Slow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice

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You only need 4 ingredients to make this deliciously creamy and easy slow cooker chicken and rice recipe. 

Bowl of slow cooker chicken and rice.

Have you ever eaten something that just made your stomach happy? Well, this slow cooker chicken and rice recipe makes my stomach about as happy as a pig in slop! It’s just so good. It’s incredibly easy, too, and perfect for folks who head off to busy days and want a good supper waiting on them when they get home.

 The ingredients are simple, the recipe is easy, and the results are good. I reckon that just about says it all.

Now, I hope you didn’t skip over the part where I said you only 4 ingredients to make this slow cooker supper: chicken, onion, wild rice, and a can of cream of mushroom soup. The steps are about as easy as they come… dump the ingredients in your crockpot, go about your day, add the rice just before serving and that’s it. Dinner is served!

I’m such a fan of recipes like this and I hope you like slow cooker chicken and rice as much as my family does. Let’s get (slow) cookin’! Plus, keep scrolling for more ridiculously easy slow cooker recipes that make the best busy weeknight suppers.

Ingredients for slow cooker chicken and rice.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Chicken breasts
  • Cream of mushroom soup
  • Onion (I’m using a Vidalia onion)
  • Box of long grain and wild rice with seasonings

How to Make Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice

Place chicken breast and onion in slow cooker.

Place your chicken breasts in the bottom of your slow cooker and sprinkle your chopped onion over them.

Oh, I forgot to tell you to chop your onion, so I’m telling you to do that now. On second thought, I’m asking nicely :).

Add cream of mushroom soup to slow cooker.

Cover that with your cream of mushroom soup mixture.

Cook on low all day.

Slow cook that on low for 7 – 8 hours.

Make wild rice according to package directions.

Then, just before serving, make your uncooked rice according to the package directions.

You can also make this rice the night before and put it in the fridge.

Before serving, stir your cooked rice into the slow cooker.

Slow cooker chicken and wild rice ready to serve.


Bowl of slow cooker chicken and rice.


This crockpot chicken recipe is so stinking good!


  • Store crock pot chicken and rice leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Simply reheat in the microwave.
  • You can also freeze leftovers for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating in the microwave.

Recipe Notes

  • You can use bone-in or skinless boneless chicken breasts. If you find yourself a little low on chicken, cut each skinless chicken breast into three strips. That way just three chicken breasts will yield nine pieces of chicken, more than enough for four people. Remember, in the good old days folks could stretch the scrawniest chicken to feed a family of ten!
  • In a pinch, substitute the chicken breast for chicken thighs.
  • I am using Uncle Ben’s long grain and wild rice here and I haven’t seen a generic for it that has the seasoning packet. So I stick with the name brand on this one because that seasoning packet seasons this dish to perfection and makes it just taste sooooooo good! This is also why I don’t recommend using plain white rice or brown rice, as we want that seasoning packet!
  • If you prefer to cook on high, halve the cooking time.
  • As mentioned, you can cook the rice the night before and place it in the refrigerator. Before serving, stir the cold rice into the slow cooker and let it cook for another 10 minutes or until the rice is heated through.
  • Substitute the cream of mushroom soup for cream of chicken soup if you prefer.

Recipe FAQs

Can I cook raw chicken in the slow cooker?

Absolutely! Place the raw chicken breasts in the slow cooker and in 8 hours they’ll be perfectly cooked and so tender. You just can’t place raw and frozen chicken breast or chicken thigh in the slow cooker, as it needs time to thaw first.

Can I cook rice in the slow cooker?

For this recipe, it’s best to cook the rice according to the package directions outside of the slow cooker and then combine it with the chicken at the end before serving. 

What do you serve with slow cooker chicken and rice?

While this is a great main dish as is, serve your crockpot chicken and rice with your favorite vegetable side dish or salad, like zucchini and squash, summer corn saladtomatoes and okra, or fresh green beans.

Another option is to stir some vegetables into the crock pot in the last hour of cooking, like chopped mushrooms to complement the soup, diced zucchini, or frozen peas and carrots.

