Chicken and rice are perfect dinner partners, so simplify your dinnertime prep by cooking them together in the slow cooker. All you need to add is a simple side dish, such as microwave-steamed veggies, and you've got a meal.
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
4 boneless chicken breast halves
Salt and pepper
4 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 cups long-grain rice
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
How to Make It
Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and cook until softened, stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute longer. Scrape into slow cooker.
Sprinkle chicken with salt. Melt remaining 2 Tbsp. butter in skillet over medium high heat until foaming. Add chicken breast halves and cook until browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to slow cooker.
Add 1 cup broth and lemon juice to skillet and bring to a boil, scraping browned bits from bottom of pan. Add to the slow cooker, along with remaining broth, rice and 1 tsp. salt. Stir, cover and cook on low until chicken is cooked through and rice is tender, 2 to 3 hours. Remove chicken, stir parsley into rice and season with salt and pepper. Divide rice onto 4 plates and top each with a piece of chicken; serve immediately.
I didn't make recipe exactly as stated because I somehow didn't pay close attention to the directions. But aside from being too lemony, it turned out well and I'd make again with less lemon juice. Because I cook a lot with Rice a Roni, my eyes translated the long grain rice for long grain and wild rice, lol. Once I realized the mistake, and the boxed rice being all I had on hand, I went ahead with it. It took three boxes to measure two cups. I also didn't realize I had to split the butter and used all of it for the onions and garlic. No problem, I just strained and still had plenty to brown the chicken. I seasoned with a little sea salt but will cut salt altogether next time because I opted to go ahead and use the seasoning packets that came with the rice. I didn't use fresh parsley because there is dried in the seasoning packs. After reading that cooking on low didn't cook the rice well, I cooked on high for about the same amount of time and the rice turned out perfectly.
The 5 star rater didn't cook the recipe as directed - and has horribly skewed the average rating. This is inedible, the rice won't cook in that amount of time on low in a crock pot (I feared, but went ahead anyway and got what I expected). I tried to rescue it on the stove top, but it turned out gluey like trying to make a risotto with undercooked long-grain rice. Yuck. Take out burgers tonight instead.
COOK YOUR RICE FIRST! After 3 hours, the rice wasn't even close to done. I had to remove the rice from the crockpot and boil it on the stove. Might be easier to cook the chicken separately and use the lemon-broth to make the rice. Don't get out your crockpot for this dish!
Based on the previous reviews I doctored this recipe. I followed the recipe but used 2 boxes of Uncle Ben's instead of rice. I preheated the slowcooker and cooked on high for 2 hours, opening and stirring after each hour. I added water when it was done to loosen up the rice. Everything was cooked and was so YUMMY. We loved it.
I made this recipe a few days ago and thought it was terrible. The rice was mush and the chicken didn't have much flavor. I actually just logged on so that I could remove the recipe from my file because I won't be making this again.
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