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.

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 it 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.

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
  • 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.
The raw ingredients mixed together in the crock pot.
  • 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.

I really like this crockpot.  I use this all the time and it’s great.

My favorite feature is that you can lock the lid down. This is awesome for when you need to take the crockpot somewhere.

I often use the slow cooker to take dishes to potluck events and this feature is amazing! There are several others on sale here.

Another favorite is this programmable crock pot  for when I am am not at home all day. I love coming home to a nice meal ready and waiting!

I also like to use crock pot liners to make clean up a breeze. These are worth every penny and save a ton of time.

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:

Crock Pot Chicken and Rice Recipe

4.89 from 401 votes
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 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 424
Author Eating on a Dime


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup  (10.5 oz can)
  • 1 1/2 cup brown rice (uncooked)
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)


  • 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!

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. 5 stars
    Carrie thank you so much for the delicious recipes especially the Crock-Pot ones that you post I really appreciate him and so does my husband, children, and grandchildren.
    Debb Linke

  2. 5 stars
    I’m making this for the second time this month. It is delicious! I double this recipe for our family of 6 so we have plenty of leftovers for lunches. Thanks for an easy, flavorful recipe!

  3. Wendy – Yes, you can freeze leftovers but I would reheat on the stove top since it wouldn’t need to cook as long to warm it back up!

  4. 5 stars
    I added a dry ranch seasoning packet to my chicken!!! Amazing!!! Otherwise followed the recipe. Definitely a success in my house!

  5. Since I can’t have rice could I use cauliflower rice instead? Would love to make this

  6. Yes, you can definitely make it with the cauliflower rice but I would mix it in right before serving so that it doesn’t get mushy. Thank you!

  7. I would add in fresh broccoli for the last hour of the cooking time in the crock pot and additional sauce wouldn’t be needed. Thank you!

  8. I followed the directions to a t and it is like soup. How could I make this a normal chicken and rice consistency?

  9. Katie, if the recipe is too soupy, I mix 1/4 cup of cornstarch with 1 cup of water and mix it into the crockpot and cook on high for 30-60 minutes. This will thicken the recipe. Chicken brings more water to recipes sometime so this is a great way to thicken them. Thank you!

  10. 5 stars
    Just made this with brown rice, about 1 cup of cheese, and stirred in some chopped broccoli at the end. So delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  11. 5 stars
    I just made this! My husband doesn’t care for rice so I used penne pasta. Mine was thin too, but thickened when I turned off the slow cooker for about 15 minutes. It was amazing! Great flavor!

  12. I am so happy I found this recipe during a search today. I knew I had to make this for dinner and it was amazing. This will be just as awesome as leftovers. Thank you for sharing. Cheers***

  13. 5 stars
    I love chicken and rice but it never seems to work for me in the oven. This recipe is both easy and delicious and never comes out dry.

  14. 5 stars
    I have made this recipe twice now and it is a keeper! The first time I followed the recipe as written and we really enjoyed it. The leftovers were great the next day for lunch. The second time I doubled the recipe, added peas & carrots, and sliced mushrooms, rice, and extra broth to make it a soup. Really good! This recipe is going into my monthly meal plan. Thank you!

  15. 4 stars
    Mine never thickened up (and I don’t use corn starch). We ate it out of a bowl and it was delicious. I’m wondering if it was because I used chicken thighs rather than breast. I also added canned, drained mushrooms and some herbs de Provence. It was very tasty, just not as thick as shown. It made enough for two dinners. Will definitely make it again.

  16. Each chicken brings different amounts of liquid to a crock pot meal, so I’m guessing your chicken just released more liquid than mine did while cooking. Next time, if you use the same type of chicken, I would reduce the chicken broth by 1/2 a cup to help thicken it more.

  17. Directions in the blog section and comment section contradict the actual recipe directions. Am I mixing everything including uncooked rice and then cooking it all for x amount of time? Or am I adding cooked rice at the end?

  18. Tiffany – I’m so sorry for the confusion. We have updated this recipe and we cook the rice in the crock pot now! We love the easy of doing this. If you try it out, please let us know what you think! Thank you!

