Yield: 8 servings

Crock Pot Pesto Ranch Chicken Freezer Meal

Pesto Ranch Chicken on a bed of mashed potatoes, garnished with shredded Parmesan cheese.

This slow cooker Pesto Ranch Chicken freezer meal is packed with flavor, even though there are only 4 ingredients.  The combination chicken thighs with pesto and ranch seasoning just cannot be beat for a punch of vibrant flavor!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes



To Freeze:

  1. Trim chicken thighs and place in gallon ziptop freezer bag.
  2. In medium bowl, combine pesto, ranch seasoning, and chicken broth, and whisk to combine.
  3. Pour pesto ranch mixture into freezer bag on top of chicken thighs.
  4. Remove as much air from bag as possible and seal.
  5. Label bag with contents, cooking instructions, and date.
  6. Place bag flat in freezer to freeze.

To Thaw:

Remove bag from freezer and place on a tray or in a large bowl in the refrigerator for 24-48 hours until thawed.

To Cook:

Place thawed contents of bag into slow cooker. Cover, and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours. (You may need to adjust cooking time based on your slow cooker's normal cooking temp.) Remove chicken and shred, then place back into slow cooker to mix with sauce. Serve over white rice and garnish with toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onions (if desired).


You can use chicken breasts in place of the chicken thighs. See cooking time adjustments in the above post.

You can substitute 3/4 cup fresh prepared pesto for the jarred pesto.

I recommend using your own Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix here - it's cheaper and has less additives and fillers.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 334Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 144mgSodium: 697mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 31g

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only.

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