Chicken and Broccoli Slow-Cooked for #SundaySupper

crockpot chicken broccoli

Crock Pot Chicken Broccoli

Welcome to Slowly Bringing in the New Year with Sunday Supper slow-cooker style! I’m so excited to host this week. We have a tantalizing list of over 30 crock pot and slow-cooker meal ideas to share.
I must confess this is the first time I’ve cooked a whole chicken in a slow-cooker. Today’s slow-cookers are almost foolproof. I can set the time, temperature or use a probe. Still, honestly I was a little skeptical all would turn out well.
So I hedged my bet (against myself) and decided to make the fixings for chicken noodle soup at the same time.
So I started with the veggies(2 cups chopped celery, leaves included, 2 cups baby carrots, 1 cup chopped onions,) on the bottom and plopped the lemon-pepper seasoned chicken, breast side down on top. I cut a few small slits to insert garlic cloves.
I cooked the 4 1/2 pound chicken for 6 hours on low. The temptation to peek at it was terrible! But I learned it takes about 20 minutes to build the temperature back up each time you lift the lid. OUCH!
crockpot chicken done
I was glad I waited. When you temp out a whole chicken, all parts should register a minimum of 165 degrees according to . Years ago I was taught 180 was safe for dark meat and 165 was reserved for white meat. As part of ServSafe update training I learned that all minimal meat safety temperatures changed because how meat is handled, processed and stored is much safer now than years ago.
I split the chicken between the casserole and soup.
Look how good those veggies look and it made a rich, flavorful stock. The next day I added a little extra broth and some noodles and I had a delicious soup!
crockpot chicken vegetable
But I promised you a chicken and broccoli casserole. This dish was made in the slow-cooker right after the chicken was finished and cooled enough to handle.
crockpot chicken broccoli finished
I used some of the rich stock and powdered milk instead of a canned “cream of” soup.
Chicken and Broccoli Slow-Cooked for #SundaySupper
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  • 2 cups cooked chicken
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • ½ cup cooked wild rice
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar
  • olive oil or spray oil
  1. Grease the crock with oil or spray oil.
  2. Add chicken, rice, wild rice.
  3. Dissolve the powdered milk into the stock then pour over chicken and rice mix.
  4. Top with broccoli.
  5. Cook on high for 45 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Sprinkle with cheese, replace lid and let stand a few minutes until cheese melts.

There is no denying 2014 is officially here! Some people embrace the New Year from the get go. Others like to just dip their toes in to test the waters first.
Why rush? We know 2014 will be around for a while.

Ease into 2014 with these great slow-cooker and crock pot ideas from the Sunday Supper Group!

Whet Your Appetite
Whiskey Bacon Onion Jam from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen.
Orange-Fig Jam from girlichef.
Simmering Soups, Stews and Side Dishes
Chicken and Wild Rice Soup from Peanut Butter and Peppers.
Low-Carb Chunky Beefy Vegetable Soup from Yours And Mine Are Ours.
Beef, Wine and Mushroom Soup from Noshing With The Nolands.
Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup from Foxes Love Lemons.
Beef Stew from The Foodie Army Wife.
Pot Roast and Portabello Stew from Kudos Kitchen By Renee.
Black Bean and Polenta Crock Pot Stew from Mama’s Blissful Bites.
Turkey Stew from Magnolia Days.
San Antonio Chunky Chicken Stew from The Weekend Gourmet.
Pumpkin, Chickpea & Lentil Stew from Take A Bite Out of Boca.
Slow Cooker Chickpeas from Shockingly Delicious.
Main Courses
Football Sunday Teriyaki Pulled Pork from Family Foodie.
Slow cooker Jalapeno Apricot Pork Chops from Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos.
Vegan Slow Cooker Hoppin’ John from Killer Bunnies, Inc.
Slow Cooker Coffee Glazed Brisket from That Skinny Chick Can Bake.
Chipotle Honey Slow BBQ Ribs from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures.
Ribs with Apples and Sauerkraut from Cooking On The Ranch.
Slow Cooker Jerk Pork from Curious Cuisiniere.
Slow Cooker Beef Daube Provencal from Momma’s Meals.
Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore from The Dinner-Mom.
Chicken and Broccoli from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings.
Tacos de Lengua from The Texan New Yorker.
Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken & Black Beans for Tacos from Cupcakes & Kale Chips.
Chinese Chicken from The Ninja Baker.
Slow Cooker Beef Brisket French Dip Sandwiches from Neighborfood.

