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Bajio Chicken


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Back in the day, there was a restaurant here in Utah called Bajio Mexican Grill. Unfortunately, all the locations except for the Provo locations here closed years ago. While the restaurant was around by where I live, I had been to the local location but I never did try their chicken. However, back in 2009, I saw this recipe for Bajio Chicken on Your Home Based Mom and it sounded yummy.

Bajio Chicken | realmomkitchen.com

The recipe sounded similar to my copy cat recipe Café Rio Sweet Pork, just a chicken version. Leigh Anne from Home Based Mom used her chicken to make a salad. I like to use it to make into tacos. Now, I never did find out how this recipe compared to Bajios chicken because I never tasted it. However, we loved this chicken. It is delicious. The first time I made it my son, who was 12 years old at the time, couldn’t get enough of it. Everyone loves this chicken. It’s definitely a keeper. It is great to use in a salad, burrito, or quesadilla too. And of course another bonus is it’s made in the crock pot.

All you need is some chicken breasts, salsa, cumin, brown sugar, diced green chilies and a can of Sprite. You just add it all to your crock pot and let it go. Once it has cooked for 5-6 hours it’s time to shred. Then you let it cook in the juices for 1 more hour. At this point, it is ready to go. However, sometimes I mix a little corn starch and water together. Then I add it in to thicken the juices to stay with the meat. Thanks Leigh Anne for sharing such a terrific recipe.

Bajio Chicken recipe | realmomkitchen.com
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Bajio Chicken

  • Author: Laura


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  • 5 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (more to taste, I added at least an extra 1/8 cup)
  • 1 (4 oz) can diced green chilies
  • 1/2 of a (12 oz) can of Sprite


  1. Combine all ingredients in a crock pot. Cook on low for 5-6 hours. Remove chicken and shred. Return to crock pot and cook 1 more hour. Thicken the juices with a little cornstarch mixed in water.
  2. Serve with flour tortillas, lettuce, cheese, black beans and any other taco fixings.
    If you want it spicier rather than sweeter add a hotter salsa and more green chilies.
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This is the original photo for this post when it was first posted in August 2009.

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Shari May 4, 2010 - 10:01 am

I thought this was excellent! I have never had Bajio’s chicken so I can’t tell you how it compared, but all that really matters is that this meals Was delicious!

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Mrsblocko December 18, 2009 - 7:56 am

This recipe was awesome! I made it and wrote about it here: https://tomatoesforapples.blogspot.com/2009/12/bajio-chicken.html
I swapped out Mt dew for the sprite because it was what I had on hand. I don’t know how much it changed the flavor because there aren’t any Bajio’s out my way.
This recipe is going into my meal rotation for sure. Thank you for posting about it!

Leigh Anne Wilkes August 9, 2009 - 1:03 pm

We actually have a Bajio in Portland but it is 30 minutes away. I was on that side of town on Friday and ate there and had the Chicken Chile Salad and this recipe is just as good!!

Dyanna August 4, 2009 - 6:39 pm

I recently found your blog and LOVE it!!! I am not a Mom (yet) but I find your recipes are still great for a married couple who both work full time jobs and don't want to spend a ton of time in the kitchen to get dinner ready. Thank you!!!!!

Barbara Bakes August 3, 2009 - 3:38 pm

I haven't had a Bajio chicken taco either, but this sounds delicious and easy!

Kara August 3, 2009 - 3:26 pm

How cool! This is actually a recipe that I made up. Leigh Anne found it on my blog. I'm so glad you liked it!

ButterYum August 3, 2009 - 10:07 am

Very interesting… quite a departure from my usual crock pot meals… sounds fabulous! I'll definitely give it a try. Thanks for posting it!

Country Cookin' Mama August 3, 2009 - 10:05 am

Sounds interesting! I'll have to try this one out!

Melody August 3, 2009 - 9:16 am

This is a keeper! We don't have Bajio here, I wish we did!

Denise August 3, 2009 - 8:38 am

Anythng in a crockpot appeals to me, but these flavors are some of my favorite. Love them in taco shells, would also probably be good in wraps. Yum