Five ingredient, very simple Slow Cooker Creamy Ranch Chicken can quickly be thrown together in the crock pot for a meal the whole family will love!

creamy ranch chicken in a white bowl

Creamy Ranch Slow Cooker Chicken

I first posted this recipe in February 2012 with one sucky picture and nothing about it so I figured it was time for a revamp.

Slow Cooker Honey Bourbon Chicken has been my most popular post for over a year so I’m pretty sure the world likes slow cooker chicken recipes. I get it, they’re easy and family friendly. They’re some of my favorites, too.

chicken cutlets laid out with a slow cooker

Ingredients

Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe, why you need them, and possible substitutions. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card with measurements.

  • Chicken – Boneless, skinless chicken breasts. A pound to a pound and a half will do.
  • Cream Cheese – I like to use full fat cream cheese but I’m sure you could use the lightened up version. Either way, make sure that it’s room temperature and cubed. It helps it to melt in the slow cooker.
  • Two cans of “Cream of” Soup – I used one Cream of Chicken and one Cream of Onion. You can use whatever you like – onion, chicken, celery, mushroom, etc. I also get that some of you don’t like to use the “cream of” soups (they’re high in sodium, I know). I don’t mind using them every once in awhile, but if you’re opposed (or don’t have any on hand), you can make your own with this cream soup substitute recipe.
  • Ranch Seasoning Mix – You’ll need one packet. Again, if you don’t like using store bought, you can make your own.
  • Noodles – you’ll need about 6 oz (or half a box) so use whatever you have on hand or your favorite.

overhead shot of creamy ranch chicken in a slow cooker

Tools you’ll need

  • Set ‘n Forget Slow Cooker – Maybe you have an actual “Crock Pot” brand slow cooker, but I have and love this Hamilton Beach version and I love that after the set cooking time is done, it automatically switches over to “warm”. Great for my long days.
  • Spoon & Ladle Set – I have and love this set. It’s heat safe, easy to clean, and perfect for breaking up the cooking chicken, then spooning it over the noodles.
  • Colander with a handle – I thought a handle on my colander was unnecessary when my husband bought me one but I love it. It’s easier to safely drain noodles without getting a steam bath.

overhead shot of bowtie noodles in white bowls

Can you put frozen chicken in the slow cooker?

Can you? Yes. Should you? No. A slow cooker cooks slowly (hence the name). It doesn’t bring meat up to a safe temperature quickly enough to start from frozen. Will it kill you? Probably not, but now that I know better, I always start with thawed chicken.

fork full of creamy ranch chicken made in the crockpot

Need more crockpot dinner recipes? Try these:

bowl of creamy ranch chicken topped with cheese & parsley
4.78 from 315 votes

Creamy Ranch Slow Cooker Chicken

Servings: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours
Five ingredient, very simple Slow Cooker Creamy Ranch Chicken can quickly be thrown together in the crock pot for a meal the whole family will love!

Ingredients
 

  • 1-1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened & cubed
  • 20.5 ounces "cream of" soup two (2) 10.5 ounce cans of Cream of Onion or Cream of Chicken
  • 2 Tablespoons ranch seasoning mix or 1 packet
  • 6 ounces noodles cooked

Instructions

  • Trim your chicken breasts and lay into a 6 quart slow cooker.
  • Cover the chicken with two cans of soup and ranch seasoning mix. Place your cubed cream cheese on top.
  • Cover and cook on low for approximately 5 hours, stirring occasionally. I broke up the chicken as it cooked.
  • Cook whatever noodles you like and pour them into the chicken mixture. Or keep them separate and ladle the chicken mixture over noodles.
  • We topped ours with a shredded Italian cheese blend and freshly ground black pepper.

Video

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 134mg | Sodium: 335mg | Potassium: 497mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 795IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 0.6mg

Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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Originally published February 15, 2012

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135 Comments

  1. This looks so good! My family loves chicken and pasta dishes and I love cooking with my crock pot! So the recipe is right up our alley! I can’t wait to try! Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    I have made this many! times. I hate to Cook so love these quick and easy recipes with minimal ingredients. My husband loves it because he does all the cooking and this is one I make to give him a night off. Lol.

    I highly recommend this! Also, your dill pickle slow cooker recipe is another favorite. Served with mash potatoes. Yummy 😋!!!

  3. Happy Birthday Melissa! This recipe deserves a comment because it’s as easy as it looks and it’s delicious! It’s become a family fav!

  4. I am going to try the semi homemade chicken pot pie. I love pot pies. Also, I want to wish you a very happy birthday!

  5. Hi , I’m keen to make this recipe but Im Having trouble getting ranch seasoning
    Can it be left out or something else substituted

    1. I don’t recommend it. Because the slow cooker heats slowly, it won’t get to a safe temp quick enough. If you have an hour, put the chicken (in the package) in a bowl of cold water to thaw. That said, plenty of people will do it & tell you it’s fine 🙂