Pesto Ranch Crock Pot Chicken Thighs

This crock pot chicken thighs recipe is perfect for dinner! My Pesto Ranch Crock Pot Chicken Thighs are an easy slow cooked chicken dinner with just a few ingredients! So flavorful with minimal effort.

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An Easy Crock Pot Chicken Thighs Recipe

You are in for the ultimate treat with this boneless chicken thigh recipe. 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.

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

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

What Goes Into This Crock Pot Recipe?

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

Can I Use Other Chicken Parts?

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You can use chicken breast and even tenders if you’d like. Adjust cooking time accordingly.

How to Make this Pesto Ranch Crock Pot Chicken Thighs Recipe:

Step 1: Add the chicken thighs

Add those chicken thighs right to the crock pot.

Pesto Ranch Crock Pot Chicken Thighs

Step 2: Add your pesto.

Why did I use pesto in this chicken recipe?

The Pesto in this recipe acts as the chicken seasoning. It gives such a great flavor.

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Spread pesto over chicken with a spoon.

Pesto Ranch Crock Pot Chicken Thighs

Step 3: Add the ranch seasoning mix.

The Ranch Dressing mix also acts as a major seasoning to this dish. The flavor that comes from the two is amazing. I wouldn’t skip it.

Sprinkle your Ranch Seasoning Mix over top.

Step 4: Add The Broth To The Crock Pot

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Pour in some chicken broth.

How To Cook Chicken Thighs in the Crock Pot

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

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Tips For Success:

*Feel free to use other chicken parts. I’ve also used chicken breast which is great too.

*Don’t leave out one of the ingredients. The Pesto with the Ranch mix gives great flavor when slow cooked!

*Store any leftovers in an airtight container. Use shredded over salad for another meal idea.

What Should I Serve With This Chicken Dinner?

*Serve with my, The Best Classic Mashed Potatoes. Match made in heaven.

*Roasted vegetables are another great pairing along with a simple green salad.

Pesto Ranch Crock Pot Chicken Thighs

Crock Pot Pesto Ranch Chicken Thighs

This crock pot chicken thighs recipe is perfect for dinner! My Pesto Ranch Crock Pot Chicken Thighs are an easy slow cooked chicken dinner with just a few ingredients! So flavorful with minimal effort.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 217kcal
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Ingredients

  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 6 ounce jar of pesto
  • 1 package Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth

Instructions

  • 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.
  • Serve with a side of mashed potatoes and a simple salad.

Notes

Serve with a side of mashed potatoes and a simple salad.

Nutrition

Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 362mg | Potassium: 288mg | Vitamin A: 455IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1.1mg
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162 Responses
  1. Kelly

    My family LOVES this recipe! Sometimes we eat it over rice, sometimes spaghetti. So easy and so good!!!

  2. Michelle

    Has anyone seared the thighs for a couple minutes first before putting into the crockpot? I like the skin to be slightly crispy. Sometimes when you make chicken in the crockpot it’s a bit slimy. I made this a while ago and it was a big hit with my family. Making it again tonight!

  3. Diane

    What is the difference in the ranch dressing powder and the dip mix? Even though I asked for ranch dressing packet my husband brought me home the dip mix. Ty

  4. Michelle

    Made this dish 4 times already!!! Kids and hubby love it! Served it as tacos once and added black beans. Thanks!

  5. Liz

    It was delicious, my husband loved it. I mixed it up in a bowl then placed on top of boneless chicken thighs. (I also trimmed off all the fat with a kitchen shears)

    Shredded it and served it on Cuban bread.

    Next time I’ll try it over pasta.

  6. Liz

    It was delicious, my husband loved it. I mixed it up in a bowl then placed on top of boneless chicken thighs.

    Shredded it and served it on Cuban bread.

    Next time I’ll try it over pasta.

  7. Deborah

    Hi, i like your recipe, but here in belgium, we don’t have ranch dressing mix. How can i replace it? I did find a recipe for ranch dressing, but i guess That isn’t the same.
    Kind regards
    Deborah

    1. Deborah, I can answer this question. You can make your own if you can find buttermilk powder and some other dried herbs and spices (parsley, dill, garlic powder, salt, onion powder, dried minced onion, sugar, black pepper, paprika, cayenne). If you make a big batch of it you can keep it in the freezer for months. And ranch powder is SOOOOO good on just about anything! You could try substituting some ranch dressing but the added liquid may make the end product a little too soupy. Here is a recipe for ranch mix but a Google search will turn up many more: http://www.browneyedbaker.com/diy-homemade-ranch-seasoning-mix/

      I hope this helps! This has become a frequent dinner dish at my house.

