Thursday, March 7, 2013

Crockpot Chicken Broccoli and Brown Rice


This meal is quite delicious and a fun way to use up leftover chicken.  The leftovers were even better the next day!  It was a treat to warm up lunch.   

This recipe uses diced chicken breast meat from the whole chicken cooked earlier in the week, and couples that with cheesy rice and broccoli. 

Crockpot Chicken Broccoli and Brown Rice – Adapted from Myra


  • 2 C brown rice
  • 4 C chicken broth
  • 4 T minced onion
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 4 C frozen or fresh broccoli florets, chopped
  • 1 C cubed, cooked leftover chicken
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1 C Greek Yogurt
  • 1 1/2 - 2 C extra sharp cheddar cheese


Pour 2 C long-grain brown rice (not minute rice!) into a lightly greased crockpot and add in 4 C chicken broth.  Stir in minced onion and garlic. 

Add in cubed, cooked chicken (we used about 1 leftover chicken breast for this).  Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours.  Note: If you use fresh broccoli, you can add it right away, layering it on top of the rice. 

Then, add in 4 C frozen chopped broccoli.  Cover and continue cooking the rice and veggies for an additional 1 hour.

Stir in 1 C Greek Yogurt and 1 C extra sharp cheddar cheese. 

Top the rice with an additional 1/2 - 1 C cheese.  Cover, allowing the cheese to melt. 

Serve warm. 



  1. This looks good. My mom always made something like this growing up. It was always my favorite meal. I have wanted to recreate it without cream of mushroom soup, which is uses but was unsure how to go about doing it. I will have to try this. I like that you make it in the slow cooker!

  2. This sounds so good! I love that you used brown rice and greek yogurt (yum!) and the slow cooker!

    Joy @ Yesterfood

  3. I am so excited to try this recipe. It is just what I've been looking for! Thanks for sharing. :)

  4. I wonder if I could use just frozen chicken breasts and cook it a tad longer. I rarely have cooked chicken available..... any suggestions?

    1. Two thoughts:

      1) You could try canned chicken
      2) If you cut the chicken breasts into small pieces, it should be done in the same amount of time; I wouldn't go too much longer because the rice will get mushy. I would thaw the chicken breasts first and cut them up into small pieces and go from there.


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