Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken And Rice (The downside of being a Swan Princess)

Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken And Rice - Most popular recipe ever on SouthernPlate!

I have a firmly held belief that the most important lessons in life are learned in Kindergarten. For this reason (and many others) when my five year old speaks, I listen. Oftentimes she’ll say something that has me stifling a giggle (Katy Rose does not like for folks to laugh at anything she says right now unless she clearly states that it is a joke beforehand), but others she’ll speak something truly profound and in her innocence has no idea that she has just opened her mama’s eyes to wisdom once again.

Yesterday, we were sitting in the living room together. Katy Rose was watching the Swan Princess while I worked on my laptop. The movie came to a part where the “evil guy” (as Katy Rose put it) was trying to keep the Swan Princess  prisoner and Katy watched for a few moments before turning to me in absolute frustration.

“You see that, Mama? See that stuff right there? That is why I’ve decided I don’t want to be a princess when I grow up anymore – because you have to deal with that evil stuff.” She huffed and looked back for a moment, clearly disappointed in the downside of her now former dream before adding, “So here is what I’m going to do. If I have kids, I’ll just be a Mama. If I don’t have kids, I’m just going to live with you forever, okay?”

“Okay Katy Rose, that works for me”

Bless her heart, at five years old she just really feels compelled to have her entire life plotted out and realizing there was a downside to royalty threw her for a loop.

Fact is, there is a downside to every dream no matter how big or small it is. Look at people whose lives you dare to envy. Actors and actresses appear to have it all but can you imagine the frustration of not being able to run to the grocery store or go to lunch with a friend without folks stalking you with cameras and such? The hours they spend memorizing lines, being berated by directors for improper delivery, pressure of keeping up appearances.  Reading glowing praise about yourself one day and scathing criticism the next. Sure, they may have a lot of money but they have a whole heap more bills than us that go with that. Staff, security, etc. There is a downside to it all and although we may hold them at arm’s length as if they are somehow a different class from us, they are just people beneath it all, same as we are.

I don’t reckon a lot of us think on the downside of our dreams and that is a good thing, because the upside of things is infinitely more inviting anyway. The funny thing that struck me most though, is that out of Katy’s two fallback dreams, both of them revolve around family.

With that in mind, how many of us are living the  dream right now? You may look at starring in a movie as the “dream” but I packed two lunches this morning and watched two beautiful little blonde heads  bob to the car as they headed off to school.

There may be a big reserved room for someone in a fancy restaurant with patrons dressed in formal attire but tonight I’m going to sit down to dinner with my husband and kids at an old oak dinner table and I doubt a single one of us will even be wearing shoes.

When I lay my head down at some point after the sun sets today I won’t be in a luxury suite, but I will be in our warm house, safely sheltered with a peacefully sleeping family and a big old dog snoring at the foot of my bed.

When I wake up tomorrow, I’ll have a big grin on my face and a song in my heart.

Living the dream, folks. Living the dream.

Now for the food….

You talk, I listen. Well, I listen whenever I can, of course! Folks have been asking for more slow cooker recipes for a multitude of reasons. Who doesn’t like to come home and have supper all cooked and waiting for them? I know I sure do! This is a recipe I modified for the slow cooker and some of you will be happy to know I also removed the entire stick of margarine it called for. Others, like myself, will shrug and go on with things. Because, in the grand scheme of the world, there are more important things to concern myself with than whether or not I’m ingesting a tablespoon of margarine with my chicken and rice ~winks~.

Alright, lets get cooking!

~revs up the engine~

Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken And Rice - Most popular recipe ever on SouthernPlate!

Hello easy!

You’ll need: Yellow Rice*, Cream of Chicken, Whole kernel corn, onion, chicken breasts, and shredded cheddar cheese.

I love Zatarain’s rice, one of my favorite meal helpers. If you want to use the lower fat cream soup that’s fine in this. A lot of folks have been making my Slow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice with cream of chicken because they don’t care for cream of mushroom and that is great, too! Make it your own and tweak these recipes however they work best for your family.

Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken And Rice - Most popular recipe ever on SouthernPlate!

Place your chicken breasts in the bottom of your slow cooker. Chop up onion and toss on the top.

