Slow Cooker Chicken and Spanish Rice – Back To My Southern Roots

Chicken and yellow rice slow cooker recipe

Video Chicken and yellow rice slow cooker recipe
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Slow cook chicken and Spanish rice is one of the easiest meals to make and has a touch of flavor that everyone will love.

There is no guesswork involved because you can simply use a bag of Spanish rice, some butter, dry ranchero seasoning, chicken broth and chicken breasts and you have a delicious meal for the evening.

Plus, you can have the

budget main course prepared and in the clay pot cooking in less than five minutes, so when you get home you won’t have to do much at all.

And, I love those meals that don’t require a lot of work, especially on busy nights.

One of my kids is usually quite picky and came up to me after the meal and told me he really liked it, so this dish is picky eater approved by the kids.

Shredded chicken in slow cooker and Spanish rice on a large plate.

What ingredients are in the

slow cooker

chicken recipe?

Printable recipe complete with the measurements and instructions listed below on the recipe card.

  • Butter
  • Chicken breasts
  • Chicken broth
  • Spanish yellow rice
  • Ranch Seasoning
  • Water

Slow cooker, or Crock Pot recipes, are some of my all-time favorites because the meat is always very tender and you can be very versatile with food



How to make slow cooker chicken and Spanish rice

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First, grease the clay pot before adding anything, that way you won’t have to use a lot of elbow fat when it’s time to clean


Next, add a stick of butter to the pot.

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Three chicken breasts and a stick of butter in a slow cooker.

Add the chicken breasts

to the slow cooker


I had three large chicken breasts for this recipe, but you can also use four smaller ones. These were so big that they ended up feeding the four of us, including two teenagers, and we had leftovers.

Can you put frozen chicken in a slow cooker?

Absolutely. I’m terrible at remembering to take the chicken out of the freezer, so I put it directly in the clay pot and cook it.

You can add about 30 more minutes to the cooking time, but it usually cooks just as well in the allotted time.

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Sprinkle the dry ranchero seasoning packet on top of the chicken. The seasoning

is going to add a lot of flavor to the dish


Pour chicken broth over the chicken in a slow cooker

Finally, pour the entire container of chicken broth over the chicken and seasonings


Place the lid on top of the slow cooker and let the chicken simmer for seven hours.

This slow cooking chicken breast recipe can be cooked over low or high heat. The benefit of simmering food, and over a longer period of time, is that you’ll eventually end up with more tender meat.

It will still be delicious and tender on high, but it will crumble when you go to crumble it if you simmer it


You can use chicken broth or chicken broth for this recipe. The broth is going to have a little more flavor because it’s made with the bones and that gives it a little more of a rich flavor.

How long is the chicken cooked in the slow cooker?

Most often I simmer chicken for about eight hours, even if it starts frozen. That gives the chicken plenty of time to cook and it’s incredibly tender.

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Shredded chicken in a slow cooker with chicken broth

After the chicken

cooks for seven hours, remove the lid and shred the chicken


I use forks to crush the chicken and it falls apart so easily.

TIP: If your slow cooker tends to cook hotter, check the chicken after five hours of simmering (or three hours up) and if it’s ready to crush, do it.

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After shredding the chicken, pour the rice into the slow cooker and make sure it is covered with liquid. Replace the lid and cook 30-45 minutes or until the rice is ready.

I use the authentic Spanish yellow rice recipe from Vigo for this dish and it is full of flavor


You should have enough liquid to cook the rice, but you may need to add some


TIP: As rice cooks check it from time to time to see if you need to add more water. Add 1/2 cup of water at a time, if needed. Stir ingredients to help the water and rice move to cook better.

The type of rice you use makes a difference. For example, brown rice requires more water. I usually do a taste test after about 30 minutes and if the rice is crispy, I’ll add a little more water, stir and cook it longer.

Shredded chicken and Spanish rice on a fork

After the rice is cooked, serve and enjoy!

Shredded chicken and Spanish rice in a blue bowl

Food makes quite a few portions and will feed a crowd. If you have a shared meal at church or at a work party, this is a great meal to take, as you’ll feed around eight full-size servings.

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Easier slow cooker

chicken recipes Creamy

  • slow-pot ranch chicken and potatoes are fantastic and cook almost like a creamy sauce
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  • Chicken and dumplings are always a favorite in our house
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  • This Crock Pot chicken and rice recipe has been a huge hit on Pinterest
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  • Creamy chicken and noodles are always a delicious meal.
  • Or try this slow-cooker chicken cake soup from Pinch of Yum.



the slow cooker chicken and Spanish rice recipe card below, grab those ingredients and start cooking! This is a great meal at any time of the year and I think you’ll love it.

Then, share your comments below and click here to share a photo of your dinner on the Pinterest Pin. If you made any changes or added something different, be sure to share them with us so we can try it out too!

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