  8. Kiki

    I have a silly question. In one of the pictures it doesn’t look like the thighs are trimmed of extra fat. I’ve always trimmed things but I hate doing it. What happens to the fat while it cooks in the crockpot? Do we just cut the fat off while we’re eating this? Thanks.

  9. kelli

    how long would i cook this if i cut the recipe in half? wouuld i cut the time in half too?or would 4 chicken thighs still cook the same amount of time? im new to cooking, i dont know how to do anything. lol

  10. Amy

    This is such a fabulously easy recipe! I served this with spaghettini tossed with garlic, sautéed red peppers and a sauce mixture of alfredo and pesto. This was a HUGE hit, my boyfriend and I argued over who would be taking the leftovers for lunch. I will definitely be making this again…

  11. Gail

    I think this is the first time I have actually ever commented on a recipe, but it was so good I just had to take a minute to do so. Incredibly easy and incredibly delicious!! My very picky husband gave rave reviews. Served with smashed garlic red potatoes and carrots with a side salad. Definitely on my make-again list.

    1. Jon P.

      Just made this for myself and my very picky eater PARENTS. They loved it and I did too!
      I have a lot of “juice” left from the slow cooker. Can I freeze it and use it for something later? What could I use it for??

  12. Tina

    trying tonight, is there enough ‘sauce’ to serve with noodles and coat them for like 5 servings of noodles? Or how are people preparing noodles to go with?

  13. I just want you to know i make this recipe at least 2x per month now, after finding this. It’s so easy and delicious! I put the chicken on salads, sandwiches or just eat with rice/veggies. Thank you so much! It’s a staple for me now 🙂

  14. this is a family favorite in our rotation. I tweaked it by adding 8 oz cream cheese to tame the pesto for my two year olds, and we serve over basmati rice.

  15. Juanita

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

  16. Good post. I learn something new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon every day.
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  17. Chris

    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.

  18. Amanda

    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.

  19. Michele

    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!!!

  20. MrsJennyK

    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.

  21. Ashley

    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!

  22. Carrie B.

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

  23. Sharron Prosser

    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.

  24. 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!

  25. Rody

    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

  26. Donna

    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.
    My hubby and daughter dipped the pesto chicken into bottled ranch dressing and gave it a thumbs up (it was amazing plain also).
    Next time we do the whole thing though.

  27. Tammie

    Anybody have any ideas how to substitute the Ranch Mix? It has MSG, I love this recipe but want to try and make it without the bad stuff. Any substitute ideas?

  28. ChanelleMarie

    I add sun dried tomatoes and chopped artichoke hearts and serve over rotini whole wheat pasta and my family LOVES it! Thank you for this recipe.

  29. I just made this tonight and added some chopped, sundried tomatoes. Scrumptious! I’m planning on shredding and freezing a couple of baggies to add to spaghetti sauce, make sandwiches….the possibilities are endless!

  30. Sue

    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!!

  31. Cora Williams

    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.

  32. Kristen

    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

  33. SarahAlex

    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….

  34. ohjennran

    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

  35. 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!

  36. 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!

  37. Lisa F.

    This was a fabulous recipe! I made it and shredded it and put it on ciabatta rolls with shredded italian blend cheese. So so good!

  38. Ricky

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

  39. Shaila

    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!

  40. Lindsay

    Did anyone master this using chicken breasts? I’m wondering if slow cooking thawed breasts for 6 hours will be too much…last time I cooked chicken breasts in the crock pot, it came out dry. Thanks!

  41. kg

    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! =]

  42. Kirsten

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

  43. Julia

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

  44. Kelly

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

  45. 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!

  46. Addie

    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!!!

  47. Frances

    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.

  48. Mackenzie

    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??

  49. Donna

    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!

  50. Theresa Smahlik

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

  51. 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!

  52. Beth

    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!

