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Crock Pot Chicken and Rice Recipe

Crock Pot chicken and rice recipe are one of the easiest meals to make. It’s filling, will feed the entire family, and tastes great. We all love comfort food, and this slow cooker meal, with simple ingredients, hits the spot. Plus, it’s super easy to make.

Crock Pot Chicken and Rice is an easy and delicious meal. It serves up to 6 people and is a cinch to make.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours and 5 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Preparation Level: Beginner +

Important Info About the Recipe

  • The recipe is quick to make, which means less time in the kitchen for you.
  • It is so easy and versatile.
  • Chicken is budget-friendly and can be used to create a lot of variety. On occasion, you can add pork instead of chicken.
Cooked chicken and rice casserole in a slow cooker

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 3 cups water or chicken broth
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 stick butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-1/2 cups instant rice
  • 1-2 cups water for rice at the end of the recipe
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card. ⬇️

Chicken and rice on a plate with toast.

Step-By-Step Instructions

chicken in a crock pot with butter and seasonings

Spray the inside of the Crock Pot with cooking spray. Start by adding the chicken breasts, seasonings, salt and pepper, and butter.

chicken breasts in a slow cooker with mushroom soup and butter

Next, add the mushroom soup to the Crock Pot.

Chicken broth and water in a crock pot with chicken.

Add the chicken broth or water to the slow cooker. Place the lid on top and cook on low heat for 7 hours.

shredded chicken and rice in a slow cooker.

Once everything cooks, shred the chicken inside of the Crock Pot. I usually use two forks to shred, and that does the trick. Give everything a good stir again. Next, add the rice to the shredded chicken. Make sure the rice is covered with liquid. Replace the lid and cook for about one more hour or until the rice is tender.

Cooked chicken and rice with shredded cheese.

Once the rice cooks, stir everything. Finally, add the shredded cheddar cheese to the chicken and cooked rice. Stir everything again. Since it’s hot, the cheese will melt pretty fast. After you stir everything together a few times, it is dinner time.

Crock Pot chicken and rice on a wooden spoon

Tips

  • Once you add the dry rice, if the amount of liquid seems low, pour some water over it (try to cover all of the rice with water if you can), close the lid, and check back in about 1/2 hour to see how it’s doing. If it’s still a little crunchy, add a little more water. The rice will soak up the liquid as it cooks.
  • We head over to Fresh Market on Tuesdays, which are sale days for ground chuck and chicken breasts. And they have some great sales.

Can You Put Raw Chicken In A Crockpot?

  • Yes, I do it all the time. The chicken just needs to cook to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Can You Put Frozen Chicken In A Crock Pot?

  • Yes, but you will need a longer cooking time than the suggested time, and make sure the internal temperature is above 165 degrees before eating. I put frozen chicken in my Crock Pot often.
  • I usually cook it about 30 to 60 minutes longer if frozen.

Storage Instructions

Any leftovers can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator. To prevent the chicken from drying out, add a tablespoon of water to the chicken and rice recipe in the microwave when reheating.

chicken and rice with cheese on a plate with toast.

Variations and Substitutions

  • You can use chicken broth in the recipe instead of water to add a little more flavor.
  • If you are not a big fan of cream of mushroom soup, you can use a can of cream of chicken soup, cream of cheese, or cream of celery instead.
  • Swap the long-grain white rice for brown rice or quinoa and make it a healthier recipe.
  • Add some diced bell peppers, diced carrots, English peas, or green beans to the slow cooker for added texture and nutrition.
  • Try a Mediterranean twist by replacing the dried thyme and oregano with dried basil, rosemary, and a splash of lemon juice.

More Family-Friendly Meals

Crock Pot Chicken and Rice is an easy meal to cook in the Crock Pot, I love the quick start and delicious meal.

Crock Pot Chicken and Rice

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes

Crock Pot Chicken and Rice is an easy dinner to fix. It's a budget-friendly meal that everyone will love.

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 3 cups water or chicken broth
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 stick butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-1/2 cups instant rice
  • 1-2 cups water for rice at the end of the recipe
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

Cook for a total of 6 hours on medium or 8 hours on low.

  1. Add the chicken, three cups of water (or chicken broth), a can of cream of mushroom soup, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and butter to the Crock Pot.
  2. Stir and cover with the lid.
  3. Cook for 5 hours on medium or 7 hours on low.
  4. After cooking, shred the chicken and add the rice.
  5. Add 1-2 cups of water over the rice, if needed. (Just make sure water covers the rice).
  6. Cook for one more hour (check in 1/2 hour to see if the rice is finished cooking).
  7. Add more water, if needed, to cook the rice more.
  8. Stir everything.
  9. When rice is finished cooking, add the cheese, mix well, and serve hot.

Notes

This recipe was updated to use 4 chicken breasts.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 563Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 134mgSodium: 999mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 32g

Nutrition is approximate.

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Sharon Welch

Monday 8th of January 2024

Silly question, my crockpot only has high or low, no medium. Can someone help me out on how long to use on high?

Thanks

Julie Pollitt

Monday 8th of January 2024

Great question actually! I would cut the time in half if you are using the Crock Pot on high. If I have a recipe that calls for 8 hours on low, I would do 4 hours on high. Hope that helps.

Nikki

Sunday 10th of December 2023

Hello! I was wondering if the recipe would change if you used four pieces of chicken? Would things like water change by a cup or half a cup?

Julie Pollitt

Sunday 10th of December 2023

Hi Nikki, great question. You can use four breasts and I would keep things the same. Hope you enjoy it!

Evan

Sunday 24th of September 2023

Can I use chicken broth instead of water, also can I use shredded chicken that alreaady been shredded so I don't have to shred the chicken

Julie Pollitt

Sunday 24th of September 2023

Yes on both. And you can cut the cook time in half if the chicken is already cooked and shredded.

Don

Sunday 6th of August 2023

Can you use rice roni instead

Julie Pollitt

Sunday 6th of August 2023

I think that would work fine.

Froggy

Tuesday 13th of June 2023

I found that by boiling the rice at a rolling boil for 7- 10 mins before adding the rice helped as far as making the rice tender in shorter time. And I used chicken broth when boiling the rice instead of water and was perfect amount of liquid when poured over the shredded cooked chicken. I put on medium temp and let it cook 1 1/2 hr after I added the rice and was perfectly tender rice when done. Also did the chicken on high setting at lil over 4 hrs and was shreddable and done then. I adjusted first time I tried it and this worked best in the end: So total time I had was 4-4 1/2 hrs high for the chicken and other starting ingredients, 1 1/2 hr on medium with rice boiled as above. So total 5-6 hrs and was excellent. I’m did add a liptons onion soup mix to the final mix beside using chicken broth instead of water and it was awesome!!! Thanks for the great easy recipe.

Julie Pollitt

Tuesday 13th of June 2023

Great information! Thanks so much for sharing. I love the rice trick!

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