Pesto Ranch Chicken Recipe – 4 Ingredient Slow Cooker Meal
The holidays are over and with the kids back in school, schedules are getting back to normal. If you are like me, you may need a bit of inspiration to get back on the nightly cooking wagon. I know it can be hard, the leftovers are all gone by now and eating out constantly is never the best option. So, I thought I would share a delicious crockpot meal with you guys.
The Pesto Ranch Chicken recipe only requires a few ingredients (JUST FOUR TO BE EXACT!) and the prep time is under 10 minutes. What more can you ask for?! My husband will openly tell you that he does not like Pesto, so I was taking a gamble with this one. And that fact that Pesto is green, means that I was also taking a risk with my children turning their noses up at it. However, this Pesto Ranch Chicken Recipe got high marks from everyone in my family! It may not look all that pretty, but it tastes delicious!
I love to use the crockpot, but sometimes you can get a rut with similar meals or soon they are start looking and tasting the same. So, when I pick up my Zaycon Fresh chicken I make it a point to prep a variety of Freezer Meals. This Pesto Ranch Chicken was one of those meals and it will definitely make it back into the meal rotation when I pick up my next order in March. (Learn more about Zaycon Fresh here – get high quality meats for a fraction of the price – we are talking chicken for about $1.70/lb!).
Here is my Ranch Pesto Chicken Recipe. Be sure to Print It and Pin It so that you can make it for your family again and again.
What You Need:
- 1.5 – 2 lbs of chicken breast
- 1 small jar of pesto (or feel free to make your own!)
- 1 envelope of Ranch Dressing & Seasoning Mix
- 1 box of linguini pasta
What You Do:
- Add the chicken, pesto, and ranch seasoning mix to a ziploc freezer bag and toss it in the freezer until ready for use
- When ready to make, dump your ingredients into the crockpot for 7-8 hours on low if from frozen or 6 hours on low if defrosted (or until done).
- Using your wooden spoon, break apart the chicken (don’t shred, just make small pieces)
- 30 minutes before ready to serve, cook the pasta al-dente (use enough pasta that you would normally use fo your family size) – save a small amount of the pasta water before draining
- Add the pasta to the crockpot and toss lightly. This will get the pesto mixture to soak into your pasta. If it looks a little dry, add in that pasta water I told you to save.
- Allow the pasta and chicken to “marinade” together for approx. 15 – 20 minutes
I hope you and your family enjoy this Pesto Ranch Chicken Recipe as much as we do! It does make a lot, so you should even have some leftovers for the next day!
Looking for another delicious Crockpot Meal? This Garlic Honey Chicken is another family favorite.