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Pesto Ranch Crock Pot Chicken Thighs

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This slow cooked chicken dish could not get simpler.  You literally toss the ingredients into the crock pot, close the lid and forget about it for a few hours.  Love that!!

This is a perfect back to school, no-stress dinner recipe that you don’t have to think about while your managing getting back on a schedule if your kids have already started school.

The chicken comes out perfectly tender with flavorful pesto seasonings throughout.  I like serving this chicken with my favorite mashed potato recipe and a little side salad.  Hope you enjoy!!


Now this is what I call a minimal ingredient line-up 🙂  I did not photograph the chicken broth that should be here.

Add those chicken thighs right to the crock pot.

Pour in a jar of some fabulous pesto.

Smear it all around with a spoon.

Sprinkle your Ranch Seasoning Mix over top.

Pour in some chicken broth.

Give a little stir and close the lid. Go kick your feet up while your crock pot does all the work 🙂


Crock Pot Pesto Ranch Chicken Thighs



  1. Turn crock pot to high setting. Place chicken thighs, pesto, ranch dressing and chicken broth into crock pot. Stir gently to combine all seasonings. Close with lid and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.
  2. Serve with a side of mashed potatoes and a simple salad.

Makes 8 servings


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  1. 51
    Beth says:

    Wow — GREAT chicken!

    I added some veggies in at the end, tossed with pasta, and ended up adding some of my homemade red sauce just for an explosion of flavors. The flavors in this chicken are unbelievably good–we just like our red sauce! 🙂 My toddlers ate it and asked for 2nds! It is definitely making it into our rotation!

  2. 52
    Nichole says:

    This was quick and easy, thanks! I may try less pesto and ranch next time, my kiddos said it was too salty, but I will make it again for sure! Thanks!

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    Theresa Smahlik says:

    Can this be made in the oven? My husband liked it but doesn’t like the texture of chicken cooked in the crock pot

  4. 54
    Amy says:

    Does anyone know how many calories are in this yummy sounding dish?

  5. 55
    Lid Pocket says:

    This looks so flavorful and succulent! Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to try it out!

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    Donna says:

    I have this cooking as we speak for about 4 hours now & it smells yummy! Hubby has come by twice, lifted the lid for a sniff! Serving it over white rice with a side of steamed broccoli. Thanks for sharing!

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    Mackenzie says:

    I am new to crock pot cooking… Wanted to give this recipe a try! I have frozen chicken breasts on hand to use.. but my question is do they need to be defrosted first or can I put them in the crock pot frozen??

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    Frances says:

    I plan to make this tomorrow but am concerned that it calls for only 1/2 cup of broth. Is this really correct? I am afraid it will turn out dry (plan to cook on low for 6 hours). Thanks.

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    Kimberley says:

    I made this for dinner last night over brown rice. It was delicious!!

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    Amy E. says:

    This recipe was AMAZING!!!! This is going right in the recipe box! Thank you very much.

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    Addie says:

    I made this tonite. It was to die for. Best crock pot recipe I have in my repertoire yet!! I used frozen chicken breasts, smeared on the pesto, dumped in the ranch packet, and added the broth. Could not have been easier! And for added deliciousness I made noodles with cream sauce and I (took the chicken out of crock pot) threw the noodles into he crock pot and stirred it into all the glorious goodness of the pesto sauce. So you could have your chicken on top of the noodles (extra delicious) or on top of a salad which was equally delicious but waist conscious 🙂 I had it both ways. Amazing. Looking forward to leftovers!!!

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    Julia says:

    Hi there! I tried this recipe last week and LOVED it! So simple and delicious, so thank you! I’m doing a weight loss challenge and writing a blog about it, so I featured your recipe on it, you should check it out if you have a chance 🙂

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    Danielle says:

    Tried this recipe last night and it was really easy to put together. I used chicken breasts instead of the thighs and I cooked it on low for about 7 hours. The chicken was flavorful and fell apart when I cut into it. I did find the meat to be a little dry so next time I will try cooking it on high for a shorter time. It might have been dry because I used chicken breasts as they are a fairly lean meat.

    Thank you for the recipe can’t wait to try it again and experiment with it by adding potatoes or pasta to the pot as well!

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    Cassie says:

    Holy Fire! I just made this and it was so amazingly delicious I can’t even stand it!

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    Kelly says:

    Made this tonight with whole wheat noodles – and my picky Hubby asked to add this to our staple list. Great recipe!

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    Katie Clark says:

    I absolutely LOVE pesto, and this looks so yummy. Especially because it’s made in the crock pot 🙂

    I featured this recipe on the Clarks Condensed Sunday Dinner Party, as one of the best recipes I have found this week on Pinterest. I hope you’ll come by, and link up one of your yummy recipes at my link party!

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    Katy says:

    Has anyone made this, frozen it and then cooked it later?

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    Julia says:

    I made it tonight in my pressure cooker. Are you ready? 10 minutes of cooking time. I kid you not. Tender, juicy, flavorful. Wow.

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    Kirsten says:

    Mmmmmm, made this tonight with chicken breasts and served it over mashed potatoes and some steamed broccoli. REALLY good.

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    kg says:

    I made this tonight and it’s really good. I put it over brown rice. This will definitely make it into the regular rotation. Thanks! =]

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