Chicken With Rice Crock Pot Recipe

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Chicken With Rice Crock Pot Recipe – The Best Chicken With Rice Crock Pot Recipe you will find online. This easy crock pot recipe for chicken thighs is great for a family meal or slower cooker recipes for your parties. Chicken With Rice Crock Pot Recipe — A hearty, comforting dish that comes together in just a few minutes. This is the perfect dish to make on a chilly fall or winter night.

Cheesy Chicken And Rice (Crock Pot Version)

This crockpot cheesy chicken and rice recipe is one of the most popular recipes of all time on Southern Plate and with good reason. The combination of the flavorful Zatarain rice, cream of chicken soup, and gooey cheese make for a delicious (and easy) weeknight dinner.

cheesy chicken and rice crock pot

You talk, I listen. Well, I listen whenever I can, of course! Folks have been asking for more slow cooker recipes for a multitude of reasons. Who doesn’t like to come home and have supper all cooked and waiting for them? I know I sure do! This is a recipe I modified for the slow cooker and some of you will be happy to know I also removed the entire stick of margarine it called for. 

This easy cheesy chicken and rice recipe in the crockpot uses simple ingredients like cheese, cream of chicken, yellow rice, and sweet corn that pack a punch when combined. It’s also so easy to make, as your slow cooker does most of the work for you (don’t we just love that?). But if you want to speed things up, check out the oven casserole version of this crockpot recipe.

Alright, let’s get cooking!

Recipe Ingredients

  • Yellow rice
  • Cream of chicken soup (homemade cream of chicken soup recipe
  • Whole kernel corn
  • Onion
  • Boneless skinless chicken breast
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
Chicken breast and onion in slow cooker.

Place your chicken breasts in the bottom of your slow cooker (spray with cooking spray first if needed).

Chop up the onion and toss on the top.

Add cream of chicken soup to slow cooker.

Spoon or glob your cream soup over that.

cook cheesy chicken and rice for 7 -8 hours

Now cover this and cook it according to the following:

Low: 7-8 hours

High: 3-4 hours.

This is great to put on in the morning on the weekends if you cook it on high and then have a nice meal at lunchtime.

Add corn to the slow cooker.

When it is done cooking, drain your corn and toss that in.

Add cheese to slow cooker.

Add your cheddar cheese.

add rice to the cheesy chicken and rice

And last but not least, add in your COOKED rice.

You’ll need to cook your rice before this step. What I like to do is cook my rice the night before and just stick it in the fridge. Then you can dump it in and stir it up and give it a minute or two to get heated. You can also cook your rice as soon as you get home, though. It’s still an easy and delicious supper!

spoonful of cheesy chicken and rice

Stir all of that up and give it a few minutes to get all heated and warm (this won’t take long).

This stuff is to die for. Prepare for a happy landing in your stomach!

Storage

Store your slow cooker cheesy chicken and rice leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days or the freezer for up to three months. When it’s time, reheat in the microwave.

Recipe Notes

  • You can use chicken thighs instead of chicken breast.
  • You could also add a selection of frozen vegetables to the slow cooker when you add the onion, like carrot, frozen broccoli florets, and peas.
  • Another option is to use cream of mushroom soup or celery instead of this creamy chicken version. For even more mushroom flavor, add some sliced mushrooms to the slow cooker.
  • I love Zatarain’s yellow rice, one of my favorite meal helpers. But you can use any rice you like, such as long-grain or brown rice.
  • If you want to use the lower fat cream soup that’s fine in this too. A lot of folks have been making my Slow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice with cream of chicken soup because they don’t care for the cream of mushroom soup and that is great, too! Make it your own and tweak these recipes however they work best for your family.

Recipe FAQs

What do you serve with cheesy chicken and rice?

I recommend serving this slow cooker chicken and rice recipe with a side salad or vegetables. Try fresh green beans, zucchini and squash, or low-carb broccoli cauliflower salad. 

Healthy Chicken and Rice Crockpot Recipe

Healthy Chicken and Rice Crockpot Recipe

A hearty chicken and rice meal using chicken thighs, long-grain brown rice, chicken broth, veggies, seasoned with dry ranch dressing that cooks all day. A one-pan meal requiring minimal work and results in a creamy and delicious dinner that’s kid-approved!

Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes

A hearty chicken and rice meal using chicken thighs, long-grain brown rice, chicken broth, veggies, seasoned with dry ranch dressing that cooks all day. A one-pan meal requiring minimal work and results in a creamy, delicious dinner that’s kid-approved!

You can never have too many crockpot recipes! Slow cooker meals are what keep families sane (and fed) during the busy times. This healthy chicken and rice crock pot recipe is no exception.

healthy chicken and rice crock pot recipe in a bowl

The ingredients are added in the morning and left to simmer all day. Ready in time for dinner, the whole family will approve of this creamy casserole. You can bet on the kids asking for seconds!

crock pot recipe chicken and rice in a bowl topped with cheese

This crock pot chicken and rice recipe is definitely being added to the menu this week. Dust off the crockpot and gather the ingredients to give it a try!

Equipment

  • slow cooker
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • plate
  • 2 forks for shredding

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1.5 cups long-grain brown rice
  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 packet dry ranch dressing
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 ounces light sour cream

How To Make Crock Pot Recipe Chicken And Rice

We love that this slow cooker meal makes dinner time a breeze. Follow these three simple steps to create this tasty chicken and rice crock pot recipe.

1. Mix the ingredients

In the base of your slow cooker, combine:

  • chicken broth
  • brown rice
  • frozen vegetables
  • onion
  • celery
  • garlic
  • dry ranch dressing
  • salt
  • pepper

Can you add other vegetables?

Absolutely. From broccoli and carrots to green beans, corn and peas, pick any combination of veggies your family enjoys.

chicken and rice recipe in a slow cooker base

2. Add the chicken

Add the chicken thighs then cover. This recipe is cooked on low for 8 hours or high for 4-6 hours.

This recipe is great because it works with our busy schedules. Toss this recipe in the slow cooker in the morning on low before the kids head off to school. If the morning routine is too hectic, prep around noon and cook on high. Either way, this recipe is ready to serve when the family gathers around the dinner table.

3. Shred the chicken

Remove the chicken from the crock pot. Using two forks or your mixer, shred the chicken.

Pro Tip: Using your mixer can take cooked chicken and shred it perfectly in under a minute. Quickly learn How To Shred Chicken In Kitchenaid.

Add the sour cream and cheese to the rice mixture that is in the crockpot. Then, add the shredded chicken and stir. Serve topped with additional cheese or a dollop of sour cream if desired.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long to cook chicken in crock pot?

For this recipe, cook the fresh chicken on low for 8 hours or high for 4-6 hours in a crock pot.

Can you cook rice in a crock pot?

Yes! To cook rice in crock pot, we recommend using long grain brown rice – it can handle the longer cooking times without becoming mushy and overcooked. If using a shorter grain rice, adjust your cooking time as needed.

What kind of chicken do you use?

We used boneless, skinless chicken thighs for this recipe, which cook perfectly with the rice and are preferred by kids. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts can be swapped if desired.

CREAMIEST CROCKPOT CHICKEN AND RICE {HEALTHY DUMP DINNER}

Crockpot Chicken and Rice is so easy to make in your slow cooker – no soup can is required! Just add frozen veggies, sour cream and cheese.  

How to make easy crockpot chicken and rice

Because this recipe is made in the crock pot, you just dump in all your ingredients then press start!

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  1. Spray the pot with cooking spray
  2. Add all the ingredients, except for sour cream, cheese and parsley.
  3. Cook on high for four hours or low for eight.
  4. Stir in sour cream and cheese just before serving.
  5. Enjoy!

Can you put raw chicken in rice cooker with rice?

Yes you can! As long as there is liquid, the rice and chicken will cook either on high or on low for the time designated in the recipe card at the end of this post.

Raw chicken is totally safe to cook in the slow cooker. Just make sure it’s not frozen raw chicken as it takes too long for the chicken to reach a safe temperature and increases the risk of harmful bacteria in the food.

It is safe to put frozen chicken breast in an Instant Pot. The chicken heats and cooks so quickly, it does not have time for bacteria to develop. Check out my instructions for making this recipe in the Instant Pot!

Creamiest Crockpot Chicken and Rice

Making this recipe in the Instant Pot

You can easily make this recipe in the Instant Pot! Here are the step-by-step instructions:

  1. Add 1-2 tbsp canola or vegetable oil to the bottom of the Instant Pot, then add all ingredients except for sour cream, cheese and parsley in the order in which they are listed below (onions and frozen veggies first, followed by chicken, rice and broth).
  2. Make sure to push the rice down underneath the liquid as much as possible.
  3. Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes, then do a quick release of the pressure.
  4. Stir in sour cream and cheese, then garnish with parsley. Serve and enjoy!
Crockpot Chicken and Rice

Ingredients and substitutions 

There are several ingredients you can swap to make this recipe different each time you make it.

  • Cooking spray – feel free to use butter or a neutral oil to grease your crockpot instead
  • yellow onion – shallots or red onion will also work
  • frozen vegetables – choose different blends of frozen vegetables, or use fresh vegetables
  • long grain white rice – use Basmati or Jasmine rice instead. If you want to use brown rice, you may need to add another cup of broth. I haven’t tested this recipe using brown rice, so you may need to test this yourself.
  • dried thyme – you can leave this out, or use fresh thyme or Italian seasoning instead
  • garlic – the fresh stuff is best, but the jarred kind will work. 1 tsp garlic powder will also work in a pinch.
  • Dijon mustard – there isn’t a great sub for this. You can try leaving it out or using 2 tsp dry mustard.
  • chicken breasts – chicken thighs can be used instead, and may give you more flavour!
  • chicken broth – add cream of mushroom soup or cream of chicken soup to the rice instead of or in addition to the broth
  • sour cream – Greek yogurt will work here but the flavour won’t be as good in my opinion
  • cheddar cheese – any type of cheese will work here, but I find cheddar gives the most kick
  • parsley – try some fresh herbs/seasonings at the end such as parsley, cilantro or lemon zest
Creamiest Crockpot Chicken and Rice

Adding more vegetables

An easy way to change up this crock pot chicken and rice recipe so you can use it in your regular rotation is to choose different veggies. Try some of these ideas:

  • Choose a different frozen veggie blend – stir fry blends are great for this!
  • Bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes
  • Green beans
  • Jalapenos
  • Carrots
  • Peas

Storing and reheating

You can keep this chicken and rice in the refrigerator for five days. It makes great leftovers for lunches. Reheat in the microwave for 2-3 minutes, sprinkling some water overtop before reheating to help your rice avoid drying out.

Freezing crock pot chicken and rice

You can freeze this whole meal together. It will keep for about a month. Combined with the other ingredients, the rice will lose some of its texture but it’s a good option to reduce food waste and save any leftovers that you can’t eat after five days. Freeze in individual portions in glass bowls with lids, then sprinkle some water overtop before reheating in the microwave for 6-7 minutes, stirring halfway through the cook time.

Another way to turn this into a freezer meal is to cook the chicken and vegetables and freeze them separately from the rice. Rice freezes well independently and reheats to the right consistency.

You could also make a fresh pot of rice in your Instant Pot the day you want to make this meal and combine it all just before eating.

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