Crockpot Chicken and Rice [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Crockpot Chicken and Rice is easy to make, healthy, creamy and a family favorite during busy weeknights. Made with real ingredients like brown rice, chicken breast, and lemon, this home-cooked meal is delicious, gluten-free and kid-friendly.

With this easy recipe, you let the slow cooker do all the work for you and the end result is a perfectly satisfying meal.

Crockpot recipes are a family favorite on around here, they are such a time saver during busy weeknights. We highly recommend you try some of our most popular ones: the soul-warming Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup that is perfect for cold weather. This Chicken Tortilla Soup is packed with heat and full of protein, while these French Dip Sandwiches are always a crowd-pleaser.

Crockpot Chicken and Rice

Easy Crockpot Chicken and Rice

Crockpot Chicken and Rice is made with simple and easy to find ingredients. We love this meal, because its made with healthy brown rice, that is very filling and creamy from being slowly cooked. The rice has the most refreshing flavor from the lemon juice and lemon zest, that will remind you of a healthy Mediterranean inspired meal.

The meat is extra tender and juicy, nicely browned to lock in all the flavors. We have kept the seasoning simple with just basil, oregano and some parsley. The flavors are not overpowering and pair so well with the refreshing citrus aromas.

Do not expect the rice to be fluffy, in this dish, it is creamy and filled with all the moisture from the broth and the seasoning that was added. It is still chewy and resembles in texture a perfectly cooked casserole. We recommend you try this recipe with brown rice as we made it, it truly is delicious.

Can you put rice in a slow cooker?

You can cook rice in the slow cooker, but it will not have the fluffy, crumbly texture as when cooked in a pressure cooker or on the stove. While it will be extra delicious, it will have a creamier texture, like in a casserole.

You will have to use a 2 to 1 ratio, about 2 cups water to 1 cup rice. If you already have liquid in the slow cooker, take it into consideration when adding in the rice.

Crockpot Chicken and Rice with Lemon


  • You can cook the breast on high for 3-3.5 hours or low 4-6 hours.
  • For best flavors, we recommend that you brown it before slow cooking it.

Can you put raw chicken in a slow cooker?

Yes, you can, but we recommend you brown it first. After that, cook it per recipe direction. Always check if the recipe asks for cooked or raw poultry.

Can you put frozen chicken in the crockpot?

Cooking frozen poultry in a Crock-Pot is considered to be unsafe. Food Safety guidelines state that you should always thaw meat or poultry before putting it into a slow cooker. However, if you have a pressure cooker, you can easily cook frozen poultry or meat in it.

Is chicken stock the same as chicken broth?

Stock – it tends to be made more from the bony parts of the bird, because of that it has a richer, fuller flavor.

Broth – is made more out of the meat parts.

Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Recipe

How do you make Crockpot Chicken and Rice:

Brown the Chicken:

  • To lock in all the flavors, it is best to brown the chicken before adding it to the slow cooker.
  • You can use breasts or thighs for this recipe.

Cooking the Crockpot Chicken and Rice:

  • Preferably do not rinse the rice for this recipe in order to better control the liquid to rice ratio.
  • Next, add the rice and the rest of the ingredients to the pot and top with the chicken.
  • Always cook on high when cooking rice, if you choose the low setting, it will end being extra mushy.

Check on the Chicken:

The meat may end up being ready before the rice is, check after about 3 hours and if its internal temperature reached 160 – 165 degrees, you can remove it to a plate and cover with foil. Taste the rice, and if it’s still too chewy, stir and continue to cook a bit longer.

