Monday, November 19, 2012

Cheesy Chicken and Rice {Crock Pot}

How many of y'all grew up with Chicken and Rice?
I think most countries and cultures have some sort of variation of a chicken and rice recipe.
It is comfort food that is filling and makes your belly happy.

This recipe I'm sharing you today is a slight variation of one from my childhood.
The original recipe called for two cans of cream of chicken soup.  
I like to make it with a can of cheddar cheese soup.
It gives it a great cheesy flavor and I also like to use some different seasonings to amp up the
 flavor a little bit without overpowering all the other tastes going on.
This is a very simple and affordable meal (which we love!) that easily feeds a family of four.

See my cook's notes below if you want to make this extra cheesy!

1 (10 oz.) can cream of chicken, undiluted
1 (10 oz.) can cheddar cheese soup, undiluted
1 1/2 cups water
1 small onion, diced
1 cup uncooked rice
4 chicken breasts
1/2 tbsp. lemon pepper seasoning
salt & pepper, to taste
shredded cheese for topping (optional, see cook's notes below)

In a medium bowl, combine cream of chicken soup, cheddar cheese soup, water, 
diced onion and rice.
Stir well to combine.
Spray your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
Put chicken breasts in the bottom of the slow cooker.
Now season with Lemon & Pepper Seasoning.
This adds a lot of flavor to the chicken (without being overpowering).
  It is not overly lemon-y like you might think.
If you've never used it before, give it a try.  This is a great all-purpose seasoning.
It is so good on steaks too!
Be sure to season with a bit of salt & pepper too.
Pour soup mixture over chicken breasts.
Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours.
I just sprinkled a little dried parsley on top to make it look a little prettier on the plate but it's not necessary. It doesn't add any additional flavor to the dish.
Cook's Notes: For extra cheesiness, try adding some shredded cheddar cheese during the last 15 minutes of cooking.  Put the lid back on and allow it to melt. Mmm. Mmm. Good!

Printable Recipe Here


  1. I had NO idea you could throw rice in this! I have been making the basic cheesy chicken for years and my family loves it. It never occurred to me to put the rice in the crockpot with the other ingredients. Thanks so much for posting!

  2. This reminds me of many lunches at my grandma's! I need to give this a try soon!

  3. Great recipe share, Brandie! I can't wait to try this one! I have never used lemon pepper seasoning, excited to give it a try! Pinned! Thanks for the great share!

  4. I didn't grow up with chicken and rice.. but this cheesy recipe looks really great! :)

  5. Cheesy rice is one of my favorite comfort foods so this sounds like a great dinner!

  6. I didn't have chicken and rice until I met my guy. His family is big on mushrooms, so they do it with a can of cream of chicken, and a can of cream of mushroom. Sometimes they will put in a can of chopped mushrooms too. We put the rice in it just like yours :) I usually make it on the stovetop though, but I like the crockpot idea!

  7. Creamy, cheesy rice is so comforting. What a great meal for any night of the week!

  8. But I don't have a crock pot! Can I use this same recipe on the stove?

  9. I made this but I had to fudge it because I didn't have everything to make it but I made this and it made 10 individual dinners!

    Instead of seasoning I bought Uncle Ben's rice in the boxes that comes with seasoning packets and used those(2 herb Chicken ones) and mixed the packets and the rice with 2 cans of Cream of Chicken, 1 can of cream of broccoli and melted some velveeta and mixed that in with the water. Everything else was the same (one bag of frozen chicken and onion) and it came out DELICIOUS! It was gone in literally 2 days.

    Thought I'd share my changes and let you know it worked too.

  10. This looks so delicious! I can't wait to try it!

  11. I love cheesy chicken and rice, can I add fresh broccoli to the crock pot? Or should I steam the broccoli and add later?

    1. I definitely wouldn't add it in at the beginning. Maybe hour before it is done throw it in. That way it still retains some good texture.

  12. Can you make this with regular rice or does it need to be minute rice?

    1. I've made this both ways (with minute and uncle ben's) and I prefer it with good ole Uncle Ben's regular rice. :)

  13. Is the chicken still frozen when you put it in or do you thaw it first?

  14. Nice recipe. I had to use extra liquid since the rice wasn't cooked and it was drying out at the 4 hour mark. I added 2 cups of homemade chicken stock and later, towards the end of the 7 hour cooking time, some frozen peas. We topped it with Parmesan cheese....very filling and tasty!

    1. Hi Dana! Yes, some crock pots these days tend to heat up quickly. Glad you had the extra chicken stock on hand to add to it!

  15. I make this but the only thing I do different I add broccoli to it

  16. What kind of rice do you use? Can you use brown rice? Should it be quick cooking or regular?

    1. Hi Kristin! I prefer Uncle Bens rice for this. The Minute Rice tends to get a bit too mushy and gummy by the time it is all done. Hope that helps!

  17. I have made cheesy chicken and rice in the crockpot by mixing the soup and water and putting it over the chicken and an hour before we eat it mix the minute rice in it and let it cook for that hour, worked pretty good. My boys love it!

  18. I have made this recipe for years, but I use the yellow rice and add in a can of mixed veggies. It's one of our favs. Its not too hard to make not in the crock pot either! lol

  19. I am wondering if brown rice will work also, it should but maybe lengthen the cooking time an hour or so do you think?


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