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. Jenny K

      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. Deia D

    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. Amber

    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.

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