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4.88 from 8 reviews
Crockpot Chicken and Rice
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 3 hours Total time: 3 hrs 20 mins


  • 2 tablespoons  olive oil 
  • 3-4  medium chicken breasts  (skinless and boneless or bone-in chicken thighs)
  • 1 1/2 cup  long grain brown rice 
  • 1  small onion  (diced)
  • 3 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon  dried basil 
  • 1 teaspoon  dried oregano 
  • 1 teaspoon  dried parsley flakes 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt and black pepper 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  lemon zest 
  • 1 tablespoon  lemon juice 
  • 3 cups  chicken broth  (low sodium)
  • 6 cloves  garlic  (whole and browned)
  • 2 tablespoon  butter  (unsalted)


Sear Chicken:

  1. Season chicken liberally with salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. Place a large skillet over high heat, add oil and once its hot add the chicken and brown it on both sides for about 5 minutes.

Slow Cook:

  1. Add the rest of the ingredients to the crockpot, stir to combine and place the chicken on top.
  2. Cook on HIGH for 2.5 to 3 hours. Check on the rice after 2.5 hours, and if it needs more time, stir and continue to cook.
Calories: 608 Carbohydrates: 59 Protein: 42 Fat: 21 Saturated Fat: 3 Cholesterol: 108 Sodium: 1059 Potassium: 981 Fiber: 3 Sugar: 2 Vitamin A: 300 Vitamin C: 25.3 Calcium: 58 Iron: 2.5
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I love a good slow cooker meal! Such an easier way to get this delicious meal on the table.


The flavors are amazing and super easy to prepare!



Crockpot meals are amazing and this is no exception !!


They are so convenient and make enough for a big family!



Slow cooker meals are perfect for busy days! My family loves this one!


Its a favorite around here too :)



Fuss-free and delicious, that's the kind of meal I like for busy weeknights!


Exactly, the perfect recipe for busy cooks.


Katerina @ diethood .com

Crockpot meals are the BEST!! This sounds SO delicious!


I love a good and easy crock pot recipe!


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

This is seriously making me hungry! YUM!!! I love this delicious version!!!


Jessica | The Novice Chef

This is so simple. Such a great easy weeknight meal!



Can this be made in normal pan or something ? 


Check my recipe for Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice, you will love it.



Could this be made with instant brown rice?


no, sorry, it will overcook.


Andrea probus

Can I double this?


Yes, you could!


April Vazquez

I have this recipe in the crockpot right now and I doubled all of the ingredients. Does it need longer than 3 hours? It’s been 2 1/2 and the rice isn’t absorbing any of the broth...please help!


If you doubled the ingredients it will take longer.



I’ve made this recipe and is delicious! I was a bit skeptical how the rice and chicken will cook together in the slow cooker, but it turned out amazing. A very simpe and easy dish to make, especially for a busy mom like me. Thanks for the recipe, highly recommend!!!


Thank you Jen!



Can I cook this on low for 7-8 instead of high for 2-3? I just made it and didn’t realize it didn’t have to cook long and it’s only noon


Hi, this recipe is intended to be cooked on high, on low the rice will get very very mushy.



Can you substitute white rice for the brown rice?


Yes, but the cooking time will differ and you will have to keep an eye on it, also, it will probably be mushier.



This looks so yummy, I’m making it tomorrow! Could you add cream of chicken soup to the rice mixture to make it a creamy texture??


Hi Holly, I think you could, I don't see why not. It should add a nice boost of flavor to it.


Michele Smoke

Hi, basmati rice, ok to use? Id like to make today. Thank you


no, it cooks differently.



Hi, can I use lime instead of lemon?


yes, you can



This is SO GOOD! Thank you for the recipe. (Add some mushrooms! ::-)



If I make the rice on the side I'm assuming I wont need all 3cups broth?


if you make the rice apart, that correct you may need only about 1/2 cup of broth.


lady lovelilox

i love the simple recipe- my rice came out perfect, however my was kind of dry and chewy, but beautiful. i’ll try something different in liquid amounts perhaps.. i like an extremely tender juicy chicken. thank you for sharing sweet and savory!


Catherine Setteducati

Do i add the water to the rice and chicken together in the slow cooker?




Kiara Anctil

Hello! Can I use white rice instead of brown rice? And is chicken broth the only liquid necessary, or is water implied as well? Thank you!


I do not recommend using white rice, it cooks much quicker and it will become too mushy.


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