This Cheesy Chicken and Rice Crockpot Recipe features perfectly blended cheddar cheese, chicken, and seasonings! It’s so easy to make and perfect for family dinners.
Cheesy Chicken and Rice Crockpot Recipe
I love how tender the crockpot makes the chicken, and you can't go wrong with cheese sauce! We serve this cheesy slow cooker chicken and rice with tomatoes or a side salad. If you like cooking with chicken, check out our Crockpot Chicken Recipes list!
The slow cooker is the perfect way to cook dinner and not stress about what to make when you get home from work. Set it, walk away for a while, and return to a fully cooked dinner with great flavor.
In 2018, we did Slow Cooker Sunday cooking shows live on the Tammilee Tips Facebook Page to help show some of our favorite recipes each week. We invite you to join us in our kitchen and see how we use the crockpot each week to make dinner as easy as possible.
We all live hectic lives and could all use a couple of extra minutes to breathe and put our feet up. My goal is to share easy recipes that allow you the freedom to enjoy a glass of wine or cup of tea without feeling like you are supposed to be running around the kitchen doing a hundred other things.
Here is a quick overview of the simple ingredients needed to make an epic CrockPot Cheesy Chicken and Rice! The printable recipe card at the bottom of the post includes specific measurements and step-by-step instructions.
- Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
- Cheddar Cheese Soup
- Garlic Powder
- Salt and Pepper
- White Rice
- Kitchen Spoon/Stirring Utensil
How to Make CrockPot Cheesy Chicken and Rice
I've included complete instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, but here's a quick version.
- Place chicken in CrockPot. Combine cheddar cheese soup and milk, then pour the mixture over the chicken. Add garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
- Cover and cook on high
- Serve over cooked rice.
Preparation and Storage
Make-Ahead + Storage: This CrockPot Cheesy Chicken and Rice recipe is make-ahead-friendly! Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator, and enjoy them within three to four days.
Freezing/How to Freeze: Transfer freezer-bound leftovers to an airtight, freezer-safe container and enjoy them within three months.
How to Reheat: Reheat leftovers using your microwave or CrockPot, depending on how many portions you plan to prepare. Thaw frozen servings overnight in the fridge to ensure they reheat evenly.
Recipe Variations + Tips
Substitutions: You can serve CrockPot Cheesy Chicken and Rice with any rice or grain you enjoy! White or brown rice are fantastic options, as are riced cauliflower and broccoli if you want a healthier side. Even a yellow rice mix would work.
This can be adapted to chicken thighs.
We used cheddar cheese soup but I have seen variations with cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, or cream of celery soup.
Add in a bit of Zatarain seasoning, onion powder, or your favorite seasoning for extra flavor.
Vegetarian Option: Vegetarians should replace boneless chicken breast with a meat-free alternative, such as meat-free chicken cutlets.
Vegan Option: In addition to the guidance for vegetarians, vegans should replace canned cheddar cheese soup and milk with plant-based alternatives for the cheesy sauce.
Gluten-Free: Canned cheddar cheese soup is most likely to contain gluten-unsafe ingredients since it is a processed product, so look for a gluten-free label on this ingredient.
Smaller Serving Size + Larger Group/More Servings: The written recipe makes six servings. Scale it up or down to your desired yield, keeping in mind that you may need to work in batches if you scale up.
Make it Spicy: Add chili powder or your favorite hot sauce to taste to spice up this dish.
Sugar-Free: The written recipe contains 2 grams of sugar.
What to Serve with CrockPot Cheesy Chicken and Rice
Our CrockPot Creamed Corn is a kid-approved comfort food entree your household will enjoy when they want a homestyle, all-American meal. Leftovers also make yummy next-day lunches! Here are some menu planning suggestions.
Sides: Broccoli Casserole, Apple Stuffing, Funeral Potatoes, BLT Pasta Salad, Southern Fried Cabbage with Bacon, Air Fryer Baked Potato, Jiffy Cornbread with Sour Cream, Sweet Potato Casserole with Candied Yams, Southern Style Green Beans, CrockPot Bourbon Baked Beans, Air fryer vegetables, cracker barrel carrots, whole kernel corn.
Main Dishes: Cracker Barrel Broccoli Cheddar Chicken, Stovetop Meatloaf, Chicken Casserole with Ritz Crackers, CrockPot Rosemary Pork, Cracker Barrel Chicken & Dumplings, CrockPot Macaroni & Cheese with Ham, CrockPot Salisbury Steak, CrockPot Ham & Cheese Grits
Desserts: Ooey-Gooey Butter Cake, Lemon Bars, Lemon Icebox Pie, Best Rice Krispie Treats, Bisquick Blueberry Cobbler, Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding, Bisquick Apple Cobbler, Bisquick Peach Cobbler, Molasses Cookies, Banana Bread, Classic Chocolate Brownies
When to Serve
- Family and Friend Gatherings
Easy Chicken Recipes
Crock pot cheesy chicken and rice recipe
- Place chicken in crock pot, combine soup and milk and pour over chicken. Add in garlic, salt and pepper.
- Cover and cook on high for 6 hours
- Serve over rice
Recipe originally shared on April 16, 2018. Updated January 2021.