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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.

Bajio Chicken slow cooker recipe | realmomkitchen.com

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
Bajio Chicken slow cooker recipe | realmomkitchen.com

Bajio Chicken

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  • 5 chicken breasts
  • ½ cup salsa
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • ½ cup brown sugar more to taste, I added at least an extra 1/8 cup
  • 1 4 oz can diced green chilies
  • ½ of a 12 oz can of Sprite


  • 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.
  • 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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  1. 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!