Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken

Total Time:
8 hr 10 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
8 hr

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

NUTRITION INFO
Ingredients
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, lightly pounded (3 to 4 ounces meat per person)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 cup wild rice blend
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 10 fresh parsley sprigs
Directions

Season the chicken breasts generously with salt and pepper. Place the chicken breasts in the bottom of a slow cooker. Add the garlic and rice. Add the lemon juice to the water and stir. Pour this mixture over the rice and chicken. Stir once to coat. Place the lid on the slow cooker and set on low for 8 hours. To plate, place a serving of the rice on each plate and top with 1 chicken breast. Garnish with fresh parsley sprigs


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After 5 hrs (calls for 8!) I turned it off. The rice is mush and inedible. Food Network needs to pull this recipe. Don't waste your money on this one! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this recipe has potential with the base ingredients (substitute a few here and there). I layered the bottom of the 6.5 qt crock pot with 5 salt and peppered, boneless, skinless chicken thighs -- trimmed of all their fat. I mashed not only (6) cloves of garlic (using kosher salt to grind fibers with back of knife), but also a one by one inch cube of ginger, and spread evenly over the chicken. I then added the juice of one lemon, a splash of white wine, a few capers, and two cups of (no sodium) chicken stock -- because you can always add salt later! A couple dabs of butter and set it on high for 3 hours. Add the rice in the last 45 minutes. You can get away with adding a bit more than a cup... item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is in desperate need of a makeover! I pretty much stuck to the recipe except I used vegetable stock instead of water and I seasoned the chicken with fresh herbs prior to putting in the crock pot. I followed the directions for everything else. The rice came out totally mush and the chicken was way WAY over cooked (and I used big breasts too). This was so inedible that I had to toss it in the trash. Such a bummer!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe needs a little help. To make this dish eatable and flavorful, I added one can of cream of mushroom soup and instead of water I substituted in chicken stock. Also I left a slice of lemon in the crockpot. I also chopped up some canned mushrooms, used brown rice, a dash of garlic powder, and 1/4 of stick of butter. This recipe could definately be cooked in 6hrs on low instead of the recommended 8hrs. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Discusting was an understatement. Not a do over item not reviewed by moderator and published
this recipe is definitely flawed like others have commented, but with some alterations it turned out really good. I agree - 5 hours on low is all you need and add the rice at the end (i used brown rice). Also, i would use way less garlic next time. maybe only 3 cloves. I added dried thyme and the lemon wedges to the cooker for more flavor. When I was adding the rice i took the chicken out, shredded it, and put it on top of the rice to finish. It was very moist and i will try this again with less garlic. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy and very good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Read the reviews after I started it. It was done way before the 8 hours. I thought it was really good but I agree, the rice could have gone in later. I used a box mix of wild rice and put it the flavor packet. It was not tasteless at all. Would make it again but put the rice in later. Just the right amount of lemon flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thank you to all that wrote in. I am an experienced home cook, with zero knowledge of a slow cooker and wanted to tackle a simple recipe as my first. Thank goodness i read the reviews because you were all right... 8 hrs for rice!? What was I thinking? The chicken was nicely flavored but could have been cooked less. I removed the chicken, added the rice, raised the heat until tender. It was a delicious blending of flavors, but it would have been a mushy disaster if I followed the recipe. I added rosemary for extra flavor, it was awesome. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I altered the recipe as recommended...I didn't add the rice until the last 30 minutes, used chicken stock instead of water, added a little bit of butter, and cooked it for 5 hours instead of 8 (I can't believe it suggested 8 hours as an appropriate cook time, I would have had chicken jerky at the end). The chicken was juicy and somewhat flavorful, but I was underwhelmed by the meal and frustrated that the recipe took so much deviation to create something edible. You shouldn't need to deconstruct a recipe and figure out what needs to be added, common sense of course, but how much sleuthing are we (keep in mind we're only amateur cooks) supposed to do to make a recipe turn out well? If I was a chef, I would make sure a recipe was great as is before I would attach my name to it. I'm sure if I hadn't "improved" this recipe it would have turned out as flavorless and mushy as others described. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this dish using the chicken stock and a couple slices of butter. I coated the chicken in Emeril's essence along with salt and pepper. I cooked 5 hours on low and added the rice during the last 25 minutes. Perfect meal! Easy and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for dinner and it was flavorless and yucky. A waste of good food. Definately not a repeat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for dinner tonight. I must say that it most certainly deserves better that a 2 star rating. It is a little on the bland side, but we added a little bbq sauce to it when we ate it. I did cook the rice separately, rice is something that I think just doesn't do well in the crockpot. When I plated the chicken on top of the rice, I allowed a little of the lemony/garlicy juice to run over the rice giving it that lemon/garlic flavor. The kids didn't jump up and scream for more, but they said it