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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.

Crock Pot Pesto Ranch Chicken Thighs
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
8 hrs
Total Time
8 hrs 5 mins

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
Keyword: boneless chicken thighs, boneless skinless chicken thigh recipes, chicken dinner, chicken thigh crock pot recipes, chicken thigh recipes, crock pot chicken thighs, how long to bake chicken thighs, how to cook chicken thighs, pesto, slow cooker chicken thighs
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 217 kcal
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 6 ounce jar of pesto
  • 1 package Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  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.
Recipe Notes

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

Nutrition Facts
Crock Pot Pesto Ranch Chicken Thighs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 217 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 109mg36%
Sodium 362mg16%
Potassium 288mg8%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 455IU9%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 1

    Holy flavor! These look amazing!

  2. 2
    Ana Cooks says:

    chicken with pesto?…huummm…looks good!
    i only use pesto in pasta, but i might try this recipe sooner than i thought. 🙂

  3. 3

    This looks amazing! I need a crock pot in my life. ASAP 😀

  4. 4

    I’m so making this next week! I am OBSESSED with pesto (it could probably be my blood type) and adding ranch is an unexpected twist. Delish!

  5. 5

    Shut your LIFE this is incredible.

  6. 6

    This looks simple yet delicious! I definitely want to make this next week for dinner 🙂

  7. 7

    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 🙂

  8. 8

    sounds delicious and easy! we love crockpot meals. adding to the rotation! 🙂

  9. 9

    I love these stress-free easy recipes with very few ingredients. I will definitely be making this for dinner sometime next week.

  10. 10

    Loving these super easy dinner recipes! I just love the crockpot this time of year. I cant wait to pull mine out and get a-cookin!

  11. 11

    This is perfect! I have some homemade pesto in my freezer from this summer that I need to use up.

  12. 12

    I use pesto in can, in fall and winter, too. It perfumes a lot of dishes.

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    Sara says:

    This looks wonderful! Can I substitute chicken breasts for the thighs?

  14. 14

    definitely making this!!! I think I’ll make it with chicken breasts, like Sara suggests above!

  15. 15

    I love crock pot meals…and one with pesto just might be at the top of my list! 🙂

  16. 16

    I have never tried pesto in the crockpot…time to change that!

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    Madeleine says:

    LOVE pesto…have to try this one!

  18. 18

    I have been on the hunt for crockpot recipes and am adding this to my winter lineup! Thanks, Jenny!

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    Beth says:

    This sounds EASY and GOOD! Can’t wait to try it.

  20. 20

    I am always looking for great crockpot ideas (so nice to have a hearty meal after work). This is great!

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    marla says:

    We totally need this chicken for dinner this weekend. Great recipe Jenny!

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    Darcy says:

    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.

    • 22.1
      Raychillar says:

      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.

  23. 23
    Mary Beth says:

    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!!!!

    • 23.1
      Kelly says:

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

      • 23.1.1
        Brenda says:

        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!

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    Colleen says:

    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.

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    Pam says:

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

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    Emily says:

    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!

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    Alisha says:

    We tried this with Alfredo and bowtie pasta. It was super yummy! Thank you!

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    Kameron Bybee says:

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

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    Angela says:

    Can this be used on a whole chicken in the crock pot?

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    Tona says:

    go? go go go PINOY eh,……. visit to watch pinoy tv shows

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    Emily says:

    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!

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    Stephanie says:

    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!

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    chelsea says:

    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.

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    Nyteflame says:

    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.

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    Masey Arnold says:

    I have the chicken in the crockpot right now! It smells AMAZING! Can’t wait untill dinner tonight. 🙂

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    Masey Arnold says:

    After smelling this cook all day, it was so worth the wait! I didn’t add anything to it, just did what it called for! My only regret…wish there was more! 🙂

    • 40.1
      Jenny says:

      So glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • 40.2
      Jennielynn says:

      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.

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    LaTonjia G. says:

    Making tonight going to add potatoes right in! This sounds amazing!

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    Nicole Gomez says:

    This came out so great! My family and I loved the recipe

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    Kelly says:

    Made this tonight and it was AWESOME!!! Found it on pinterest.

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    Jessica Olarte Utu says:

    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 🙂

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    Tania says:

    Sounds delicious, but do you think we could use chicken breasts instead of thighs, my family doesn’t care for the dark meat.

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    kristi says:

    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!

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    Ann Cochran says:

    Made this using sun dried tomato pesto ,awesome!!!

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    Elle says:

    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 🙂

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    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!

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    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

  54. 54
    Amy says:

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

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    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!!

  67. 67
    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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    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!

