Crockpot Cheesy Chicken And Rice #Recipe

by Valerie Gray, From Val's Kitchen

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I started this recipe with the intent of it becoming chicken parm. I added the cheese too early for that to work, but the dish itself is still very tasty.

Cheesy Chicken And Rice Crockpot Recipe

Crockpot Cheesy Chicken And Rice


  • 2 lbs chicken breast
  • 2 cups Minute Rice (uncooked)
  • 8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 26-28 oz tomato sauce or marinara sauce
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder


Spray the crock with nonstick cooking spray.

Place rice on the bottom of the crock.

Crockpot Cheesy Chicken And Rice

Put the egg (break the yolk) in one bowl and the bread crumbs in another bowl.

Dip the chicken into the egg and then into the bread crumbs.

Place the breaded chicken on top of the rice.

Crockpot Cheesy Chicken And Rice

Sprinkle the cheese over the chicken.

Crockpot Cheesy Chicken And Rice

Sprinkle the garlic powder and onion powder, then pour the sauce over everything.

Crockpot Cheesy Chicken And Rice

Cook on high for 4 hours. I like to stir it at least once about 2 hours in.


Crockpot Cheesy Chicken And Rice

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Liza @ Views From the 'Ville December 23, 2013 - 11:05 pm

I love anything that you can make in the slow cooker, especially if it involves cheese 🙂 I’ll be pinning this for later, thanks!

Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy December 24, 2013 - 12:46 am

I love chicken and rice together.

Tammilee Tillison December 24, 2013 - 12:46 am

Yum! I have never made rice in the crockpot. This looks fantastic.

Cinny December 24, 2013 - 12:51 am

grilled chicken Salad!

Mitch December 24, 2013 - 8:41 am

That looks delicious! It is similar to chicken parm, I love cheese on cutlets!

patricia Marsden December 24, 2013 - 1:51 pm

Love crock pots for meats I want to tenderize.

Gianna December 24, 2013 - 6:28 pm

That looks so good! My favorite way is breaded fried chicken with home made breadcrumbs. The next day it gets baked in the oven with marinara and mozzarella.

Vanessa December 25, 2013 - 1:46 pm

So does the breading on the chicken form a bit of a crust even in the crockpot?

Kristen January 2, 2014 - 12:10 am

Tried this recipe and it didn’t really work. The chicken turned out great, but the rice didn’t cook and just burned on the bottom in clumps. Ended up making extra rice after and putting the chicken on that. The chicken turned out amazing though! Next time I’ll make the rice or try it with noodles made seperatly.

valmg January 2, 2014 - 3:55 pm

I’m sorry to hear this didn’t work for you. I’ve made it a few times and it’s been fine. Did you use Minute Rice and spray the crock?

Amber January 6, 2014 - 4:31 pm

Do you recommend stiring this so the rice cooks?

valmg January 17, 2014 - 12:59 pm

I have made it with and without stirring, I preferred to give it a good stir maybe twice while it’s cooking.

Jessie January 7, 2014 - 7:55 pm

I had the same issue with the rice burning to the crock and I definitely sprayed it! I did make new rice and it was still nasty. Maybe next time I will add water first.

valmg January 17, 2014 - 1:00 pm

I’m sorry to hear your rice burned. I’ve used Minute Rice many times in the crockpot and it’s never burned.

Cindy January 22, 2014 - 9:33 pm

I had the same problem. Was there supposed to be another form of liquid in this dish?

valmg January 23, 2014 - 1:28 am

No I’ve never put any additional liquids into the crockpot other the the sauce.

Jessie January 7, 2014 - 7:56 pm

I meant tasty 🙂

Lucy January 24, 2014 - 5:27 pm

Have you ever tried using frozen chicken?

valmg January 25, 2014 - 6:49 pm

No I have not tried using frozen chicken for this recipe. If you do I’d love to hear how it turns out.

Rachel January 28, 2014 - 11:20 am

Hi! I have this going in the crock pot right now! 🙂 Just wondering, where did you add in the onion and garlic powder??

valmg February 10, 2014 - 9:52 am

Rachel, I added it in when I added the sauce.

Whitney January 30, 2014 - 8:22 pm

Hmm.. confused to why the ingredients list onion and garlic powder when niether of these are listed to be used in this dish?

valmg February 10, 2014 - 9:52 am

They get added in with the sauce.

Tammy March 2, 2014 - 10:48 am

Can u make this on low for longer time?

valmg March 2, 2014 - 4:28 pm

I haven’t tried it on low but don’t know of a reason it wouldn’t work. Two people mentioned theirs dried out, be sure to use Minute Rice. Cooking on low might dry it out a bit less, please let me know how it turns out.

Stephanie March 27, 2014 - 8:31 pm

I had the same problem. Some of the rice cooked because it was mixed in with the sauce when it slightly stirred it but the rest on the bottom did not cook. I even sprayed the crockpot too. The chicken is still extremely tasty. I subbed the bread crumbs for Italian Panko breadcrumbs and it’s super tasty!!

valmg April 1, 2014 - 6:16 am

Hmmmm. I’m going to have to make this again and check my measurements. Love the idea of using panko.

Jessica December 10, 2018 - 9:18 am

What about using pasta instead of rice? Would you cook before hand? Or maybe just cook separately and then put chicken over top

valmg January 5, 2019 - 3:05 pm

I don’t think 4 hours cooking pasta would work. I am all about easy and one-pot whenever possible so have never tried pasta for this particular recipe. If you want to use pasta you might want to cook it separately, you may want to adjust the amount of sauce if you do.


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