  53. Elle

    I’m so excited to make this tomorrow night! I’m doing Weight Watchers and this dish is perfect for it! It appears to be full of flavor and is low points! It comes out to 5pts+ per thigh, just in case you were interested to know 🙂

  54. kristi

    This was incredible! The flavor is unmatched. I would say the ranch kicks up the flavor of the pesto perfectly without being too salty!! Thank you for sharing this recipe, I love it!

  55. Jessica Olarte Utu

    I made this today and let it slow cook for 7 hours in my crock pot. The chicken just fell apart, it was great! I served it over spaghetti noodles and invited my mom over for dinner. Yum! I think even my husband would enjoy this one 🙂

    1. Jennielynn

      I have 3 teenagers and this is one of their favorite meals. You can stack this if you want to double it. I layer 6-8 thigh on the bottom with 3/4 the jar of pesto and 2 tbs of ranch powder. The I lay another 4-6 on top of that and put the rest of the pesto and ranch on them. I pour the chicken broth over and set the crock pot. It works really well for those with a big family or big eaters.

  56. Nyteflame

    You could probably throw some baby carrots and red-skinned potatoes in on top of the other ingredients, so they cook right along with the chicken – One pot meal.

  57. I’ve got this in the crock pot right now for dinner tonight. It’s been in there just over an hour and already smells amazing. I used low fat, low sodium chicken broth to make it a little healthier. As my side I’ve got asparagus and mushrooms marinating in a balsamic vingerette/paramasan cheese sauce and will be baking that later as the chicken gets closer to being done. I’m so excited to try it. This was so easy to make.

  58. Stephanie

    WOW! I just made this, and cannot believe how great it turned out! I did 4 chicken thighs for 3 hours, reducing the amount of pesto and just using onion and garlic powder and italian seasoning spices, instead of the Ranch mix, basting occasionally. So tender…it fell apart and was delicious! Served with rosemary roasted potatoes, roasted cherry tomatoes and roasted broccoli (with red pepper flakes). Sooooo easy! Will definitely make again!

  59. Emily

    Great thing to do with leftovers is to make a pizza. I used a can of biscuits for the crust and topped with some mozzarella cheese and it was FAB!

  60. Kameron Bybee

    Love this! My kids request it regularly now. I use chicken breasts (frozen – straight into the crockpot) and shred them before we eat. Delicioso!!!

  61. Emily

    I absolutely LOVE THIS!! It was so easy and simple to make. All together I made 7 thighs. My husband ate 5 and I ate 2 WHOLE THIGHS! Definitely the best and easiest recipe I have gotten online!

  62. Pam

    I made this tonight. Big hit. Totally easy. All ingredients I already had. I paired it with roasted red pepper alfredo linguine.

  63. Colleen

    I made this tonight with boneless skinless chicken breasts. Terrific!
    My modifications: I combined the basil, ranch dry dip and chicken broth
    and whisked them together. I placed trimmed chicken breast in the crockpot
    and poured the mix over. Served with whole wheat penne pasta.
    This is moving into the regular dinner rotation.

  64. Mary Beth

    Made this a few night ago….. added more chicken stock, then reduced the sauce on the stove top and poured it back over the chicken that I shredded up. made panini the next day with the leftovers….. really, really good. Next time I am gonna add cooked whole wheat pasta, artichoke hearts, chopped tomato, and parm into the crock pot after the chicken is shredded to meld together for a bit. Think it will be fab!!!!

    1. Kelly

      This lady knows what she’s doing 😉 thanks for some great ideas. Trying paninis tonight with the yummy chicken pesto filling

      1. My son made two wraps out of the remaining pesto chicken with a little lettuce and no need to shred the thighs first. Family loves this new recipe. Delicious!

  65. Darcy

    I make a similar dish, but use frozen boneless/skinless chicken breasts and take them straight from the freezer to the crockpot,which means that I don’t need the chicken broth, as there is enough water in the frozen chicken.

    1. Raychillar

      Oh my gosh! That is so good to know. I made it with frozen chicken and it came out a bit watery—still DELISH though. Next time I will not add he broth. Still, this is a winner in my small family.

  66. Chicken thighs are my favorite part of the bird to cook with and with just 4 ingredients in this recipe, yes a total no-brainer like you said! And perfect for your life right now. Hope things are on the upswing with the little man 🙂

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