Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Casserole

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There’s nothing better than a bowl of warm comfort food after a particularly trying or chilly day. It’s a shame that so many of our favorites are often accompanied with unhealthy fats and processed ingredients, or they take hours to prepare. Thankfully, now you can have your comfort, your waistline, and your evenings, too.

Our slow cooker chicken and rice meal will satisfy even the toughest critics, but this surprisingly healthy dish is made with only 100% clean ingredients. We combine nutrient-rich flavors, like lean chicken, brown rice, vegetables, and the perfect amount of seasonings to bring smiles to the dinner table, while also feeding your family right. This home cooked meal is easy to fit into your busy schedule, too. Just plop the ingredients into the slow cooker, and let it do all the work. Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Casserole is sure to become a household favorite!

Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Casserole

Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Casserole

Yields: 4 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories: 327 | Total Fat: 8 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Sodium: 833 mg | Cholesterol: 78 mg | Carbohydrates: 36 g | Fiber: 3 g | Sugars: 6 g | Protein: 25 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 9


  • 4 (1.5 pounds) boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into chunks of about 1-inch
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups chicken broth, fat-free
  • 2 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced or diced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, more or less to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice or quinoa
  • 1 cup (thawed) peas
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese


  1. In the slow cooker, add the chicken, olive oil, carrots, broth, salt, pepper, garlic, and oregano. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or high 3 to 4, or until chicken is done and carrots tender.
  2. When cooked, add pre-cooked rice, peas, and parmesan. Stir to combine and continue cooking for 10 minutes.

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41 Comments on "Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Casserole"

  1. Zipporah  January 24, 2016

    Recipes are not showing

  2. Gale Compton  January 24, 2016

    We’re troubleshooting this now and should have a solution soon. 🙂

  3. Zipporah  January 24, 2016

    So far its been a couple of others as well

    • Gale Compton  January 24, 2016

      We found the problem and are now working on a solution. Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention.
      We truly appreciate reader’s like you. 🙂

  4. Zipporah  January 24, 2016

    Thank you. I look forward to making it when its fixed

  5. Rhonda  January 24, 2016

    Any chance you can copy and paste the directions into the comments here? I’ve started the chicken in the crock pot and don’t know the rest of the order.

    • Gale Compton  January 24, 2016

      Of course! It’s now working but here you go:

      In the slow cooker, add the chicken, olive oil, carrots, broth, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or high 3 to 4, or until chicken is done and carrots tender.

      When cooked, add pre-cooked rice, peas, and parmesan. Stir to combine and continue cooking for 10 minutes.

  6. Kim  January 24, 2016

    They are also not pinning correctly on pintrest. You only get a pic and ingredients. Directions do not show up

    • Gale Compton  January 24, 2016

      Kim, Pinterest never shows the directions. We fixed the issue on our site and the recipes are now showing. 🙂

  7. Epickren  January 24, 2016

    Can’t see the recipe….

  8. Pam  January 29, 2016

    Mine doesn’t look like the picture. I used cooked quinoa. It appears that the liquid in crockpot didn’t burn off. Do you drain it?

    • Gale Compton  January 29, 2016

      Pam, There is liquid it’s just not so visible in our photo.

  9. Abbey  February 5, 2016

    I made this for supper tonight in crock pot and it was sooooo good!! I added an extra cup of chicken broth and put a cup of long grain brown rice in with the chicken, carrots and other broth so that it would truly be a crockpot type meal and then added frozen peas and Parmesan cheese last 10 minutes! It was a good comfort type meal with half the calories and very very filling !!

  10. Tara  February 23, 2016

    My husband, toddler, and I loved this recipe. It’s actually cooking again in my crockpot right now as I type. I was a little worried there might be a lack of flavor, bc it seemed so simple (the first time). So, I added a bay leaf and little minced garlic, and it was fantastic! This time, I’m doing the same thing but added an extra carrot, and I may throw in some mushrooms an hour or so before it’s done. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • SkinnyMs.  February 24, 2016

      We’re so happy to hear that your family enjoyed this! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  11. Pat  March 16, 2016

    This is so delicious and so easy! Great recipe!

    • SkinnyMs.  March 17, 2016

      We’re so happy you liked it. 🙂

  12. Jan  November 6, 2016

    I’m having 3 adults for dinner and I would love to make this recipe. How much chicken do you suggests (lbs) please. Also does the chicken have to be defrosted? Thank you so much!

    • Gale Compton  November 6, 2016

      Jan, About 1.5 pounds and only use thawed chicken. 🙂

  13. Nancy  November 13, 2016

    How much is in a serving for the weight watchers serving?

  14. Julie  January 10, 2017

    Can you add the uncooked rice to cook in the slow cooker?

    • Gale Compton  January 11, 2017

      Julie, Yes you can but it easy to get mushy. If you’re short on time, I would recommend making the rice the day before and adding to the slow cooker shortly before serving. 🙂

  15. Monica  January 14, 2017

    Mine turned out with quite a bit of liquid still… is that right?

    • Nichole Furlong  January 14, 2017

      Hi Monica,

      If you have too much liquid leftover after cooking the chicken, you can drain off some of the liquid before adding the rice, peas, and parmesan. I would recommend draining all but about 1/2 cup of liquid from the chicken.

  16. Kelley  March 11, 2017

    If I do the ground chicken should I cook it first or put into the crock pot uncooked?

    • Nichole Furlong  March 12, 2017

      Great question, Kelley!

      I would cook the ground chicken and break it up as it cooks.

  17. ACrutch72  October 1, 2017

    Has anyone ever tried substituting the brown rice with basmati rice?

  18. Jenny  November 15, 2017

    When do we add the garlic and oregano?

    • Gale Compton  November 17, 2017

      Jenny, Add the garlic and oregano at the beginning. Recipe has been updated. 🙂

  19. SkinnyMs. (JH)  January 31, 2018

    Hi, Audrey. We recommend that you thaw the peas prior to adding them. Adding them later in the cooking process keeps them from getting mushy.

  20. Holly  February 13, 2018

    I am lactose intolerant. Is it still good without the parm?

  21. Lucy  April 5, 2018

    I made this recipe tonight and it was very good. I only made one change and that was because I didn’t have any Parmesan cheese so I used Romano cheese instead. There was a lot of liquid and looked more like soup. If there are any leftovers I would think there won’t be any liquid tomorrow. (My husband does late night snacking).

    The chicken turned out so tender and just fell apart. I will make this recipe again but next time I will add a lot more carrots and more spices.

  22. Lucy  April 6, 2018

    I made this recipe yesterday. I only made one change. I didn’t have Parmesan cheese so I used Romano cheese. I thought it had a lot of liquid so I put more quinoa in at the end. It was very easy to make. The chicken was so tender. We really like recipe and I will be making it again.

    • Nichole Furlong  April 6, 2018

      We’re do glad you enjoyed the recipe, Lucy! Great idea substituting the Romano for the Parmesan!

  23. Rebecca  January 8, 2019

    Hi yah 🙂 I’m looking forward to making this but I’m also looking for recipes that I could keep in the fridge or freezer would this keep for a couple of days? Also do you have a link to other recipes that could keep for a couple of days ?

    • Nichole Furlong  January 9, 2019

      Hi Rebecca. You could prepare this casserole and keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for about 2 weeks. Any casserole dish on out site should be easy to prep ahead of time and we also have a few meal prep recipes. We have a great search function at the top of the page!


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