Creamy Ranch Slow Cooker Chicken

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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


Here’s what you need to make this dish:

  • 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, here’s a recipe.
  • 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


  • 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? 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


bowl of creamy ranch chicken topped with cheese & parsley

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Creamy Ranch Slow Cooker Chicken

Melissa | Persnickety Plates
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!
4.78 from 93 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs
Total Time 5 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 331 kcal


  • 1-1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 8 oz. cream cheese softened & cubed
  • 2 cans "cream of" soup I use Cream of Onion or Cream of Chicken
  • 1 packet Ranch seasoning mix
  • 6 oz noodles cooked


  • Trim your chicken breasts and lay into the 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.


Serving: 1gCalories: 331kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 27gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 134mgSodium: 335mgPotassium: 497mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 795IUVitamin C: 1.3mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 0.6mg

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Originally published February 15, 2012


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  1. Six Sisters says

    Yummy! I’ve tried the Italian one… but not the ranch! It sounds delicious!And Thanks for sharing it at Six Sister’s Link Party! We hope to see you again next week!
    -The Sisters

  2. Kim says

    5 stars
    This was a delicious, easy, quick supper for our family tonight! This will have its place in our rotation!

    • Amanda says

      Did you put water in it when you added the soup??

  3. Kylee says

    5 stars
    This was so easy and super tasty/filling! Will for sure make again!

  4. Essie says

    Is it okay to cook on high for half the time?

    • Melissa Williams says

      You can – you always run the risk of chicken drying out in the slow cooker when you cook on high, but it hasn’t been an issue for me.

  5. Kellie says

    So excited for this! Can I use frozen chicken?

    • Melissa Williams says

      Slow cookers don’t get up to a safe temp quick enough so there is possibility for bacteria…but a lot of people use frozen anyway. I used to & was always fine, but I don’t anymore. Let me know how you like it!

  6. Jessica says

    When do you add the pasta to the crockpot. I’m making this right now and I’m newish to using the Crock-Pot so…

    • Melissa Williams says

      You cook the noodles separately & either stir them in at the end or just serve the chicken over noodles.

  7. Ashley Hood says

    Have you tried this with an instant pot?

    • Kevin Ryan says

      Ashley, PC chicken and pasta of your choice at high for 2 min, natural release 5 min. Drain water, then add the Cream Cheese and soups.

      All will be cooked perfectly.

  8. Joanna says

    Can I use the ranch “dip” mix instead?

    • Melissa Williams says

      Yeah, I think it’s just a bit thicker, but it probably doesn’t matter here.

  9. Alicen says

    If I make double the recipe would I just double the ingredients?

  10. M Kay says

    5 stars
    I make this a lot and throw in crispy bacon pieces and about 10 minutes before serving I put a cup of frozen peas. It’s delicious! I like it with mushrooms but our family is split on tha 😕😕😕

    • John says

      When you add your ranch packet , do you just add the powder or do you mix the packet up first and then add?

  11. Monica says

    5 stars
    I did my chicken first in the crock pot with chicken broth about 4 hours then took my forks and shredded the chicken breast. Used all the ingredients in the recipe. I didn’t have noodles the recipe called for, so I used the elbow needles, added a can of original rotel for a little kick. It was delicious 🤤.

    • Melissa Williams says

      Ooh Rotel – I like it! Thanks so much for reporting back 🙂

  12. Niki says

    5 stars
    Sounds yummy will be trying this one day for sure and if people are really worried bout the soups they make low sodium and no salt ones now

  13. cindy smith says

    5 stars
    This has been a family favorite for decades! We have always used dry onion soup mix along with cream of mushroom soup with extra mushrooms so I am really looking forward to making it with ranch dressing mix for a change. I also like the idea in one of the other comments to add peas about 10 minutes before it is done.

  14. Cathy says

    5 stars
    This is a must try recipe!! So quick & easy!!

  15. Katie says

    Does this freeze well?

  16. Chrissy says

    5 stars
    Can you use light cream cheese instead?

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