Creamy Chicken & Rice Crock Pot Recipe

Returning home after work today and having my house smell like heaven was quite a little treat! I like cooking on my weekend evenings, but Friday nights are sometimes a struggle. I want home-cooked food, but I’ve been at work all day and have most likely forgotten to even defrost anything, let alone prepare something awesome for dinner. This is where my handy-dandy Crock Pot comes into play!

Nick bought me my first Crock Pot a little over a year ago, and I have used it about once a week ever since. I love it! ‘Set it and forget it’ cooking is my specialty 🙂

During my lunch hour at home today, I threw together our dinner in about 5 minutes. It may be hot outside still, but this dish is all about warmth and yummy comfort food. My fave!

Creamy Chicken & Rice Crock Pot Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 large chicken breasts (mine were still frozen)
  • 2 cans Cream of Chicken soup, low-sodium
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 cups Baby Carrots
  • 3 celery stalks, cup into chunks (not diced)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 ts Paprika
  • 1/2 TB minced garlic
  • 2 ts Garlic salt
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • A dash of dill weed
  • 1 cup instant Brown Rice

Turn your Crock Pot onto high. Place the chicken breasts into the bottom of the crock. In a separate bowl, mix up all the other ingredients, except for the rice, to create a chunky, creamy sauce. Pour this over the chicken in the crock. Cover and leave to cook on high 4-6 hours. The chicken will become more tender the longer you let it cook!

photo(30)When I got home from work today, I shredded up the tender chicken with 2 forks and stirred in the brown rice. Note: Use 1/2 cup more rice if you would like a thicker consistency. Recover the crock, leave it on high, and let it cook for about 1 more hour. Once the rice is nice and soft (and has soaked up a lot of the liquid), dinner is ready to be served!

YUMM!
YUMM!

This recipe came out to the consistency of a thick and hearty stew. Nick immediately said it reminded him of chicken pot pie. He was right! It is exactly like chicken pot pie without the crust. It was delicious and filling. We both had to have seconds tonight!

Since my lunch was completely carb filled (you’ll see below!), I opted to eat mine with extra veggies – green beans to be exact.

Green beans are hiding!
Green beans are hiding!

Nick would rather have his chest hair plucked than eat green beans, so he just ate his on it’s own. He completely loved it!

No beans here!
No beans here!

I think this will definitely be a go-to recipe for this Fall and Winter. It was a bowl full of comfort food at its best! And even better, we have enough leftovers for a few more bowlfuls. Yay for quick and easy leftover meals!

Since we both had several bowls of this hearty meal, we were in complete food-comas. So we leashed up Mac for a nice evening walk. Nick was totally game with the nicer weather we’ve been having. It’s so nice to go out for a little family walk! Plus it definitely helped my bulging food baby digest a bit. 🙂

Lunch

Backing up a bit…Lunch was rushed and all over the place since I was trying to decide what dinner would be tonight and walk Mac at the same time. I was STARVING when I walked in the door, so I won’t lie…I definitely overate at lunch today! I started with a Whole wheat Bagelthin topped in a mixture of cottage cheese and mango salsa. This mixture is completely savory and delicious!

photo(44)I lightly toasted the bagel first, making this extra yummy! I then moved on to graze around the kitchen as I was putting our dinner together in the crock pot. Other food included (but is not pictured!) some Wheat Thins and cheese – which I am now regretting! – some leftover pasta with marinara, and some more carbs (ahem…more whole wheat bread…) with strawberry jelly. I think I was just needing some carbs today after my morning workout! I only wanted bread and crackers, so I indulged. Oh well, a splurge once in a while is a good thing, right?? Let’s hope so 🙂

Luckily, I think I was in need of the nourishment. Usually this meal would’ve left me sick and feeling tooooo full. But I felt like I had barely eaten anything by the time I arrived back at work today. Just call me the real life Bottomless Pit!

So it’s been a food-filled Friday! Hope it’s been a good one for you all. Tomorrow will hopefully start out with a good run and then I’m teaching a 10 AM Jazzercise class. Have a great night!

