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This slow cooker chicken and rice soup is an easy and comforting meal that’s perfect for cold nights!

chicken and rice soup in a slow cooker.

My slow cooker is my go-to for those extra busy days when it seems like I’ll never have time to make dinner! This chicken and rice soup is a family favorite; it’s healthy, easy to make and kid friendly. It’s great for a chilly day or for when you’re feeling under the weather. Best of all, it’s super easy to make!

This slow cooker chicken and rice soup in a white bowl.

The ingredients for this slow cooker chicken and rice soup are quite simple. We’ve got veggies, chicken breasts, chicken broth, garlic and herbs. One pitfall to making chicken and rice soup in a slow cooker is that if you put the rice in with the other ingredients in the morning, it will be quite soft by the time you’re ready to eat. Some people don’t mind this, but others prefer their rice to be on the firmer side. If you choose to put your rice in at the beginning of the cook time with the other ingredients, you’ll want to use brown rice as it will stand up to the long slow cooking process. What I typically do is add the rice during the last hour of the cook time. Another alternative is to simply stir some cooked rice in right before you’re ready to eat. However you decide to cook the rice, it’ll still be delicious!

This slow cooker chicken and rice soup in a crock pot.

I often serve this soup with a side of cornbread or garlic bread for a hearty meal that satisfies even my most picky eaters. If you’re more of a chicken noodle soup kind of person, you can swap out the rice for egg noodles and add them during the last hour for a little different twist on this recipe. However you decide to serve it, it’s sure to be a hit!

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup

5 from 11 votes
By: Sara Welch
This slow cooker chicken and rice soup is an easy and comforting meal that's perfect for cold nights!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings



  • Place the chicken breasts, onion carrots, celery, chicken broth, garlic, dried thyme, dried parsley, salt and pepper into a slow cooker.
  • Cook on LOW for 5-6 hours or HIGH for 3-4 hours.
  • Remove the top and add the rice. Cook for one more hour on LOW or HIGH heat.
  • Remove the chicken breasts from the soup and shred with two forks. Return the chicken to the soup.
  • Sprinkle with parsley and serve.


Calories: 420kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 42gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 2108mgPotassium: 1180mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 7876IUVitamin C: 35mgCalcium: 74mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
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About Sara Welch

With 3 kids aged 6 and under, meals can feel like feeding time at the zoo! I’m Sara, a foodie turned mom. I traded in elaborate dinners for simple, yet delicious dishes to please the palates of my growing girls, and I blog about my recipe creations over at Dinner at the Zoo.

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this with leftover Turkey I had in the freezer and I also added rosemary and parsley t turned out amazing so far without the rice as I am using this for a soup luncheon for my church tomorrow

    1. They should be thawed! If you are using frozen, you will need to add some cooking time to the soup which may make your other ingredients a little too soft.

  2. 5 stars
    I’m having a gallstone attack and haven’t been able to eat anything in days. The first real meal I had was this soup and I seriously can’t get enough of it. It is so good.

    I like that there’s no butter or oil added to this like some recipes have. My boyfriend and I love this and I’m currently making more broth to sip as I type this. Thank you

    1. Yes! However, I would cook it separately and add it right before serving instead of cooking it with the other ingredients in the slow cooker.