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Costa Vida Chicken

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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 Costa Vida chicken.  I found this recipe over at Your Home Based Mom and had to try it.  It was too easy not to. 

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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.

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Here is what you need to make the
Costa Vida Chicken


Costa Vida Chicken

Real Mom Kitchen

5 from 1 vote
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 10 servings
Calories 179 kcal


  • 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)


Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 530mg | Potassium: 277mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 278IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword Costa Vida, Mexican chicken
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This is the original photo from when this post was first posted in April 2010.

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  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!!

  8. 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.