The Best Crockpot Chicken and Rice Recipe! Made with no condensed cream of chicken soup, this is an easy, healthy dinner everyone will love!
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When you want a healthy dinner that actually tastes good, but don’t feel like being stuck by the stove – this Crockpot Chicken and Rice Recipe is the solution!
Unlike other chicken and rice recipes that are usually super high in fat and filled with condensed cream of soups, this Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice uses fresh, healthy ingredients and has no canned soup!
This healthy chicken and rice dish is packed with protein and tastes just like the classic dish you probably grew up eating!
Crockpot Chicken and Rice
This creamy chicken and rice recipe is a cozy, handsoff make ahead meal.
An updated classic the whole family will love!
why we love this Chicken and Rice Dinner
There is a lot to love about this chicken & rice recipe. It’s one of our favorite healthy dinners because it’s:
- No processed ingredients – Canned soups are often filled with sugar and fat. This gluten free chicken and rice recipe has no cream of chicken soup in it!
- Easy to make – This is a totally hands off recipe. Let the crockpot do the work for you!
Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice
For this best chicken and rice recipe you’ll need:
- long grain white rice
- chicken breast
- salt, pepper
- frozen peas & carrots mix
- fresh thyme
- chicken broth
- greek yogurt
- parmesan cheese
You can find substitutions for all of these ingredients below in the green shaded box.
White or Dark Meat – Choosing the Healthiest Chicken
You can use many different cuts of chicken with this recipe. I like chicken breasts because they’re lean and high in protein but chicken thighs will also work, and you can use chicken tenders too!
Chicken and Rice Recipe – Tips for Success
- Layer rinsed rice in the bottom of a greased slow cooker pot, then place the chicken on the rice, and season with salt and pepper.
- Place the onion, celery, peas and carrots, garlic, and thyme on top of the chicken.
- Add the broth and push the veggies down into the broth. Cover and place the slow cooker on low for 3-3.5 hours.
- Start checking at 2.5 hours, and continue to cook until the rice is cooked through and the broth has been soaked up. Try not to check too much. Once the rice is cooked, stir together the yogurt, parmesan cheese, and milk in a small bowl.
- Stir the yogurt/milk/cheese mixture into the rice and chicken gently with a large fork to fluff the rice.
SUBSTITUTIONS FOR CROCKPOT CHICKEN
Chicken Breasts: You can substitute chicken breasts with boneless chicken thighs or chicken tenders. I haven’t tried this with turkey but it might work! Checkout this Crockpot Turkey Breast recipe if you have turkey you’d like to cook in the crockpot.
Other Veggies: Broccoli or asparagus would be great additions or substitutions to this recipe. You could also use frozen peas/corn/carrot/green bean mix.
Rice: This recipe was developed using long grain white rice. Brown rice will require different liquid amounts and cooking time. We haven’t tested brown rice, but I think it would need another hour of cooking time and 1 cup more broth. Try it at your own risk!
Yogurt: Yogurt can be substituted for low fat sour cream. We have not tried dairy free yogurt.
Creamier: If you’d like it more creamy, add another splash of milk and a dollop of yogurt.
Do you need to add liquid to make crockpot chicken and rice?
Slow cookers will generate steam when cooking, but it is helpful for most dishes to have a little bit of liquid. Most crockpot recipes do call for liquid in the recipe.
Why is my rice still hard, or too mushy?
Slow cooker models are all different and you may need to adjust the time or liquid measurements slightly to suit your slow cooker. If your rice is cooked through, but there’s still excess broth in the slow cooker, simply ladle some out. Keep in mind that more liquid will be absorbed as it cools.
What To Serve With Chicken and Rice
This healthy crock pot chicken and rice is a complete meal in itself! If you’re looking for other things to serve it with try:
- Broccoli or Asparagus
- A fresh salad like our Honey Mustard Chicken Salad or Italian Chopped Salad
- Try adding a little buffalo sauce to spice up this dish!
Crock Pot Chicken and Rice FAQs
Yes, you can put raw chicken in a slow cooker. Chicken usually needs to cook for at least 4 hours on low in the slow cooker. You can use a meat thermometer to check to make sure it’s at least 165 internal temperature. Never put frozen raw chicken in the crockpot.
Yes, you can make chicken and brown rice in a crock pot. Brown rice typically needs more liquid than white rice. We haven’t tested brown rice, but I think it would need another hour of cooking time and 1 cup more broth. Try it at your own risk!
How to Store Crockpot Chicken and Rice
Storing: This will last in the refrigerator for up to 4 days in an airtight container
Freezing: You can freeze this recipe for up to 3 months. We like these containers for freezing!
If you need more freezer friendly recipes check out our Fill Your Freezer Ebook with 22 easy freezer meals!
Reheating: You can reheat this recipe in the microwave, toaster oven, oven or on the stove.
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Crockpot Chicken and Rice
- 1 ½ cup long grain white rice
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast trimmed and cubed
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ½ cup white onion diced small – 1/2 a large onion
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 cup celery chopped – 3 large celery ribs
- 2 cups frozen peas & carrots mix 16 oz
- 3 sprigs fresh thyme
- 3 cups chicken broth low/no salt
- ½ cup non fat greek yogurt
- ½ cup parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup milk any type
- Rinse rice in a fine mesh strainer under hot running water until water runs clear.
- Cover and place the slow cooker on low for 3-3.5 hours.
- Start checking at 2.5 hours, and continue to cook until rice is cooked through and broth has been soaked up. Keep in mind that every time you lift the lid, you add about 15 minutes to the cook time.
- Once the rice is cooked to your liking, in a small bowl stir together the greek yogurt, parmesan cheese, and milk.
- Stir the yogurt/milk/cheese mixture into rice and chicken gently with a large fork to fluff the rice. Taste and adjust seasoning to taste, serve immediately, garnished with fresh parsley if desired.