Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Over Rice

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Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken and Broccoli over Rice is a super easy delicious meal the whole family will love!  Moist chicken and tender broccoli combine in a cheesy sauce that’s absolutely divine. 

Slow Cooker meals are the best! Just put the ingredients in and let the slow cooker do the work and put a restaurant worthy meal on the table. It’s perfect for busy days, lazy weekends and everything in between. Try these slow cooker dinner winners tonight. Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon, Slow Cooker Jambalaya and the Best Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef.

Delicious Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken and Broccoli over Rice.

Creamy Chicken and Broccoli with Rice

Do you ever make something in the crockpot and think, wow this has been one of the best things that I have made? Yeah those thoughts came to my mind as I was eating this like a starving pregnant woman.

This is absolutely fantastic. As a food blogger, you are constantly making and trying new things. This will be made again and again at our house. And when you make something over and over as a food blogger you know that it is good! The cheesy cream sauce of this chicken and broccoli was the best. The flavors maintained though out the cooking process. Then you add in the broccoli and serve it over rice. A delicious meal all in one!

Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Ingredients

Pantry staple ingredients make this recipe easy and quick to throw together. My secret ingredient is the cajun seasoning. You’ll add just enough to add a nice kick of flavor but not make it spicy. It’s absolutely luscious.

  • Chicken Breasts: Use boneless, skinless chicken breasts for easier prep.
  • Cream of Chicken Soup: You can buy this at the store or make your own for a truly amazing sauce.
  • Cheddar Soup: This can usually be found near the canned cream soups in the soup section.
  • Chicken Broth: This will intensify the flavor of the chicken.
  • Salt: Just to taste
  • Cajun Seasoning: Adds a unique blend of spices for a dish that’s divine.
  • Garlic Salt: Adds a nice bit of garlic flavor.
  • Sour Cream: Adds super creaminess and richness.
  • Broccoli Florets: You can use fresh or frozen.
  • Cheddar Cheese: I like to use medium cheddar for a good cheesy tang.

Making Slow Cooker Chicken and Broccoli

You are going to love how easy this to put together. It’s always the best when you can sit back and let the slow cooker do all the work for you. Cooking it in the slow cooker melds all the flavors into the chicken creating moist tender chicken as well as packed with flavor. The broccoli is tender and not mushy which is perfect, and with an extra bit of cheese no one is complaining at the table when this is served!

  1. Dump: Spray the crockpot with cooking spray and put in the cream of chicken soup, cheddar soup, chicken broth, salt, cajun seasoning and garlic salt. Stir to combine and until smooth.
  2. Place: Put the chicken in the bottom of the crockpot, make sure it’s covered with the soup mix.
  3. Cook: Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 3 hours. The last 30 minutes of cooking, shred the chicken with two forks.
  4. Add: Add in the broccoli, sour cream and cheese. Cook for about 30 more minutes until the broccoli is tender and heated through.
  5. Serve:  Serve over rice and garnish with more shredded cheese if desired. I would say you should desire more cheese.

Assembling and cooking slow cooker chicken with broccoli.

Tips and Variations for Slow Cooker Chicken

Yes, this is a casserole, and yes I love casseroles. They are one of the best ways to have a complete meal on the table that tastes scrumptious. It has protein, it has veggies and it has a carb. All you need is a fruit salad and maybe some rolls and you are set.  You are going to love it!

  • Chicken: If you have extra time in the beginning, you can pre cut the chicken into bite sized pieces before cooking it and skip the shredding part at the end. Just add the sour cream, broccoli and cheese still the last half hour of cooking. Skinless, boneless chicken thighs would also work for this dish, but I would pre cut them, as they won’t shred as easily.
  • Rice:  We love this served over white rice, but it can be served over other things with just as much success. Try subbing in brown rice, pasta, quinoa, riced cauliflower, a baked potato, or sweet potato to serve this over instead. All will taste amazing!
  • Broccoli: If you are worried about having crunchy broccoli you can partially steam your broccoli before adding it to the slow cooker. Both fresh and frozen might need it and it depends on your tastes. You can also add other veggies to mix it up a bit. Add in sautéed mushrooms, peppers and onions for flavor, color and texture.
  • Top it: Top this dish with extra cheddar cheese a dollop of sour cream or crumbled bacon. Any of these or all of them would be divine.
  • Turn up the Heat: You can add extra cajun seasoning if you want a spicer dish. Although I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re feed young ones.

