Pesto Ranch Crock Pot Chicken Thighs

5 from 5 votes

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.

This recipe pairs perfect with mashed potatoes and quick fix homemade rolls.

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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. With just three simple to find ingredients, you get a delicious home cooked meal for the family.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • 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.
  • 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.

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What You’ll Need

One of the best parts about this recipe, is there’s only three ingredients needed! See the recipe card located at the bottom of post for full details.

  • boneless skinless chicken thighs– Find chicken thighs in the meat department near the chicken breasts.
  • prepared pesto– Prepared pesto is in the pasta isle of the grocery store near the sauces and pasta.
  • Ranch Dressing Seasoning packet– Check down the salad dressing isle for the packets of Ranch Dressing Seasoning.

Can I Use Other Chicken Parts?

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

boneless chicken thighs in crock pot

How to Make Crock Pot Chicken Thighs Recipe

  1. Place Chicken and Seasonings Into Crock Pot. Turn crock pot to high setting. Place chicken thighs, pesto, ranch dressing and chicken broth into crock pot. Stir gently to combine all seasonings.
  2. Slow Cook Chicken Thighs. Close with lid and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.

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What Are The Benefits Of Using A Slow Cooker

  1. Have a meal at home in the slow cooker eliminates the temptation to order take-out which is often less nutritious and more expensive.
  2. Slow cookers usually allow one-step preparation. Placing all the ingredients in the slow cooker saves preparation time and cuts down on cleanup.
  3. Slow cookers are useful throughout the year. Coming in from a cold winter day, the aroma of hot soup is welcoming. Slow cookers also work well for summertime use; they do not heat the kitchen the way an oven might.
  4. As a result of the long, low-temperature cooking, slow cookers help tenderize less-expensive cuts of meat.
  5. A slow cooker brings out the flavor in foods. A wide variety of foods can be cooked in a slow cooker, including one pot meals, soups, stews and casseroles.
  6. A slow cooker uses less electricity than an oven.

pesto spread over chicken thighs in crock pot

The pesto gives the chicken thighs ultimate flavor. Just spoon it over the chicken and let it slow cook.

Pesto Ranch Crock Pot Chicken Thighs

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.

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Add the chicken broth and give a little stir then close the lid. Kick your feet up while your crock pot does all the work.

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Recipe 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.

How To Serve Chicken Thighs?

Serve with potatoes. Match made in heaven. Roasted vegetables are another great pairing along with nice green salad.

How To Store Leftovers

Refrigerate. Store leftover chicken thighs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating Instructions. Reheat chicken on a heat proof plate, loosely covered for 60 second intervals until hot.

Freezing Instructions

Freeze chicken thighs in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat as instructed above.

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Pesto Ranch Crock Pot Chicken Thighs
5 from 5 votes

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 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 217kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: $25
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Equipment

  • Crock Pot / Slow Cooker
  • measuring cups

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

  • 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.
How To Serve Chicken Thighs
Serve with potatoes. Match made in heaven. Roasted vegetables are another great pairing along with nice green salad.
How To Store Leftovers
Refrigerate. Store leftover chicken thighs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Reheating Instructions. Reheat chicken on a heat proof plate, loosely covered for 60 second intervals until hot.
Freezing Instructions
Freeze chicken thighs in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat as instructed above.

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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173 Responses
  1. Michelle

    Mmmmmm….I’m making this for dinner right now. My does it smell delicious! Can’t wait to taste it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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! =]

  6. Kirsten

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

  7. 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.

  8. Kelly

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

  9. Danielle

    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!

  10. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ I had it both ways. Amazing. Looking forward to leftovers!!!

  11. 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.

  12. 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??

  13. 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!

  14. 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

    1. Jenny

      I think it would be just fine cooked in the oven. I’d do 350 degrees for about an hour, loosely covered with foil.

  15. Nichole

    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!

  16. 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ My toddlers ate it and asked for 2nds! It is definitely making it into our rotation!

  17. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. 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!

  19. Tania

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

  20. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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