Crockpot Ranch Chicken and Potatoes
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 Russet potatoes cut into 2 inch pieces
2 cups baby carrots
1 packet dry ranch dressing mix
1 can cream of chicken soup (10 oz can)
1 cup milk
How to make Crockpot Chicken Ranch:
First, you need a small mixing bowl. Add the cream of chicken soup, milk and ranch dressing mix. Whisk all of this together.
Cream of chicken mixed with ranch in a bowl.
Then, place the chicken, carrots and potatoes in the slow cooker. Add the sauce and pour it all over the top of these ingredients in the crock pot.
Ingredients in crock pot ready to cook.
Finally, cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours on high. You can also cook on high for 3 to 4 hours if you need to reduce the cooking time.
If you like the chicken to be in smaller pieces, shred it and then place back into the crock pot.
Keep reading for full nutritional information.
If the sauce seems to separate once chicken is cooked, just remove the chicken and vegetables from the crock pot. Whisk the sauce together and it should solve that problem.
You can then add the chicken back to the slow cooker
1. What is Crockpot Ranch Chicken and Potatoes?
Crockpot Ranch Chicken and Potatoes is a simple and flavorful slow-cooked dish featuring chicken breasts, potatoes, and ranch seasoning mix. All ingredients are cooked together in a crockpot until tender and infused with the delicious ranch flavor.
2. Can I use other cuts of chicken besides chicken breasts?
Yes, you can use other cuts of chicken like thighs or drumsticks. However, keep in mind that different cuts may require varying cooking times. Adjust the cooking time accordingly to ensure the chicken is thoroughly cooked.
3. Can I use homemade ranch seasoning mix instead of the store-bought packet?
Absolutely! If you prefer to use a homemade ranch seasoning mix, you can substitute it for the store-bought packet. A typical homemade ranch seasoning mix includes ingredients like dried dill, garlic powder, onion powder, dried parsley, salt, and pepper.
4. Can I add vegetables to this dish?
Yes, you can add vegetables like carrots, broccoli, or green beans to make it a complete one-pot meal. Just be mindful of the cooking times for the vegetables you choose. For example, root vegetables like carrots may take longer to cook than softer vegetables like peas.
5. Should I thaw the chicken before putting it in the crockpot?
It’s generally recommended to thaw the chicken before putting it in the crockpot. Thawing ensures more even cooking and reduces the risk of foodborne illnesses. If you’re short on time, you can use frozen chicken, but make sure to adjust the cooking time to ensure the chicken is fully cooked.
6. Can I use baby potatoes instead of regular potatoes?
Yes, you can use baby potatoes in this recipe. Baby potatoes can be left whole or halved, depending on your preference. They cook faster than larger potatoes, so keep an eye on the cooking time to prevent them from becoming too soft.
7. How long should I cook Crockpot Ranch Chicken and Potatoes?
Cooking times can vary based on the size of your chicken pieces and the type of crockpot you’re using. Generally, on low heat, it takes about 6-7 hours, and on high heat, it takes about 3-4 hours. It’s essential to check the internal temperature of the chicken to ensure it reaches a safe minimum of 165°F (74°C).
8. Can I make this dish ahead of time and reheat it later?
Yes, you can make Crockpot Ranch Chicken and Potatoes ahead of time and reheat it later. Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat gently on the stove or in the microwave, adding a splash of chicken broth or water if needed to maintain the dish’s moisture.