Getting ready for my book tour, I made Ricky watch me do this. I kept telling him “Now you can do a slow cooker, its easy to cook supper if you just throw it all in and then finish it up when you get home from work. See how I’m doing this? See how simple this is?” He nods and feigns interest but who are we kidding? It’ll be pizza and happy meals the whole time I’m gone…

Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken And Rice - Most popular recipe ever on SouthernPlate! 

Spoon or glob your cream soup over that.

Y’all don’t be fooled by me using name brand soup here. I got it on sale. I’d use Timbuktoo brand if it saved me ten cents.

Now cover this and cook it according to the following:

Low – 7-8 hours

High 3-4 hours.

This is great to put on in the morning on the weekends if you cook it on high and then have a nice meal at lunchtime.

Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken And Rice - Most popular recipe ever on SouthernPlate!

When it is done cooking, drain your corn and toss that in along with your cooked rice and cheddar.

You’ll need to cook your rice before this step. What I like to do is cook my rice the night before and just stick it in the fridge. Then you can dump it in and stir it up and give it a minute or two to get heated. You can also cook your rice soon as you get home, though. It’s still an easy and delicious supper!

Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken And Rice - Most popular recipe ever on SouthernPlate!

Stir all of that up and give it a few minutes to get all heated and warm (this won’t take long)


This stuff is to die for. Prepare for a happy landing in  your stomach!

Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken And Rice

Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken And Rice


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 large onion, chopped (I use Vidalia)
  • 1 -8 ounce box Zatarain's Yellow Rice Mix, cooked according to directions
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 - 10.5 ounce can cream of chicken soup (regular or fat free)
  • 1 -15 ounce can whole kernel corn, drained


  1. Place chicken in bottom of slow cooker. Scatter chopped onion over top. Spoon cream soup over top of that. Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours. A few minutes before serving, add in cooked rice, corn, and cheese. Stir to combine. Serve hot.
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    • Bailey says

      I chop up the onion and rice and throw it in a freezer bag, and then whenever I make it I just throw the chicken and rice into the slow cooker and add the soup (opening the can and putting it on doesnt take long at all!) Everything else is done when you get home. So if youre in a rush in the morning it can be done rather quickly

  1. Kara says

    Made this today as the recipe is…delicious! And so easy! My family loved it. Perfect comfort food for a cool fall evening! Can’t wait to try some different variations with it (veggies, brown rice etc). Thank you for sharing!

  2. Kristen says

    This is so so yummy! Never used a crockpot until I just tried this and I’m so glad I did… Added a little extra cream of chicken and cheese as my fiancé and I are cheese fanatics! Will definitely recommend this to others and I will be making this atleast every other week :) Thanks for sharing!!!!

  3. Sara says

    Made this last night. Was yummy. I put the rest in the freezer. Hopefully it will taste just as good. I don’t cook much but this was easy. One question though, is there any secret to cutting up the chicken after it’s done? Or did I miss that part? Did you all just leave the breasts whole? Thanks for sharing!

  4. Olga says

    I made it, and it was amazing.. only downside was that it was very salty. i think it’s from the salt in the yellow rice and then the salt in the chicken soup…. has anyone had a similar problem? i think i’ll just use plain white rice next time so that it’s less salty

    • says

      It may depend on the brand of soup you use as well. I’d try low sodium soup before plain rice, because that Zatarain’s brand yellow rice has all the seasonings and flavor that makes this dish so yummy ;) I’m glad you enjoyed it otherwise though!

  5. Nicole m says

    I made this as followed but I think my chicken breasts were too big. The chicken overpowered the whole dish. How many pounds of chicken breast did you use? I would like to try it again!

  6. Cyndi L. says

    Okay made this today and it turned out great…only problem I had was it seemed a little thick. I’m gone for about 10 hours so my crockpot switched to warm after 8 hours…think this could be why. I heated up a little chicken broth and threw that in and it was fine. My 6 year old LOVED it!

  7. Andrea says

    Made this last week. but omitted the corn because I did not have any, and it was AMAZING! my husband and I devoured it, and even my EXTREMELY picky 3 yr old ate a few bites without fussing. My just turned one yr old also enjoyed it. I have it on my meal plan for next week as well, but I’m lost as to what else to serve with it. Any ideas??

