Costa Vida Chicken


I love Mexican food and I especially love Fresh Mex.  There are a lot of places around here that serve just that and Costa Vida is one of them.  I have eaten food there but always get the pork.  Never had the chicken.  I found this recipe over at Your Home Based Mom and had to try it.  It was too easy not to.  Not sure how it compares to Costa Vida Chicken but I loved it.  It makes a lot too.  I was able to get just over 2 meals with this recipe.  We did tacos one time.  Then I put the rest in the freezer for another night.  With the leftovers,  I made quesadillas one night for dinner (the chicken, fresh cilantro and cheese).  Then I  still have enough to make taco salads for a few times for my lunch.  Love it.  So easy and delicious.  I also served the tacos and quesadillas with the Santa Barbara brand mango salsa from Costco.  It goes really well with this chicken.

Costa Vida Chicken

  • 1 (16 oz.) bottle Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing (I used Kroger brand)
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 skinless, boneless chicken breast

Cook all together in a crock pot on high for 4 hours, shred meat and cook 1 additional hour. (This recipe makes a lot so you can do have or freeze the leftovers for another meal)

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13 comments on “Costa Vida Chicken

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  • Thanks for the yummy sounding recipe. I was about to make it – at 1:00 PM – when I noticed the cook time & temp. I was surprised it could cook 5 breasts in 4 hrs on low. Most of my other crockpot chicken recipes take at least 6-8 hrs on low. I went to Your Homebased Mom’s website to double-check her original recipe & found down in her comments that she cooks this on HIGH for the 4 hrs. I could just see my family all ready to eat tonight & finding 1/2 raw chicken in the crockpot! ;)

  • This is seriously delicious!! I made tacos with the chicken, and then the next day quesadillas. Big hit with the husband. I will try it will light dressing next time, it was almost too salty.

  • I had this the other night with my family. I too used the fat free dressing and it tasted perfect! Thanks for sharing the recipe. This is something I will be making again and again!

  • Had these tonight and they were awesome!

  • When you freeze this, how do you prevent it from drying out? Is there a “sauce” or cooking juices to add before freezing? Thanks for the tips!

  • Thanks for sharing, looks so easy and delicious. Love Kraft recipes!

  • Yum, Haven’t made the Costa Vida Chicken in a while – think it is about time again. I’m headed to Utah this next week for my son’s graduation so I will get my Costa Vida/Cafe Rio fix!!

  • Sounds delicious! I love Costa Vida, so I’ll have to try this out!

  • I cooked this for my family tonight and put it in small flour tortillas with cilantro, lime, sour cream and salsa….HEAVEN!!! My husband said it was the best chickent taco he’s ever eaten. We used the Kraft Zesty Italian Low Calorie dressing. I LOVE this recipe and will make it again. Thanks for sharing.

  • This sounds right up my alley!

  • This sounds wonderful and easy…love it!

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