  19. Hi! This looks really delicious, but two things are confusing me … the text at the top of the page says this uses cooked rice added at the end, but the directions on the recipe card say to use brown rice and put it in at the beginning with everything else. Also, the beginning of the recipe card says the cook time is 8 hours and 30 minutes … but the recipe instructions on the card says cook on high for 3 – 4 hours. I am looking for a 6-8 hour cook on low (while at work) so thank you in advance for any clarification on whether that’s recommended, as I’d love to add this to my rotation.

  20. I’m so sorry for the confusion. We in the process of updating this recipe and I’ll update the post to make it more clear. We did cook the rice in the crock pot for this recipe. We used (uncooked) brown rice and cooked it on high for 3-4 hours. It was delicious! I hope you try it out and let us know what you think!

  21. I’ve made this recipe many times and love it, but I made it the old way with adding the rice after cooking. Are all the ingredient amount the same for that way?

  22. Yes, you can cook the right separately and just mix it into the crock pot right before serving. All of the other ingredients are the same.

  23. I want to make this for someone who doesn’t like brown rice. Could I use white rice and maybe add it in a little later in the cooking process?

  24. I’m confused. On the recipe it shows 8 plus hours, but in the directions it says 4 please clarify.

  25. I find that white rice has a tendency to get mushy when cooked in the crock pot and the brown rice does not. If you use white rice, I would cook it separately and then mix it in cooked once the chicken is cooked through.

  26. 5 stars
    I made this and used brown Basmati rice it was great! Wondering if I could try Quinoa next time…or would Quinoa get too mushy?

  27. I haven’t tried Quinoa yet in the slow cooker so I’m not sure. If you try it out, please let me know how it turns out!

  28. I haven’t tested that yet so I’m not sure. I had trouble with white rice turning too mushy but I’m not sure how wild rice would work in the crock pot.

  29. Can I cook this on low? I need something I can start at 9:30 and not eat until 5:30 or 6:00??

  30. 5 stars
    Very good recipe. We added broccoli. Always popping in veggies wherever I can. I might try parboiled rice next time instead of brown rice.

  31. 5 stars
    One of our go-to-recipes. Quick, easy, and you use ingredients you have on hand. Grandkids love it. Thanks for all the great tips and recipes.

  32. Just made this recipe a few days ago. It was easy to increase because we had more chicken and it made a great supper. Added a veggie and we were good to go. Left overs were very welcome. We will use this recipe often.

  33. 5 stars
    Delicious recipe, but I took a little different approach since I only had white rice and boneless, skinless thighs. I started by putting the chopped onion, raw chicken, and cream of chicken soup in the crockpot then added three near full cans of chicken broth and the seasoning. An hour before I was ready to serve, I added the white rice. Topped with cheese on the plates since some did not want the extra cheese.

  34. Can I cook this on low for 8 hours? I’ll be gone all day and would love to have it ready when we get home?!?

  35. How long should I cook this on low? I want to make this but usually work all day, but don’t want a yucky mess!!

  36. Yes, but minute rice will cook in 20 minutes in the crock pot so add in the minute rice for the last 20 minutes only of the cook time.

  37. I do not recommend cooking this recipe on long as the rice will get too mushy when cooking.

  38. I’m so sorry, I don’t recommend cooking this one on low as the rice might get too mushy.

  39. 5 stars
    This is really good and easy! I only had instant brown rice on hand, so I used half of the broth to cook it and put the rest in the Crockpot with the chicken, etc. I put the cooked instant rice aside and mixed in during the last half hour of cooking.

  40. 5 stars
    Wife loved it, which is always what I’m looking for. Reading other comments, I also added a packet of ranch mix in the beginning. Also, about an hour before getting done I added fresh broccoli. It was awesome!

  41. 3 stars
    Made this for dinner last night with white rice since it was all I had at the moment. It did come out mushy but it was still edible for dinner. This evening I took those leftovers and made a chicken and rice soup that turned out delicious. Thank you for the recipe ?

  42. 4 stars
    Made this tonight with thighs. It was very tasty, but I thought it was a little mushy, more like thick soup, but my husband liked it. Might use slightly less broth next time. I didn’t have chicken broth on hand, so I used low-sodium vegetable broth.