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Whole30 Crockpot Ranch Chicken

$7.50 Recipe/$1.88 Serving

Crockpot Ranch Chicken is the perfect weeknight protein to go with any meal! This recipe is simple to make, only requires a few ingredients and it’s super versatile! Perfect for meal prep too!

Crockpot filled with shredded ranch chicken.

Why this recipe works

  • Crockpot ranch chicken is perfect for those weeknights when you know you are going to need dinner on the table quick!
  • Slow cooker ranch chicken is the perfect protein for any meal! Add it to tacos, put it on salads or pizza, stack it on sandwiches or wraps or stuffed in potatoes!
  • Want a creamy version of this crockpot ranch chicken? Just add some homemade dairy free ranch for a super flavorful recipe!
  • This healthy ranch chicken recipe is great for most diets too! This recipe is naturally gluten free, dairy free, paleo, keto and Whole30!
  • Great for meal prep! This recipe can easily be doubled!
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Instructions:

Start by combining your ranch seasoning with some garlic olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Stir well.

Crockpot filled with ranch seasonings.

Coat the chicken in the ranch mixture and close the lid to the crockpot.

Raw chicken with ranch seasoning in crockpot.

Cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 4-6 hours.

Crockpot filled with ranch chicken before shredding.

Once done cooking, shred the chicken.

Two hands shredding crockpot ranch chicken.

To make the chicken creamy, add ½ cup of dairy free ranch dressing.

What ranch seasoning should you use?

I use my own spice blend of chives, parsley, dill and salt (see the recipe below).

If you are short on time or don’t want to make your own spices, you can always use your favorite ranch packet seasoning, you will need about 2 tablespoons.

What is the best way to shred chicken after cooking?

There are 2 ways to shred the chicken easily after cooking in the crockpot.

  1. Use two forks and gently pull the chicken apart.
  2. Place the chicken in your stand mixer (or in a bowl with a hand mixer) and using the paddle attachment, shred the chicken by turning the mixer on. This takes about 1 minute. This is great for large batches.

White plate filled with crockpot ranch chicken after shredding.

How to store leftover chicken

  • If you have leftover crockpot ranch chicken, you can store it in the fridge in an airtight container for 3 days.
  • The slow cooker ranch chicken can also be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months. Make sure you allow the chicken to cool completely and place in a freezer safe container.

How to use the chicken in meals?

Slow cooker filled with crockpot ranch chicken after shredding.

FAQ’s

What kind of chicken is best for crockpot ranch chicken?

You can use chicken breast, chicken thighs, or even turkey breast for this recipe. Chicken thighs are higher in fat so if you plan on using them for meal prep, make sure to heat up the chicken before serving once refrigerated, as the fat from the chicken thighs can congeal and is less appetizing unless warm.

What if you don’t have garlic infused olive oil?

I buy garlic infused olive oil at Trader Joe’s. You can also find it online. It’s a great way to add flavor when I would normally be using olive oil. Using garlic infused olive oil also makes this recipe low-fodmap friendly with all the flavor!

If you don’t have garlic infused olive oil, you can use regular olive oil + 1 tsp. garlic powder.

What kind of crockpot to use?

I have this crockpot and I love it! I like that you can choose the cook time in 30 minute intervals and the lid seals tightly. It also has a paddle to stir the food (for soups, etc.) but I rarely use that attachment.

What are some good pre-made ranch spice blends?

Balanced Bites makes the best organic spice blends.

Shredded ranch chicken on a fork.

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Crockpot filled with shredded ranch chicken.

Crockpot Ranch Chicken

$7.50 Recipe/$1.88 Serving
Crockpot Ranch Chicken is the perfect simple healthy dinner recipe! You can use this shredded chicken in tacos, salads, sandwiches, or stuffed into potatoes. This recipe is naturally gluten free, dairy free, Whole30 and keto!
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crockpot ranch chicken, slow cooker ranch chicken, Whole30 ranch chicken
Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook Time: 3 hrs
Total Time: 3 hrs 2 mins
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine the garlic olive oil, apple cider vinegar, chives, parsley, dill and salt in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Add the chicken to the ranch seasoning and coat well.
  • Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 4-6 hours.
  • Shred with 2 forks.

Notes

Budget tip: To make this meal more budget friendly, use boneless, skinless chicken thighs. This recipe would be $6.05 Recipe/$1.51 per serving using this swap. 
To make this recipe low FODMAP: substitute garlic olive oil for the olive oil and omit the garlic powder. 
Storage: Store shredded ranch crockpot chicken in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container or stored in the freezer for up to 2 months. 
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Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
Calories
164
Fat
 
6
g
Carbohydrates
 
1
g
Fiber
 
1
g
Sugar
 
1
g
Protein
 
24
g
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database.
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