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Slow Cooker Baked Chicken Thighs with Rice

If you’re searching for the best recipe for chicken thighs, then you’ve got to give these Slow Cooker Baked Chicken Thighs with Rice a try! You’ve never made a chicken thigh recipe easier or tastier than this!

Don’t let the thought of too much work keep you from making a delicious dinner! You can use your slow cooker to make the juiciest chicken that will have the family begging you to make it again. Just a couple minutes to brown it up before hand and that’s all you need to do in order to have dinner waiting for you at home! And since it includes your carbs, the only thing you need to make this a complete dinner is a side of quick and delicious veggies. Slow Cooker Baked Chicken Thighs with Rice is a simple delicious dinner that is so easy it doesn’t need to wait until Sunday!

Slow Cooker Baked Chicken Thighs with Rice garnished with greens in slow cooker

If you have a multi-cooker it’s the perfect tool for making dinners like this. You can brown your chicken and slow cook it all in one pot. Less dishes is always a win for me!

A few tips:

  • Make sure your pan or multi-cooker is fully heated before you add the chicken – you want a hot sear
  • Use a mix of olive oil and butter to brown you’ll get tons of flavor and the perfect crust
  • Season the chicken well before searing – it will really get that flavor into the skin

Slow Cooker Baked Chicken Thighs with rice on gray plate with gray napkin and carrots

Some of my favorite sides to serve with chicken are:

  • spinach sautéed with a little olive oil and garlic
  • a crisp green salad with light vinaigrette
  • honey roasted carrots (recipe coming soon!)

Last tip to share here before I leave you with the recipe… use a long grain rice with a longer cooking time. When cooking rice in the slow cooker, it will get a little softer on the bottom, so if you are around when it’s cooking, just give it a little stir.

Slow Cooker Baked Chicken Thighs with Rice

Slow Cooker Baked Chicken Thighs with Rice

Jennifer Draper
If you're searching for the best recipe for chicken thighs, then you've got to give these Slow Cooker Baked Chicken Thighs with Rice a try! You've never made a chicken thigh recipe easier or tastier than this!
4.19 from 49 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 699 kcal


  • 1.5 pounds chicken thighs (4 pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups jasmine rice
  • 3 1/2 cups broth


  • Heat olive oil and butter in skillet or multicooker
  • Mix together seasonings and rub into chicken
  • Place chicken skin side down in hot pan and sear until browned and crispy, 3-4 minutes
  • Flip and repeat
  • Transfer to slow cooker along with pan drippings and stir in rice
  • Add chicken broth and cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4
  • Remove chicken and stir rice before serving


Calories: 699kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 32gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 174mgSodium: 1564mgPotassium: 448mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 930IUCalcium: 43mgIron: 2.2mg
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Important nutritional disclaimer

If you like the extra flavor of  chicken thighs but you want to try something a little different, I really recommend this Smoked Chicken and Sausage Gumbo! I often make it on the grill, but it’s really delicious in the slow cooker too!

Smoked Chicken and Sausage Gumbo is a great reason to fire up your pellet grill or smoker and make some delicious cajun food!

And if you have some leftovers to use up they would be so perfect for this Chicken and Butternut Squash Lasagna. The homemade sauce is perfect with the rich flavor of the chicken thigh meat.

Chicken and Butternut Squash Lasagna

More Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Recipes

  1. Slow Cooker Lunch Crock Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
  2. Slow Cooker Pork Chops and Rice
  3. Parmesan Chicken and Rice Skillet with Peas
  4. Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken and Rice


  1. I think the issue (most) people may be having is using minute/instant rice and too much liquid. When using minute rice, only add the rice during the last 30 to 60 minutes of cooking time. Also, read the rice box to see how much rice should be used compared to how much liquid you’ve added as minute rice is different than regular rice. For example, 3 cups of liquid would typically require 3 cups of minute rice.

  2. Made this recipe today and the rice was complete mush. I stopped it early and took the chicken out. I’ll make sure it’s cooked through, make a side of rice, and some veggies and that’ll be dinner.
    What a bummer. I do not recommend trying this.

  3. I cooked the rice ahead of time and placed into the slower cooker 30 minutes prior. I also added carrots and peas to the rice and chicken broth.

  4. 2 stars
    I timed this to include the 3-4 hours to cook on high, but I peeked at it when the rice looked done. The rice is completely mush and the chicken isn’t yet done. Idk if I can even serve this for dinner but I’m hoping that I can at least salvage the chicken.

    1. 5 stars
      This was fantastic!! It came out perfect and my family loved it! It’s worth the extra effort to brown the meat before have!! Thank you for sharing!

    2. 2 stars
      I did this on low for 5.5 hours. Rice was mush. My kids wanted nothing to do with it. Chicken was cooked though. Only edible thing. I wasn’t home so stirring it during cook time was not an option. Wasted rice and 3.5 cups of chicken broth.

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