Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice

The make-ahead dinner recipe is easy, delicious, and sure to please the whole family. All you need is a crockpot and about 15 minutes of prep time.

A complete meal by itself, although you overachievers can add some rolls and a salad.

slow cooker filled with rice, cheesy, chicken in creamy saucce

Slow Cooker Chicken Broccoli & Rice

A super simple dinner that the whole family will enjoy: a complete meal in your crockpot with minimal prep time.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Serving Size 6 servings

Equipment

  • Slow cooker 6 quart or large

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup brown rice uncooked (do NOT use white rice!)
  • 1 cup white onion chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon granulated garlic
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup 15 ounce size
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 pound boneless chicken breast cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 12 ounces fresh broccoli cut into small pieces
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 cup white cheddar shredded

Instructions 

  • Add liquids and seasonings to a slow cooker. In a 6 quart or large slow cooker, add the brown rice, white onion, salt, pepper, garlic, Italian seasoning, and condensed soup. Next, add the dijon mustard and chicken stock and stir to combine.
    base ingredients and broth in slow cooker base
  • Add chicken and cook. Add the cut chicken, mix well, and cook on high for 2 hours or until the chicken is cooked through and tender.
    raw chicken being added t slow cooker
  • Add broccoli. When the chicken is cooked, add the cut broccoli and cook for another 1-2 hours until the rice has absorbed most of the liquid and the broccoli is tender.
  • Add cheese and serve. Finally, stir in the parmesan cheese and white cheddar cheese until thoroughly mixed and melted. Serve immediately.
    adding cheese to slow cooekr

Notes

Use only brown rice for this recipe.
Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in an airtight container.
Use any cheese to your liking in this recipe
Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 595mg | Potassium: 240mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 262IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 256mg | Iron: 1mg
ingredients on counter

You’ll need the following for this easy slow cooker dinner:

  • brown rice 
  • white onion 
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • granulated garlic
  • Italian seasoning
  • cream of chicken soup
  • dijon mustard
  • chicken stock
  • boneless chicken breast 
  • fresh broccoli 
  • parmesan cheese
  • white cheddar 

🥫 Storage instructions

Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in an airtight container. You can freeze small portions and reheat them for a quick meal, too.

🔍 FAQs

Can I use white rice instead of brown rice?

Nope! You need to use brown rice for it to cook properly

Can I use a different type of cheese?

Yes, sharp cheddar or cheddar jack are both good. I’d keep the parmesan in there though.

What can I do if my chicken is frozen?

Defrost it first. If your chicken goes into the slow cooker frozen, it won’t warm up quickly enough and can stay at an unsafe temperature for too long. It’s a bummer, I know.

finished dish in slow cooker

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

  • You need to use brown rice for it to cook properly and not overcook. If you’re never tried it before, it’s hard to tell the difference in a dish like this. (Honestly! My kids are very picky and don’t notice.)
  • If you want to prep this ahead of time, you can! Just dice the onion and chicken and measure out all the ingredients. Put everything in a Ziploc bag or container in the fridge until you’re ready to cook.
  • This recipe is very versatile. If your family doesn’t like broccoli, feel free to leave it out or substitute another vegetable

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  1. 1 star
    I was so excited about this but the rice didn’t cook well, it took way longer and the chicken was very bland.