Saturday, January 17, 2009

Cafe Rio Style Chicken and Cilantro Lime Rice

I think in the last post I promised you a few Cafe Rio style recipes, so here are two more. This version of their chicken is so easy to prepare that you'll probably laugh, but it's delicious and goes so nicely with the creamy tomatillo dressing I posted last. The cilantro lime rice makes a great base for the salad. Rather than mixing the salad up, I layer each bowl with the cilantro rice, lettuce, pico de gallo, chicken, guacamole, and the dressing...

Cafe Rio Style Chicken
1 small bottle of Kraft Zesty Italian dressing
1 TB chili powder
1 TB cumin
3 cloves garlic, minced
5 lbs. chicken breast

Throw it all in the crockpot and cook on low for about 4 hours. Shred the chicken and return it to the pot to cook (with the liquid) for another hour.

I don't need to make this much chicken, so I scale mine down a little, but you get the idea. And this recipe is basically foolproof, so the cooking times aren't crucial either. There's nothing like a foolproof recipe on a busy day, right?

Cilantro Lime Rice
2 Tablespoons butter
1 1/4 cup rice
2 1/4 cup chicken broth
3/4 teaspoon salt
juice and zest of 1 large or 2 small limes
2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
1/4 teaspoon cumin

In a skillet, melt butter with rice. Add liquid and other ingredient. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and cook for 20 minutes.


Ashlee said...

Erica, I'm not seeing the recipe...

Erica said...

Op! I meant to push save instead of post! I'll get it up soon! Sorry about that!

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