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Crockpot Chicken, Rice, & Carrots

Slow Cooker Meals
Slow Cooker Chicken, Rice & Carrots

Grandparenting during the days between Palm Sunday and Easter has great benefits. One is cooking for my daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughters. Like other young couples with busy schedules, dinner can be challenging. While helping with my little grands, stopping in time to fix dinner doesn’t always work out perfectly. Thinking of my daughter’s nice big slow cooker, I couldn’t wait to try it out. Mine (though I love it – it was a gift from my mother-in-law years ago) is much smaller.

I looked in the freezer and saw options: a large package of chicken, stir-fry chicken, a package of herb chicken, and another package of sweet chili flavored chicken. Sweet chili it was.

Slow Cooker Chicken
Sweet Chili Chicken Breasts

Next, I needed to see what kind of vegetables were in the frig. Carrots. That would work. There was plenty of brown rice in the pantry and a couple of cartons of gluten-free chicken broth.

Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice
Gluten Free Chicken Broth
Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice
Natural Brown Rice

I doubled up on the rice. Instead of using water, I used a 32-ounce carton of chicken broth. The broth and sweet chili makes a good mix for a chicken and rice dinner.

Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice Dinner
Slow Cooker Chicken, Rice, and Carrot Dinner

Grandparenting Cooking Benefits

A hot meal ready to eat when my daughter and son-in-law came home that day was part of the grandparenting benefits. I got to enjoy playing with my granddaughters, watching movies with them, and didn’t have to worry about taking time out to go cook. It’s not so easy to cook a meal and watch two little ones.

The slow cooker idea was awesome. I had everything ready to put in the crockpot when my son-in-law went to work. It cooked ten hours. So easy. No hassle. Delicious. The three-year-old and the baby who eats baby food already both loved it, too.


Just a note…this makes a great recipe for babies who have started eating table food. The rice is soft because of cooking so long. If you don’t like your rice cooked so soft (texture similar to chicken and dressing), cook the rice separately so that it doesn’t cook down so soft.


  1. I love simple slow cooker dishes. I I have never tried cooking rice in my slow cooker. Thanks for the tip. I was wondering whether the carrots became mushy or not.

    1. Author

      Surprisingly, the carrots didn’t get mushy. I thought they would have been softer than they were, but they were good.

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