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Cheesy Chicken and Rice Crockpot Recipe

Quick, easy, and extremely cheesy. This high-protein cheesy chicken and rice crockpot recipe is bound to become one of your family's favorite staples.

Cheesy chicken and rice

Chicken and rice are found in countries all over the world as staples in many different cultures. There is a reason for all of that popularity! This combination is the perfect blank slate for endless combinations of spices, flavors, and consistencies.

This cheesy chicken and rice crockpot recipe takes your favorite queso and turns it into a full-on meal. It is so easy to throw it together, add some broth and green salsa to reach the perfect texture, and you're on your way to dinner (and lunches/dinners for the week, if you meal prep)!

Cheesy chicken and rice crockpot recipe

This recipe is amazing because you can throw it all in the crockpot and forget about it until dinner time. If you are super busy with kids, work, just life in general—this is especially for you! Most kids tend to like food that is super cheesy, and this recipe definitely fits that bill. This recipe is super high in protein and will leave you feeling full. For this reason, it's a perfect dish to add into your meal prep plans for the week.

This recipe works as the main course of your dinner, or an accessory in a larger idea like a taco night. You could easily add a side vegetable or eat this on top of lettuce to add some green into your meal!

Cheesy chicken and rice ingredients

Simple ingredients you probably already have around your house:

  • chicken breast
  • green salsa
  • green chiles
  • queso
  • low sodium chicken broth
  • instant rice
  • serve with: cilantro chips, cheese, tortillas, avocado, etc.

Cheesy chicken and rice substitution ideas

  • Salsa: You don't have to use a green salsa. You could use whatever you already have at home, or your family's favorite salsa.
  • Green chiles: Green chilies are definitely going to add some spice and flavor, but if you aren't one for a little heat, you can opt to leave these out.
  • Queso: I used medium queso blanco from my local grocery store, but you could use whatever queso you like best.

How to make crockpot cheesy chicken and rice

Here are the simple steps to follow:

  • Gather ingredients.
  • Add chicken breast, salsa, and chicken broth to a slow cooker.
  • Cook on high for 4 hours.
  • Shred chicken and place back into the slow cooker. Cut the heat of the slow cooker to warm.
  • Add instant rice to slow cooker and cook for about 10 mins.
  • Stir in queso and let warm for about 10 more minutes.
  • Serve with tortillas, cilantro, chips, cheese, avocado, or whatever you want!

What's the difference between a slow cooker and a crockpot?

Believe or not there are differences between a slow cooker and a crockpot! A crockpot is a type of slow cooker and is actually the brand name of a type of slow cooker that came out in the 1970s. So, all crockpots are slow cookers but not all slow cookers are crockpots.

Think of it like a Kleenex or Band-Aid type situation. Both of those are brand names that have become so popular, we use it to describe an entire category of item - tissues and bandages.

How to store cheesy chicken and rice

Store your leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. This is a great recipe to use for meal prep due to the fact it makes such a large batch and is easy to divide.

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How to reheat this recipe

You can reheat the cheesy chicken and rice in the microwave for 1-2 minutes depending on how hot you'd like your leftovers.

This recipe is so quick and easy to make, and reheats very well. Eating this as leftovers is not going to change the taste or texture of the meal.

How to serve cheesy chicken and rice

There are quite a few ways to serve and top this recipe. We enjoy eating with tortillas and refried beans. You could also serve it with a side of chips and salsa. This recipe stands well on its own too if you'd prefer that.

As far as toppings go, I recommend avocado or cilantro. You can't go wrong with extra shredded cheese, salsa, or sour cream.

How to meal prep this recipe

Make the cheesy chicken and rice according to instructions. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can split into 6 containers (one serving each) or store in a big container and serve as needed. 

I can't overemphasize how perfect this recipe is for meal prep. It's high protein, so quick and easy, and delicious after reheating.

How do I shred a chicken breast?

