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Cafe Rio Slow Cooker Chicken and Cilantro Rice Recipe

Our Cafe Rio copycat recipe for slow cooker chicken and cilantro rice tastes just like the real deal. It's healthy, simple, and delicious.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time6 hrs 30 mins
Total Time6 hrs 45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican, Tex-Mex
Keyword: cafe rio, cafe rio chicken, chicken and cilantro rice, slow cooker chicken
Servings: 10
Calories: 364kcal


  • Slow Cooker



  • 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 8 ounces Italian dressing (light or fat free) - about half a bottle
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder


  • 2 cups uncooked brown rice
  • 2 cups fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 cup salsa verde green salsa
  • 1 bunch green onions sliced
  • 4 cups water
  • pinch of salt


  • Mix cumin, chili powder & dressing in bowl
  • Place frozen chicken breasts in crock pot
  • Pour mixture over chicken & cover
  • Cook on high for 5 hrs or on low for 7 to 8. Shred chicken in the crockpot and mix it well.
  • Wash and chop the cilantro. Mix the cilantro with 2 cups of water and pour in the pan for cooking the rice. Add two more cups of water, the salt, Salsa Verde, and onion. Bring to a boil. Stir in the rice in the boiling water. Cover and turn down heat to very low; steam for 30 minutes. Makes about 10 servings.
  • Put it all together with Toppings:
  • Cook whole wheat burrito tortillas on non-greased skillet 10-15 seconds on each side
  • Put Chicken, Cilantro Rice, black beans, avocado, lowfat cheese, cilantro, tomatoes, (I also added red pepper, green onions and spinach) inside of tortilla.
  • Add anything else you like (fat free sour cream, salsa, etc.)
  • Roll up your tortilla and eat your delicious and healthy Cafe Rio Burrito!


Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 568mg | Potassium: 720mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 675IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg