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Dinner is a breeze with this Crock Pot Chicken and Rice Recipe. The tender chicken and cheesy rice make an amazing meal your family will go crazy for.

Cheesy Chicken and Rice in a crock pot with a wooden spoon in the middle of it.
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Crock Pot Chicken and Rice Recipe

We absolutely love this tasty and creamy chicken and rice crock pot recipe. Everything gets tossed into the crockpot and dinner will be ready when you get home.

My kids go crazy over this dish and they love when I make it. It is so cheesy and delicious.

We make this meal frequently because it is so very simple and everyone enjoys it so much. Once I find something everyone will enjoy, it makes dinner time much easier.

Give this easy slow cooker recipe a try. It is so yummy and budget friendly.  You will love to slow cook this meal!

Overview of this cheesy chicken and rice in a black crock pot.

Crock pot cheesy chicken and rice is sure to impress the entire family!

Throw this chicken and rice in crock pot and be prepared for a great dinner! It is comfort food in every single bite.

The cheese blends together with the rice for the best flavor. The kids really like this dish and ask frequently for cheesy rice as they call it.

If you want to add something green to this meal, try serving these Delicious Roasted Green Beans. Another good side is steamed broccoli.

Learn how to steam broccoli in the microwave for a quick and easy side dish.  This recipe is so good that the kids don’t even seem to mind eating their veggies when paired with this tasty dish.

Can you put rice in a slow cooker with chicken?

Yes, definitely! I have love cooking the rice right in the crock pot for this recipe. I have found that brown rice works best as it’s less likely to be over cooked in the crock pot.

Overview of this crock pot chicken and rice recipe in a black crock pot.

This is one of our favorite slow cooker chicken and rice recipes!

Your family will love this amazing meal. Make sure you check out our page for all our easy crock pot recipes too.  Plus, if you are short on time you might want to try our Instant pot Chicken and rice recipe.

Programmable Slow Cooker

I have had this slow cooker for years. I love the latching lid feature to make traveling easier. It is a digital slow cooker with a timer so it goes to warm for you when the timer is up.

Ingredients needed to make crock pot chicken and rice.

Ingredients for Chicken and Rice crock pot:

  • Chicken Breasts
  • Minced Garlic
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Onion
  • Chicken Broth (See Chicken broth substitutes)
  • Cream of Chicken Soup (You can make homemade cream of chicken soup.)
  • Brown Rice – I recommend brown rice for this recipe as it is more hearty and less likely to over cook in the crock pot. I have tried this recipe with white rice before and the rice generally gets overcooked and turns mushy.
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese

How do you cook chicken and rice in a slow cooker?

  • Place the chicken broth, garlic, salt, pepper, onions, chicken broth, cream of chicken soup and uncooked brown rice in a crock pot. Stir to thoroughly combine all the ingredients.
  • Cover and cook on high for 3.5-4 hours until all the broth in the crock pot is absorbed by the rice.
  • Stir in the shredded cheese after the cook time. Cover and let the heat from the meal melt the cheese.
  • Serve warm once the rice is tender and blended with the cheese.

Variations to Try!

  • Try cream of mushroom in the casserole.
  • Make homemade cream of chicken soup.
  • Substitute chicken thighs.
  • Add frozen vegetables to the rice mixture.
  • Add another ¼ cup shredded cheese to the rice when finished cooking.

Chicken and Rice is simple to make!

Another time saving tip is to use a small food chopper or food processor to quickly and easily chop the onions in this recipe. If you do not have one of these, I highly recommend them.

They are such a time saver and you can get the veggies really fine. I usually just chop the entire vegetable and freeze what I don’t need.

It’s so nice to be able to just take the diced onion out of the freezer for recipes.This is how I meal prep. It’s so quick and easy and helps get dinner on the table fast.

Learn  how to freeze onions and also how to freeze peppers to save so much time in the kitchen!

You need a crockpot for this Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice.

My Favorite Slow Cooker

I love this slow cooker because it is digital and you can set the time. This is nice because then it automatically goes to warm when the time is up.

Close up of a wooden spoon scooping out a serving of this chicken and rice from the crock pot.

You can also use a Casserole Crock Pot:

You can use a traditional style of crock pot but we also really like to use one of these casserole crock pot styles.It is perfect for casserole style slow cooker recipes.

I bought mine on Amazon,and I love it. It is perfect for the Holidays and really year round.

Plus, it is just so pretty. We can still enjoy all our favorite casserole recipes without ever turning the oven on.

Chicken and rice crockpot recipe easy to make!

You only need 2 chicken breasts for this recipe so it is very frugal friendly. The rice and cheese really stretch the meat and make it easy to feed a big family.

I love meals that are easy on my grocery budget, taste amazing and only take a few minutes to prepare.  Life is so busy and most of us are running from work and school to activities and more. Take out is so tempting on those crazy busy days.

Now, you can just toss everything in the crockpot and make this amazing recipe. You will love coming home to dinner ready and waiting.

Print this Chicken and Rice Slow Cooker recipe below:

Close up of a wooden spoon scooping out a serving of this chicken and rice from the crock pot.

Crock Pot Chicken and Rice Recipe

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Get dinner on the table fast with this Crock Pot Chicken and Rice Recipe. The tender chicken and cheesy rice make an amazing meal your family will love.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 424

Equipment

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Instructions

  • Place the chicken, garlic, salt, pepper, onion, chicken broth, cream of chicken soup and brown rice in the crock pot. Stir to thoroughly combine all the ingredients.
  • Cover and cook on high for 3.5-4 hours until the rice has absorbed all the chicken broth in the crock pot.
  • Stir in the shredded cheese. Cover and allow the heat from the meal to melt the cheese (5-7 minutes).
  • Serve warm and enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

  • I recommend brown rice for this recipe instead of white rice as it’s more hearty and able to handle the longer cook time from the crock pot.  I do not recommend white rice for this recipe as it will likely turn too mushy.
  • If the mixture is too thick, gradually stir in more chicken broth at the end of the cook time until the meal is the consistency that you prefer (¼ cup at a time).
  • Refrigerate the leftovers in an air tight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 424kcal, Carbohydrates 42g, Protein 23g, Fat 18g, Saturated Fat 9g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 68mg, Sodium 1455mg, Potassium 442mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 486IU, Vitamin C 10mg, Calcium 308mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. Carrie Barnard says:

    I would increase by an hour.

  2. Jeanne moore says:

    What could I substitute for the chicken soup, too much sodium?

  3. Annie says:

    Anyone have insight as to cooking times if you double the recipe?

  4. Carrie Barnard says:

    No, chicken thighs will work great.

  5. Sandra says:

    4 stars
    I don’t have chicken breast but I have boneless thighs. Would I need to change anything in the recipe?

  6. Carrie Barnard says:

    When adding fresh broccoli, I would stir that in for the last 30-45 minutes of cooking time if cooking on low and the last 20 minutes if cooking on high.

  7. Carrie Barnard says:

    I would add more chicken broth or water (approximately 1/2 cup) when reheating it to keep it from drying out.

  8. Carrie Barnard says:

    Cook it for the longer end of the cook time to make sure that all the rice is cooked through.

  9. Carrie Barnard says:

    Each batch is slightly different so I’m not sure on the exact size. A serving is 1/6 of the entire recipe.

  10. Carrie Barnard says:

    That sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Carrie Barnard says:

    Yes, just make sure that the crock pot comes to room temperature before cooking.

  12. Carrie Barnard says:

    I haven’t tested it, but I think it’ll work great!

  13. Carrie Barnard says:

    I recommend brown rice for this recipe. If you use jasmine rice, I recommend cooking the rice separately and stir it into the crock pot right before serving. Thanks!

  14. Carrie Barnard says:

    If you use white rice, we recommend cooking the rice separately and stir it into the crock pot right before serving.

  15. Carrie Barnard says:

    I used dry brown rice from a bag for this recipe not minute rice. Thanks!

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