This depends on how much chicken you're making. For small recipes, I'll pull the chicken out onto a baking sheet or into a large bowl and shred it with forks.

If you're making a larger batch of chicken, it's possible to shred it using your stand mixer. Yes, I'm serious—I do it all the time! You still might want to go in stages so as not to overwhelm your KitchenAid.

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This is a picture of cheesy chicken and rice. There's a large black crockpot filled with cheesy chicken and rice. It's white with shredded chicken, rice, and melted cheese. There's a bowl with a serving of chicken and rice as well.
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4.91 from 11 votes

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Crockpot

Quick, easy, and extremely cheesy. This high-protein cheesy chicken and rice crockpot recipe is bound to become one of your family's favorite staples.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time4 hours 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cheesy chicken and rice, chicken and rice, chicken and rice crockpot
Servings: 6
Calories: 405kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Equipment

  • crockpot

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs chicken breast boneless skinless
  • 16 oz green salsa whatever spice level
  • 4 oz green chiles
  • 1 jar queso
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups instant rice
  • serve with: cilantro, chips, cheese, tortillas, avocado, etc.

Instructions

  • Gather ingredients.
  • Add chicken breast, salsa, green chiles, and chicken broth to a slow cooker.
  • Cook on high for 4 hours.
  • Shred chicken and place back into the slow cooker. Cut the heat of the slow cooker to warm.
  • Add instant rice to slow cooker and cook for about 10 mins.
  • Stir in queso and let warm for about 10 more minutes.
  • Serve with tortillas, cilantro, chips, cheese, avocado, or whatever you want!

Nutrition

Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 135mg | Sodium: 769mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 44IU | Vitamin C: 168mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 24mg
Recipe Rating




Megan

Wednesday 5th of June 2024

This is good! But I think ext time I’ll cook the rice outside of the recipe. I always end ip with my rice not cooked.

Jordan Smith

Wednesday 5th of June 2024

Hey Megan, did you use instant rice? That's what I use for this recipe as it has a short cook time. If you used regular rice, you would need to cook for a longer amount of time to ensure it cooks all the way. Regardless, cooking outside of the crockpot and adding in works too!

Betsy

Monday 8th of April 2024

This recipe was great and reminded me of my mom’s recipe. I’m just disappointed you didn’t give us the serving size in grams like you do with most of your recipes. I use your recipes because they are macro friendly and I’m not going to piece it out into six servings because I’ll use it for meal prep but also my kids want to eat it for leftovers.

Jordan Smith

Tuesday 9th of April 2024

Hi Betsy, so glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe! The weight on a recipe like this can change according to the specific ingredients used, cook time, etc. One easy weigh to calculate the grams per serving that'll be accurate for when you make the recipe is to weigh the entire crock pot of cooked chicken and rice when it's finished cooking. Then subtract the weight of the empty crock pot. You'll take that number and divide by 6 and that'll give you the weight per serving. You can then store the recipe however you like, kiddos can eat leftovers, and you'll be able to weigh out the portion for the macros listed. I hope that helps!

Morgan

Monday 18th of December 2023

This was so easy and so satisfying! I put the mixture on tostadas with some avocado for dinner and had it with a southwestern salad kit for lunch the next day. So versatile for a variety of meals.

Aimee

Saturday 19th of August 2023

This is one of my favorite recipes!!! Super easy to make!!! Can dress it up however you want to with all of the toppings. 1.5 year old grandson loves it!!!! My sister visited with her 4 children and I made it for her. They loved it so much they took the recipe home with them and the kids usually have two helpings!!!!

Jordan Smith

Thursday 24th of August 2023

Hi Aimee, what a compliment!! I'm so glad to hear you and your grandkids love this recipe. It's a family favorite for sure!

Simple food lover

Sunday 19th of March 2023

Do you think this is fine to freeze and reheat later?

Jordan Smith

Monday 20th of March 2023

Hi, yes, this recipe would be good to freeze. I recommend letting it cool after cooking before transferring to a freezer-safe container.