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Slow Cooked Spanish Chicken and Rice

This Slow Cooked Spanish Chicken and Rice infused with chorizo sausage is a feast for the senses. Simmer it in your slow cooker and dinner is ready when you are.
easy Slow Cooked Spanish Chicken and Rice

Slow Cooked Spanish Chicken and Rice

This Spanish inspired slow cooked chicken with chorizo sausage spiced rice uses chorizo sausage to add amazing flavor to the dish overall.  It’s a slow cooked casserole with Spanish flair.  I know many who love slow cooking prefer no-fuss preparation.  This dish does require some prep work but it’s all about adding flavor which makes it’s worth it in the end.

Slow Cooked Spanish Chicken With Chorizo Rice ingredients

The Perfect Condiment for Slow Cooked Spanish Chicken and Rice

For this dish I used homemade cilantro pesto that I had on hand to add a richness to the dish.  I also serve it on the side as a fresh condiment on the side.  Not to worry, chopped fresh cilantro will work very well, too.  It’s a beautiful flavorful dish to make for dinner, guaranteed to warm you up on a chilly evening, but, meant to be enjoyed anytime of year.

Slow Cooked Chicken and Chorizo Spiced Rice

Helpful Tips for Making

  • It can be tricky making rice in the slow cooker but, it’s not hard to do. If you’re able to give it a stir halfway through it will help the rice to cook evenly.
  • In keeping with the Spanish them I chose to use Manchego cheese. You could use whatever cheese you like for this recipe or what cheese you have on hand.
  • Boneless skinless chicken pieces work best for this recipe. You could use bone-in chicken but, the skin should be removed and it will take longer to cook.
  • Other slow cooker recipes you may enjoy is this Slow Cooker Roast Chicken and Vegetables and Slow Cooked Chicken and Dumplings.
  • See it at Whatcha Crockin’? here


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Slow Cooked Spanish Chicken and Rice

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 10 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Spanish Inspired
Keyword: slow-cooked-spanish-chicken-rice, spanish-chicken-and-chorizo-rice
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 449kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka


  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 poblano pepper diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • olive oil
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 lb fresh chorizo sausage links casing removed
  • 3 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper
  • 1 [10 3/4 oz] can cheddar cheese soup
  • 1 [10 3/4 oz] can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 [14 oz] can low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups mild/medium or hot salsa [use your preference]
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 [8 oz] box yellow rice [i.e. Zatarain's]
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • topping:
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey-Jack cheese or Spanish Manchego Cheese


  • Spray the inside of a 6 quart slow cooker with cooking spray and set it on the low setting.
  • In a stove top pan, saute the diced onion and peppers in a couple of drizzles of olive oil over medium high heat until they begin to turn translucent. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the crumbled sausage and saute until the sausage is completely cooked.
  • Add the minced garlic, cumin, lemon pepper and oregano. Mix well. Continue to cook for another 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, and pour it into a large mixing bowl.
  • In the same bowl, mix in the soups, chicken broth, salsa, melted butter, chopped cilantro or pesto, and uncooked rice. Whisk together until completely combined then pour the entire mixture into the slow cooker.
  • In the same stove top pan over medium high heat, brown both sides of the chicken breasts in a tablespoon of olive oil. [This step takes advantage of the spice and flavor left behind by the cooked chorizo] Season the chicken lightly with salt and pepper. Do not overcook.
  • Arrange the browned chicken on top of the rice and place the lid on top.
  • Cook on High for 3-4 hours or on Low for 5 1/2-6 hours or until the chicken is tender.
  • Serve with additional salsa, pesto, and top with the shredded Manchego or Monterey-Jack cheese before serving.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 449kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 1643mg | Potassium: 754mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1521IU | Vitamin C: 53mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Hello Melissa,
    Canned/dry packet cheese soup is not available here so what could I use as a substitute? Maybe add cheese instead but if so how much? Or a different canned soup? Thankyou, Marie

    1. You could likely adapt with any cheese dip product and have success. Sure, feel free to use another flavor of soup and add 1 or 2 cups of cheese, if you prefer.

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