Chicken Tacos (Cafe Rio Shredded Chicken Copycat Recipe)

Deliciously bright and flavorful well seasoned chicken taco mixture made in the slow cooker that's perfectly tender.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Keyword: Cafe Rio Chicken, Cafe Rio Tacos
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours 20 minutes
Total Time: 5 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 7
Author: Jaclyn


  • 2.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup Zesty Italian Salad dressing
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper , optional (adjust according to desired heat preference or omit)


  1. Place chicken breast halves in the slow cooker. In a mixing bowl whisk together remaining ingredients. Pour mixture over chicken in slow cooker, cover slow cooker with lid. 
  2. Cook chicken on low heat 5 - 6 hours. Shred chicken, then cook shredded chicken in broth in slow cooker an additional 20 minutes on low. Drain broth from chicken. 
  3. Serve warm in tacos, burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, taquitos etc. Note: for taco filling ideas and how to cook corn tortilla shells see this post here.