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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken and Rice

Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken and Rice

Yesterday was one of those days that I found myself in the car more than in the house.  Between my appointments and errands, and the boys' sports and lessons, I think I drove over 100 miles between 8am and 8pm!  It is on these kinds of days that I thank the heavens for my slow cooker -- without it, we'd be eating instant oatmeal for dinner (and don't think I haven't resorted to that!).

Today's recipe is as simple as humanly possible.  Just add your chicken and flavorings to the crock pot in the morning, then add some rice 30 - 60 minutes before you want to eat (this depends on whether you are using white or brown rice).  Throw some arugula in a bowl with olive oil and salt (the busy mom's "salad") and you're sitting down to dinner just minutes after you walk in the door (or limp in the door, if all that driving gave you sciatica).  It's possible to add your rice in the morning, if you don't mind extremely mushy rice for dinner, but it's not an ideal plan.

Slow Cooker Lemon and Garlic Chicken and Rice

2 1-lb packages boneless chicken breasts
4 cups chicken broth or veggie broth
4 cloves garlic
1 whole lemon
2 Tbsp dried parsley, or 1/2 cup fresh
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups rice

Place chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add broth, garlic and parsley.  Cut lemon in half, squeeze juice onto chicken, then drop the rest of the lemon into the broth.  Cook on low for 4 - 6 hours (adjust as necessary based on the amount of chicken you have).  Add rice during the last 60 minutes if you are using brown rice, or during the last 30 minutes if you are using white.  Discard lemon peels before serving.

Shared with Pennywise Platter at The Nourishing Gourmet and Allergy Friendly Friday with Cybele Pascal and Monday Mania at The Healthy Home Economist and the Homestead Barn Hop at the Prairie Homestead and Slightly Indulgent Tuesday at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free and Traditional Tuesday at Cooking Traditional Foods and Cowgirl Up! at The Farmhouse Porch and Allergy Free Wednesday at Whole New Mom and Kids in the Kitchen at Young Living Oil Lady.


  1. MMM!!! You had me at garlic, lemon and SLOW COOKER!

    I'd be so happy to have you link this up at the "Cowgirl Up!" linky party going on right now on my blog. Link up once, appear on 4 blogs!


  2. I'm definitely making this one this week. I use the whole chicken though. Hey, that reminds me, I need to defrost a bird! Thanks!!!

  3. Lisa,

    This looks amazing! I'm always looking for new ways to cook chicken!

    Perhaps your chicken dish would be nice with my side dish:

    Too much lemon? Nah.


  4. Sounds incredible! I'll have to give this a try soon.

  5. Absolutely delish! I would love for you to share it with us at Kids in the Kitchen. My family does not do dairy and we grind our grain so your blog is a blessing to me! Here is this weeks link up:
    I hope to see you there.. feel free to link up each Tuesday. That would be a blessing!

  6. This sound delicious!
    found you from Traditional Tuesdays

  7. nice idea.. thanks for sharing....

  8. Thanks for linking up with Kids in the Kitchen! We are linking up again tomorrow (Tues) if you'd like to join us! I love the whole "lemon & chicken" combo - delish! following you now too ;)

  9. Thanks so much for linking up to Allergy-Free Wednesday. Hope to see you next week.

  10. Just want to let you know I featured this recipe today at Allergy Free Wednesday!

  11. This sounds wonderful, now I know what we are having for dinner tomorrow... Thank you

  12. This looks great! As a novice cook, would you mind telling me how many pounds of chicken you mean by "2 packages"? Thank you!

  13. Is 6 hours on high correct? It turned out a little dry for me.

    1. Hi Megan - I did cook mine for 6 hours on high, but I may have had less chicken than you. I've been buying organic chicken which comes in smaller packages than all the other kinds. Sorry yours turned out dry! I'll edit the post ... thanks for your feedback.