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. 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. Carrie B.

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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?

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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!!

  19. 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.

  20. Angie @ Bug Meets World

    I made this recipe today after seeing it on Pinterest and it was awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  21. 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.

  22. 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

  23. 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….

  24. 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

  25. 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. ♥ it!

  26. 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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