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Southwestern Chicken and Rice in a crock pot.
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5 from 11 votes

Southwestern Crock-Pot® Chicken and Rice Recipe

Southwestern Crock-Pot Chicken and Rice recipe - cheesy chicken, vegetable and rice dish made in a slow cooker for an easy weeknight dinner. Peppers, corn, beans and a good mix of spices add a Southwestern flair to a classic.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 hrs
Total Time5 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: slow cooker
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 700kcal
Author: Anna


  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 15 oz can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 medium red onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3.5 oz can green chiles
  • 15 oz can whole kernel corn OR heaping 1 and 1/2 cups frozen sweet golden corn
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cups water
  • 14 oz . crushed tomatoes
  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 2 cups Colby Jack cheese or a mix of cheddar and Jack


  • Pour tomato sauce on the bottom of Crock-Pot® slow cooker. Spread evenly.
  • Add beans, pepper, onion, garlic, chiles, corn, rice, cumin, chili powder, paprika and chicken bouillon cube. Stir everything together. Add water and crushed tomatoes. Stir well.
  • Place chicken breasts on top of the mixture. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the chicken.
  • Cook on HIGH for 4:30 hours. The chicken should be cooked (internal temperature of 165 degrees F). Remove the chicken, chop on cutting board. Return to the Crock-Pot® slow cooker. Stir everything together.
  • Cover and cook additional 30 minutes OR until the rice is cooked.
  • Sprinkle cheese over the top. Cover and let sit for 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley or cilantro.
  • Serve.


Calories: 700kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 137mg | Sodium: 1800mg | Potassium: 1467mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1235IU | Vitamin C: 44.1mg | Calcium: 467mg | Iron: 5.3mg