This Crockpot Chicken and Rice is the perfect one-pot meal for weeknight dinners. Simply dump your ingredients in the slow cooker and let it do the work. This dish has chicken, brown rice, veggies, and cheese.
Course dinner, lunch
Keyword crockpot cheesy chicken and rice, crockpot chicken and rice, one pot chicken and rice, slow cooker chicken and rice
3cupsfrozen mixed vegetables24oz if buying packaged; You can use fresh if you wish.
1/2cupshredded cheddar cheese
cooking oil spray
Spray the bottom of the slow cooker with cooking oil spray.
Add the rice, chicken broth, cream of chicken, and chopped onions to the slow cooker.
Top with the chicken breasts and sprinkle the spices and seasonings throughout.
Cook on High for 2 - 3 hours (Low 4-6 hours) until the rice is soft and all liquid has been absorbed. See notes for additional tips.
Open the pot and remove the chicken and shred or slice into cubes.
Return the chicken to the pot along with the frozen vegetables and shredded cheese.
Place the lid on the pot and slow cook on High for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the veggies are soft and the cheese has melted.
The cheese is optional (and delicious). Omit it if you wish.
Be sure to season with salt. This dish is very bland without it. Rice and chicken breasts are pretty bland alone. They will require flavor.
Chicken breasts are typically dry in comparison to chicken thighs. If you are looking for really juicy meat, use chicken thighs. (No adjustment to cook time).
If using fresh vegetables, you will still add them at the end.
This is not a set it and forget it recipe where you will let it cook all day and then transfer to Warm setting. The longer the rice sits on the Warm setting, the mushier the texture will become. Rice isn't something that can remain on heat for long without becoming mushy. For dinner, I like to make this dish in the early evening so that it’s ready by dinner time using the High setting.
In general, you want to cook the rice and chicken until the liquid evaporates, but you should keep a close eye on the rice and monitor the texture. I’ve made this recipe with 2 different Crockpot models and both yielded slightly different results because it’s apparent one gets hotter than the other.
The same will likely apply to you. After the dish has been cooking for 2 hours I check the texture of the rice. If the rice is soft and the liquid hasn’t fully evaporated, remove the lid from the pot and allow the dish to stand for 5 minutes. This will help evaporate the liquid.
Most times when I check in at 2 hours there’s a small amount of liquid left and the rice still isn’t soft enough. I continue to cook it for an additional 30 minutes or until soft.
One serving is 1/4 pound of chicken and 1/2 cup of cooked rice.
If you want to use the Instant Pot you can cook for 23 minutes on High Pressure with a cook release. Don't add the vegetables or cheese until the end.
If you want to cook this on the stove, I would cook the chicken separately from the rice and combine them together once cooked.