Slow Cooker Creamy Ranch Chicken

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Have you dusted off your slow cookers yet? Or do you use it year round like I do? I absolutely love my slow cooker. And this meal was slow cooked to perfection. Creamy and delicious and so tender that the chicken falls apart. This is my kind of meal!Slow cooker creamy ranch chicken with potatoes and carrots on a plate.Life is just busy. There is so much going on but it is so important for our family to sit down and eat together. Of course we have our macaroni and cheese and Little Ceasar’s nights, but I like to eat together each night. It took me 5 minutes to throw this meal in . So easy! It is ready right in time for dinner and it is a meal that the family will love. Tender chicken, potatoes, and carrots in a creamy ranch sauce. It will seem like you slaved in the kitchen all day for this delicious meal!


Slow Cooker Creamy Ranch Chicken

5 from 1 vote
An easy and delicious meal that you can put into the slow cooker.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 4 People


  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 6-8 medium potatoes chopped into large pieces
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup*
  • 1 package dry ranch dressing mix*
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • parsley to sprinkle on top optional


  • Spray your slow cooker with non stick cooking spray. Layer the potatoes and baby carrots on the bottom of the slow cooker. Lay chicken breasts on the top.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the soup and dry ranch packet and milk. Pour on the top of the chicken breasts.
  • Cook on low for 4-5 hours. Use extra sauce as a gravy over the top of the potatoes and chicken breasts and sprinkle with parsley if desired.


*If you like extra sauce and gravy, double the soup and ranch packet.


Serves: 4

Calories347kcal (17%)Carbohydrates46g (15%)Protein33g (66%)Fat4g (6%)Saturated Fat1g (5%)Cholesterol74mg (25%)Sodium240mg (10%)Potassium1909mg (55%)Fiber10g (40%)Sugar4g (4%)Vitamin A8884IU (178%)Vitamin C39mg (47%)Calcium139mg (14%)Iron11mg (61%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Hi Alyssa! Do you know what I could use in replace of the cream of chicken soup – I can’t usually find the gluten free version anywhere. Thanks!

    1. YOu can make your own cream of whatever by making a rue as a base. Melt 2 TB butter, and add 2 TB flour and cook for 1 min. Then add milk or chicken broth or beef broth. What ever flavor base you want it to be. Makes an excellent sub for cream of whatever. 🙂

      1. Great hint. Thanks for sharing it with thos of us who cannot handle the gluten. I will definitely give it a try in this deliciously sounding recipe.

  2. Can I slow cook this in the oven? My crockpot isn’t large enough. How long should I bake it in a dutch oven & at what temp?

  3. Thank you for sharing such great recipes! 🙂 This one however did not work out for me. I cooked in the crock pot on low for 6 hours. My crock pot usually works awesome. At the end of 6 hours the carrots were still hard and the chicken was not quite done. I did use more soup for more gravy. It was probably just the cook. 🙂

    1. I tried this last night and mine were the same. I cooked it for another 4 hours and they were softer but still way to crunchy for my taste.

  4. Well I put the chicken in on low for 5 hour while I was on my lunch. Smells good but the chicken is still completely raw. I’m going to cook it another hour on high and hope its finished by dinner time. Next time I’ll try setting it on low for 8 hour before I leave for work. 🙂

  5. I loved this recipe! It was so quick and simple and turned out so delicious. As a busy college student, I love easy recipes like this. The chicken was so tender and I loved that I had some leftovers. Thank you so much for sharing this Alyssa! I will definitely be making this again.

  6. I have this in my crockpot for tonight’s dinner. I added some chopped onion, frozen peas and toward the end I made dumplings. Can’t wait to try!

  7. When you double the soup and ranch packet mix for extra gravy, do you also double the amount of milk you use?

  8. I’ve had this recipe bookmarked for so long & FINALLY tried it today. I think I may have overcooked it because I’m still a crockpot newbie & was really paranoid after reading the comments. I had it going for about 7.5 hours, mostly on low, but one hour on high early on to kickstart the process. I was worried at first there wouldn’t be enough liquid to keep the veggies & chicken from scorching, but since I used frozen chicken, there ended up being plenty. Maybe too much, actually, because the flavors were a little bland. :[ I clearly have a lot to learn in slow cooking, so thanks for inspiring me to try!

  9. I tried this recipe for the first time tonight. I cooked it for 4 hours on high and the carrots and potatoes were still rock hard when it was dinner time:/ I’m not sure what went wrong… Maybe next time.

    1. Did you put the vegetables on the bottom? They take longer to cook on the top and should always be put on the bottom.

  10. I am cooking this tonight and I am having the same problems as some others. It’s been cooking on low for 3 hour and the chicken is almost completely raw. I’ve changed the setting to high and am hoping adding another hour will help.

    1. Is your crockpot older? I have never had a problem when I cook this and sometimes it cooks even faster than the time that I have given.

  11. I just bought the ingredients and am so excited to try this out! I did decide on getting an extra can of cream of chicken soup (I’m a huge fan of gravy) and just want to know if I should double the milk if I use two cans of the soup instead of one? TIA! 🙂

  12. I think this is an interesting recipe and really looks like something my husband will enjoy. So its on my list to make. One issue I have is most times the size of the crockpot is not listed, I have several. Thank you for posting it

  13. Making this for supper Sunday night. Sounds delish. I think I will use cream of mushroom instead of chicken. Just prefer it, and add some onions and more mushrooms.

