This Crockpot Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice Casserole is the ultimate comfort dish and is so easy to make! The slow cooker creamy broccoli casserole cooks in just four hours and is sure to be a new family favorite.
Who doesn't love slow cooker meals? During these busy winter months, my slow cooker is my savior. I love using it on busy days when I know I won't have a lot of time to prepare dinner, and there truly is nothing as satisfying as walking in the door to a delicious-smelling, already-made meal. It's the perfect tool for easy family dinners. (Try these Crockpot Chicken Mole Tacos for a crazy good and easy meal!)
This delicious crockpot chicken broccoli casserole is a new favorite crockpot recipe. It's super easy to make, fairly healthy, uses lots of fresh broccoli, and produces a delicious creamy chicken and rice casserole that my whole family wolfs down every time.
Why This Recipe Works
I love this cheesy chicken broccoli and rice casserole so much that it's been in our lineup three times in the past few weeks! Here's why this recipe works:
- Easy dinner. It really couldn't get any simpler than this easy chicken and rice recipe - a true set-it-and-forget-it dinner recipe without much prep. Add everything to the crockpot, set it for four hours, and go about your business. In the blink of an eye, you'll have a delicious chicken casserole dish, with a cheesy, creamy sauce, flavorful broccoli, tender chicken, and perfectly cooked rice. One of my favorite ways to use my slow cooker!
- Super comforting. This is comfort food at its finest. Creamy soup mixed with rice, chicken, broccoli, and spices, then stirred with cheddar cheese all make for a cozier weeknight dinner.
- One pot meal. This easy crockpot chicken recipe is a complete meal that serves up comfort in every bite. This slow cooker chicken will easily be one of the best things to come out of your crockpot.
- Easy to customize. You can add lots of toppings to this dish, mix in different veggies, or even add different spices to change up the flavors.
A few simple ingredients are all you need to make this crock pot chicken broccoli and rice recipe:
- Skinless chicken breasts. The star of the dish, providing moist chicken that falls apart with a fork. I used breasts for this dish, but you can really use any cut of chicken you'd like. Thigh or chicken tenders would work well here too.
- Broccoli florets. Don't you love recipes that sneak extra veggies in without you even really noticing? These add a flavorful and nutritious punch, making this dish a favorite way to consume greens. My kids have no problem scarfing down the cheese broccoli bites! Fresh works great (I buy the big bag of chopped broccoli from Costco), but frozen broccoli would also work in a pinch.
- Brown rice. Offers a healthier, fiber-rich alternative to white rice, and makes this casserole hearty enough to be a one-dish meal.
- Onion, garlic & spices. For delicious flavor
- Cream of chicken soup and chicken broth. These combine to make a creamy, comforting sauce. You could easily sub in cream of mushroom soup if you don't have cream of chicken.
- Sharp cheddar cheese. Mixed in at the end, this adds a delicious tang to the dish and coats everything in a gooey cheesy sauce.
How To Make Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice In The Crockpot
Just a few simple steps and you'll have this easy slow cooker cheesy chicken casserole on your table in no time.
- Prepare the chicken. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces, then add it to the crockpot with the rice.
- Add the chopped onion and garlic. Top the chicken and rice with the chopped onion and garlic.
- Add the broccoli. Add the fresh or frozen broccoli florets to the bowl of your crockpot.
- Add the spices and condensed soup. Add the black pepper, salt, dijon mustard, and paprika to the crockpot. Top with the cream of chicken soup.
- Add the broth. Pour in the chicken broth.
- Cook. Give everything a good stir to combine the ingredients and make sure it's mostly all submerged in the soup mixture. Set your crockpot on high heat and let the magic happen for about 4 hours.
- Add the cheese. Once the rice is tender and the chicken is fully cooked, sprinkle over the shredded cheddar cheese and stir well to combine. The cheese will melt into the sauce creating a smooth, creamy texture with a fantastic flavor.
Substitutions and Variations
- Change up the rice. Not a fan of brown rice? No problem! Try a different style, or, if you try a low-carb alternative like cauliflower rice.
- Sub in garlic or onion powder. If you're out of fresh garlic or onion, garlic powder and onion powder can be quick and easy substitutes.
- Experiment with different cheeses. Not a fan of cheddar? Try a white cheddar cheese sauce or even a dollop of cream cheese for a smoother sauce. You really can't go wrong with the cheese here so use what you have or what you like best.
- Use a different cut of chicken. Boneless chicken thighs can be used instead of chicken breasts. Or, if you're really in a pinch, canned chicken will work here as well.
- Add some spice. For those who love their dishes with a kick, a sprinkle of red pepper flakes can add a fiery dimension.
- Add some crunch! You can give this dish a bit more texture by adding a sprinkling of panko breadcrumbs mixed with melted butter to the top of the dish. Pop it under the broiler for a minute or two until the breadcrumbs are a nice golden brown color.
- Top with fresh herbs. Top the dish with extra cheese and some fresh chopped parsley for a nice presentation.
Frequently Asked Questions
You could, but I wouldn't add the rice until the 2 or 3-hour mark. Instant rice doesn't take long to cook so adding it at the beginning of the cooking time would result in a mushy mess. If possible, using regular rice is best.
Forget to defrost your chicken? I've been there my friend. But not to worry. You can still easily make this recipe! It's best if your chicken is slightly thawed and chopped (it will cook faster that way). Increase the cooking time by about an hour, and just make sure to test your chicken's internal temperature before removing it from the slow cooker. It should be at 165 degrees to be safe.
If you make this delicious Crockpot Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole, let me know what you think in the comments below. And don't forget to tag me on Instagram @frontrangefed with a pic so I can see your masterpiece!
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Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli And Rice Casserole
- 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into small 1-inch pieces
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 teaspoon celery salt
- 1 medium yellow onion peeled and finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic diced
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 15 oz can cream of chicken soup
- 1 ½ cup brown rice (uncooked)
- 4-6 cups broccoli florets (fresh or frozen)
- 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- Add the chicken, black pepper, salt, dijon mustard, celery salt, paprika, yellow onion, garlic, chicken broth, cream of chicken soup, and, brown rice and broccoli florets to the crock pot. Stir to combine.
- Cover the crockpot and cook on high for about 4 hours, or until the rice has absorbed all the chicken broth and is soft and tender.
- Add the shredded cheese to the dish, stir, and allow to melt slightly before serving (about 5 minutes).
- Make sure your rice, chicken, and broccoli are submerged as much as possible in the broth and soup mixture to ensure they cook thoroughly and the rice can absorb the liquid.
- Add a sprinkle of freshly chopped parsley for a pretty presentation when serving.