Crockpot Cheesy Chicken & Rice

 
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Crockpot Cheesy Chicken & Rice
 
 

There is one word to describe this crockpot meal…. ADDICTING!

 

The zest from the Zatarain rice, blended with the sweet corn and creamy cheese is AWESOME!

 

The girls loved it and asked for it again the next day. To add a twist to the leftovers, I sauted some baby spinach and then mixed in a serving of the Cheesy Chicken.

 

It added some green (which I love) and another dimension to the flavors. Hope you enjoy! XO Corey

 

 

Here is what you need: Serves 8

- 1 (8oz) box Zatarain’s Yellow Rice, cooked according to package.
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, or cheese blend
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 (10.5oz) can cream of chicken soup (I used the healthy choice reduced fat and sodium)
- 1 (15oz) can of corn, drained
- 2 cups chicken stock

 

 

 
 

1. Place chicken into crockpot and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle your chopped onions on top of chicken.

 

2. Mix together the two cups of chicken broth and can of cream of chicken soup.

 

3. Pour mixture over chicken.

 

 

4. Cover and cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours.

 
 
5. Right before serving, shred chicken with 2 forks. 6. Add in cooked & prepared Zatarain’s rice, cheese and corn.

7. Mix well, until cheese is melted.

 

 

 

Kid tested!

and APPROVED!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4.7 from 6 reviews
Crockpot Cheesy Chicken & Rice
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 (8oz) box Zatarain's Yellow Rice, cooked according to package.
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, or cheese blend
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 (10.5oz) can cream of chicken soup (I used the healthy choice reduced fat and sodium)
  • 1 (15oz) can of corn, drained
  • 2 cups chicken stock
Instructions
  1. Place chicken into crockpot and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle your chopped onions on top of chicken.
  2. Mix together the two cups of chicken broth and can of cream of chicken soup.
  3. Pour mixture over chicken.
  4. Cover and cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours.
  5. Right before serving, shred chicken with 2 forks.
  6. Add in cooked & prepared Zatarain's rice, cheese and corn.
  7. Mix well, until cheese is melted.

 

Comments

  1. This looks so yummy! I would love for you to visit my new food blog, The Sweet Spot, and link up your recipes to my Mouthwatering Monday Link Party!

  2. This sounds great! I love quick crockpot meals!

  3. Hello! Love your blog everything looks so yummy! Just a quick question for you though,…I’ve never heard of Zatarain rice and its definitely not sold anywhere around where I live. Can you tell me what it is so maybe I could find a substitution please?

    • Zatarain Rice is a New Orleans Style yellow rice. You could substitute it with a seasoned yellow rice. Maybe even a Mexican yellow rice. It would have a slightly different flavor, but would still taste yummers! Hope that helps Amanda :)

    • I doubt we could get this in Australia either. I am not sure we have any type of yellow rice. Could you possibly tell us what the ingredients on the box are, and we can try to find a substitute. – thanks. Love your recipes – they are awesome.

  4. I just love your Kid Tester, she is adorable! We are going to just love this dish with the Zatarain Rice to really give it a nice kick of spice and to have it in the Crock Pot, oh yes, I love it! Hope you are having a fabulous week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  6. Yummy and easy!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. This looks yummy and such a perfect meal to pop in the crock pot on a busy day! Thank you for sharing :)

  8. Yum! I ended up making this in my oven, but still wonderfully delicious. Thank you!

  9. Any idea about the poundage on the chicken breasts? We buy some organic ground chicken and wonder if that could be substituted. Alternatively, since I don’t cook meat that often, I’m wondering how well the chicken shreds or does it end up more like big chunks? Just curious! Thanks for all the wonderful recipes and ideas!

    • I would guess an average chicken breast weights about 3/4 to 1 lb. The chicken shreds super well… it looks just like pulled pork consistency when you take 2 forks to it.I am sure the ground chicken would taste just as good, but would just have a different consistency. I hope that helps.

  10. Looks great! Have you ever tried adding the rice to the crockpot after the chicken’s almost done? Im wondering if it would cook alright and that way I don’t have to use another pot.

  11. I am making this now, how much liquid should be left in the crock pot after the chicken is cooked? It seems like I have a lot. Should I take some out?

    • Kristen, I didn’t take any out. Look over the directions again to make sure you did all the correct measurements. I know it might look like a lot, but when you add in the rice cheese and corn at the end, it all thickens up. Hope that helps!

    • Hey Corey, we just had this for dinner and I have a 5 year old girl 2 and 1 year old boys. The two oldest said that they were not going to eat it because it didn’t look good to them. I made them taste it and all three of them LOVED it. They had a ton of it. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • That is AWESOME Kristen!!!! I love to hear stories like this :)

  12. I made this tonight & it was really. really good :) Thank you!

  13. This seems like a really good low fat meal! I just recently had my gallbladder taken out so I kind of have to have a low-fat diet. I was wondering, do you know how much total fat this meal has? If not that’s totally fine, but I just wondered. :)

  14. This is finishing up in the crockpot now. The test bite before the garlic bread is done got “oh my god this is amazing” from my hubby! So easy and yummy to boot. Thanks for the great recipe.