    1. The sauce on this is good but the cooking times are not correct. Cooked it for 5 hrs on low. Chicken wasn’t done and potatoes were hard. Cooked on high For another two hours. Potatoes were still not done. Left the potatoes in the crockpot for another hour And they are still kinda hard.

  14. I made this yesterday for dinner and it was really yummy, but I did change a few things based on reviews. First off, I did double the sauce. I put the veggies in the crock pot (will definitely add more carrots next time) and poured half of the doubled sauce over the veggies and cooked on high for 1.5 hours (will do 2 hours next time) then stirred it all up, topped with the chicken and the rest of the sauce and cooked on low for about seven hours. I was worried it would taste too “ranchy”, but it was perfect. Lots of tasty sauce to mop up with hot rolls. Mmmmm 🙂 Even with the extra steps this was still a very easy, delicious recipe that I will be making again! Thanks for sharing!

  15. can I use another dry packet besides ranch? My fiancé is not too fOns of ranch, but I would love to try and make this dish

  16. Very good dinner . chicken was very tender and veggies also done perfect. I did cook it on high for 1st hour because of other reviews about being under cooked, but came out just fine done in about 5 hours on low with the first hour being on high.. My only complaint is that I couldn’t taste the ranch flavor , next time i will add maybe another half packet or use 2 packets’ I was hoping for a strong ranch flavor

  17. Will never make this again. Should have read the comments first. Chicken took longer to cook then usual and the potatoes and carrots were rock hard, still are and they’ve been In there 6+ hours. I have a brand new crockpot and have never had this problem with other recipes. Was so disappointed, family couldn’t even eat it. Waste of time and money.

    1. This is one of our favorites. I am so sorry it didn’t turn out for you. I had no problems with the veggies cooking tender a long with the chicken. If veggies are taking longer than 6+ hours to cook it may be your crockpot.

  18. Made this for hubby and I tonight. Used 2 skinned chicken legs and 2 boneless chicken breasts, added some mushrooms and peas near the end and doubled the sauce. It was delicious. Hubby LOVED it and told me to make it again and again. It is a keeper.

  19. Made this with a few changes. I had cream of celery soup so used it instead of cream of chicken. i didn’t have the packaged ranch dressing so used bottled ranch. After reading the previous comments, I doubled the sauce/gravy and put the veggies with half in the slow cooker for 2 hours on high. I unthawed the chicken breasts and cooked them for a minute in the microwave before adding them with the rest of the sauce/gravy after the 2 hours and cooked on low for 3 more hours. It was bubbling hot and everything was done. It tasted good but I really didn’t taste the ranch at all. Had lots of veggies and gravy left over and made a meatloaf to go with it the second night.

  20. Hi! Hi! First time I made this exactly like your recipe, however i did need a li’l more cook time. Me slow cooker is OLD, like me, so SLOWER THAN MOST! This time, I tried it with few changes. BUT, w/o your recipe as starting stone, I’d has been lost. I LOVE ME SLOW COOKER. Instead of Cream of Chicken, I also used Cream of Celery. And since I love gravy AND cheese, I used a can of Cheddar Cheese Soup also along with the Cream of Celery, 2 pkts of ranch and 1/2 cup milk. I also added some whole baby onions (Like I said, Stepping Stone). I cooked for 6 hours on LOW, it came out PERFECT for us. There was still some chew to the carrots and potatoes, and the onions DID NOT DISINTEGRATE. But everything was COOKED, the vegetables just weren’t MUSH.
    I’m also going to try this sauce mixture with me Spinach & Feta stuffed Rolled Pork Loin in the Slow Cooker. I normally just use chicken & beef stock 3 – 1

  21. Loved it! made it exactly as printed.. cooked more than 4 hours… I work overnight and put it on at 8am.. woke up at 3??‍♀️?.. it’s a hot in my household

  22. Love your recipes but I wish you includedidn’t the calories or points and nutrition information.

  23. After reading all the comments about the vegetables, only suggestion I have is ad sliced carrots and cube the potatoes smaller. Thaw the chicken if frozen or double cook time.

  24. Well I thought I had some powdered Ranch Dressing packets and cream of Chicken Soup… however it seems that the closest I have to these Items is a bottle of actual Ranch Dressing and a Box of Chicken Gravy …. Alyssa can these items be substituted for what is actual used in your recipe?? I know it is a lot to ask but could you please email back your reply?

  25. Wow… wonderful recipe… I made this but had to do few changes because I didn’t have the needed can of Cream of Chicken or the Powdered Ranch Dressing…. But I did have a can of Chicken Gravy and a bottle of Ranch Dressing…. So I used them… It was awesome normally my roommate doesn’t care for chicken breast made in the slow cooker because it tends to dry out to much… NOT THIS TIME… he wanted more but I had cut the recipe in half since there was just the two of use… next time I will make the full recipe for him…. Alyssa you can see a pic of the meal on my Face Book page if your interested in seeing it.

  26. Since it’s just me and I’m not a fan of leftovers, has anyone tried this with just 2 chicken breast and halved the veggies but left the soup mixture the same?

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