spicy citrus slow cooker chicken and rice

Spicy Citrus Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice

Boneless chicken breasts slow cooked in a spicy orange-lemon-lime sauce with rice that's cooked in the remaining juices to lock in all the flavor and nutrients.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword slow cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 215 kcal
Author Mason Woodruff


  • 2 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 2 large (320g) Navel Oranges peeled
  • 2 Lemons
  • 2 Limes
  • 10 cloves (40g) Peeled Garlic
  • 1 handful (10g) Cilantro
  • 1/4 C (48g) Granulated Sugar Substitute like Swerve, Lakanto, etc.
  • 1 Tbsp Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Allspice
  • 1-2 tsp Cayenne to spice preference
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt or 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 1 1/2 C (270g) Jasmine Rice or your choice of rice


  1. Add the peeled orange, cilantro, garlic, spices, and sugar substitute to a food processor. Zest 1 lemon and 1 lime into the food processor before juicing both lemons and limes. Pulse until smooth and add the sauce to a crockpot or slow cooker (I used the Ninja Foodi's slow cooker function).

    sauce ingredients for slow cooker chicken and rice in a food processor
  2. Add the chicken breast to the pot and toss a few times to coat in the sauce.

    chicken breast tossed in the spicy citrus sauce
  3. Cook on HIGH for 2.5-3 hours or until the chicken reaches an internal temp of 165F.

    slow cooker chicken and rice in the pot after cooking
  4. Transfer the cooked chicken to a bowl and add the rice to the pot.

    rice in the remaining juices
  5. Cover/seal and cook for 20-30 minutes until the rice absorbs the remaining juices and is cooked how you like. (If you cooked the chicken on low, the rice may take a bit longer to cook.)

    rice after cooking
  6. Shred or chop the cooked chicken before adding back to the pot with the rice. Serve and enjoy!

    finished slow cooker chicken and rice

Recipe Notes

Each serving has 3 Smart Points.

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Citrus Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice
Amount Per Serving (150 g)
Calories 215 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Protein 20g40%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.