How was your weekend? It feels like it’s still the weekend here because it’s President’s Day and Darryl has the day off – yay! We had more snow, and more cold, and I was a bit under the weather, so I was in the mood for some comfort food. And I didn’t want to exert any effort. So the slow cooker stepped in and made a yummy broccoli chicken rice dish for me, because that’s what we had in the house, and that’s what was thrown into the crockpot.
Chicken with broccoli is one of my favorite combinations, and with the addition of cheese, this was just perfect. This dish is so easy, and very comforting. It’s filling, tasty, creamy, and cheesy. I added the broccoli at the very end so that it retained its nutrients and didn’t turn to mush.
This is a recipe that we will be making again and again.
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1½ pounds chicken breasts, cut into large chunks
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup uncooked long grain rice (white or brown, your choice)
- 1 32 ounce box chicken broth
- 1¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ teaspoon pepper
- 2 cups of chopped broccoli
- 1¼ cup Daiya dairy free cheddar cheese (use regular cheese if you are not dairy free)
- Put the olive oil, chopped onion, and garlic in the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Add the chicken breast pieces, salt, pepper, and rice.
- Pour ⅔ of the container of broth on top. Stir.
- Put lid on the slow cooker and turn it on high. Cook for four hours on high.
- After two hours, check to make sure there is still enough liquid inside. If not, add some more warmed up broth.
- A half an hour before it is done, add the chopped broccoli and stir. Add more warm broth if needed.
- Cook for another half an hour until broccoli is bright green and tender.
- Add the Daiya cheese and stir until melted. Season with more salt and pepper if desired.
- Serve immediately.
This is perfect comfort food for those days when you just don’t feel like cooking, or don’t have the time.
Since I cooked this on high, I did keep an eye on the liquid level in the pot.
At about two and a half or three hours in,I added some more broth. You should not add cold liquids to a hot crockpot, so you do need to microwave or warm up the broth on the stove before you add it to the crockpot.
I’ve been really happy with my Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker – it’s lasted very well for the past three years. (Affiliate link) I previously had a CrockPot brand slow cooker, but it was recalled. As with any appliance, temperatures and cooking times may vary based on model, so my best advice is to keep an eye on the crockpot, add liquid as needed, and try not to overcook this dish.
If you choose to use a different rice – short grain, wild, etc., your cooking time will also vary, so keep that in mind. I used long grain white rice and it worked out well – it cooked up nicely but did not turn to mush.
What’s your favorite slow cooker dish? I’d love to try some new recipes!