was something that they would eat again so... since it satifies my essential criteria of being easy and the ingredients are something I always have on hand, they will see it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Shanelle is correct. Just a little common sense!! The chicken turned out very moist with alot of flavor. I used chicken stock instead of water & made the rice separately. I only had to cook for about 5 hr alos. Will definitely make again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I read the reviews wondering why it sounded like such a delicious recipe but had only 2 stars, I must say to anyone that has ever tried a recipe from the food network - use common sense. Obviously rice does not take 8 hours to cook. Even the food network is made up of highly imperfect humans - try using your head and cut them some slack! I really enjoyed this recipe and I completely agree with Erik's posting - it only needs 2 minor tweaks and it's delicious! Even my toddlers enjoyed the lemony rice. Try adding a couple of slices of butter and adding the rice in the last 1/2 hour if using white rice or the last 45 min to hour depending on the type of brown /wild rice you use! If you season it as the recipe states you have a very low sodium meal for those heart healthy - If you like more savory - add a touch more! Enjoy - and remember you're human too! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I altered the recipe after reading some reviews. Used chicken stock (not low sodium) instead of water, an entire bulb of garlic (never too much for me :), organic brown basmati rice, and slivered 4 tbl butter into it. 4 1/2 hours cook time on low. The rice came out pretty well (slightly sticky for basmati, but not mushy) and the chicken was moist. It was delicious. I will make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've tried this dish once before, and my husband *loves* it! However, I did read the reviews beforehand, and common sense will tell most people that rice does NOT need to cook for 8 hours-despite what the recipe stated. Anyway, I'm sad that most people hated this dish so much. With a little improvising, it has great potential. I urge many of you to try it again, but as many have stated, shorten the cooking time (5 hours on low is plenty-but always check the chicken-never assume), and add the rice during the last 20 minutes of cooking, and make sure all of the rice falls to the bottom. Also, many people complained of it being too lemony which we did not find to be a problem; I'm not sure why that is. I think I may have also put a chicken bouillon cube in the water before I mixed the lemon juice with it. Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Bland and dry, waste of time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The lemon flavor soaked into the rice and it was REALLY lemony. The chicken was fine though. I'll try next time cooking the rice separately. And using less lemon juice for the chicken. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recipe exactly (thinking it sounded like a very long time to cook rice) The meal was awful and we all ended up eating ham and cheese sandwiches for dinner! The rice was an inedible pile of pasty mush and the chicken was dry and chewy- a lot like mulch would be! This is my first bad experience with a Food Network recipe. This recipe cannot be saved, just say no! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first recipe breaking in my new slow cooker. As others stated, the house smelled wonderful! So wonderful that I invited our next door neighbor to join us for dinner. The meal turned out well. The chicken was on a bit on the dry side but not enough to be a throw away... and nothing a little salt couldn't cure! I will make this again (will shorten cook time). item not reviewed by moderator and published
The chicken turns out so dry and the rice is way overcooked. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this dish has good flavor but i'm all about presentation and i was so embarassed to serve this... although everyone loved it! it just looks like mush. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first time using a slow cooker, but I decided to make a few modifications to the recipe despite this. I used chicken broth instead of water and added a tiny bit more lemon juice and added thin slices of onions. This would have been a great recipe-as I hoped it would be-but unfortunately, I didn't read the reviews until the next day. The cooking time was WAY off! I had to leave it for the day, so I figured it would be okay, but when I got home the rice was mushy and the sides on top were burned!! The chicken was tender and well flavored. And the parsley added lots of flavor too! I would make it again, but A LOT LESS cooking time! item not reviewed by moderator and published
chicken was too dry, and the rice was watery. i fixed this dish following the recipe to a tee, and i got a crappy dish. i wouldnt recommend this to my worst enemy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The lemon flavor was the only thing i was able to taste which is odd because 8 cloves is a lot of garlic. I actually turned the crock off before a compleate 8 hours on low because it there was no moisture left and the edges were begginging to burn. Very dissapointing dinner but makes the house smell good all day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a tasteless dish that not even my human garbage disposal of a son would eat it. It came out looking like baby vomit item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is awful!! I followed the recipe exactly, and not I'm not sure what went wrong. It smelled GREAT when I got home but the chicken was dry and the rice was nothing but a big pile of mush! I had to trash the whole thing. Honestly, it looked like thow-up. Disgusting. I highly recommend not using this recipe item not reviewed by moderator and published
As the other users describe, there's way too much garlic in this (even for me, a garlic fanatic). I used whole grain rice, and even that turned out overcooked...as did the chicken. This recipe is like a who's-who of strong flavors all competing for main stage, and the result is a nasty waste of time and ingredients. item not reviewed by moderator and published
