Crockpot Chicken and Rice [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
4.91 from 10 reviews

Chicken Main Dishes Recipes Slow Cooker

Cook time Cook time: 3 hours

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.

Easy and Healthy Crockpot Chicken and Rice

Crockpot Chicken and Rice is made with simple and easy to find ingredients. We love this meal because it’s made with healthy brown rice, that is very filling and creamy from being slowly cooked.

Also, the rice has the most refreshing flavor from the lemon juice and lemon zest, which will remind you of a healthy Mediterranean inspired meal. The meat is extra tender, juicy, and 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. This is a healthy dinner for the whole family to enjoy. 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.

Also, for the best results, I recommend using 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.

How do you make Crockpot Chicken and Rice?

For exact steps see the recipe card below. Also, watch the short video tutorial attached for a quick step by step guidelines. But the general steps are as follows:

Brown the Chicken:

  1. To lock in all the flavors, it is best to brown the chicken before adding it to the slow cooker.
  2. Similarly, feel free to use breasts or thighs for this recipe. Just go with what you like the most. 

Cooking the Crockpot Chicken and Rice:

  1. Preferably do not rinse the rice for this recipe in order to better control the liquid to rice ratio.
  2. Next, add the rice and the rest of the ingredients to the pot and top with the chicken.
  3. 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. Also, 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.


  • 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.

How to store crockpot chicken and rice?

  • If you have leftovers, you can easily refrigerate for days to come. Simply transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. 
  • To freeze, use a freezer-safe container, and freeze the meal for up to 3 months. 
  • To reheat, pop the dish into a preheated oven at 350 degrees F, and heat it for about 10 minutes until warm. 

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Recipe Tips:

  • As stated above, feel free to use any poultry cuts. You can use breasts, thighs, or even drumsticks. The cooking time will be the same. 
  • I recommend using long-grain brown rice. Because I wanted this to be a healthy chicken and rice crockpot recipe, I go with brown rice over white rice, as it is higher in fiber and protein. 
  • Also, you can swap the brown rice with white rice if preferred. 
  • Browning the meat is optional but highly recommended. It will lock in the flavor, and also give the meat a nice color. However, if you are short on time, skip this part. 
  • This dish can be made with other meats as well, such as pork or beef. 


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4.91 from 10 reviews

Crockpot Chicken and Rice

Crockpot Chicken and Rice is easy to make, healthy, creamy and a family favorite during busy weeknights.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 3 hours Total time: 3 hrs 20 mins



Sear Chicken:

Slow Cook:

Nutrition information

Calories: 508 Carbohydrates: 59 Protein: 42 Fat: 18 Saturated Fat: 3 Cholesterol: 98 Sodium: 859 Potassium: 881 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.


Jill G

Hi! If I want to double the recipe, approximately how long do I need to cook?


You will have to monitor it, about 1 1/2-2 hours more.



Do I have to cook the chicken before hand or can I just mixed all together?


Browning the chicken first results in the best flavors.



Hi there, Do you happen to know how the recipe will differ if I use short grain brown rice? Thank you in advance. =)


the brown rice usually needs longer cooking time, so I will give it an extra 30 minutes for that.


Ami F.

Hi! Corona has me cooking everything since in NYC we need to stay home and this recipe looks great! Cooking it later and was wondering if I can use jasmine rice instead of brown rice and any difference in any measurements? Thank you 🙏 & stay safe!


Hi Ami, yes you can use other rice as well. Jasmine would work here.



Your recipe has 3 garlic cloves diced, then 6 cloves browned and whole. You do not specify what the 6 whole cloves are for


It says to add the "rest" of the ingredients to the crockpot, which includes the browned garlic cloves.



is the chicken 5 minutes on either side or 5 minutes total in the skillet?


on each side would be best


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Hi, Can we put all ingredients in a casserole dish and oven? Would 350 degrees for 45-50 min work (based on your honey garlic chicken) or need longer since that recipe cooked some on the stove? Thank you.


Yes, you can! :)



If you cook a pork loin filet or chuck roast with this recipe, do you have to brown these different cuts of meat also?


For more flavor, its always best to brown the meat first.



This was absolutely delicious!!! I followed the recipe exactly as written. The flavors and rice was so yummy! My chicken breast did dry out a little too much so I’ll try a little less time next time. I will definitely be adding this is my rotation. About to make this again tomorrow for my mom who is home recovering from surgery :-). If I double the recipe will I need to add more time?



I’m confused...cook the rice ahead of time or put uncooked rice in the crockpot?


Uncooked rice.



Can I cook the rice about 45 mins prior to adding the chicken so the chicken will not dry out?


Yes, you can.


Girlie Jane Merriam

Can I use Yellow Rice?


sorry, I haven't tried it with yellow rice.


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