Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken

Between tennis and guitar for my daughter and gymnastics and yoga for my son there are very few weeknights that I have time to put together an elaborate meal.  I am going to guess that most people struggle sometimes with weeknight dinners also.  I feel this is why the Crock Pot was invented.  It is wonderful to spend ten minutes in the morning putting ingredients in the Crock Pot and then eating a fantastic, warm, comforting meal at dinnertime with the smallest of additional work.

Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken with Frank's Hot Sauce Option

I found inspiration for this meal from a recipe called Buffalo Sauce Shredded Chicken.  I love anything spicy and most of the time, the spicier the better.  But, my kids do not share in my joy of this form of heat.  So, I decided to not put the Frank’s Buffalo Hot Sauce in the Crock Pot and instead put it on top of my own serving of chicken.  That way we could all enjoy this meal.  If your family enjoys heat though, by all means add it into the Crock Pot.  I bet the sauce will just get soaked into the chicken and be amazing!

One of the biggest differences I chose to do when I made this at home, is I added some vegetables to the dish.  I feel whenever I can throw vegetables into something, I do.  It just makes nutrition sense and in this case, I felt it added in texture, color and flavor.

Crock Pot Ranch Chicken

Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken

  • 8 – 10 Frozen Boneless and Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 1 Medium Onion, small dice
  • 2 Carrots, peeled and small dice
  • 3 Celery Stalks, small dice
  • 1 Packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Powder
  • 1/2 cup of Chicken Broth or 1/2 cup Frank’s Hot Sauce (pick one based on your family)
  1. Small dice the onion, carrots and celery.
  2. Put the chicken thighs in the Crock Pot still frozen.  Add the vegetables, ranch powder packet and your choice of the chicken stock or the Frank’s Hot Sauce.  I would stick with only a 1/2 cup of chicken stock, but if you like things extra spicy, add up to 1 cup of Frank’s Hot Sauce.
  3. Set your Crock Pot on the low 8 hour setting.  When done just take your tongs and gently shred the chicken.
  4. I served mine over some steamed rice, but we also had leftover hoagie sandwiches with some melted provolone the next day that was also delicious.  You can also serve this over some salad greens or anything else you would use shredded chicken for.

I hope this is as easy for you to make and it was for me.  My husband said it was one of the best things he has eaten in awhile and both kids had seconds.  So, based off the Newman family, this was a winner.  Now go and make a family night dinner of your own…Clink!

 

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