Crock Pot Thursday: Pesto Ranch Chicken

This week’s Pesto Ranch Chicken comes from Picky Palate, and is one of the easiest ones yet. The reviews were mixed, but with a few modifications, this recipe could be great. I was afraid the flavors would be too intense for the kids, but it was much milder than I expected, and the kids enjoyed this chicken, even with the “green stuff.”

3 from 1 reviews
Crock Pot Thursday: Pesto Ranch Chicken
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  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 6 oz jar pesto
  • 1 packet ranch dressing mix
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  1. Place chicken in the slow cooker.
  2. Sprinkle ranch packet on top of chicken.
  3. Pour pesto over top.
  4. Add chicken broth, and stir until everything is combined.
  5. Cover and cook on high for 3-5 hours or low for 6-8 hours.

I love pesto and chicken but I did not love this. I didn't think it was awful but I was disappointed. My husband only ate about four bites of his before declaring his opinion. There was lots of liquid in the crock but the chicken was dry and the pesto flavor didn't really soak into the chicken.


We did like this recipe. I thought the flavor was good, with a little extra salt. I used breasts, and sort of shredded them up, and served them over egg noodles. I think some creamy soup or sour cream added now would make the leftovers into a great casserole!!


It seems like the results really varied on this one. We really liked this and thought the seasoning was great. The chicken was tender and moist, and the flavor really went through. Maybe the types of pesto used were very different?? The only downside on ours was the sauce was a TAD oily. But it tasted great over mashed potatoes. I bet it would be good with noodles too. Would make again... Super easy!


For how much I love all of the things in this recipe, I expected to be blown away. I wasn't. There was way too much liquid in the finished product, and it tasted just okay. Next time, I'll transfer the liquid to a pan, combine flour and milk to make a roux, and simmer it into a creamy pesto sauce. Then I'll serve the chicken and the sauce over pasta. BOOM.
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