Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup

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

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

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 is an easy and comforting meal that's perfect for cold nights!

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 is an easy and comforting meal that's perfect for cold nights!

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!

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

Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup

5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Servings 4
This slow cooker chicken and rice soup is an easy and comforting meal that's perfect for cold nights!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 3 medium carrots peeled, halved and sliced
  • 3 stalks of celery sliced
  • 6 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup white rice if you'd rather add the rice during the beginning, use brown rice instead
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken breasts, onion carrots, celery, chicken broth, garlic, dried thyme, dried parsley, salt and pepper into a slow cooker.
  2. Cook on LOW for 5-6 hours or HIGH for 3-4 hours.
  3. Remove the top and add the rice. Cook for one more hour on LOW or HIGH heat.
  4. Remove the chicken breasts from the soup and shred with two forks. Return the chicken to the soup.
  5. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 365 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 109mg36%
Sodium 784mg33%
Potassium 683mg20%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 39g78%
Vitamin A 65IU1%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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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. Hello to you young lady, I have been looking at the easy ways your show how to make , well just anything and they just make my mouth water. I am about to getsome of these things in the making and I just know they will all just come out perfectly. I want to Thank You for all your help that you give. Please keep up the good work.

    All these comments are comeing
    to you from the cool
    weather we are having
    here in Germany.
    Bill

    1. Hello Bill from Germany!! That is amazing! Thank you so much for your sweet comment and your kinds words. You made my evening even better! I am so grateful for faithful followers and people that are able to make a quick and delicious meal for themselves and family. Enjoy your cool weather in Germany and I look forward to hearing from you again! Thanks for following along with me! XOXO


  2. This looks delicious! My two kiddos and I are all sick with influenza, so I put this together tonight ready for tomorrow. This looks so comforting.

  3. For the chicken and rice soup recipe – I found the onion to be overpowering. I

    I wonder if it would be better to sautee them before putting them in the slow cooker.

    The onions don’t seem to do well in the slow cooking recipe??

    1. I typically 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!

    1. I like to use skinny taste.com or myfitnesspal.com for any nutritional information. Hope that helps and you are able to find the things you are looking for. Thanks for following along with me! XOXO

  4. I’ve looked for the crack chicken and rice soup you have a picture posted on the first page, and l give up. Couldn’t find it .


  5. This soup looks really tasty! I wanted to use wild rice. What would be your suggestion for adding it in? Thanks so much!

    Stacie 🙂


  6. This chicken soup is so tasty! And it’s so easy to throw together. It will be my go-to chicken soup recipe from now on.

    I followed the recipe exactly (minus the fresh parsley, which I didn’t have on hand), and the only issue I had is that the rice absorbed all of the broth. So I added an additional 6 cups of chicken broth to the soup after it was done cooking, and then it was perfect.

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