Creamy Chicken and Broccoli over Rice

Usually when I think of crock pot dinners, I want easy. But there are actually a lot of crock pot meals that have many extra steps, besides just throwing your food in the pot. Searing your meat, even broiling it, adding stuff later in the process, etc. Those meals are good too, but sometimes I just want to throw everything in and then come home after work to a delicious meal.

Creamy Chicken and Broccoli over Rice
This recipe falls in the middle on the crockpot difficulty scale. It’s fairly straight forward, but then the last 30 minutes you need to separately cook the rice, then throw in the broccoli and at the last second at the sour cream. But that’s still pretty straight forward right? Plus its delicious, cheesy, creamy, and your whole family will love it!
Update: 1/17/13 We made this again and I LOVED it just as much as the first time. Now I’m not ashamed that it has become viral over pinterest because it really is a delicious recipe. Hope you enjoy it.

Creamy Chicken and Broccoli over Rice


Creamy Chicken and Broccoli over Rice
  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1 can of cheddar cheese soup
  • 1 can of cream of chicken soup
  • 1½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cajun seasoning
  • ¼ tsp garlic salt
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 2 cups of broccoli
  1. Put everything except sour cream and broccoli in the crock pot.
  2. Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4.
  3. Shred the chicken breasts with two forks.
  4. In a rice cooker (or however you like) cook about 4 cups of rice.
  5. Meanwhile, add broccoli to the crock pot and stir in.
  6. Cook for another 30 minutes.
  7. When done cooking, stir in sour cream with the crock pot mixture.
  8. Enjoy over a bowl of rice.

Creamy Chicken and Broccoli over Rice

This was a perfect meal to warm us up on a chilly autumn day. We had enough creamy chicken mixture that we froze half of it and each enjoyed a BIG bowl.

Serves 4-6


  1. So I made this and it was EXCELLENT! It came out thinner than I thought but I did use chicken thighs instead of breasts. But I will be making this again! Thank you!

    1. So glad you like it Beth! The thighs might me more moist and could have made it thinner, I’m not sure. Hope you’ll try it again soon, I need to make it soon too ;)

  2. Is there a way to adapt this to cook for 9 or 10 hours without overcooking? I work 6am-3pm five days a week (not including commute time) and this would be a GREAT recipe to come home to.

  3. Sarah Jenkins · · Reply

    Do you have to cook the chicken before putting it in the crock pot?? Want to make this, it sounds delicious!!

    1. No, you put raw chicken in with all the other ingredients and shred it when its all cooked at step 3. Hope you like it!

  4. I’m making this today and want to use Velveeta instead of the cheese soup. How much do you think I should use?

    1. I’m sorry I’ve actually never used velveeta, so I don’t know how it would work for this recipe. I believe you usually add milk to the velveeta to make a sauce, so I would do that and then add the same amount of velveeta milk mixture as the recipe calls for with the soup.

  5. Thank you for the recipe I am trying this now with frozen chicken and I am using cream of chicken and cream of broccoli hopefully it’ll work out and still be good! I bet it will! I cannot wait to try this

    1. I make it with frozen chicken a lot of the time and I think the cream of broccoli with the cream of chicken sounds great. Yum!

  6. Jessica · · Reply

    I made this for my family tonight and they really liked it. Thank you for sharing.

    1. So glad you all liked it!

  7. What kind of chicken breasts? Bone-in or boneless. Most of the bone-in breasts are so large and take longer to cook. Always afraid they cook too long or not long enough. MM

    1. I always use boneless chicken breasts! I like them better

  8. Can I cook this w out a crock pot ?

    1. Yeah, if you read a couple comments above yours there are 2 people who said they made it on the stove top just by combining the ingredients in a pot

  9. Nicole · · Reply

    When cooking the broccoli for 30 minutes, should I cook it on low or high?

    1. I cooked the entire meal on low so I would cook the broccoli on low for 30 minutes, but if you want it done just a little bit quicker, I would guess on high for about 20 minutes would be sufficient.

  10. Josh jones · · Reply

    Saw this late today, so I made it stove top: boiled the chicken, then added a bag of rice to the same water. Shredded the chicken and then dumped out the water and made it as you instructed; still a one-pot meal… Very good, super easy and comforting. Thanks!

    1. Wow, that’s great to know that it worked out like that for you Josh. I’ll have to try that next time I’m in a hurry!

  11. I am sure this is a dumb question but the creamy chicken and cheddar soups I find are condensed. Do I add just the condensed soup or do I add the extra can of water to make the soup?

    1. Just add the soup, it thins out in the crockpot with everything else added.

      1. I can’t believe how quickly you responded to my question! Thanks so much and thanks again for what I am sure is a really tasty recipe!

  12. Chasidy · · Reply

    Do you think Velvetta cheese works?

    1. Do you want to use Velveeta instead of the cheese soup? I honestly have no idea, its probably a little thicker than the soup is, but I haven’t cooked with it much. I think it would work though. Let me know if you decide to try it out!

  13. Do you think shredded cheese would work instead of cream of cheddar soup?

    1. I think it will change the texture without the soup, but might not change it too much, it might just leave you with less. I would probably just add the cheese at the last minute or sprinkle it on top of each dish.

  14. Nicole · · Reply

    Just found this the other day and I am so excited to try it! Cooking it for my husband tonight :-) Do you shred the chicken after 4 hours of cooking on high or before that? Thanks!

