Creamy Crockpot Cheddar Ranch Chicken

This creamy crockpot cheddar ranch chicken recipe is bursting with delicious flavors and is such a simple meal to make for the entire family! Of all the slow cooker chicken recipes, this ranks up there with one of my family’s favorites!

Creamy cheddar ranch chicken in a white bowl with pasta.

I love to serve this meal on busy weeknights, and it is just as good served the next day!

The great thing about this easy meal is that it uses simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand.

It’s always nice to have side dishes to serve with the main dish, so you can try my fruit salad with cool whipthick sliced roasted sweet potatoes, or my summer berry salad.

What is Creamy Crockpot Cheddar Ranch Chicken?

This delightful dish is made with chicken thighs, a block of cream cheese, ranch seasoning, and shredded cheddar cheese. 

It is topped with crumbled bacon and sliced green onions.

It is a delicious recipe served over pasta or white rice.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • You will want to serve it over and over again because it will be a favorite meal for your family.
  • It is such a simple recipe to make.
  • You can serve it in a variety of ways 

Tell Me About Creamy Crockpot Cheddar Ranch Chicken

  • Taste– Cheesy and savory describes this crockpot ranch chicken.
  • Texture– Creamy is the best word to describe this great recipe.
  • Ease– It really is a simple recipe, and the hardest part is shredding the chicken.
  • Time– It only takes 10 minutes to prep the meal and 6 hours of cooking time.

Ingredients for Crockpot Cheddar Ranch Chicken

  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs– The chicken thighs are the main ingredient for this crockpot chicken.
  • Ranch Packet– The packet of ranch dressing mix is what makes this meal so extra delicious and savory.
  • Brick of Cream Cheese– The combination of ingredients mixed with the cream cheese is what makes this meal so creamy!
  • Crispy Bacon– Bacon makes everything taste better!
  • Shredded Cheese– The more the cheese in a recipe, the better a recipe is!
  • Green Onion– Onion lovers enjoy the extra flavor added to this dish.
  • Rice or Pasta– Serving the chicken mixture on top of rice or pasta is a great way to make this an extra filling and delicious meal!

Make Crockpot Cheddar Ranch Chicken in 3 Easy Steps

  1. Add ingredients to the crockpot– Place raw chicken on bottom of the slow cooker and top with the ranch seasoning, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese.
  2. Cook– Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours, then shred the chicken and stir to make the sauce creamy.
  3. Serve over rice or pasta– Dish the creamy chicken mixture over rice or pasta. Top with bacon and green onions.

Variations for Creamy Cheddar Ranch Chicken

  • Chicken Breasts– Instead of chicken thighs, you can use boneless chicken breast.
  • Rotisserie Chicken– You can substitute store-bought rotisserie chicken as well. However, since it is already cooked, you will not want to cook it in the crockpot all day. Instead, you can mix all of the ingredients with the rotisserie chicken and bake it in a casserole dish at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Obviously, it would not be a crockpot meal if you choose to cook it this way.
  • Jalapeño Cheddar Jack Cheese– If you like a little bit of spice, you can substitute this cheese for the shredded cheddar.

Tips for Creamy Crockpot Cheddar Ranch Chicken

  • This is such a great recipe to serve in a variety of ways for easy dinners.
  • You can serve this tender chicken recipe on buns as chicken sliders.
  • You can serve the cheddar ranch chicken on top of a baked potato or even mashed potatoes.
  • Serve the chicken inside a croissant or pita bread.
  • Add the creamy chicken mixture to a tortilla and wrap it up!
  • For a carb-free option, you can add chicken to the lettuce and make a lettuce wrap. 
  • This recipe can also be used as a dip!
  • Be careful not to overcook the chicken to avoid drying it out or making it too mushy or chewy.
  • Cube up the cream cheese before adding it to the crockpot and spread it out over the chicken to evenly distribute the cream cheese.

Add-Ins for Crockpot Cheddar Ranch Chicken

  • Sour Cream– Add a dollop of sour cream to the top of each serving.
  • Black Olives– Black olives can be sprinkled on top of the chicken mixture.
  • Bell Peppers– Peppers would add an extra measure of deliciousness!

How to Store Leftover Creamy Crockpot Cheddar Ranch Chicken

Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

How to Reheat Creamy Cheddar Ranch Chicken

Reheat this recipe on the stovetop in a pan or heat it in a microwave-safe dish.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can this Creamy Cheddar Ranch Chicken be frozen?

Yes, it can. Make sure it is completely cooled, and then store it in a freezer safe dish or ziplock bag for up to 3 months.

What temperature do I set the crockpot for to cook this meal?

Set the temperature on low for best results.

How do I know when the chicken is ready?

Once the chicken is easily shredded, it is ready to eat!

Crockpot Cheddar Ranch Chicken Recipe

Creamy cheddar ranch chicken in a white bowl with pasta.

Crockpot Cheddar Ranch Chicken

Liz Quick
This slow cooker recipe is full of flavor with a creamy base and can be served on pasta or rice.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
0 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 97 kcal


  • 1 slow cooker,


  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning mix
  • 8 ounces full fat cream cheese
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup diced green onions
  • as needed rice or pasta


  • Add the chicken to the slow cooker.
  • Top with the ranch seasoning, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours. Shred the chicken and stir to make the sauce creamy.
  • Dish the creamy chicken mixture over rice or pasta. Top with bacon and green onions.


I often like to increase the chicken amount to make this a heartier meal.
Keyword cheddar ranch chicken, slow cooker recipe

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