Crockpot Ranch Chicken

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You’ll love how simple, yet flavorful, this delicious dinner recipe is. Made entirely in the crockpot, creamy ranch chicken is perfect on its own or served over rice.

Ranch is such an awesome seasoning to use on chicken dinners! We love this slow cooker version of ranch chicken, but we also really like this crispy ranch chicken, as well as this baked version.

Crockpot Ranch Chicken over rice in a white bowl

A recipe that makes life easier

Today’s recipe is a super simple but delicious Ranch Chicken, cooked up the easy way – in a slow cooker!

My favorite thing about this recipe is that the ingredients are items I keep handy in my kitchen at all times. My second favorite thing (or maybe it’s tied with the first) is how simple this recipe is to put together.

Dinner can sometimes be a challenge, so when I find a recipe that makes my life easier, I hold on to it. This slow cooker Ranch Chicken recipe was just so simple and loved by the whole crew, that we will definitely be making it again.

To change it up we may add different veggies, but carrots are a family favorite and they were a great addition to this recipe.

creamy ranch chicken with carrots in a crock pot

Throw it in the slow cooker!

PLACE IN CROCKPOT. Mix soup and ranch seasoning in a 5-7 quart slow cooker. Gradually add the water, stirring to prevent lumps. Stir in the baby carrots. Add chicken.

SLOW COOK. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-5 hours. 30 minutes before the minimum cook time, add the cubed cream cheese and the Parmesan cheese. Cover and continue cooking for 30 minutes.

STIR & SERVE. Stir to blend together. Serve. We like to serve serve with or over:

Instant pot instructions

An instant pot is a great way to make this chicken, especially if you are short on time. Another plus, unlike the crock pot, you can use it to cook frozen chicken. Place all the ingredients in the instant pot. Set High Pressure for 10-12 minutes (check your instant pot manual to verify times). Once the time is up, allow the pressure to release naturally and serve.

Slow cooker ranch chicken over rice in a white bowl

Tips and troubleshooting

What do I do if the sauce is too thick or thin? This is a pretty simple fix. If the sauce is too thick, simply add a little extra water. You have a few more options if it is too thin. Try adding more cream cheese, cream of chicken soup, or a cornstarch slurry. This is made by mixing 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of cold water in a bowl. Once it is smooth, stir it into the sauce. Repeat if necessary.  

Additions. This ranch chicken is so versatile you can serve it with a number of additives. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Add green beans, broccoli, asparagus, bell peppers, cubed potatoes
  • Use Jalapeno Cream Cheese
  • Add Bacon bits on top

Can I make crockpot ranch chicken ahead of time?  Not only does using a crockpot make this meal easy, but it can be super easy by making it ahead of time. Once the dish has been cooked store it covered in the fridge for up to 2 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Thaw, if applicable, and reheat in the crockpot, stovetop or even oven. Since the chicken has already been cooked you just need to cook it long enough to heat it throughout. (These instructions also apply to leftovers.)

I think we can all agree that slow cooker recipes are the best and require such little work! We loved that with the crock pot, we could make a new, delicious recipe that was flavorful and kid-friendly!

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Crockpot Ranch Chicken Recipe

4.72 from 7 votes

You'll love how simple, yet flavorful, this delicious chicken is. Made entirely in the crockpot, creamy ranch chicken is perfect on its own or served over rice.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 482 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 10.75 oz cream of chicken soup (1 can)
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning mix or 1/2 cup homemade ranch dressing seasoning
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup carrots
  • 4 oz cream cheese cut into small cubes
  • 3 tbsp parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Mix soup and ranch seasoning in a 5-7 quart slow cooker.

  2. Gradually add the water, stirring to prevent lumps. Stir in the baby carrots.
  3. Add chicken; cover and cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-5 hours.
  4. ½ hour before the minimum cook time, add the cubed cream cheese and the Parmesan cheese.
  5. Cover and continue cooking for 30 minutes. Stir to blend together. Serve.

Adapted from The Midnight Baker.

Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 3 stars
    The instant pot directions don’t work. i kind of knew looking at the recipe that there was not enough liquid for it to come to pressure in a pressure cooker and lo and behold my instant pot started counting down before the metal circle had popped up, meaning it was essentially slow cooking the meal rather than pressure cooking it. i use my instant pot frequently and this only happens when either (a) the seal to the instant pot needs to be replaced (mine doesn’t) or (b) there isn’t enough liquid in the recipe to allow the instant pot to come to pressure. i stopped the instant pot at 13 minutes, added a cup of water and restarted it and it worked fine.

    if i make this again i will use 1.5 lbs of chicken, add the cream cheese at the end (stir in after it’s cooked), and use 1.5 cups of water (drain any excess before adding the cream cheese at the end).

    i haven’t actually served it yet so no comments on the flavor, just so annoyed at websites slapping on pressure cooking instructions to every crockpot recipe without actually testing it in a pressure cooker.