    1. I shred the chicken after its cooked for 4 hours. It won’t shred nicely or be cooked through before then. I hope you guys like it! Its one of our favorites!

  15. I plan on trying this recipe tomorrow and I was curious as to why is it necessary to add the sour cream later. Also, do you think it would still taste good to use quinoa as an alternative to rice?

    1. Ive heard that the sour cream will curdle with the heat, but ive never tried it though so im not really sure what happens.. And I’ve never tried quinoa, but if you normally use it like you do rice then im sure it would be good. Pasta noodles would probably be good too, its mostly just a carrier for the cheesy goodness.

  16. Do you think anything else can be used besides Cajun seasoning, or can it be left out? I’m really picky :(

    1. I don’t think you really notice the cajun seasoning at all, I would suggest using seasoning salt instead, our just leaving it out. Let me know what you think!

  17. is there any way to cook this without using a crockpot?

    1. I have only made this in the crockpot, but im sure you could make something similar other ways. I know some people make a casserole out of it by combining everything and baking it. I would suggest precooking the chixken for that, and not adding chicken broth to the mixture. Good luck!

    2. Just as I was about to make this I discovered my old roommate took our crockpot with her. I just heated this up on the stove at a low temp (attempting to simulate a corckpot), to be fair, it was only on the stove for about two hours and it is ready. I also didn’t add the salt, as canned soups have so much sodium. LOVE IT!

      1. Thanks for letting us know that it turned out for you on the stove top! What a great alternative if you don’t have a crockpot or don’t want to wait for it to cook! I’m glad you liked it :)

  18. Hello,

    I’ve had this recipe bookmarked for a few months now, and I am finally giving it a go!! I must say that I am quite excited. I did want to know what, if any, I could use instead of chicken broth?

    1. A substitute for chicken broth huh, well of course you can create your own chicken broth with bouillon and water, which is actually what I usually do, just tossing both in with the mix. You could also use vegetable broth. And if you’re desperate enough to make it without you can use plain water.

  19. This looks delish. We had chicken last night, but I may need to make this tonight even though it’s similar!

    1. Thanks Vanessa. I think its delicious, and I think you’ll love it too. Plus is really simple! What did you guys have for dinner last night? Let me know if you end up trying this one out.

  20. Can you use low sodium soup? Anyone ever tried?

    1. I haven’t tried, but I made this again for dinner last night and it wasn’t TOO salty, but it was salty, so I think low sodium would be okay. Let me know if you try it!

  21. Found this on Pinterest & just finished making it. So delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Tina, I am so glad you liked it!

  22. What kind of Cream of Cheese soup do you use? I couldn’t find any at my grocery store. I was able to locate Campbell’s Cheddar Cheese soup, is this okay?

    1. I think that will work great, Julie. Its been a while since I have made this, but I do remember the soup I used was campbell’s brand, and I think the cheddar cheese soup will be a great substitute.

      1. Thank you so much, Aimee!! Loved it!!!

      2. Thanks for letting me know, I am so glad it turned out!

  23. Cooking this now… :-)

    1. Let me know how they turn out!

  24. I don’t have any chicken thawed. Do you think ground beef would work okay instead? I’m anxious to try this :)

    1. I’m sorry I didn’t respond to this yesterday. Personally I think usually chicken goes best with creamy stuff, but you could definitely try ground beef too, I would brown it in a pan before putting it in the crock pot though. Let me know how it goes!

  25. I did use the frozen chicken breasts. They seemed a bit tougher to shred but I was able to shred them. I actually pulled them out and shredded then placed them back in the crock pot. I will say though that the consistency seemed a little thinner than expected and thought that since it was frozen chicken, that could have contributed but after cooking for a bit longer, it thickened up. This recipe was so good!!!!

    1. aimeeberrett · · Reply

      Thanks for letting me know. Sorry it was a little runny, but glad that cooking it longer worked, also cooking it for a little without the lid seems to help get rid of extra liquid as well. I’m so glad you liked it though, thanks for letting me know :)

  26. Mrs Momo · · Reply

    Do you think it would be ok to use the frozen precooked chicken breasts? I’m trying to use them up.

    1. I think it would be okay, I would just shorten your time since the chicken doesn’t need to be fully cooked, and I personally often used frozen raw chicken breasts in things like this. I don’t really know if the chicken would shred, but I think it would taste just as good if you served everyone with a whole chicken breasts or chicken strips instead. Or you could just cut the chicken in to pieces as well. Let me know if you try it out!

  27. What size can of soups are used?

    1. Sorry if I didnt specify, I think they are the most traditional size available. 10 3/4 oz

  28. Elizabeth · · Reply

    This is just finishing up now and it smells amazing! I took a taste and it’s looking like it’s tastes the same.

    1. Thanks for telling me. I hope you like it!!!

  29. This sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try it once the weather cools down.

  30. I used fresh broccoli and just added it to the crock pot raw. But you could definitely use frozen, I would just steam it before hand and add it at the last step with the sour cream.

  31. Do you use fresh or frozen broccoli, and is it cooked before you put it in the crockpot?

  32. Ooh, my husband loves chicken and rice when weather gets cooler, but I usually just dump some cream of mushroom on chicken and white rice. Your version takes it to the next level–I must try it.Found you at Mandy's Recipe Box!

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