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.

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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ingredients for boneless chicken thigh recipe

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.

adding pesto to crock pot of chicken thighs

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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  1. 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.

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  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!!!

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. Thomas Leggate

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

  10. 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.

  11. Lin

    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!

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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?

  15. 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.

  16. Sherri

    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!

  17. 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!!

  18. christa

    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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  21. 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….

  22. 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

  23. Michelle

    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. โ™ฅ it!

  24. Michelle

    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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