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53 Responses to Chicken and Broccoli Slow-Cooked for #SundaySupper

  1. Chicken, rice ‘n veggies is such comfort food. Thank you for sharing your broccoli ‘n chicken recipe,Cindy. Appreciate the whole bird tips, too =)

  2. This recipe is just what I needed. I’ve been wanting to try cooking a whole chicken in the crock pot. Thanks for hosting!
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  3. This reminds me of that old chicken/rice/cheese casserole that I used to eat like a starved wild animal. In other words, I’m pinning this one to try later. :)
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  8. You cooked a whole chicken in the Crockpot? Wow! I am sooooooooooo doing that! What a great idea!! Then you have chicken for the rest of the week, plus broth! I love the chicken and broccoli combination, it’s one of my favorites!! Great recipe and thank you so much for sharing!!
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  10. Susan says:

    Great ways to repurpose an entire chicken and I bet so much easier to cook in a slow cooker too. Thanks for hosting this week.
    Susan recently posted..Whiskey Bacon Onion Jam #SundaySupperMy Profile

  11. This looks so good Cindy! I love how you substituted the powdered milk to not use a cream based soup. I have to get over the fear of cooking a whole chicken in the crock! Thanks for hosting this fabulous event,
    Tammi @ Momma’s Meals recently posted..Slow Cooking with Beef for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  12. So creamy and delicious…and the addition of the powdered milk is something I would have never thought of. Nice. This really does look comforting to me, Cindy. I’ll have to try it sometime soon. BTW, thanks for hosting this week. You did a great job!
    Renee – Kudos Kitchen recently posted..Slow Cooker Pot Roast and Portabello Stew ~ #SundaySupperMy Profile

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  17. Liz says:

    Two scrumptious dishes! What a great way to make shredded chicken for a variety of meals. Thanks so much for hosting us, Cindy!

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  19. Thanks for hosting this week, Cindy – you did such a great job! I confess that I’ve also never made a whole bird in my slow cooker – and I have a HUGE slow cooker that was probably built with this in mind! I’ve been a bit nervous about it, too – but yours looks so great that now I’m going to try it :)
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  21. Thank you so much for hosting this week! This looks like something I should try – broccoli and I have had a strained relationship over the years, but I’m trying to warm up to it. This casserole looks like it would be a fantastic vehicle for such a thing. Thanks!
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  22. Cheryl King says:

    Thanks for the info on cooking a whole chicken in the crock pot! And this looks so yummy, I think I’ll make it for dinner tonight, with some leftover turkey I have in the refrigerator! I was wondering what I’ll do for my REAL Sunday supper tonight, now I know! Thanks for sharing & HUGS!
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  25. Shaina says:

    This is such a great dish…perfect comfort food!
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  26. There is nothing quite like a creamy, cheesy broccoli and chicken casserole. Comfort to the max! Thanks so much for hosting! Everything looks fabulous!
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  27. I love this dish. It’s one of my favorites, so simple and such a lovely comfort food.
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  28. Thank you for hosting! I love your powdered milk substitute for cream o’ soup.
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  29. I often cook a whole chicken in the crockpot, but I always serve it as a roast chicken. Love the idea of turning it immedaitely into a casserole-type dish.
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  31. Thanks so much for hosting this week! Broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables. This looks delicious, and I love that it can be made in the crockpot!

  32. Yum this looks like a great meal for a weeknight dinner too.
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  34. Tara says:

    Love a cheesy blend like this, it looks so good!!

  35. Renee says:

    I have yet to cook a chicken in a crockpot. However, thanks to your guidance I can see it is easy and the results are great. Also nice to see chicken and broccoli that doesn’t involve canned soup. Bravo!
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