Versatile Cool Ranch Chicken

Great for bone-in chicken, but fantastic with boneless chicken for making a batch for chicken tacos, burrito bowls, nachos, taco salad or whatever else you can imagine! Crazy easy.

PERFECT freezer meal.

We were so eager to dive into our burrito/salad bowls I didn’t get a nice photo. But I’ve included my real life photos that aren’t too pretty.

This uses Epicure’s Creamy Ranch Dip Mix, a favorite in this household, along with the Fajita seasoning. Though I’d sub the Taco seasoning without any qualms.

Versatile Cool Ranch Chicken

Versatile Cool Ranch Chicken

Great for bone-in chicken, but fantastic for making a batch (freeze some) for chicken tacos, burrito bowls, taco salad or whatever else you can imagine! Crazy easy.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs OR 6-10 bone-in thighs, legs or combo.
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Epicure Fajita seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons Epicure Ranch seasoning

Instructions

Directions for boneless

Combine everything in crockpot and cook on "low" setting for 4-6 hours. Best for boneless pieces.

Shred and remix chicken with all the juices.

Directions for bone-in (for shredding later OR super fast and easy)

Sprinkle and coat bone-in pieces with the seasonings. Drizzle with oil and vinegar.

Cook in slow cooker as above OR for 15 minutes in the pressure cooker OR Bake at 350 until cooked through.

Directions for Crispy Crockpot

Rub seasonings on the bone-in, skin-on pieces. Place them, skin side up, in the crockpot with a little space between each piece. THIS IS IMPORTANT. It won't work without the space. I like to get as many as I can in, so I stand mine up against the side of the pot. The other secret is to cook them all day (7 hours) on low with the crockpot lid is slightly off kilter to allow moisture to escape. While they do not turn out “fried chicken“ crispy, they are definitely more crispy than if I had just dumped them on top of each other in the crockpot.

To Freeze and Cook Later

Combine all ingredients in a gallon-sized plastic freezer bag and freeze. Later, thaw and follow cooking directions above.

When I don't have boneless meat I make a batch of this as a baked dish and then remove the leftover meat from the bones and shred for tacos the next day.

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