  15. Hey! Thanks for this great looking dish, as I am cooking it in my crockpot right now :) I accidentally picked up chicken broth instead of stock so my mixture didn’t come out quite as good as yours….Hoping that doesn’t mess up the recipe 7 hours from now :/ lol

  16. my almost 2 year old son loves this crockpot meal!!!! thanks!

  17. Looks yummy. Have you ever used this as a freezer recipe? I am thinking that the rice would get mushy…perhaps I could add the rice after it thaws?

  18. For the yellow rice, Saffron is the key ingredient in The Zatarains rice mix. I live in Louisiana and buy this rice a lot!! Never thought about using it like this recipe says though and can’t wait to give it a try!!

  19. I accidently made it too salty with onion salt (the whole thing dumped instead of the shaker). It was still good. I actually only had white rice on hand so made yellow rice with turmeric. That was my first stab at that and it came out really good. My husband is lactose intolerant and still ate it knowing his pain come the following day. Will be making again.

    • I am so glad it turned out for you! That is the biggest compliment ever… that your lactose intolerant hubby ate this meal knowing the pain that would come! I hope it’s not too bad :) XO

  20. Hi – my boyfriend and I don’t eat any processed foods. So the canned soup is out for us. What can
    I replace it with that doesn’t come in a can or jar or package? Also, I’m assuming making this grain free would be fine? Sorry to be a pain! Just need some recipes to make chicken semi edible. We hate, hate, HATE chicken, but as it’s relatively inexpensive, we tend to eat it at least three times a week. Hoping to be able to make this.

  21. I’m thinking possibly just using a heavy cream in place of the soup? And taking out the corn? I’ll make my own rice and stock, and I think that that would fix it up?

  22. I used cream of celery (ran out of cream of chicken soup) and I added black bean, boom they were so good! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  23. Cooking this today…. I’m guessing its quite good for leftovers? The recipe makes a lot so As long as reheated well?

  24. I plan on cooking this today! I can’t find Zatarain’s rice at any stores around where I live. Can I substitute brown rice? If so, what seasonings do you suggest I add in the absence of the seasoned rice?

    • I have only made this with Zatarain’s rice. Sorry! Any sort of Mexican rice would also work. If you cannot find that and only have brown rice, maybe use some salsa and cumin. I hope that helps!

  25. cHRISTOPHER HOSSLEY says:

    cAN I COOK EVERYONE ALL TOGETHER ONE TIME ???

  26. Hi! I was wondering if you’ve ever tried freezing the leftovers? We only need about 3-4 servings but it would nice to have an extra meal already made in the freezer. Thanks!

  27. the corn just didn’t sound good but frozen peas are the magic touch! i love that yellow rice so of course it would make any dish yummy! not big on white meat either so thighs work really well. i just wanted to find a recipe for creamy, cheesy chicken that i could make my own. with a little tweeking, this rocks!

  28. I ran to the store to get the Ingredients for this recipe and they were out of yellow rice. So I bought the Zararins Rice Pilaf! I’m scared….lol
    Wish me luck :-)

  29. Made this for dinner today! It was delicious! Carolina rice makes rice with Saffron and without the MSG. My family was crazy about this dish and I made a little extra rice for another dinner tomorrow. I recommend this dish highly!

  30. Can’t wait to try this! It sounds so good! One quick dumb question- do you cook the corn first or does it heat in the crock pot?
    Thank you!

  31. Thanks for the new recipe. Instead of corn, I added frozen broccoli florets about 30 minutes before I was ready to serve. I really liked it. We are serious cheese lovers, so I think when I make it again I might try using cheddar cheese soup instead of cream of chicken. Other than that two thumbs up.

  32. Oh heck yes! Just straight up delish! Best crackpot recipe of yours yet! (& I’ve made a ton of yours so far). There was so many leftovers too, even though we all ate a lot, which is just plain awesome. I will add lots more veggies next time.

  33. Made this a few weeks ago and my girl and I loved it.

  34. Jennifer Simmons says:

    Could you use frozen chicken breasts or do you think they need to be thawed first?

    • My rule of thumb for crock pot chicken is to thaw first. You can use frozen chicken but the thawing may make the recipe slightly watery and of course the cooking will take longer.

  35. I made this over the weekend, but with a twist! After the chicken was cooked, I removed it from the juices in the crock pot to shred and mix in cheese, rice and corn. Then, I put the mixture in tortillas and rolled them up and placed them in a baking dish. Next, pour the juices from the crock pot over the tortillas, sprinkle some cheese on top and bake for 10-15 min on 350 or until the cheese is melted. Serve with salsa and fat free cream cheese and you have cheesy chicken enchiladas.

  36. Saw a couple other people ask this but there were no replies. Do you think this would freeze ok after its done??

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