Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice

Okay, I have to admit that I have my comfort foods, too, and sometimes they are healthy and sometimes they are indulgent. That’s what it means, I guess, remembering a time when there are no cares, no worries, no stress and only the wonderful smell of mac and cheese, or cinnamon and apples.

In the wintertime, when the weather was cold and we had few groceries on hand, we usually had no time to prepare a big meal when we got home from work!  I had some chicken breasts in the freezer and some rice on hand!  I found an old recipe using chicken and rice and a can of soup, which worked fine if I had the time.  So I adapted a little bit!

I took out the slow cooker in the morning, put the chicken in the pot with some chicken stock, and had the nice tender cooked chicken ready when I got home!  After a few years of perfecting our recipe for us, it is now one of those comfort foods I can fix that takes the stress out of supper. If you think chicken soup is good when you are sick, I think this works, too!

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And the aroma in the house is pretty good too!

The basic recipe follows, but feel free to play around with spices you like. I have tried adding some smoky paprika or garlic to the recipe. Again, this “recipe” only has a few ingredients, so it is super simple! And pretty healthy as well!

Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice

………3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

………2 cups low sodium chicken broth

………Generous sprinkle of black pepper (I use about a tablespoon)

Place the chicken, broth and pepper in the crock pot or slow cooker and place on high for 4-6 hours.

Chicken, Chicken Stock, and lots of pepper!

Chicken, Chicken Stock, and lots of pepper!

After 3 hours, chicken is tender and starting to fall apart...

After 3 hours, chicken is tender and starting to fall apart…

 

20-30 minutes before dinner, add:

……….1 1/2 to 2 cups of instant brown rice (or white if you prefer)

Brown rice added to chicken and stock

Brown rice added to chicken and stock

Allow the rice to cook and absorb the chicken stock (you can use water for the liquid, but the flavor is much better using the chicken stock).

Stir and break apart the tender chicken before serving.

Finished Chicken and Rice....Add more pepper to taste!

Finished Chicken and Rice….Add more pepper to taste!

And it’s ready to serve with a vegetable side dish, like green beans or carrots, and your favorite bread. My husband likes his biscuits!

Great for a cool night!

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