After thinking I had made a massive mistake because my crock pot full of lemon galic chicken was inedible, I actually tried it again. I must have done something wrong ( I thought) because it was one huge pot of dried, stringy chicken with rice that was so gooey it made me wince. Followed the recipe to the letter and had same results the second time around. Not good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was perhaps the worst slow cooker meal I've made. It was like tasteless chicken swimming in garliky water with over cooked rice. My husband thought it was absolutely terrible as well. We had cheese and bread for dinner instead. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tried this receipe and had such high hopes. ...little say they were dashed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this recioe twice just to make sure I didn't do something wrong & the chicken came out very dry for me both times. There wasn't a very good flavor to the rice either. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was strongly disliked by all members of my family. The rice was so mushy and the flavor was unpleasant. I would not recommend it. We ended up throwing it out. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sadly, I must concur with many reviewers on here. This is a terrible recipe. Unfortunately, I didn't read the reviews until after I'd dumped everything in the pot (as instructed) and turned it on. Because the consensus seemed to be that eight hours, even on low, was way too long to cook chicken and rice, I put the crock pot on the 10-hour (lowest) setting and checked it after two hours, at which point it looked OK. After four hours, the rice was pasty and the chicken dry. And I even used the robust wild rice that takes a while to cook, not the stuff that turns to paste after 15 minutes on the stove. I'm not a terribly experienced crock pot user, but I'm increasingly of the opinion that they're good for soup, stews, and chili--that's about it. As soon as you introduce things like pasta and rice, it's all over. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recipe exactly as written. It turned out awful. My husband wouldn't eat it and neither would my dog. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The rice absorbed all of the liquid, and it was soggy; the chicken was very dry. The lemon and garlic didn't give it much flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Chicken overdone, rice mushy, flavor bland. Would never make again item not reviewed by moderator and published
We did not like this meal at all. It was bland and the rice was mushy. It went down the garbage disposal and I promised my family I wouldn't make it again. The only positive thing was that it was easy to make but not worth the tiem and money wasted. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Unfortunately this recipe did not turn out as expected. The time frame for the recipe was inaccurate and caused the rice to become really soggy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The chicken was over cooked and the rice was paste. It was horrible! item not reviewed by moderator and published
not a good flavor. dry meat and bland. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recipe exactly and after 8 hours, the chicken was burning and dried out. I think that this recipe needs only 4 or 5 hours instead of 8.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was pretty good, although even though I turned it off 2hrs early...it was a little over cooked. I suppose my chicken was thinner than the recipe calls for. But the taste was good! Bri item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was definitely easy to make, but I'm not sure I'd make it again. While the garlic flavour really came through, the lemony flavour was not really there. And by the time the rice had cooked for 8 hours, it was pretty mushy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this at home ... going home to prep at lunch, and thinking we'd eat dinner at 8 p.m. The cooking time -- on low as directed -- makes the chicken get done in about 4 hours with this quantity. Instructions need to be revised. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe is a good idea and it should work but it doesn't. The rice is mushy, the chicken is dry and the taste is just a bit off, but I can't figure out why. Chicken broth may help as well as less garlic and more salt. I going to try this again before I delete the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was seriously the nastiest thing to ever come out of my slow cooker. The eight cloves of garlic was waaaaay to much (2-3 would suffice) and the liquid is not nearly enough; I had to add another 3/4 cup of water after 3 hours of cooking on low. This recipe had very little flavor aside from massive amounts of garlic, which we had to pick out of the rice as we ate to avoid gagging. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Once we were finished we shredded the chicken because it was so tender. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The chicken completely dried out and the rice was goopy. I will not make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this recipe, and the rice came out great but the chicken was too dry. Tough to eat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am sorry, but the chicken was (forgive the pun) dry as a bone. Maybe it should be cooked a little less time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was reluctant to try this recipe after reading some of the negative reviews, but after I made some modifications, it was good. I used vegetable broth instead of water and threw in some fresh rosemary and sage. I used whole grain wild rice mix, which included rye berries and soft wheat. While the regular brown rice did get a little "mushy", the other grains stayed intact and gave you something to chew. Finally, I only cooked it for 6 hours instead of 8. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It made the house smell wonderful, but after a few bites it became blan. item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you follow this recipe exactly as written, I don't know what you'll end up with! After only 3.5hrs, the rice was paste and the chicken was overcooked. Simply AWFUL! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love garlic, but this just wasn't very good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family nor myself cared for this at all. The chicken was Ok. Did not have very good flavor, and the rice was mushy. Dont bother. