Slow Cooker Chicken Rice Casserole

The BEST crock pot chicken and rice casserole! Sautéed onions and browned chicken thighs, with basmati rice, tomatoes, peas. The slightly Middle Eastern inspired seasoning is PERFECT.

Usually, I think to use my slow cooker in the winter, for a braise or stew or maybe some pulled pork. But I’m also finding it rather convenient in the summer too, as a way to avoid using the oven and heating up the kitchen.

This chicken and rice casserole recipe is designed for a slow cooker. You brown onions and chicken thighs, place in a slow cooker with basmati rice, tomatoes and stock. 2 hours later it’s done!

A Tip for Crockpot Chicken and Rice

A couple of notes. First, the seasoning we are using is a shade Middle Eastern, with ground cumin and a touch of cinnamon. It’s a wonderful combination if you haven’t tried it, I recommend it.

Second, to make rice in a slow cooker with chicken, you have to drastically reduce the amount of liquid you would normally add to cook rice, otherwise, your rice will be completely mushy.

The reason is that all of the other ingredients release moisture while they cook. That moisture gets absorbed by the rice so you just don’t need as much to begin with.

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