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73 thoughts on “Creamy Chicken & Rice Crock Pot Recipe

    1. I’ve only ever used the instant rice, but I could guess that using regular rice would be okay too. You may need to put it in the crockpot sooner though so it has enough time to get fully cooked. The instant rice only needed an hour to cook in the crock. You might try adding the regular rice 2-3 hours before you are planning on serving the meal. Good luck!

      1. I am planning on using the steam in bag brown rice from microwave…add immediately after microwaving….saves the hour…

  1. I found your recipe on Pinterest and thought I’d try it. I went to get cream of chicken soup out of my cupboard and discovered I only had cream of mushroom. I have another recipe where I trade these for each other so thought, what the heck. It was close to done and we have been running around today. I was impatient about waiting for the rice and am not a big fan anyway. I decided to dump preseasoned stuffing in. Oh- my- goodness. Yep, always getting made this way. Thanks for the starting point!

    1. Stuffing! I looooove stuffing! I am making this for the second time (mu husband loves it!) and I think for the next time I’ll put stuffing in there. That sounds SO good!!!

    2. Pre-seasoned stuffing mix, what a great idea! My family love stuffing, and I never think to make it (didn’t grow up with it)! Too bad I already started the rice! Oh well, next time. Thanks for the idea.

  2. i peel a few carrots instead of using the baby carrots. baby carrots have absolutely no nutritional value and are sprayed with bleach. this is why you get those white marks on them when they start to get old in your frig. i didn’t believe it when i first heard it. look it up, it’s true! only takes a minute to peel a few carrots

    1. Not true. Baby carrots are made from regular carrots and shaved down in size because they sell better for their handy size. ALL carrots start to get white marks on them after awhile as they dry out and dehydrate. Peel a large carrot and leave it in the fridge; white marks! Happens to carrots right out of my garden.

    2. There is a difference between baby carrots, which are carrots harvested earlier resulting in that extra sweetness, and baby CUT carrots which are regular carrots cut to look like baby carrots. As for them being washed in bleach or chlorine, some companies do wash ALL carrots in chlorine, however that is not what causes that white coloring. Regular peeled carrots straight out of your own garden will do the same thing.

      1. Regular Carrots have such a better flavor than baby carrots I have found. Just takes a few seconds to peel regular carrots and much much better taster for me anyway!!

    3. My family loves my turkey pot pie. Nowadays, I want to reduce unnecessary calories. This recipe for crustless pot pie is great! Think I’ll use turkey instead of chicken. More flavor.

  3. My slow cooker/pressure cooker only has a low setting, so I am guessing I will just need to cook it longer. Just started cooking.

  4. Hey! I did lots of math and if you go to MyFitnessPal and look up Becca Boo’s Chicken and Rice I give the nutrition facts if you weren’t to include the veggies (I don’t count those). It’s only 113 calories per cup! 🙂

    1. THANK YOU so much! I am logging on MyFitnessPal and was wondering what this would come out to! I have it in the crockpot now. I’m amazed it’s only 113 with the cream of chicken in there. But who cares? Seconds please! 😉

  5. made this tonight and the whole family loved it (even my son who is super picky). The kids especially loved it on bread

    1. Kathy, I do not but a previous commenter mentioned she put it on MyFitnessPal and named it Becca Boo’s Chicken and Rice if you want to look it up!

  6. I never comment on anything, but I found this on Pinterest and it is perfect! I used frozen peas instead of celery because I didn’t have any, soo yummy! Thanks!

  7. I made this last night and the entire family loved it! The seasoning was perfect. We ate it with biscuits on the side. Thank you!

  8. do you think I would get the same flavor if I cooked the rice and then added it? Looking to save a little time. The only rice I have is boil in a bag..is that the same as instant?

    1. Sure! You will get the same flavor but the recipe may need less liquid if you aren’t cooking the instant rice in the chicken mixture. I believe boil in a bag rice is a bit different than instant (needs to cook longer). Don’t worry too much, this won’t make or break your meal!

  9. Tried this for the first time. I have tried a lot of recipes on Pinterest and most of them have been very good but I usually don’t comment.
    This recipe deserves a comment as it was excellent and soooo good.