Can I Make this in an Instant Pot?

Yes, you can! But it’ll take a little tweaking, and you’ll have to babysit it more. Because of that I do like this recipe as is in the slow cooker.

  • Add whole chicken breasts to a lightly greased instant pot. Add in the spices and chicken broth. Pressure cook for 15 minutes. Remove the chicken and shred. Add back to the pot and add in the broccoli, and soups.
  • Turn on the sauté feature of your instant pot and bring the dish to a boil. Stirring often let cook till broccoli is crisp tender.
  • Turn off the instant pot and stir in the sour cream stir till mixed in. Replace the lid and let the mix sit and heat through about 10 min. Serve over desired options.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Broccoli in a creamy sauce.

More Slow Cooker Favorites For All Occasions

Slow cooker recipes are here to stay. We have instant pots, air fryers and such, but the slow cooker is still a favorite and always will have a spot in the kitchen. Slow cooking creates juicy main dishes with flavor and texture infused within. It’s a wonderful way to have dinner ready for you when you get back from work or running errands. It’s a method of cooking here to stay and these winners are exceptional in the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Over Rice

5 from 1 vote
Delicious and creamy chicken and broccoli that you can easily throw into the crockpot that the entire family will love!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 6 Servings

Ingredients
  

  • 4 chicken breasts boneless
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup 14 ounce
  • 1 can cheddar soup 14 ounce
  • 1 can chicken broth 14 ounce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 Cup sour cream
  • 1 bag frozen broccoli florets 12 oz., or 4 cups fresh broccoli lightly steamed
  • 1 Cup cheddar cheese shredded

Instructions
 

  • Spray crockpot with cooking spray and put cream of chicken soup, cheddar soup, chicken broth, salt, cajun seasoning, and garlic salt into the crockpot. Stir the soups and seasonings together until smooth. Place the chicken in the bottom of the crockpot.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours or high 3 hours. The last 30 minutes of cooking, shred the chicken with two forks and add the broccoli, sour cream, and cheese. Cook for about 30 more minutes until the broccoli is tender and heated through.
  • Serve over white rice and garnish with more shredded cheese if desired.

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Notes

Updated on December 26, 2020
Originally Posted on January 27, 2014

Nutrition

Serves: 6

Calories411kcal (21%)Carbohydrates10g (3%)Protein40g (80%)Fat23g (35%)Saturated Fat11g (55%)Cholesterol142mg (47%)Sodium1419mg (59%)Potassium924mg (26%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar2g (2%)Vitamin A810IU (16%)Vitamin C6mg (7%)Calcium212mg (21%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken and broccoli, slow cooker chicken and broccoli, slow cooker recipes
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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    1. Do you stir in the brocolli, sour cream and cheese or just cook it on top? Also, does the frozen brocolli need to be thawed?

  1. Haha, totally agree Alyssa 🙂 I can see why you would make this again and again, it looks and sounds amazing! Love using our crockpot especially in the winter and it’s always wonderful finding new crockpot recipes that turn out great 🙂

    1. Please make it! We absolutely loved it!! It does kind of remind me of that too! Just has a few extras to make it a meal in one! 🙂

  2. This looks great! I’m going to try it today. One question though-can you make it with frozen chicken or do you need to defrost?

    1. Hi Corin. My slow cooker (Hamilton Beach) says not to cook frozen meats in it, however, I do ALL THE TIME. I’ve never had a problem with it! Just factor in a little more cooking time, but it should be fine. I’ve got this recipe in my slow cooker right now, and the chicken is frozen 🙂

    1. Using the recipe counter on myfitnesspal.com if it were 5 servings the it would be around 340 calories and 14 grams of fat (without the rice). That is using reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and cream of chicken soup.

  3. I was excited until I saw chedder cheese soup. Do you have an alternative? I have soy cheese for the chedder. I really want to make this.

    Thank You

    1. I made my own cheese soup. It’s really easy. You just put some butter in a sauce pan add 2 tbls of flour whisk it together until smith on med heat. Take off heat add 1 cup milk whisk again and put it back on heat until it boils and add 1 cup of shredded cheese then whisk until smooth. I added a little bit of salt.

