Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken & Veggies
A versatile, filling, one-pot meal, slow cooker ranch chicken and veggies is made with a simple homemade ranch seasoning blend, chicken, carrots, and potatoes; making for an easy dinner recipe everyone will love!
Even though it’s still hot, hot, hot here in Portland, we’re gearing up for fall in a big way.
My little starts kindergarten the day after Labor Day, and between her school, my job, my husband’s job, the blog, and a few new projects, it’s looking like this season is going to be very full.
Whenever our schedule’s get extra hectic the slow cooker is always my fallback.
Knowing I can throw a bunch of ingredients in the night before or morning of and having dinner warm and waiting for us makes all the difference in the world.
This Healthy Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken & Veggies is one of our new family favorites and couldn’t be simpler to make.
I like to whip up a double or triple batch of the ranch mix ahead of time so dinner prep is extra streamlined during the week.
The fact that this recipe uses a homemade ranch mix means you can skip all the processed junk in the store version, and keep this recipe paleo, dairy-free, and Whole30 friendly–just be sure to use a dariy-free yogurt in the dressing.
The ranch flavor of the cooked chicken and veggies is very subtle, making it great for people with sensitive palates.
If you love big ranch flavor, though, you’ll want to douse everything in plenty of the homemade dressing. Yum.
I hope you enjoy this one. Now, let’s make some Healthy Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken & Veggies
RECIPE & KID-FRIENDLY ADAPTATIONS
1 | Use boneless, skinless thighs in place of breasts if you prefer.
2 | Serve the chicken, veggies and Ranch Dressing separately on a plate for resistant eaters.
THIS RECIPE IS . . .
Naturally Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Grain-Free, Paleo and Whole30 Friendly
Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken & Veggies
Homemade Ranch Seasoning
- 2 tablespoons onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon granulated garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried dill
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
For the Chicken & Veggies
- 3 cups ½-inch diced yellow waxy potato
- 3 cups ½-inch diced carrots
- ¼ cup chicken stock
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, (or boneless, skinless thighs)
- 1 tablespoon Ranch Seasoning, divided
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
For the Ranch Dressing
- ⅓ cup whole Greek yogurt, or non-dairy yogurt
- 1 tablespoon avocado mayo
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar , or fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons Ranch Seasoning
- Make the Ranch Seasoning by stirring together the onion powder, garlic powder, dried dill and salt until well combined.
- Place the potato and carrots in the base of a 6-quart slow cooker. Add the chicken stock and ½ tablespoon Ranch Seasoning, tossing to combine. Add the chicken breasts, sprinkle with an additional ½ tablespoon Ranch Seasoning and ½ teaspoon kosher salt.
- Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6, or until the chicken is just cooked through. Times will vary depending on the make and model of your slow cooker.
- Meanwhile, make the Ranch Dressing by whisking together the yogurt, mayo, apple cider vinegar, and 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Ranch Seasoning. Taste and adjust seasonings if desired.
- Remove the chicken and veggies from the slow cooker. Slice the chicken and serve with the veggies and sauce on the side for drizzling or dipping.
So excited for crockpot season to be here in full force! Not just because I love being lazy, but also because helloooo, delicious! This looks amazing!
Totally with you Karly! Hope you enjoy this one. 🙂
Hello! I’ve so enjoyed cooking from your blog! Is there an easy way to print this particular recipe? I’m sure I’m just missing it, just not finding it in the usual spot. Thanks so much.
Lindsay, I add all the recipe printables by hand, so sometimes it takes me a few extra days. It’s there now. Hope you enjoy!
I am amazed at how much this tastes like "real Ranch" (except this is the REAL ranch dressing)…so fresh and flavorful – thanks, Robyn for a healthy & delish alternative.
Yay, Erin, sooooo happy you are enjoying this one. Ranch on everything!!!
If I prepped this the night before, including pouring on the broth, do you think the potatoes would get mushy? We’d turn on the crock pot at about 9AM, and wouldn’t eat til 6 or so. (The crock pot switches to warm after the cook time is done.)
Lisa, they shouldn’t get mushy from soaking overnight in the broth. They could end up on the soft side from staying in the warm setting for a long time, but should still be super tasty. Hope you enjoy!
Great recipe. I made it w/ half chicken breast and half thighs. Thighs definitely stay juicier through cooking. Sauce was a little thick. Did a quick drip of water to thin it out. Hubby and daughters agreed we could put this on repeat.
Fantastic, Julia, love that you adapted, and happy you found a regular rotation recipe!
Is it possible to make this in the Instant Pot? I’d love to know how to do that. I rarely plan meals hours in advance.
I haven’t tried it in the IP yet, so I don’t have details–if I give it a try I’ll be sure to update the recipe!
Excellent flavor, especially the ranch dressing! Amazing! I didn’t have dill so i used dried parsley. The cooking time, size of vegetables etc came out just right.
I am so glad to find your website. I appreciate the balanced, whole food recipes: health that can still fit into a busy life. Can’t wait to try more.
Thank you so much for sharing!
Kate, I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe and that you found the site! Cheers and thanks for leaving a review!
I can’t wait to try these!
Yay, hope you enjoy!
The recipe claims to be dairy-free but I’ve yet to find ranch seasoning that doesn’t have dairy. Any suggestions?
Hi Kelcey, yes, it is hard to find pre-made ranch dressing, that’s why this recipe includes instructions to make your own! Read through the recipe again and you’ll see it. You’ll just need plain, unsweetened non-dairy yogurt. Hope you enjoy!
Wow! I am super impressed with this. A lot of crockpot chicken recipes don’t have good flavor and I’m always skeptical trying new stuff. This is delicious and the homemade ranch seasoning. Wow! So good. Will def be making this regularly!
Yay, so happy you enjoyed this one! Thanks so much for leaving a review!
My kids for some reason do not like cooked carrots, is it possible to sub it out with a broccoli or cauliflower?
Dollette, yes, but I would add those at the end of the cook time (with about 30-45 min left) to steam until done. If you add them at the beginning they will likely be overcooked. Hope you enjoy!
Super excited to try this recipe! Quick question: in the ingredients it lists “1/4 cup whole milk, plain Greek yogurt or non dairy yogurt”. I used just whole milk and the dressing is soupy. Do I have to add the Greek yogurt? Or, can I leave yogurt out and just use whole milk and the rest of the ingredients? I have a sensitivity to yogurts due to migraines. TIA!
Hi Margi, I’d recommend Greek yogurt, since regular yogurt (or leaving out the yogurt) will yield a runny sauce, as you mentioned. Can you eat sour cream? That would work as a substitute!
Can you use a bag of baby carrots?
Hi Debbie, yes, baby carrots should work in place of the diced whole carrots. I hope you enjoy!