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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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    Shaila says:

    A lot of this recipe is printed over the black portion so I cannot read it… Could you please send me the ingredients and directions. Thanks!

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    Ricky says:

    I made this tonight with four chicken breasts and served it with mashed potatoes. So yummy! Thank you!!

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    Michelle says:

    Mmmmmm….I’m making this for dinner right now. My does it smell delicious! Can’t wait to taste it! 🙂

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    Michelle says:

    Just made this for my family. Man was it good. Had a lot of flavor and the chicken was so tender. This is definitely going to be a regular meal at my house!

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    Michelle says:

    Just made this for dinner tonight. WOW!!! This is definitely going to be a regular meal at my house. It has A LOT of flavor and the chicken turns out so tender. ♥ it!

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    ohjennran says:

    Made this for dinner last week, and it was great. I used very little chicken broth as to not dilute the pesto flavor. It was delish. Found the link in pinterest

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    SarahAlex says:

    this is in the crock right now.. ill make some lovely green garlicky rice to accompany and green beans.. i know my family will love it….

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    Kristen says:

    This looks good, but doesn’t the ranch over power the pesto? I like both flavors but not sure how I feel about both! lol

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    Cora Williams says:

    I recently tried this pesto chicken thigh recipe and it was a big hit. The thighs were full of flavor and so tender and juicy. I am a pesto fan, so I may be a little biased. Def. will make this again. So easy and it’s a great meal to make on a weekday.

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    Julia says:

    Making this today…looks and smells delish! Thank You for the recipe 🙂

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    I made this recipe today after seeing it on Pinterest and it was awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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    I just finished making a batch of pesto and put half in the freezer. I will pull it out and make this. thanks for the inspiration.

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    Michelle says:

    Do you happen to know about how many calories this came out to be per serving?

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    I just put this in the crockpot. I’m a vegetarian so I’ll let you know how my husband likes it, he’s excited about it already!!

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    Tammie says:

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    Donna says:

    Wonderful recipe. Thanks! We tried it with just the pesto and broth this time (and added thighs and breasts)—silly us we had bought the ranch also but it was stuck to my husbands lunch somehow and so I skipped that.
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    Can I use frozen chicken? How long you think I should leave it in for?

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    Yum! So easy and delicious. I made ranch dressing from scratch rather than packaged mix. Just buttermilk powder, dried parsley, chives, dill, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper

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