Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe Slow Cooker


Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe Slow Cooker is one of those great crockpot recipes where you can add the ingredients, customized to your liking and then let it go all day for a nice, warm and tender cooked meal at the end of the day. And the flavor is delicious.

Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe Slow Cooker

What Ingredients are in the Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe?

Chicken Breasts
Chicken Stock
Yellow Spanish Rice
Ranch Dressing

What Goes Into This?

What you’ll need to make Spanish Chicken and Rice recipe in your slow cooker is the ingredients listed above, your crockpot, slow cooker or Instant Pot. This recipe can also be cooked in the oven. More on that below. It is an easy recipe that doesn’t take much preparation and that many are sure to enjoy.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Spanish Rice

Slow cooker chicken and Spanish rice is a great recipe for a crowd pleaser. It can serve 8 people or you can enjoy it for leftovers.


Below are some questions that are frequently asked when making slow cooker Spanish Chicken and Rice recipe.

Can This be Cooked In the Oven?

Yes, this recipe can be cooked in the oven. If you don’t have access to a crockpot or slow cooker, you can cook this recipe in a covered pan in the oven. Bake the chicken mixture first in a 350 degree F oven for about 1 ½ hours or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165F degrees. Shred the chicken. Then add the rice and cook covered until the rice is tender.

Can It Be Frozen?

Yes, this recipe can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

What Vegetables Can Be Added?

Some vegetables that are frequently added are celery, carrots, onion, bell pepper, or any other vegetable that you love.

How To Make Slow Cooker Chicken and Spanish Rice

Following are some tips that will help you make the best slow cooker chicken and Spanish rice.

Can You Put Frozen Chicken In a Slow Cooker?

Yes, you sure can put frozen chicken in a slow cooker. It is fine to take it straight from the freezer and add it to your crockpot to cook. It will however potentially increase the chicken’s cook time a bit if the recipe is customized for thawed chicken.

yellow rice in packaging

How Long Do You Cook Chicken In The Slow Cooker?

I typically cook my chicken in the slow cooker on low for 8 hours. This allows it to be very well done, tender and juicy.

How to Make This Chicken & Rice Dish in the Crockpot

We like to make this chicken and rice dish in the crockpot because it’s really easy. It’s as simple as dumping the ingredients into the crockpot and setting it on low for the day. When you come to the end of the day, you simply shred the chicken, add the rice, cook for a bit longer and that’s it. It’s ready to serve and enjoy.

Helpful Tips for Making

Different brands and sizes of crockpots cook at different rates. Our instructions are estimates based on the crockpot we used in our test kitchen. If your crockpot tends to cook at a high temperature, you’ll want to check the chicken and shred it in fewer than 6 hours.

There are many recipe variations for Spanish Chicken and rice recipe slow cooker. Be sure to customize the recipe according to the preferences of those who gather around your table.

This recipe makes serves about 8 people and is great for a potluck or large gathering of people.


1 stick of butter
3-4 chicken breasts
32 oz chicken stock
16 oz yellow Spanish rice
1 oz Ranch seasoning packet
Water (as needed)


1. In a greased crockpot, add butter and chicken breasts to the crockpot.

2. Add the ranch seasoning on top.

3. Add the chicken stock to the mixture in the crockpot. Cover and cook on low for about 6 – 7 hours.

4. Remove the lid and shred the chicken. Add the rice and make sure that it is entirely covered with liquid.

5. Cook for 45 minutes – 1 hour until the rice is done. Serve warm and enjoy!

Recipe Variations

There is more than one way to make Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe in the Slow Cooker. You can make it more of the combination of Latin American flavors, Fiesta chicken flavors, in the instant pot, or taco flavored. Each one is quite straightforward and easy. The flavor is what is modified. Here are our recipe variations.

Slow-Cooker Arroz con Pollo (Chicken & Rice)

This Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe Slow Cooker is inspired by the traditional dish of Spain and Latin America. It is also known as Arroz con Pollo and comes together very easily in the crockpot.

Crock Pot Arroz Con Pollo (Spanish Chicken With Rice)

Combine 3 large, chopped peppers in the crockpot along with 1 chopped onion, 3 cloves garlic, 1 can tomato sauce, and 1 can of diced tomatoes undrained. Add 1 ½ cups chicken broth and 2 tbsp chili powder, 1 tbsp paprika, 1 tsp salt, ½ tsp pepper, ½ tsp ground cumin, ½ tsp saffron, 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs.

Slow Cooker Arroz Con Pollo

Cook on low for about 7 hours, until the chicken is tender. Shred chicken and add 2 cups instant brown rice, 1 cup frozen peas. Cook until rice is tender. Serve with green olives and chopped cilantro.

chicken butter powdered ranch in the slow cooker

Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken and Rice Casserole

Slow cooker fiesta chicken and rice casserole calls for chicken breast, diced fire roasted tomatoes, black beans, sweet corn, cream cheese, salt, taco seasoning, chili seasoning and garlic salt. Follow our complete recipe for Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken. You’ll just want to add rice the last hour it cooks. This dish is so simple even my kids can make it by themselves. You’ll like it too.

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

If you have an Instant pot, cooking your chicken and rice using that method can also be a good solution. If you didn’t plan ahead for the 7 hours of cooking in the slow cooker, you can still enjoy this delicious dish in about 30 minutes using your Instant Pot.  

Ingredients in Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

Use the same ingredients of chicken thighs, rice, diced vegetables, spices, and chicken broth or stock.

Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe Slow Cooker

How To Make Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

Here’s how to make instant pot chicken and rice. Sauté the chicken thighs on both sides, remove chicken to plate, add vegetables and sauté for 2 minutes. Add remaining ingredients. Set the instant pot on manual, high pressure for 15 minutes. Allow pressure to naturally release for 15 minutes before removing the lid. Add peas. Serve and enjoy.  

Slow Cooker Taco Chicken & Rice

To make taco flavored chicken and rice in your slow cooker, add 3-4 chicken breasts, 1 packet of taco seasoning, 1 can of cream of chicken soup, 1 can diced tomatoes. Let cook on low for about 7 hours. Remove lid and shred the chicken. Add 1 box of Old El paso cheesy Mexican rice. Let cook until rice becomes tender, about 45 minutes.

What to Serve with Taco Chicken & Rice

Taco chicken and rice goes great with a side of corn, a pan of cornbread, tortilla chips, baked beans, shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes, guacamole, salsa or just about anything that has that good old Mexican flair.

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