Saturday, May 12, 2012

Cafe Rio Chicken

This was a recipe I found on Pinterest and knew I had to try! It's super easy since you cook it in a crockpot, and it's so versatile - serve as tacos, over salads, on a bun... My entire family devoured this when I made it, and it's now something we make regularly. You can also freeze this, either before or after cooking. It's also easy to double the ingredients for a large crowd, or just for extra to freeze.

2 lbs chicken breasts
1/2 small bottle Italian dressing
1/2 tbsp minced garlic
packet ranch dressing mix
1/2 cup water
1/2 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tbsp ground cumin

Mix all ingredients except chicken in a bowl and whisk together. Place chicken in crockpot and pour liquid over. Cook on high 5-6 hours or low 8 hours**. Shred with a fork and serve.

If freezing prior to cooking, simply put everything in a gallon freezer bag instead of the crockpot. Thaw (or mostly thaw) before cooking as instructed above.

If freezing after cooking, simply thaw and reheat for a delicious meal.

**All crockpots vary. I have an oval 6-qt crockpot and this will cook (with 2.5 lbs chicken) in 3 hours on high or 5 hours on low. If it gets done early, I simply shred and turn the crockpot to the warm setting until it's time to eat.

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