice. I have not tried this dressing recipe yet (I have my own recipe for cilantro sauce submitted)... but I do want to try this recipe since I have not yet found a cafe rio copycat dressing that comes close to the real thing. By the way, I have used only 8 oz. dressing, but I thing I'll try the 16 oz. next time to improve it.

Chef TanyaW August 08, 2011

Excellent I just fixed this for my family and they all loved it and said it tasted just like the real cafe rio. Great recipe and great job... Thanks

rayroberts January 30, 2010

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