Friday, July 3, 2009

Cafe Rio Chicken Salad

Cafe Rio Dressing
1 buttermilk ranch dressing packet (make as per recipe)
2 tomatillos (green tomato like vegetable with a husk around it)
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro
1 clove garlic
juice of 1 lime
1 jalapeno (use the seed too if you like is spicy). You could substitue a few drops of green tobasco for the jalapeno

Use a food processor to blend all the ingredients well. Refrigerate.

Cafe Rio Chicken
1 small bottle Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing
1 T chilli powder
1 T cumin
3 cloves garlic - minced
5 lbs chicken breast

Cook all ingredients together in a crock pot for 4 hours, shred meat and cook 1 additional hour.

Cafe Rio Rice
3 c water
4 t chicken bouillon
4 t garlic - minced
1/2 bunch cilantro
1 can green chilies
3/4 t salt
1 T butter
1/2 onion
3 c rice (not instant)

Blend cilantro, green chilies and onion together in food processor. Bring Water to a boil and add all ingredients, simmer covered 30 minutes.

Serve on a tortilla with melted cheddar cheese, then a layer of rice, pinto beans (I just buy them in a can, drain and warm), then a layer of shredded chicken, then lettuce, tomato, and top with dressing. You can put sour cream, salsa, guacamole, corn chips, and slices of lime on the side if you want.

Okay, who doesn't love Cafe Rio? I found these recipes a few years ago while surfing online. I'm not sure where they came from, but it is suprisingly similar to the cafe rio chicken salad.
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1 comment:

  1. Love this one! we had it a few weeks ago and I think i'm ready for it again!