    2. Swap it for cream of mushroom. I make this in the oven all the time and that’s what I’ve always used. It is just as delicious if you ask me.

  4. Just made this and instead or using cheddar cheese soup I used nacho cheese soup from
    Campbell’s. Gave it a bit of spice and we loved it! We also put some Mozz Cheese in it and it gave it a good creamy taste. Instead of the sour cream we used plain nonfat yogurt!
    Turned out really great!

  5. Has anyone tried this with frozen chicken breasts? I worry the moisture from the frozen chicken might make it to “soupy”

    1. I use frozen every kind of meat in the crockpot and it ALWAYS comes out tender, moist and delicious.

      1. I used frozen chicken breasts as well and it came out soupy as well! Even with a bit of corn starch, I found this was more of a soup than anything (still delicious!) Instead of cooking the rice separately and then spooning the soup over top, I used the soup-yness of the crock pot to make the rice and it worked out perfectly! Nice alternative if you want it to be a bit thicker!

  6. I would love to make this without going to the store.. I have 2 cans of cream of broccoli 10 1/2 0z campbells soup and same size for the cheddar soup.. Should I use one or both. I do have only one can of cream of chicken 10 3/4 oz.. Help
    Thank you

  7. i don’t have any cheddar cheese soup on hand and was thinking of using a can of cream of potato instead, thoughts?

  8. I made this last night for my family, and we all loved this meal! The only thing I did different was use frozen chicken tenderloins. I will definitely be making this again!

  9. Where dose it say to use frozen chicken breast as some one has stated… my question is do you put in raw chicken thawed.,frozen or do you need to cook the chicken first..

    1. You put the chicken in raw. I used uncooked chicken breasts. If you use frozen, you just have to increase cooking time a little and make sure the chicken is thoroughly cooked throughout.

  10. I am going to try this, but where do you find 14 oz cans of soup in canada. The canned soup I’ve seen is only 10 oz. Hope it works out ok

      1. Maybe they are the 14 oz size and I made a typo! I will double check on that. They were just the regular sized cans.

  11. Great idea! This looks good and simple. You can use anything you have in the cupboard for cream soups. Celery, chicken, cheese, potato – though mushroom might be too strong. It’s a wonderful concept. I will be adding red peppers cut into strips or sun-dried tomatoes for added flavor and color. Could use asparagus as it is in season now. I am a total foodie and always embelish recipies I find. Love to photgraph it as well to catalog the creations. If it looks good the kids will eat it! Best thing is to be able to make something with what you have on hand. My inspiration was “Doorknock Dinners”. Keep on cooking! 🙂

  12. I’m going to make this recipe for guests and want to double it. If I double the chicken to 8 breasts, do I double each of the other ingredients as well? Also, how much longer will it take in the slow cooker on low or on high? Thanks for your help and a quick response.

  13. I made this tonight and was disappointed because it was very soupy and not creamy. What did I do wrong?! I used (2) 14 oz cans of cream of chicken soup and 14 ounces of chicken broth. Other than that I followed the recipe to a T. Could it be the length of time or temperature? I’m a new slow cooker.

  14. Is there an equally cheesy alternative that can be used for the Cheddar Soup? Not sure if we have that in Canada!

  15. I am not much of a cook.. but I thought it may turn out THIS way – and it did! Slight modifications – and BAM! I almost feel like a pro now! Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂 I will be trying out more of your recipes! I tried to click 5 stars! Hope it works!

    Ingredients
    2 packages boneless chicken breasts
    1 large can cream of chicken soup
    2 small cans cheddar soup
    2 cups cut up potatoes
    ½ teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon garlic salt
    1 Cup sour cream
    1 12 oz frozen bag broccoli florets
    1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese

    Instructions
    1. Coat the bottom of the crock pot with olive oil and put cream of chicken soup, cheddar soup, garlic and garlic salt into the crockpot. Stir the soups and seasonings together until smooth. Place the chicken and cut up potatoes in the bottom of the crockpot.
    2.Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours or high 3 hours. The last 30 minutes of cooking, add the broccoli, sour cream, and cheese. Cook for about 30 more minutes until the broccoli is tender and heated through.

