Slow Cooker Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole | Dairy Free Crock Pot Recipe

If you are like me, there are days when my Crockpot is my best friend. With busy work and school schedules and sports seasons in full swing, making a family dinner seems virtually impossible. This dairy free version of a classic comfort dish, slow cooker chicken broccoli and rice, is ready to take on your busy family schedule!

Enjoy this slow cooker chicken broccoli and rice casserole recipe on your dairy free diet. It takes just minutes to prep in your crock pot so it's easy to add to your weekly crockpot chicken meal plan for easy weeknight meals.  Casserole Recipes | Crock pot Recipes | Crockpot Chicken Recipes | Crockpot Meal Plan | Dairy Free Recipes with Chicken | Crockpot Casseroles

Enjoy this slow cooker chicken broccoli and rice casserole recipe on your dairy free diet. It takes just minutes to prep in your crock pot so it’s easy to add to your weekly crockpot chicken meal plan for easy weeknight meals.

I’m sure you know the benefits of cooking with a slow cooker. I love my crockpots. They keep me from spending hours in the kitchen cooking when I can be out enjoying my kids!

This recipe is great for dairy free diets as well. It’s quick and easy thanks the help of the slow cooker so I can be multitasking without even thinking of it!

Slow Cooker Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole Casserole Ready to Serve Inside a Slow Cooker

You can also use the slow cooker function on a pressure cooker or Instant Pot in case you don’t want to get out the crockpot! The flavors come together perfectly in this dairy free chicken casserole recipe to give you the creamy, rich texture of classic version but with some tasty changes. 

With a few simple, fresh ingredients and about ten minutes of prep work, a healthy and satisfying dinner is on your table in no time.

Slow Cooker Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole Close Up of a Bowl of Casserole with a Spoon

Slow Cooker Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole Ingredients

To make this chicken broccoli and rice casserole, no ordinary rice will do, Jasmine rice works best. Not only does the rice add a bit more flavor, but it also puts out a better smell.

To make this dish even more healthy, use unsweetened coconut milk and an all-natural chicken broth or stock. If you can make your own stock before, even better.

You will need to chop the broccoli into smaller pieces and slice some onions but all the work you put into the prep will make itself known in the final dish.

Slow Cooker Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole Ingredients Separated Into Small Bowls

Prepping the Ingredients for Dairy Free Slow Cooker Chicken Broccoli and Rice

In a strainer, rinse Jasmine rice several times and let drain while preparing the other ingredients.

Juice and zest 1 lime.

Slow Cooker Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole Close Up of a Spoon Filled with Casserole

Chop 2 cups of broccoli and slice green onions.

Cut chicken breasts into 1-inch pieces. Then salt and pepper to taste.

Slow Cooker Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole Close Up of a Bowl of Rice and Broccoli Casserole

How to Make Dairy Free Slow Cooker Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole

Spray the inside (bottom and sides) of the Crockpot to prevent sticking.

Slow Cooker Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole Inside of a Slow Cooker Filled with Rice

Place the rinsed rice into your Crockpot and cover with the unsweetened coconut milk and chicken stock.

Slow Cooker Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole Inside of a Crockpot with Rice and Coconut Milk

Add half of the lime juice, the garlic powder, and half of the chopped green onion.

Slow Cooker Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole Inside of a Slow Cooker Filled with Broccoli

Layer the broccoli on top of the rice and liquid.

Slow Cooker Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole Chicken On Top of Broccoli in a Slow Cooker

Layer the chicken slices on top of the broccoli.

Slow Cooker Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole Chicken Topped with Seasonings Inside a Slow Cooker

Add the remainder of the lime juice, zest, and green onion.

Slow Cooker Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole Person's Hand Putting a Lid on a Slow Cooker

Cover and cook on high for 2 – 2 ½ hours or until the rice is tender.

Slow Cooker Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole Finished Casserole in a Slow Cooker

One word of advice when making slow cooker rice! There is a fine line in the crockpot between firm rice and rice mush! Depending upon your preferences it’s best to keep an eye on the rice for the last 30 minutes or so.

A little extra liquid at the end of the cooking time is better than running out and leaving you with rice that is too firm.

