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Slow-Cooker Chicken and Rice

Total Time
Prep: 30 min. Cook: 4 hours
This slow-cooker chicken and rice is healthy, budget-friendly and quick to prepare.

Updated: Mar. 12, 2024

There’s nothing like an easy slow-cooker recipe to save the day during busy work weeks and packed school schedules. This nutritious, budget-friendly recipe might be your new slow cooker hero. Once prepped, you’ll have more time to make fun side dishes.

Slow-Cooker Chicken and Rice Ingredients

  • Chicken stock
  • Carrots
  • Onion
  • Uncooked long grain brown rice
  • Thawed frozen peas
  • Dried basil
  • Bone-in chicken thigh
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese, optional


Step 1: Add ingredients to the slow cooker

In a 4- or 5-quart slow cooker, add stock, carrots, onion, rice, peas and basil, then stir to combine. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper, then layer on top of the rice mixture.

Step 2: Slow-cook

Cook covered on low until a thermometer inserted into the chicken reads 170°-175°F, about four to five hours.

Editor’s Tip: Let the slow cooker do its thing—lifting the lid to peek at the progress allows heat to escape and extends the cook time.

Step 3: Finish the chicken

Remove chicken from the slow cooker. When it’s cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the bones by simply pulling it away (discard the bones). Shred the meat with two forks, then stir the chicken back into the rice mixture and allow to heat until warmed through. Garnish with Parmesan cheese if you like.

Slow-Cooker Chicken and Rice Tips

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How do you make slow-cooker chicken and rice variations?

Swap diced veggies in the recipe for whatever you have in your fridge. Or maybe you’d like to try a different type of rice. If you already have chicken breasts in your fridge, you can use those instead of thighs. If you use a boneless option, watch your chicken toward the end of the cook time. Chicken breasts often take less time to cook than bone-in options since there’s a lower fat content.

Don’t forget to check out our collection of healthy slow-cooker chicken recipes.

Looking to add some heat? Try a different spice blend like taco, Creole or Cajun seasoning to give the dish a whole new flavor.

What do you serve with slow-cooker chicken and rice?

The sky is the limit! We like to serve with differently shaped dinner rolls or a colorful, healthy salad.

Slow-Cooker Chicken and Rice

Prep Time 30 min
Yield 4 servings.


  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain brown rice
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, optional


  1. In a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker, add stock, carrots, onion, rice, peas and basil; stir to combine. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper; layer on top of the rice mixture. Cook, covered, on low until a thermometer inserted into chicken reads 170°-175°, 4-5 hours.
  2. Remove chicken. When cool enough to handle, remove meat from bones; discard bones. Shred meat with two forks; return to slow cooker. Heat through. If desired, serve with Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/2 cups: 419 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 87mg cholesterol, 692mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 6g fiber), 32g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.