Thursday, January 20, 2011

Easy Ranch Chicken

When I saw "Easy," I mean EASY!  LOL  4 Ingredients folks!!!!  Whoo hoo!  This is really just a slight twist on the original Easy Chicken I made the first month I started the blog.  Really, the main difference is I used a Ranch Dressing Packet instead of an Italian Dressing packet.  I also used Boneless Skinless Chicken breasts instead of bone-in chicken just because it's what I had.   It turned out great!  The whole family ate well tonight!  We served ours with a salad and an Italian Risotto (out of the box!) as our sides tonight.

I was a little concerned about the Chicken drying out since it was boneless skinless, but it didn't!  Plus, there was plenty of juice in the bottom of the Slow Cooker to "soak" it with when I served it!  Bone in chicken would work great with this as well!

My friend Natalie told me she makes Easy Chicken sometimes once a week and then shreds it and makes tacos, BBQ pulled Chicken, etc.  The possibilities are endless!

Here it is!

Easy Ranch Chicken

Ingredients:
1 lb. FROZEN boneless skinless or bone-in chicken
1 small onion, cut in half and then sliced into half rings
1 pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch Dry Dressing
1 cup warm water

Directions:
Place the onions into the Slow Cooker, put the chicken on top, then sprinkle with the dry Ranch.  

Pour the cup of warm water over the top being careful not to wash off all the good seasoning!

For Boneless Skinless Chicken - Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours

For Bone-In Chicken - Cook on LOW 8-10 hours

Enjoy!!!!!
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19 comments:

  1. Super easy and yummy. I added 1.5 packs of ranch dip because I love ranch flavor. We added thighs from the Costco package and have enough for 1 person's lunch tomorrow. I don't like juicy chicken so I probably would add just .5 cups water.

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  2. Super easy and yummy. I added 1.5 packs of ranch dip because I love ranch flavor. We added thighs from the Costco package and have enough for 1 person's lunch tomorrow. I don't like juicy chicken so I probably would add just .5 cups water.

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  3. I soo will be doing this for dinner, thank you!!

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  4. I made this tonight! My 5-year-old ate this chicken (with no onions served on his) faster than he has ever eaten chicken! I would maybe try more ranch and less water too, but it was definitely tasty just like this.

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  5. I ended up using 11 bone-in thighs and 2 ranch dressing packets and 1 1/2 cups of warm water. We'll see how it turns out! :)

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  6. Just popped everything onthe crockpot! I'm a first timer on this recipe. I have told people I hitthe jackpot on simple and reasonable priced crockpot meals when I googles and found your cite.

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    1. Well, thank you so much!!! We're always on a budget here, so nothing fancy! LOL

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  7. Us too... And I mean major budget That's why I was very pleased to find your link to these recipes
    Quick question: I used bone in thighs(4) half frozen from the start... Can this be Cooke on high for 6rs instead of on low for 8hrs? My family not home earlier than originally planned. It has been cooking on high for 5 1/2hrs... ?

    Becky C :)

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    1. Cooking on HIGH for 6 hrs is the equivalent of cooking on LOW for 12. You don't need that long. 4 hrs on high would be sufficient. I'm sure it was VERY tender! LOL

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  8. What if I only have a ranch dip not dressing, will it still be ok?

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  9. How about thawed chicken breasts?

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  10. LOVE this recipe! Only thing is I get so frustrated trying to get that little piece of paper off the frozen chicken before I put it into the crock pot. Thawing the chicken right now in the sink as I type.

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    1. LOL! Yeah, I buy boneless skinless chicken in bulk and freeze it in bags, so I never have to worry about this ;)

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  11. Would it work to substitute sour cream in place of the water? I'm just thinking about creaminess lol. If that's even a word

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