Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup with a Twist

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Chicken and rice soup is the best, especially when it's easily made in the slow cooker!

This slow cooker chicken with rice soup allows you to serve chicken, rice, and plenty of vegetables in one tummy-warming bowl! Prep this soup in advance, and return home to a delicious and nutritious dinner your entire family will love.

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup with a Twist

Low in carbs and high in protein, this soup will keep you warm and fill your tummy with yummy goodness.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Yield 7 people
Serving Size 1 cup
Course Dinner, Soup
Cuisine Universal
Author SkinnyMs.


  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 6 cups chicken broth fat-free, low-sodium, or homemade is best if available
  • 1 pound boneless skinless white and dark chicken meat uncooked, about 3 cups cubed chicken
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced
  • 4 tablespoons cilantro fresh chopped
  • 3/4 cup long grain brown rice uncooked
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes crushed, add more for a spicier soup
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  • Cut chicken into 1" cubes and remove any visible fat. Add uncooked chicken cubes and all other ingredients to the slow-cooker. Cook on low heat for 6-8 hours or until rice is tender and chicken is cooked through.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 339mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 3
Keywords Diabetic-Friendly, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Slow Cooker

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  1. Love love love this.  In the winter months, which is long in Wisconsin, I make a large pot of soup every Sunday.  I store in individual bowls which I take to work each day.  This was one of my favorites and was made several times over the winter.  Love your site!

    1. Great!  Thank you so much for the nice compliment. I know the Wisconsin winters call for a lot soup & chili…so glad you enjoy! 🙂

  2. quick question..are you adding the chicken to the skillet also or do you add it to the crock pot uncooked? it didn't say. Thanks

    1. Add garlic, uncooked chicken cubes and all other ingredients to the slow-cooker.  Thanks for the question.

  3. The rice dissolves and it turns into a big blob of thick yucky mess. Maybe adding the rice in the last hour or so would be okay but the flavor wasn't very good anyways.

    1. Just curious…what type of rice did you use?  If you use long grain brown rice (not the 10 minute or quick versions) it won't turn to mush.  Thanks!

  4. Hmmmm……. maybe just cook the rice separately and then add it cooked into the chicken and broth when it's done.

  5. Is t essential to dirty up a pan just to cook the garlic or can it cook in the slow cooker, perhaps grated finely?

    1. Stephanie, Definitely not. I love you question so much that I eliminated this step…so add the minced garlic directly in with all other ingredients. THANKS! 🙂

  6. Going to make this tomorrow…anyone think you can sub lemon for lime in this? Don't want to make that trip to the store for a lime.

  7. Ours turned into a big gooey blob that looked like oatmeal and sort of tasted like wallpaper paste. I clearly did something wrong 🙁

  8. Excellent! Just made it today. I found with my slow cooker set on low it only took 5 hrs. It is awesome!

  9. Would love to try this! The blurb mentions veggies but there aren't any listed on the ingredient list…just add what you like?

    1. Yes, you can really add the veggies that you like at the beginning of cooktime, with the exception of spinach or other greens which should be added only in the last ten minutes of cooktime.

  10. I love this soup! The first time I made it I did get mush but the flavor was awesome! I reread the recipe and it says to cook until the rice is tender, and that worked perfect! So yummy, feels decadent.

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