  16. HELP!! I’m actually cooking it right now with about 2 hours left into cooking it and I went to check on it and it seems too liquidy instead of creamy. Is it possible that 14oz of chicken broth is about much as its written in the recipe?

    1. Sometimes the chicken combined with the moisture of a slow cooker can make the sauce runnier at times. I hope it still tasted ok despite the runny sauce. 🙂

  17. Making this now and only had 10 oz cans soup so used those and a bit of an addtl can of cream of chicken. Seemed soupy but when i shredded chicken then added broccoli it seems like right consistency. It looks yummy cant wait to try it

  18. Very delicious! I just made it tonight and it turned out great. I poured it over buttered jasmine rice. Yum. I doubled the Cajun and omitted the garlic salt. I also added small pieces of carrot.   The added Cajun wasn’t too spicy. Just a hint of spice. I am looking forward to eating the leftovers.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I will be making it again.

  19. made this tonight for my family – it was a hit! such great flavor, and super simple! even my toddler (who hates chicken!) kept asking for more. will definitely make this again – thanks!

  20. My question is like some of the above. Soup usually comes in 10.75 oz cans. Is this what you used, not the 14 oz it states? Or is there a brand out there that is 14 oz?

  21. do not use any salt, the chicken broth should be cubes, rather than canned. (too much salt in canned), no garlic salt, rather 4-6 fresh cloves. i also through in a hand full of sliced carrots, good flavor and color.

  22. Got this in the crock pot now. Can’t wait. I used one huge bone in chicken breast(cut into 3 pieces) that I seared first and skipping on the cheddar soup, I don’t have any on hand. Also adding fresh green beans at the end.

  23. I’m making this for my son and boyfriend only this is my son is really into fresh veggies
    so now I need to know how many cups of broccoli to use. Help first time slow cooker 🙂

  24. I just put this together before my sons football practice I have to tell you I’m excited. The only thing is that I used Velveeta cheese instends of Chesse soup and add only 8 oz of the chicken broth!!! 🙂

  25. I made this. It is totally awesome. I also made it without the chicken. It makes a great creamy broccoli soup!

  26. Can I use 10 oz cans for the cheddar soup and the cream of chicken? I went to the store yesterday and I checked up and down the aisle and could not find 14 oz of either.

  27. Just finished making this and it is fantastic!!! I used 2 small 10 oz cans of the cheddar soup and added a small red and yellow pepper each for color. I also added a handful of finely chopped mushrooms at the start too for texture and flavor. Definitely a keeper. Leftovers would be great over warm biscuits.

  28. I used 1-10oz cream of chicken, 1-10oz cream of celery, and 14 oz chicken broth and it is delicious. Looked too runny til I shredded the chicken and added broccoli, then it was fine. I used plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Over jasmine rice…yummy!

  29. Made this today and it was so so yummy! Like some of the previous commenters, it turned out way too runny! I will make it this again and omit the broth all together. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  30. Made this with plain nonfat yogurt, cream of chicken soup, and loaded baked potato soup that i had on hand. Mine was also a little runny, i just took out some of the cooking liquid, added a few of tablespoons of flour to make a runny paste and stirred that back in for the last hour of cooking. thickened up well and tasted fantastic!

  31. I made this recipe today, and hands down it’s the BEST crock pot chicken and broccoli I’ve ever had. I will make this again and again and again! Thank you for sharing!

  32. Made this last night for dinner and oh my good gracious it was delicious! Everyone loved it and the leftovers are my lunch today. Definitely a new favorite.

  33. This was a hit with the family! I was expecting leftovers for our leftover night but had none! Everyone ate it all on the 1st night and now they keep asking for this dish! Score 1 for mom!

  34. I normally don’t write too often on websites, but I think this recipe definitely deserves more appraise. I have made this 5 times now with my family and it is DELICIOUS!! Super easy to make and the whole family loves it. I normally change recipes to my own liking, but this recipe is perfect the way it is. I can’t wait to make it again!

  35. DELISH – I actually used two big chicken breasts, substituted cream of chick with herbs, forgot to get sour cream so omitted, and added about 30 baby carrots (put in at the beginning with the chicken. Still made lots! Oh and also did not have Cajun seasoning so added celery salt instead. We loved it!

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