Check out these other slow cooker chicken suppers:

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Slow Cooker Cranberry Chicken

Easy Crock Pot Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Crockpot Fiesta Chicken and Rice

Slow Cooker Angel Chicken

Slow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice

You only need 4 ingredients to make this deliciously creamy and easy slow cooker chicken and rice recipe. 
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, crockpot, rice, slowcooker
Servings: 4
Calories: 470kcal


  • 4 chicken breasts can use fewer and bone-in or boneless
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 1 box Uncle Ben's long grain and wild rice with seasonings


  • Place chicken in the bottom of a slow cooker. Sprinkle chopped onion over the top and then add the cream of mushroom soup mixture. Cover and slow cook on low for 7 to 8 hours.
    4 chicken breasts, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1 medium chopped onion
  • Cook rice according to package directions*. Before serving, stir the cooked rice into the slow cooker and serve hot.
    1 box Uncle Ben's long grain and wild rice with seasonings


*You can cook the rice the night before and place it in the refrigerator. Before serving, stir the cold rice into the slow cooker and let it cook for another 10 minutes or until the rice is heated through.


Calories: 470kcal
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  1. I might try this over the weekend and let it cook while I’m doing chores. I’d love to make it during the week, but I have to be gone 9 1/2 hours for work and the last time I cooked in the crockpot with minimal liquid it all cooked off and the chicken scorched a bit so now I’m a little leery! The darn slow cookers these days all have holes in the lid and I think that lets more liquid escape!

  2. Christy, the part about your Dad buying the tuna reminds me of the time my mother got Showboat brand pork & beans for 5 cents a can. I don’t remember how many cases of those beans she bought but it took me a long time to like pork and beans after I grew up. A baloney sandwich and pork and beans–YUMMM! Feel a hug from me.

  3. Hi Christy and my Southern Plate Family! Thanks for another great recipe to give a try. If I didn’t have my crockpot-OOPS!– I mean slo-o-o-w cooker– full of pinto beans, I’d give it a whirl for supper tonite! I HAD to laugh over the tuna and Daddy Jordan taking advantage of tuna on sale. My brother and I share an apt. and one week he came home from shopping with 22 (Y-y-y-e-e-s-s-s 22!) boxes of pumpkin spice instant pudding & pie filling for 30 cents/box. A few weeks later he was diagnosed diabetic and we have 21 boxes left! LOL! Have a great rest of the day…BTW I miss your little Good Morning video 🙁 Is there a way for me to find it?

    1. G’MORNIN’ Christy! Just found your Good Morning video on YouTube!! I STILL get a kick out of seeing it! Hope you have a great day! B’bye ‘talk’ to y’a later…

  4. Why didn’t I think of that ? I have done this before but put the rice in with the chicken to cook. The rice turned out mussy. Your idea looks much better. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I made this on Saturday. I didn’t have any Uncle Ben’s, but I did have plenty of brown and wild rice. I started soaking it when I put the other ingredients in the pot. Then about an hour before I planned to eat, I drained the rice and threw it in. I just had to use extra water and make up my own seasoning (curry powder and veggie soup mix). It turned out great!

  5. Hmmmm…..doesn’t sound half bad at all! 😉 hehe Sounds yummy actually! Now if I only had a slow-cooker! lol

      1. Hello Christy! I can very happily say that last week I made pound cake and this time it was perfect, and I had him call his ‘mom’ to tell her, just so that she would know I wasn’t just a banana pudding girl! hehe 😉

        My next adventure…..I would like to be back in the States next year because I think he may be going home to visit everyone. I know he misses home and I sure don’t mind tagging along!

    1. Thank you for your recipes. And I appreciate that your are a professing Christian. Honestly I have only tried one of your recipes because most of them have far too many calories.

      1. Thank you, David, I’m glad you’re here. Like all things in life, it all depends on where you look. I have an entire category on the site for low carb recipes and a whole series on low sugar desserts but you’re probably checking out the cakes and cookies – which I certainly understand. Those are always the most popular categories 🙂

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