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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. 151
    Lin says:

    This looks so good! Pesto is my son-in-law’s favorite thing to put on pasta. I bet he will love this, and I would serve it with buttered noodles and parmesan cheese. Plus the salad, for sure! Yummy!

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    nicole says:

    I’ve made this several times for my family. We love it! I just wanted to let you know I linked to this post and used a photo on my blog (full credit given to you for photo and for recipe, I didn’t even include the recipe on my page so people have to come here). I know I’ve tried several other of your recipes too. They’re so great!

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    Melissa says:

    Can you make this with boneless chicken? If so what would the modifications be? Thanks!!

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    Sharron Prosser says:

    I made this as instructed and the chicken was as dry as dust. I am new at slow cooker cooking and I am wondering if I need to know something I’m not connecting with.

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    This is what is for dinner in my house tonight. Thanks for the recipe. Looking forward to the results in an hour or two.

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    Carrie B. says:

    Hi there! What is the equivalent amount if you’re using chicken breasts? Around 2 lbs.? Less/more? Thanks!!

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    Ashley says:

    My boyfriend and I love this recipe!!! We have it all the time. Usually we make panini’s out of it and it’s mouthwatering. Tonight we are putting it over a bed on quinoa. Thank you so much for this recipe!

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    MrsJennyK says:

    LOL – I see that someone else had the same idea I did. I had a jar of oil-packed sun dried tomatoes hanging around, so I figured I’d throw it in there. The chicken was absolutely amazing. Everyone gobbled it up. And what could be easier? Yum! This will definitely go into regular rotation around here.

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    I made this tonight. Amazing, so simple, flavorful

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    Michele says:

    Made this today and it was amazing!! The meat was falling off the bone at about three hours on high. The flavor was so good, I couldn’t bear to get rid of any of the juices so I made a pan gravy with them and used it over mashed potatoes. Definitely a keeper!!!

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    Amanda says:

    This is in my crockpot right now. Except I used chicken breasts, basil pesto, a little extra stock and put some potatoes right in with it just to try.

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    Brook says:

    Can the thighs be frozen or should they be thawed? Wanting to make this tomorrow!!

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    Any sub for the ranch powder? Just wondering as I don’t usually buy that kind of stuff due to gluten allergy in our house.

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    Juanita says:

    Came across this recipe and it was absolutely delicous!!! I browned the thighs as suggested above and added crushed pine nuts to the pesto.

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    Tender and juicy and Soooo delicious. Family loved it:-) Made our menu from now on thanks for posting

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