A Chicken and Rice Recipe is one of the classic comfort food meals everyone needs in their recipe list. This slow cooker option makes it even easier to make while you are busy working or playing with your kids. A simple meal of chicken, corn, rice, and a creamy sauce is a perfect weeknight recipe.
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Chicken and Rice Recipe
We have all had a version of chicken and rice at some point in our life. This is a classic American dish that is often found at potlucks, or on dinner tables when the budget is tight. That doesn’t mean it isn’t a perfectly delicious comfort meal recipe.
I love that this can be an all-in-one meal so you don’t have to add any sides if you don’t want. It is also definitely a kid-friendly recipe that is rarely turned down by even your pickiest of eaters.
Can I Use Chicken Thighs for This Recipe?
This is traditionally made using chicken breasts, but if you are like me and prefer dark meat, chicken thighs are a great choice. They add a lot of extra flavor to the recipe and are ideal for making if you are on a budget.
Make sure you trim off any extra fat on the chicken thighs before adding to this recipe for the best result.
What Vegetables Can I Add to This Casserole?
My version contains corn as it is a favorite in my family, but you can definitely add in any vegetable you prefer. This has often been made with broccoli florets, but I love the idea of using a bag of frozen mixed vegetables in this chicken and rice to add variety.
Other options to use would be green beans, asparagus, cauliflower, or carrots.
Can I use Different Cream Soups in this Creamy Chicken and Rice?
Yes! I love replacing one of the cans of cream of chicken soup with cream of mushroom soup or cream of celery soup. This adds extra flavor to the dish. You could even add sliced mushrooms or chopped celery into the mix if you chose the alternate cream soups.
I have made homemade cream soups in the past, and prefer those over the canned variety when I have time or have some on hand. If you have a good homemade cream soup recipe, you could also use it in equivalent measurements.
- Chicken breasts
- Cream of chicken soup
- Black pepper
How to make Crockpot Chicken and Rice Recipe
Begin this recipe by seasoning your chicken breasts well with salt and pepper. Feel free to add any additional seasonings at this point that you prefer.
Next, you will place the rice, corn, and chicken into your crockpot and cover with the soup combination you have mixed together separately.
Cover and cook as directed.
When done cooking, serve as desired. I enjoy adding a bit of cheese on top to mix in and melt into the combination.
- 2 cups rice
- 1-10oz can corn (can use frozen)
- 2 cans cream of chicken soup
- PLUS 2 cans water
- 3-4 chicken breasts
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Season your chicken to taste with salt and pepper.
- Place the rice, corn and then the chicken in your crockpot.
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine the cream of chicken soup and water.
- Pour the soup over the crockpot and cover with the lid.
- Set on high for 2 hours, or low for 4-6 hours.
- Check the chicken with a meat thermometer for doneness, an internal temperature of 165FTaste and add more seasoning as needed.
Serving Size1 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 486Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 114mgSodium 1384mgCarbohydrates 43gFiber 2gSugar 4gProtein 45g
What Size Crockpot Should I Use?
For this recipe, I would use a 5-quart crockpot. You may also want to use a crockpot liner which allows for less mess when it is time to clean up. If you want to double your recipe a 10-quart crockpot may be more what you are looking for.