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Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Recipe

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Recipe – Your favorite chicken and rice casserole prepared in the crock pot! Made with brown rice, tomatoes, and chicken, this is a healthy, delicious, and easy slow cooker recipe perfect for those busy weeknights.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice in a bowl.

I have a Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice recipe, just like your favorite childhood casserole, only this recipe cooks in the slow cooker while you go and take care of your daily bizness! It’s the perfect set-it-and-forget-it-meal for when you’re on the go or just wanting to take it suuuuper easy (read: lazy Sundays).

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THIS delish recipe will have your whole family enjoying a warm, filling, healthy meal, together. Even my verrrry picky 8-year old went for seconds.

Chicken and Rice in a bowl

Plus just look at this glorious bowl of food…  I think everyone at the table will absolutely love this meal!

Chicken and Rice Recipe in crock pot

One of my favorite things about this recipe is the tomato sauce. It’s just a quick sauté of onions with a can of tomatoes and some beautiful seasonings, but it really adds so much flavor and awesome texture to the meal.

Side note: Could you ignore the white rice in the pic above, please? Thank youuuu! I forgot to take a process-photo when I made the recipe with brown rice, so the next time that I decided to have this for dinner, I only had white rice and that is how we ended up with that pic above.

Browning chicken legs

CUTS OF CHICKEN

… For Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Recipes

I am a huge fan of slow cooker chicken and rice concoctions, and I LOVE IT with chicken legs.   You, however, do not need to use chicken legs. Want some thighs? DO IT! Skin-on, skin-off, that’s all up to you. I have to add though, for less calories and fat, I suggest using skinless thighs, legs, and/or breasts.

Also, depending on the size of the breasts/thighs/legs, you can fit up to 6 chicken pieces in this crock pot recipe.

chicken legs in the slow cooker

But friends, we won’t stop there. No. You are are hungry for the creamy tomatoey rice, as am I, and we will make that happen, too, with a stir of chicken broth.

HOW TO MAKE SLOW COOKER CHICKEN AND RICE

  • First and foremost, prepare the onions and tomatoes. I suggest using a can of diced tomatoes with the liquid, but you can also make it with fresh tomatoes.
  • Next is to layer the rice inside the slow cooker and add the tomatoes and onions on top.
  • A stir of chicken broth will bring all that together.
  • Browning of the chicken is not a must, but I prefer it only because it adds more flavor.
  • Arrange browned chicken pieces over the rice and tomatoes. You can use whatever chicken pieces you’ve got – chicken legs are my fave in this one!
  • Cover with the lid and cook it on LOW for about 5 to 6 hours, or on HIGH for 3 hours.

chicken and rice in slow cooker

Cook’s Notes:

A saute of the onions and tomatoes is also NOT a must. You can just dump all these ingredients together in the slow cooker and let it do it’s thing. It will be fine. Not as flavorful, but still a really good meal with very little work. M’kay?

Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice in bowl

If you’re looking for an easy meal that will keep your whole family full and happy, I think you’re going to be thrilled with this dinner recipe.

ENJOY!

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Recipe - Your favorite chicken and rice casserole prepared in the crock pot! Made with brown rice, tomatoes, and chicken, this is a healthy, delicious, and easy slow cooker recipe perfect for those busy weeknights.
Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs 20 mins
Total Time
3 hrs 35 mins
 

Your favorite chicken and rice casserole prepared in the crock pot! Made with brown rice, tomatoes, and chicken, this is a healthy, delicious, and easy slow cooker recipe perfect for those busy weeknights.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crock pot chicken, crock pot recipes, slow cooker, slow cooker chicken, slow cooker recipes
Servings: 6 serves
Calories: 473 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 small yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon (or to taste) ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 2 cups long grain brown rice
  • 1 1/2 cups fat free, reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 6 (about 1.5 to 2 pounds) chicken pieces you can use chicken legs, thighs, and/or breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • dried parsley, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat.

  2. Add sliced onions to the skillet and cook for 3 minutes.

  3. Stir in garlic and continue to cook and stir for 30 seconds.

  4. Add diced tomatoes with the liquid, ground cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper; continue to cook for 3 minutes, or until tender and heated through.

  5. Layer rice on the bottom of your slow cooker.

  6. Stir prepared tomatoes mixture into the rice; add chicken broth and set aside.

  7. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in the skillet over medium heat.

  8. Season chicken with paprika, salt, and pepper.

  9. Add chicken pieces to the pan and brown on each side, about 2 to 3 minutes per side, depending on the cut of chicken.

  10. Transfer chicken pieces to the slow cooker and arrange over the rice and tomatoes.

  11. Cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 6 hours, or on HIGH for 3 to 3.5 hours

  12. Fluff the rice before serving and garnish with dried parsley.

Recipe Notes

WW FREESTYLE SMART POINTS: 5 

*It is 4 points if you use boneless skinless chicken breasts.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 473 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 105mg 35%
Sodium 140mg 6%
Potassium 580mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 51g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 38g 76%
Vitamin A 3.2%
Vitamin C 6.9%
Calcium 4.5%
Iron 14.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Your favorite chicken and rice casserole made in the crock pot! This DELICIOUS slow cooker recipe with chicken is an EASY busy weeknight dinner idea! #slowcooker #crockpot #chicken

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12 Responses
  1. Mark

    This recipe is awful. The suggested cooking times turn the rice into pudding and dry out the chicken. The results shown in the pictures are certainly not the result of following this recipe.

  2. Sumatra

    My rice came out mushy. Neither of my kids would touch it. My husband said he thinks it’s missing something flavore-wise. I gave it 4 stars because the chicken leg quarters were moist.

  3. robert

    Not enough liquid. The rice was still hard after all the liquid was absorbed and the chicken was done. I added a can of cream of chicken soup and more chicken broth and cooked longer.

  4. Stephanie

    I made this for dinner last night in the instant pot and it was SO GOOD. Even my 4 year old asked for more of the rice and told me how delicious it was. And it was so easy. Thanks for the new recipe!

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