Dairy Free Slow Cooker Chicken Broccoli and Rice Recipe

Enjoy this slow cooker chicken broccoli and rice casserole recipe on your dairy free diet. It takes just minutes to prep in your crock pot so it's easy to add to your weekly crockpot chicken meal plan for easy weeknight meals.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time2 hours 40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Crockpot Recipes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Jasmine rice
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 1 lime for juice and zest
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 cups broccoli chopped, bite size
  • 2-3 green onions sliced
  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast cut into 1-inch pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive or Coconut oil spray

Instructions

Recipe Prep Instructions

  • In a strainer, rinse Jasmine rice several times and let drain while preparing the other ingredients.
  • Juice and zest 1 lime.
  • Chop 2 cups of broccoli and slice green onions.
  • Cut chicken breasts into 1-inch pieces. Then salt and pepper to taste.
  • Spray the inside (bottom and sides) of the Crockpot to prevent sticking.

Crockpot Cooking Instructions

  • Place the rinsed rice into your Crockpot and cover with the coconut milk and chicken stock.
  • Add half of the lime juice, the garlic powder and half of the chopped green onion.
  • Layer the broccoli on top of the rice and liquid.
  • Layer the chicken slices on top of the broccoli.
  • Add the remainder of the lime juice, zest and green onion.
  • Cover and cook on high for 2 – 2 ½ hours or until the rice is tender.
Enjoy this slow cooker chicken broccoli and rice casserole recipe on your dairy free diet. It takes just minutes to prep in your crock pot so it's easy to add to your weekly crockpot chicken meal plan for easy weeknight meals.  Casserole Recipes | Crock pot Recipes | Crockpot Chicken Recipes | Crockpot Meal Plan | Dairy Free Recipes with Chicken | Crockpot Casseroles

Other Slow Cooker Recipes to Enjoy

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Shredded Chicken Tacos Crockpot Recipe (Dairy Free & Ketogenic) | But you can also use it to make ingredients for other meals, like shredded chicken for tacos. 

Crockpot Beef Sandwiches | Shredded Beef Recipe | You can even make beef for beef sandwiches that would really hit the spot any day of the week. 

Crockpot Cheesy Hashbrowns | Cheesy Potatoes Side Dish | Side dishes work as well because you can turn them into casseroles.

Shredded Chicken and Crackers Crockpot Recipe | Overall, your crockpot can make some amazing things.

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37 Comments

  1. In the ingredient list there is no garlic powder but in the written instructions it calls for garlic powder but does not indicate how much. Do add or omit garlic powder?

  2. How important is the layering? I’m thinking about making some to put in the freezer and omitting the rice until it’s time to cook. Obviously the ingredients would be mixed together in this case…

  3. Do you have calorie/nutrition numbers for this recipe? I didn’t see any, but could have missed. Thanks!

  4. I’ve never used jasmine rice before and didn’t know what it would be like. I made this today and really don’t care for it. At the 2 hour mark it was very liquidy, but at 2 1/2 hours it was getting very dry. I didn’t feel like the chicken was quite done even though I cut it in small 1 inch pieces and the rice is like applesauce. I won’t be making this again. Not a fan. Sorry!!

  5. 5 stars
    I loved this recipe! I actually used a lemon instead of a lime because that’s all my local store had, and it was great. It gave it the same flavor as lemon broccoli pasta. I also added some nutritional yeast to give it a cheesy taste.

    Will definitely be making this again!

  6. I’m never sure when including coconut milk if the recipe needs canned coconut milk or the carton coconut milk in the refrigerated section. Or, does this not matter? They seem to be very different products. Which one should we use for this recipe?

  7. 5 stars
    Great recipe, can’t wait to make it. If I were to convert the temp to LOW, how long would I cook it for? Thanks!

    1. You’ve picked an awesome recipe to try! We have not tested doubling or tripling this recipe and can’t be sure. We recommend using your best judgment beyond the currently listed measurements and timing.

  8. 3 stars
    The flavors are good, but the anti-Candida diet calls for me to eat brown rice or quinoa. I used brown rice instead and everything was done, except for the rice. How long and how much liquid for using brown rice? My rice is extremely crunchy…

    1. We did not use brown rice when making this so cannot say specifically. Perhaps add more liquid or reduce the cooking time and test how it turns out. Thanks for stopping in!