healthy slow cooker chicken & brown rice

Sometimes I just want a crockpot meal that is simple, yet still a healthy dinner to serve my family.  Let's face it... with their usual canned soups, simple carbs, etc. - the easiest meals are often not the healthiest.

Now, this is definitely not a fancy meal, but it is filling, delicious and healthy.  And best of all... takes minimal effort and clean up!

Feel free to switch up the veggies and meat.  This would be great with shredded beef and broccoli, or ground turkey and corn!

Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken & Brown Rice

1/2 large onion, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 cup uncooked brown rice
2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
salt & pepper, to taste
2 cups frozen peas
freshly grated parmesan cheese

Grease the slow cooker insert (to help keep the rice from sticking).  Put the chopped onions, garlic and chicken into the slow cooker.

In a medium bowl, stir together the chicken stock, rice and seasonings and microwave until just boiling... around 4-6 minutes, depending on your microwave!

Pour the rice/broth mixture over the onions, garlic and chicken in the slow cooker and stir to combine.  Cook on LOW for 4-5 hours, or until the rice has absorbed all the liquid.  About 15 minutes before serving, stir in the frozen peas and cook until they are just heated through.

Serve warm with freshly grated parmesan cheese on top, if you'd like.  So comforting!!

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