Creamy Chicken & Broccoli Over Rice

This Creamy Crockpot & Broccoli Over Rice is such an easy and delicious meal to make in your crock pot! Make this hearty, slow-cooked dinner for your family with minimal effort!

crockpot chicken and broccoli over rice in bowl

Crockpot Chicken Recipes

This chicken and broccoli crock pot recipe is one of our very favorites, especially for Sunday dinner!  I’m such a fan of quick fix simple family dinner ideas. This Creamy Crock Pot Chicken Broccoli Over Rice has been a family favorite crock pot recipe for years. It literally takes 5 minutes to get everything in the crock pot…you close the lid and forget about it for a few hours.  Serve this saucy chicken and broccoli over steamed rice and dinner is served. This recipe makes for great leftovers too. We’ve even had the chicken inside burritos the next day or over toast. Lots of options.

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What You’ll Need

Here’s a list of ingredients you’ll need to make this simple crockpot dinner. See bottom of post for entire recipe.

  • chicken breast– Chicken breast or tenderloins work great for this recipe. I prefer thawed chicken when preparing the recipe, but frozen chicken will work if needed. The cook time will be longer when adding frozen chicken to the crockpot.
  • cheddar cheese soup– One can of cheddar cheese soup. Find this in the soup isle of the grocery store.
  • cream of chicken soup– One can of cream of chicken soup, also found in the soup isle of the grocery store.
  • cajun seasoning– Cajun seasoning adds a little spice to the chicken sauce.
  • garlic salt– I prefer Lawry’s garlic salt for my cooking.
  • sour cream– Sour cream is added to the cream sauce.
  • broccoli florets– Fresh steamed broccoli florets are added to the chicken sauce shortly before serving.
  • shredded cheddar cheese– Use shredded cheddar cheese sprinkled over top chicken sauce when serving over rice.

crockpot chicken sauce in crockpot

How To Make Crockpot Chicken

Let’s talk about how to make this simple crockpot recipe.

  1. Place soups, chicken broth, cajun sauce and garlic salt into a crockpot over low heat.  Whisk until smooth.  Add chicken, pressing to the bottom. Cover lid and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours.
  2. When chicken is cooked, use 2 forks to shred into bite size pieces.  Stir in sour cream and steamed broccoli.
  3. Serve over steamed rice and sprinkle with cheese if desired.

Can I use a Homemade Cheese Sauce Instead of Soup?

Yes, see my recipe card below for instructions on my homemade cheese sauce.

creamy crockpot chicken over rice in bowl

If you like this recipe, check out my other popular crock pot recipes!

Pesto Ranch Crock Pot Chicken Thighs
Creamy Crock Pot Spaghetti
Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Beef Tacos
Hearty Roasted Vegetable Beef Stew
Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

crockpot chicken and broccoli over rice in bowl

How To Serve Crockpot Chicken and Broccoli

Serve the hot chicken and broccoli over warm steamed rice. Top with shredded cheddar cheese and even a little hot sauce if you’d like. I like to serve this dinner with a nice side salad and even some garlic bread for dipping. This is a nice Sunday dinner for feeding a crowd too.


Store any leftover crockpot chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in a heatproof bowl covered in the microwave for 60 second intervals until hot.

Can Crockpot Chicken Be Frozen?

Freeze the crockpot chicken once it’s cooled, place it in an airtight container and freeze up to 3 months if needed. Thaw completely before reheating chicken sauce. Place thawed sauce into a large saucepan over medium low heat until hot. Serve over warm steamed rice.

Creamy Crockpot Chicken and Broccoli over Rice

Creamy Chicken & Broccoli Over Rice

This Creamy Chicken & Broccoli Over Rice is such an easy and delicious meal to make in your crock pot! Make a healthy, slow-cooked dinner for your family with minimal effort!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 383kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: $25
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  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 14 ounce can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 14 ounce can Cheddar Soup
  • 14 ounces Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 6 cups steamed broccoli florets Boiled in hot water for 3 minutes then drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • Place soups, chicken broth, Cajun and garlic salt into a crockpot over low heat.  Whisk until smooth.  Add chicken, pressing to the bottom. Cover lid and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours.
  • When chicken is cooked, use 2 forks to shred into bite size pieces.  Stir in sour cream and broccoli.
  • Serve over steamed rice and sprinkle with cheese if desired.


Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 1415mg | Potassium: 1023mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1485IU | Vitamin C: 87mg | Calcium: 259mg | Iron: 2mg
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Creamy Crockpot Chicken and Broccoli over Rice

Homemade Cheese Sauce

This homemade cheese sauce is insanely delicious! You have to make it with Creamy Chicken & Broccoli Over Rice.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 195kcal
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  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups finely shredded mild cheddar cheese


  • To prepare roux, melt butter into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once melted whisk in flour, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 3-4 minutes until color of roux will gets slightly darker. Slowly whisk in broth, stirring continuously until thickened, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir in cheese until melted.
  • Please note, if you choose the homemade sauce, you have to prepare it first, you can't just add all of the ingredients to the crockpot. You'll also cook your chicken breast in the broth first, shred then add the homemade cheese sauce. Before serving add sour cream and steamed broccoli.


Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 910mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 377IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 276mg | Iron: 1mg
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90 Responses
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  2. Corrin

    Hello! I have made this several times with the cans of condensed soup and the family loves it! My question is about your homemade cheese sauce. If going the homemade route, are the quantities in this recipe made to substitute both the cream of chicken and the cheddar soup cans?? Thanks!

  3. Anna

    Hi, I am making this meal right now. I am just not clear on what to do with the one cup of shredded cheese? Do you put it in while the chicken is cooking, or after with the broccoli and sour cream. Thanks!

  4. Shawn Rich

    The recipe is kind of confusing as to when you add the cheese. Is it at the start or at the end? In the instructions it says sprinkle with cheese if desired.

  5. Dana

    Hi! I just found this recipe…just to be clear…if I make my own cheese sauce, I add it at the end after the chicken has cooked?
    Thank you!

  6. Lauren

    The recipie was delicious but when I made it it was really soupy. I feel like I missed a step but I went step by step. Is there a way I could thicken it up?

  7. Amy W

    I made this Crockpot meal for dinner tonight.. Yummy It hit the spot on a semi cool night in Maine.. I didn’t have cream of chicken soup so I used cream of mushroom soup and also I didn’t have chicken broth, all I had was beef broth so I used that. It was a crowd pleasure for sure.. Thanks for sharing

  8. Elizabeth

    *Is this GF?? Hopefully? Not sure if the soups are GF…options if they aren’t…thanks!!

  9. Jen

    Would recommend only cooking on high. I tried to do the 6 hours on low and my chicken was no where near fully cooked. Had to turn on high for another 2 hours… Which means I had some hungry family wait for chicken to cook.

  10. Savanah

    I saw Sarah’s and a few others comments about it being watery. Mine was too! When you add the soup- are you adding the 1 can of water since it is condensed soup or is that why you add the chicken broth? Just curious because I think maybe that has something to do with it?


    1. Agnes

      I haven’t made this yet, but i think normally when using condensed soup as an ingredient, you just use the soup itself, without the added water.

  11. Katie

    I’m making this for my family with little ones. Is there anything I could substitute the Cajun seasoning for? Looks great!

  12. Nerisa

    I just made this today, and the whole fam loved it! (That’s hard to do!) it was delicious, and soo easy. Much better than throwing a frozen pizza in the oven last minute, haha! Thank you! I’ll definitely be using this recipe again and again. Yum!

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  14. Penny

    Can this recipe be frozen for use later? I know my daughter and son in law would love it and I am making freezer meals for them. Their 1st baby is due in 4 weeks!

  15. Lyn R.

    Hi. Just saw this on Pinterest. Looks so good and I’d really like to make it, but can it be made without using 1 can of cheddar soup? Could I just add shredded cheddar cheese instead, do you think- or maybe just use 2 cans of cream of chicken and throw in some shredded cheddar instead? I’m thinking it’ll work, but I’d like your opinion. Do you think it’s the cheddar soup that “makes” it?

  16. Doug

    This looks so good and I was in a rush to get started on this and I stirred in half the sour cream in with the soups. Will it be ok?

  17. Sarah []

    Thanks for this recipe, my 15 month old devoured it and he’s been in an “I don’t want to eat anything” phase!

    1. Jenny

      Oh I hate that phase. My 17 month old occasionally spits out something he’s had before. I think he hates the texture. We caught on that he eats more when doing it himself. Glad yours liked it.

  18. Rose Reid

    I made this tonight and mine turned out thin. Might need to cut back on the chicken broth. Also, when I put the sour cream in it didnt seem like it melted all the way. I can still see it in the sauce. Is it suppose to do this?

  19. April

    I have all the ingredients I the crock pot for dinner tonight. It looks great! However, I wish you would have edited your ingredient list to reflect your correction in the comments. It want until after I bought and used two extra 10oz cans of soups to make the 14oz that I saw your comment about 14oz being incorrect. It would have saved me money and wasted food had you corrected the recipe.

    Anyway, hope this is as good as it looks!

  20. Priscilla Sosa

    Oh My Gosh!! I Am In Love With This I Found It On Pinterest And Gahh It Tastes Soo good Thank You Thank you For sharing It with Us!Just Made It Today…And I’m Already Sharing It With others…Mainly My Mom!

  21. Becky

    when you shred chicken and add the sour cream and broccoli do you cook it further or just mix in and serve?

    1. Jenny

      Hi Becky, since the broccoli is steamed and the chicken is cooked you can serve right away. 🙂

  22. Sarah

    I just made this delicious meal! However mine was quite watery! I followed the steps word for word and I guess I thought maybe it would be thicker. Is this something that other people have experienced also?

    1. Jenny

      I went through the comments briefly to see if other experienced this and couldn’t find any. I’m going to remake this as it’s been awhile so look out for an update in the post. 🙂

  23. Antoinette

    This might be a silly question as I don’t use my slow cooker all that often, but do u have to cook chicken before placing it in or just raw? It seems too easy. Lol thanks

    1. Jenny

      We haven’t tried it in this recipe but we do sub Greek yogurt for mayo in other dishes. I like your idea but we haven’t tried it yet. 🙂

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