  8. Kristina Blanck says

    I skip the onions as my girls don’t like them and throw all in at once, except the cheese. Pour chicken broth on top and it’s incredibly moist and flavorful! My husband is in the food business and this is one of my few meals that he offers NO suggestions on!

  9. Hunter's mom says

    Thank you for sharing. We ate this today. I put frozen chicken, onion and soup in the crockpot last night and into the fridge. This morning I turned it on before work. I used Knorr Lipton chicken rice because I didn’t have the other brand. It was excellent and really easy. My 2 year old and meat-and-potatoes husband both liked it. Next time I will try it with frozen mixed veggies instead of just the corn

    • says

      A crock pot and slow cooker are the same thing and it does cook the chicken. I’ve never noticed fat in mine but it really depends on where you buy your chicken and how it is cut :) I’ve never found anything yuck about this dish though :) Good luck!

  10. Marissa says

    This is the second time I’m making this…just started it in the crock pot :) And it is so good and EASY!! I’m wondering how it would be with corn bread :) Always a plus when the kids love it as well :)

  11. Amanda says

    I’ve made this a few times and it always turns out great! Super easy which is awesome too. I do add frozen spinach towards the end to have a green vegetable. I’ve also used the cream of cream of chicken with mushrooms and added extra mushrooms just to switch it up.

  12. says

    I feel like I’m living my dream now myself! I retired last summer and now I finally have time to try more recipes (including many of yours), do crafty or DIY stuff around the house, and spend more time with my husband and dogs. Plus I started a blog myself where I enjoy sharing more of our “new life” in Tennessee. Thank you for your recipes and stories and example.

    • Amy says

      Ok, unfortunately it was a little bland for my tastes. I added salt, pepper, garlic powder and cayenne pepper, and it was still a little bland. Then I scooped it out into a casserole dish and baked it with a buttery cracker/bread crumb topping. It got a “delicious” from my guy after that. :)

  13. Caryn says

    Key is knowing your crock pot.

    I did 2 hours on high, and instead of onion, I mixed ranch dressing powder with the cream of chicken soup….. the slight zip of the ranch gave it really great flavor!

  14. Tabitha says

    I thought this was a great recipe. I made without onions as no one in my family is fond of them. Definitely something I would consider cooking again in the future. My husband enjoyed it and thought it might be even better with creamed corn; maybe I’ll swap out the type of corn next time to see how it turns out. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Julie says

    This. Recipe. Is. Fabulous! I am quite lazy and did everything that needed to go in the slow cooker the evening before. When I woke up, took out of fridge and put it in the heating part and plugged it in. We left for the day and let me tell you, when we returned the house smelled delicious. All I needed to do was oen a can of corn make the rice add cheese and we were ready. I got a thumbs up and many comments of how yummy it was. Thank you for this recipe. It will be made again.

  16. Amanda says

    I made this Saturday for my husband and he loved it! To make it a bit healthier, I used low fat, low sodium cream of mushroom, 2% cheese, and subbed broccoli for the corn. It was delicious and very filling!!!! Also was great leftover for lunch the next day. DH asked me to make it again one night during the week :)

  17. Toby says

    As a recently divorced dad of three with full custody I struggled to make things that were not banquet frozen dinners or McDonalds. I bought a slow cooker and this is my 3rd recipe. This was great and delicious. The kids loved it! Thank you! :) (the other two slow cooker recipes I tried were bbq meatballs (so easy for a first) then Pot Roast..)

  18. Pat Land says

    Gotta try this. I will add an asparagus salad as my only side. Directions to make a pretty, delicious and healthy salad:
    Open and drain a can of Asparagus Spears. I like Green Giant
    Stack the asparagus spears into individual portions (5 or 6, depending on how much you want)
    Add a small blob of mayonnaise in the center of the pile of spears. (a teaspoon or so)
    Then sprinkle a spoon full of diced red pimento over the mayonnaise and let a little fall onto the plate.
    It is amazing what a good flavor combination this is. Quick and easy to do.

  19. Eva says

    This looks great, could also use the small fast fry pork chops, or even several hot dogs cut in halves. I can see expirimenting with the soups too, the rice mixes, have never seen the yellow rice up here in the way up north, the dirty rice mix yes. The corn could be subbed with any veggiees or mixed ones tomake it different each time.


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