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Ranch Pesto Crock Pot Chicken

chicken thighs, slow cooker, crock pot, carrots, potatoes

In November, the company I worked for was purchased by a competitor.   The employees weren’t given any information on whether or not the changes would be positive or negative for us.  The rumors flew but without any solid information, all we could do was prepare for the worst and hope for the best.  Yesterday we finally got our answer and the new company held their first round of layoffs.  I was a part of the first round of cuts.

I’ve never been unemployed or qualified for unemployment before.  I really enjoyed this job until the buyout.  My manager was great, the people I worked with were friendly and competent and I really enjoyed my work.  Plus I felt like the work I did was appreciated, until recently at least.  It was nice to make a difference.  Change can be a scary thing but nothing good ever happens until you take a risk, right?  I’m taking this opportunity to find another great job where the work I do makes a difference again.

Throughout the last few days I have received so much support from friends and family.  Thank you for your kind words, and offering a helping hand, and even asking around if anyone knows if there is a job available.  I never expected this much support.  It’s absolutely wonderful and makes this transition that much easier.  I can’t thank you guys enough.  I love you all very much.

Okay, back to the food portion of this post.  My fiscal cleanse couldn’t have come at a better time now that I’m unemployed.  I went through my pantry and found a ranch packet and some leftover pesto.  I tossed those into a slow cooker with chicken thighs as an experiment (why not?).  The chicken turned out full-flavored and fall-apart tender.  Definitely a new favorite crock pot recipe.

I didn’t have potatoes on hand, but I bet that you can toss them in with everything else and they would turn out just as tender as the carrots did.  I also thought the dish was salty enough because of the ranch packet.

Ranch Pesto Crock Pot Chicken

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours, 5 minutes

Yields: About 4-6


  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 small onion, largely diced
  • About a pound of potatoes, cut into inch-thick chunks
  • 6 ounce jar of pesto
  • 1 package Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cup baby carrots
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth, plus extra
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • pepper, to taste


  1. Place all ingredients except for the chicken into your slow cooker. Place the chicken on top of the veggies (there should be enough liquid to mostly cover the chicken, add more stock if necessary) and cook on HIGH for 1 hour. Reduce heat to LOW for 6 to 7 hours until the chicken is cooked and the veggies are tender.

Original photo from simplehealthyhearty.com, thanks!

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