Crock Pot Chicken and Rice

The other week I was racking my brain for a good crock pot/slow cooker recipe to use during the middle of the week. Nothing I was browsing was either easy enough (as in add ingredients to pot and leave for 8 hours) or tasty enough. So I decided to get creative and make my own concoction. Enter chicken and rice. I know it sounds boring but it really had so much flavor! It was perfect for a quick weeknight dinner after the gym. I pretty much just added whatever vegetables I had in the fridge but feel free to use whatever you want. I think that celery or even adding spinach at the end would have been delicious.

Ingredients:
1 package of chicken thighs
2 cups of chicken stock
2 red potatoes, quartered
1 large carrot, sliced diagonally
1 large onion, sliced
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1.5 – 2 teaspoons turmeric
salt & pepper
1 cup of jasmine rice
1 tablespoon of butter, sliced

Directions:
Salt & pepper both sides of the chicken thighs and then place in the bottom of the slower cooker. Top with the potatoes, carrot, and onion. Add you chicken stock and seasonings and stir. Disperse the butter slices throughout the pot. Set the slow cooker on low for 10 hours. Once you get home, shred the chicken and add back into the slow cooker to keep warm. Cook 1 cup of rice to package directions, we used jasmine rice. To serve, simply add a bit of rice to the bottom of a bowl and ladle the delicious chicken, vegetables, and broth over top.

Crock Pot Chicken and Rice

It’s basically chicken and rice stew and it is so comforting. It’s also pretty healthy for you. You can easily skip the butter, but I love the velvety texture and flavor it adds to the broth. Turmeric is also a great spice that has many health benefits. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory and is used to treat arthritis, heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, liver problems, and gallbladder disorders. It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, and cancer.

Basically this chicken stew will cure you of whatever ails you. Actually, I can’t promise that, but I do know it will cure an empty belly.

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