  74. 74
    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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    Janet Varga says:

    I really like the brevity of ingredients & yet have a wonderful meal.

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    Lori says:

    This was easy and delicious! Loved it! Will make it a regular meal.

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    Lindsay says:

    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!

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    Kimm says:

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    Rebecca says:

    I can’t see the actual recipe cause it is black font with a black back ground.

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    Shaila says:

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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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    Lisa F. says:

    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!

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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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    christa says:

    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:

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    Sue says:

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    Sherri says:

    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!

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    Kayla says:

    can you make this for two servings?

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    ChanelleMarie says:

    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.

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    That does look great! Simple too!

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    Tammie says:

    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?

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    […] had it for lunch and he was bragging about how delicious it was. We found the original recipe here. It called for 8 chicken thighs, but that is a lot of food that we would not eat! We only made it […]

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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.
    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.

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    […] Monday- Grilled Cheese and Beef Cabbage Soup (freezer) Tuesday- Kale and Goat Cheese Crustless Quiche, Sweet Potato Hashbrowns, and Fruit Wednesday- Roasted Cauliflower and White Cheddar Soup and Salad Thursday- Meatloaf Supreme, Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes, and Peas Friday- Out to Eat Saturday- Family Christmas Sunday- Pesto Chicken Pizza (with Frozen Pesto Chicken) […]

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    Kim says:

    can you use ranch dressing instead of the ranch packet?

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    Rody says:

    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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    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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    Meal plan says:

    […] cooker pesto ranch chicken thighs, inspired from here, with broccoli and brown […]

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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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    […] Recipe credit: Picky Palate […]

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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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    […] me calling, which sounds sort of pathetic now that I type that out. So this recipe inspired by Picky Palate’s combines two things I love, and then I took that and ran with it and thew some pasta and broccoli […]

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    […] I used my favorite homemade pesto here, it only required half of the jar, so I had the other half for spread onto sandwiches or mixing a spoonful into pasta. Perfect. I served Ethan mashed potatoes with his and I slow-roasted some tomatoes for my side. The chicken was nothing crazy, but it was packed with tons of flavor, perfectly tender, and so easy to make.Source: Picky Palate […]

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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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    […] Crock Pot Pesto Ranch Chicken Thighs Ingredients 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs 6 ounce jar of pesto 1 package Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix 1/2 cup chicken broth Directions 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 …Recipe link: […]

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    […] For supper, I love my crock pot. One of my new favorite recipes is pesto ranch chicken thighs–weirdly, my husband adores this recipe, though he doesn’t like ranch dressing or pesto. I love this because it comes together in five minutes, cooks over the afternoon, and is absolutely delicious. I modified the recipe from Picky Palate. […]

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    […] though you’re not sure how well the rest of the family is going to like it?  That was these Pesto Ranch Crock Pot Chicken Thighs.  I like pesto better than anyone else in the family, and the recipe was delightfully easy (if you […]

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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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    Chris says:

    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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    Paige says:

    They were a nice thought, but I didn’t taste enough ranch :/ Maybe I added too much pesto 😛

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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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    Gena says:

    Just made this and it is YUMMY!! The chickenis so tender and tasteful

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    Chandra O'Connor says:

    looks good. I have the same crock pot as in picture.

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    norma says:

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

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    Hendrine says:

    What is the glavour of the Ranch dressing? Cant find in South Africa. Substitute?

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    Rebecca says:

    Do u think I can use drumsticks instead of boneless thighs?

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    Trish says:

    So salty. I couldn’t taste anything else.

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    Amber says:

    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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    Deia D says:

    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 🙂

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    Tina says:

    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?

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    Erin says:

    Any subs for dry ranch – it has MSG and makes me very I’ll. thank you

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      Michelle says:

      I left the ranch out once and it tasted just as
      Good 🙂

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      Jon P. says:

      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??

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    Gail says:

    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.

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    Amy says:

    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…

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    kelli says:

    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

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    Kiki says:

    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.

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    Deborah says:

    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

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      Jenny K says:

      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:

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

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    Liz says:

    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.

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    Liz says:

    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.

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    Michelle says:

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

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    Heather says:

    I accidentally messed up and bought bone-in skin-on chicken thighs. Will that mess anything up?

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    Diane says:

    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

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    Michelle says:

    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!

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    Kelly says:

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

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    Ms G says:

    This recipe rocks!!! It is sooo easy and sooo delicious, my family loves it!

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    Jana says:

    Have you tried making this in the instant pot?

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Welcome to Picky Palate, my online kitchen! You'll usually find me with a cookie in one hand and a salad in the other. It's all about the balance :) The recipes you'll see are my creations. The Picky Palate Cookbook is now available. Enjoy!