    I did make a couple of changes. I only added 1 cup of water as I microwaved my instant brown rice and then added it near the end.

    I did not use celery as I was skeptical it may get too mushy after 6 to 8 hours of cooking. But I did use sweet peas instead and it was wonderful.

    Thanks again for sharing. This is one of the best I have found on Pinterest

  10. Flavor was excellent… But the consistency of the finished product took me by surprise. My husband referred to it as “sturdy chicken noodle soup.” I used 5 breasts and thought it was overloaded with chicken (not that that’s necessarily bad!) and there was barely any rice. In the future, I’ll definitely use two cups of rice instead of just one – and I’ll probably serve it with crusty bread or something to give it a little crunch.

  11. I made this as my my first ever recepie to use for the 1st time in my crockpot and idk if I put too much rice or left it on too long but the rice soaked up pretty much all the liquid and it ended up being mushy rice with vegetables and chicken lol. But boy was it still good. So much flavor to it!! I’m new to this so maybe next time IL get It right 🙂

  12. This recipie sounds delicious!! I am a crockpot fanatic, so will try very soon….just a question just b/c my family and I are not to big of “rice” eaters….what do you guys think about cutting up tortillas into squares and adding at the end to get somthing like a dumpling in the chicken soup and veggie mixture?? Just a thought, I use tortillas to make my chicken and dumplings on the stovetop all the time, just trying to find an alternative to the rice. But thanks for sharing 🙂

  13. I pinned this on Pintrest some time ago and just haven’t got around to dragging out the crock pot and giving it a good cleaning. That is done now and I just put this together for supper tonight! I can’t wait to see how it turns out, it sounds so delicious!

  14. I’m making this recipe right now.. Only I am using cream of celery because it’s all I had.. And putting in a bag of organic mixed vegetable instead for my veggies!! Im anxious too see how this turns out!!! Thanks for the recipe!!

  15. could you use regular white rice and when would you put that into the crock pot? How about the water amount if using regular rice?

  16. What size is your crock pot? I only have a 4 quart. Will it hold all this? It looks so delish! I want to make it on Easter.

  17. I came up with 5 servings at 280 calories each. I’m not sure where the 113 calories per cup came from. My servings may be more than a cup and I used white rice but including the veggies.

  18. House smells so good. Cannot wait to eat. Made a few changes to suit family preferences. Substituted boneless, skinless chicken thighs for chicken breasts. My family does not generally care for celery so substituted celery salt for garlic salt. Also I don’t use instant rice and have decided to make a pot of rice and serve the chicken and gravy over it.

  19. Okay, I followed the directions and it is SO watery! I was going to use noodles, but seems like it might be more like soup? Help!

    1. Hello Justine.In a pinch if that was to happen to me. I probably would add a bit of corn starch mixture ((just cold water and corn starch mixed together, cold water makes no lumps in this!)) and add that to make it thicker. Not too much maybe like 2 tablespoons to 1/3 cup cold water or a bit less water. It does help. My family loves stew of any kind when I thicken it this way! Good Luck!!

  20. Just had a party and I have some chicken breast left. Instead of using the crock pot ima use your recipe in a stove top pot. Thanks for a quick recipe that ima use for my left over chicken breast. Ima also use egg noodles instead of rice.

  21. This looks delicious, I’m going to make it for camping this weekend! I like love the idea of cottage cheese with the mango salsa. Not a big fan of cottage but with the salsa, oh yea!

  22. I love this recipe. The only change I made was using chicken stock instead of water. I liked the flavor better. And I also used minute rice. I put it in uncooked and in about 20 minutes its ready.

  23. Everyone in my family loved this! The combination of spices worked out well. Great taste. I did use 1 can of cream of chicken and 1 can of cream of mushroom because that’s what I had. Instead of celery, I added canned green beans at the end. Also, I only used 1 cup water because I didn’t add the rice to the crick pot, instead we put the creamy chicken over rice on our plates. Very good served with a crusty bread!

  24. I just made this and added more of my favorite veggies, it made my house smell amazing!!!
    Thank you for sharing! ❤❤ the family and friends we invited over loved it!

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