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Easy Crockpot BBQ Ranch Chicken Recipe is super easy and perfect for busy weeknights. The sauce is thick and tangy and perfect to serve over rice.

Shredded BBQ Ranch Chicken in a slow cooker
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This is a super easy crockpot chicken dinner with a nice thick sauce. You will have this all prepped and thrown in the crockpot in no time at all. If you love this slow cooker recipe, you may also love this Crock Pot Huli Huli Chicken Recipe.

I love making easy meals for my large family that are kid friendly. This simple ingredient barbecue chicken recipe meets all those requirements and is the perfect weeknight meal.

Why We Love This Recipe:

The combination of the BBQ sauce and Ranch tastes amazing. The chicken cooks tender in the slow cooker for a delicious meal idea.

We love serving it over rice but you easily serve on hamburger buns for a delicious chicken sandwich.


Ingredients needed - Chicken breasts, flour, ranch seasoning mix, BBQ Sauce, water

For the full list of ingredients and recipe, scroll to the bottom for the recipe card.


  • Change Chicken – This BBQ Chicken recipe can be made with Skinless Chicken Thighs, Chicken Drumsticks or Chicken Tenders.
  • Favorite BBQ Sauce – Feel free to use your favorite BBQ sauce to make this recipe. One of our favorite sauces is Sweet Baby Ray.
  • Chicken Broth – We used water in this recipe, but you can substitute with chicken broth.
  • Ranch Dressing – If you only have ranch dressing, it will work in this recipe. But I would add it directly on top of the chicken once in the slow cooker.

Step by Step Instructions:

Combining the ranch seasoning mix and flour in a ziploc bag

Step 1 – In a large ziploc bag, mix together the flour and ranch seasoning.

Placing chicken in the zip loc bag

Step 2 – Place chicken in the ziploc bag with the ranch seasoning mixture.

Combining the Flour and Ranch Seasoning in a zip loc bag

Step 3 – Shake the bag to completely cover the chicken with the ranch mixture.

Placing seasoned chicken in the slow cooker

Step 4 – Place chicken in the slow cooker that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

Combining BBQ sauce and water together in a bowl

Step 5 – In a medium bowl, combine barbecue sauce and water until mixed well.

Pouring BBQ Sauce over the top of seasoned chicken in the slow cooker

Step 6 – Pour the BBQ sauce mixture over the chicken in the crock pot.

Cooked Chicken Breasts in a slow cooker with BBQ Sauce

Step 7 – Cook BBQ Ranch Chicken on low 4 hours. You can also cook on high for about 2-3 hours.

Shredded BBQ Ranch Chicken in a bowl

Step 8 – Remove the lid and remove chicken from the slow cook. Shred the chicken in a bowl, then place back into the slow cooker to mix in with the ranch sauce. Serve with your favorite side dish and enjoy.

Recipe Tips:

  • Prepare Slow Cooker – We recommend spraying slow cooker with cooking spray for easy cleanup.
  • Meat Thermometer – To ensure your chicken is cooked to 165 degrees, we recommend using a meat thermometer. This allows you to check the internal temperature of the chicken.
  • Cover Chicken – Before placing the chicken in the slow cooker, make sure to completely cover with the flour and ranch seasoning packet.
Shredded BBQ Ranch Chicken in the slow cooker

What to Serve with BBQ Ranch Chicken:

This is one of my favorite chicken recipes. There are many ways to serve this chicken for an easy weeknight meal. I also love to serve with white rice or cauliflower rice for a low carb option.

It is even delicious with a side of black beans and topped with avocado and cilantro for a family favorite meal.

Shredded BBQ Ranch Chicken over white rice on a black plate

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to Shred Chicken:

Once you have cooked the chicken in the slow cooker, it is ready to shred. You can easily shred with two forks. But you can also learn how to shred chicken with the stand mixer. This process saves time and the chicken comes out prefectly shredded.

Can I place frozen chicken in slow cooker?

Yes, you can place frozen chicken in the slow cooker. This is how I cook most of my chicken recipes. It cooks easily so there is no need to thaw chicken to make this recipe.

How to Store Leftovers:

This chicken stores great in the fridge or the freezer. If placing in the refrigerator store in an airtight container. I love making this chicken to meal prep for the week. If you are freezing the leftovers, store the leftovers in a freezer bag for up to 3 months.

More Easy Crock Pot Chicken Recipes:

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CrockPot BBQ Ranch Chicken Recipe

5 from 5 votes
Easy Crockpot BBQ Ranch Chicken Recipe is super easy and perfect for busy weeknights. The perfect weeknight dinner.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Main
Calories 337


  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • ½ package ranch seasoning mix
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • ½ cup water
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  • Mix flour and ranch seasoning mix together in large zipper baggie.
  • Cut chicken in large chunks – I did 5-6 chunks per chicken breast.
  • Add chicken breast pieces to zipper baggie and shake until all chicken pieces are coated.
  • Dump chicken into crockpot sprayed with cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, combine barbecue sauce and water until mixed well. Pour over chicken.
  • Cook on low 4 hours. Serve over rice and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 337kcal, Carbohydrates 33g, Protein 37g, Fat 4g, Cholesterol 108mg, Sodium 941mg, Potassium 793mg, Sugar 23g, Vitamin A 210IU, Vitamin C 2.5mg, Calcium 32mg, Iron 1.4mg

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  1. Mandy says:

    So easy, and so yummy! Made this for dinner last night. When I don’t know what to make for dinner, I look at your recipes and always find something to make with ingredients I have on hand. Thank you so much!! You are a life saver ??

  2. Carrie says:

    Yes that would work great in this recipe too!

  3. MOMOF2 says:


  4. Carrie says:

    If you have a programmable crock pot, I would set it to change over to keep warm after 4 hours. If that’s not an option, you can cook longer. I would increase the water to a full cup so that it doesn’t dry out in the crock pot. The chicken will likely shred since it’s cooked for a longer time. Thank you.

  5. Liz says:

    I start work at 8 and don’t get home till about the evening time. So is it ok if it cooks longer than 4 hrs?

  6. Carrie says:

    Yes, it would work great with chicken thighs.

  7. charles jensen says:

    very good

  8. Chris Tilbrook says:

    Hi, where can I get the ranch seasoning mix or is there an alternative for me here in Australia.

    Thanks from Chris

  9. Diana Gidley says:

    Will it work just as well with chicken thighs ,

  10. Carrie says:

    I have a family size of 10 (8 kids and 2 adults) and I usually double it and it works great for my family!

  11. Carrie says:

    I want to try this but this receipe is for 4 servings only. I feed as many as you. I think I would need to make maybe 12 servings? How many do you make? Do you triple this or does this receipe work for your family?

  12. Carrie says:

    Going in the crock pot raw. It is so easy!

  13. Dan says:

    Is the chicken to be cookeed before, or is it going in the crockpot raw

  14. Ashley says:


    I am looking forward to making this recipe but was wondering if the chicken is frozen or thawed out?

    Thank you!