While it may come as a surprise, cooking rice using your slow cooker is just as effective as using a steamer or saucepan. Both white and brown rice cook equally well in a slow cooker, although brown rice takes about an hour longer to prepare. Another option is to mix raw rice in with other ingredients in a slow cooker meal. Instead of cooking rice separately and mixing it into your slow cooker at the end of cooking time, save a step and add raw rice at the start.
Cook Only Rice
Spray the sides and bottom of your slow cooker with vegetable oil spray to keep the rice from sticking as it cooks.
Add two cups of white or brown rice to your slow cooker. Cut 1 1/2 to 2 tbsp. of butter or margarine into small pieces and arrange it over the rice. Pour in 3 1/3 cups of broth if you are cooking white rice and 3 2/3 cups of the broth for brown rice.
Cover your slow cooker and set the heat setting to high. Cook white rice for two hours and brown rice for three hours. Gently stir the rice once during cooking time.
Taste test a spoonful of the rice and cook an additional 15 to 20 minutes, if necessary.
Cook a Complete Meal
Add and stir to combine the soups, skim milk or water, 1 tbsp. of dry onion soup mix and 4 tbsp. of unsalted butter or low-fat margarine in a saucepan. Heat the mixture on a stovetop over medium heat, stirring once every minute, until the butter or margarine melts.
Spray the sides and bottom of your slow cooker with vegetable oil spray.
Add 1 1/2 cups of white or brown rice and 2/3 of the soup mixture to your slow cooker. Stir for one minute to make sure the soup mixture completely coats the raw rice. Set the chicken breasts on the top the rice, and pour the remaining soup mixture on top of the chicken. Sprinkle the remaining dry onion soup mix evenly over the chicken breasts, followed by the paprika.
Cover your slow cooker and set the heat setting to low. Cook the chicken and rice for about two hours, and then remove the cover and stir. Continue cooking for an additional four to five hours without raising the cover or stirring the rice.
Taste test a spoonful of the rice. If you are cooking brown rice, add up to 30 to 60 minutes of cooking time.