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Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken and Rice

This slow cooker fiesta chicken and rice recipe is a simple weeknight dinner that the whole family will love. You can use this recipe for taco night or burrito night, for an easy meal prep recipe, or for homemade nachos at a family gathering or football party. It’s full of flavor, perfectly cheesy, and gets in some vegetables with green peppers and onions. With under 30 minutes of hands-on time and only one dish, you will love this set it and forget it meal!

  • Author: Bailey
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Mexican-Inspired (American)
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 11.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, seeds and stem removed and diced
  • 1 (15 ounce) can corn, drained
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 68 ounce box or 90-second package Spanish rice, made following directions on the package
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • Optional: 1 can of black beans, or/and 1 can of green chiles, if desired


  1. Add the chicken to the slow cooker and season with the garlic powder, chili powder, paprika, cumin and pepper. Layer the cream of chicken soup over the top of the chicken breasts
  2. Add the diced onions, diced green peppers, corn and diced tomatoes into the slow cooker and cover. You do not need to stir
  3. Cook on low for 6-7 hours, or on high for 3 hours
  4. 30 minutes prior to the end of the cook time, prepare the Spanish rice and shred the chicken breasts with forks in the slow cooker. Add in the sour cream, 1 cup of shredded cheese and the cooked rice
  5. Stir everything together and then sprinkle the remaining cup of shredded cheese over the top. Place the cover back on, turn your slow cooker to high if it isn’t already and cook for the remaining 10-20 minutes until the cheese on the top has melted
  6. Serve as burrito filling, on tortilla shells as tacos, over tortilla chips like nachos, or you can not mix in the rice and instead serve over the rice as burrito bowls with toppings such as green onion, avocado, cilantro, diced onion, or tomatoes/pico


There are many brands and options for Spanish rice and they come in varying sizes, so any package that’s between 6-8 ounces is just fine. Typically Spanish rice can be purchased in a box and require boiling to cook, or it can be purchased in the 90-second microwave packages. I find it easier to grab the steam-in-bag microwave Spanish rice. It really streamlines the process, along with cutting down on prep and dishes. Either option works just the same though.