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It didn't look appealing & at my house (husband, 2 kids) that's 1/2 the battle. Lemon was too overpowering. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious. Easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this last night for my husband & I. We were not impressed. The rice had a very mushy texture & there wasn't much flavor, even considering I added more garlic than it called for. I would not make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very lemony and not very garlicky. Chicken was extremely moist though. Might make again with less lemon juice, larger chunks of garlic, and toss in some vegetables part way through. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Although the chicken was tender and had a lot of flavor, the rice was a mushy mess! I would suggest cooking the rice in a separate pot. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The adults tolerated this bland dish, but the kids (9 and under) tried it and left it on their plates. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It calls for ONE pound of skinless chicken breast to cook on low heat for EIGHT hours. Don't think so and notice that the description calls for chicken breastS (more than one). Checked it after 4 hours and chicken was starting on the way toward overcooking. I suspect that maybe bone-in chicken breasts (more than one) is the right quantity. Anyone know? item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish was easy to prepare and made the house smell delicious. I served it with extra lemon wedges and that went over great. Also makes great leftovers. The chicken was moist and tender. item not reviewed by moderator and published
not much flavor item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first try using a slow cooker so I was very excited about this recipe. However, the excitement soon turned to disappointment when I got home. Everything was burnt and dried up! I was very upset! item not reviewed by moderator and published
followed recipe as written...rice was mushy and chicken was very dry. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Chicken was dried out, all I could taste was lemon item not reviewed by moderator and published
Unfortunately, I find that you cannot cook rice in a slow cooker for 8hrs. If you are home, you need to put the rice in a few or more hrs. (depending on your crockpot) before the whole meal is actually done. But, you need to taste it periodically to see if it's cooked through. Also, I do not use water the recipe calls for; I use chicken broth. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had high hopes for this -a summery slow cooker meal. Unfortunately when I came home from work, it was so dry and the rice was mush. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was excited about trying this recipe, since lo-cal slow cooker recipes are always great to know. However, it just wasn't good! The rice was gloppy, the chicken was dry, the flavor was a bit too strong (and I'm a very flavorful person). Maybe if I had cooked it less time, and reduced the garlic and lemon juice a little bit... but it's probably not worth the trouble. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I liked the chicken, but my rice turned out more like mush. Probably my fault, as I trippled the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My friends really loved this as a warm, hearty, light dinner at our New Year's Eve party. The only variation I would recommend is a generous seasoned salt coating on the chicken before cooking, otherwise, excellent dish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sprinkle sugar on the breast before serving...it helped a little. The garlic just turned out hot instead of sweet, which is what I expected. The chicken & rice tasted exactly the same. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is wonderfully easy to put together in the crockpot in the morning, and great to come home to at the end of the day. When I make this, it fills the house with a mouth-watering aroma. The fresh lemon juice (I use 1/3 cup...a bit more than the recipe calls for) and abundant garlic make this recipe richly flavorful. I like to add chopped rosemary from my garden (about 2 Tbsp) and I like to use fancy brown rices in it (such as Lindbergh's Christmas Rice) to add even more flavor and texture. Mmmmmm! item not reviewed by moderator and published
5 stars item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was shockingly bad. I even reduced the amount of water in the recipe as suggested by one reviewer, but that couldn't salvage this recipe from itself. The plus side is that the chicken was edible, but the rice was paste. That isn't an exaggeration. PASTE! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family and I really enjoy this meal. I will be making it again. Even my picky 9 year old liked it. To add more flavor (but sure isn't healthy) use chicken with the skin. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a very simple recipe and tasty too. My whole family liked it. Other people have wrtitten that it is to soupy. I know why. You need to put 2 cups water one cup rice and it will come out just right. :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best that I have ever had. I love lemon Chicken but it had something missing.Until I tried this Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken.This hit the spot. With both me and my wife. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't try this recipe yet, but i want to. I have a suggestion for improvement. Add the packet of seasoning that comes with the wild rice to the other ingredients. It will give the dish a lot more flavor, and you won't have and extra packet of seasoning sitting around taking up space either. item not reviewed by moderator and published
First I like this recipe because of it's ease. I'll try any crock pot recipe, just because it's hot and ready when I get home. This dish is pretty tasty too, not my all time favorite, but a good work night dish. Make sure and pound the chicken breasts or they're too thick and kind of cottony, I know because I didn't pound them. :) item not reviewed by moderator and published