Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken and Swiss Sandwiches

I have found the most delicious loophole in life.

Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken and Swiss Sandwiches / Bev Cooks

Before I go any further, let me just say that yes, it has the word ranch in the title, but no, this won’t break your diet! If anything, it helps your diet. Because hi, ranch. (and cheeseandchipsandbread)

And not only that, DOUBLE ranch. You might need to sit down.

Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken and Swiss Sandwiches / Bev Cooks

I’m almost too excited to even write this post because of the taste magnitude this recipe beholds. First of all, it’s slow cooker, so the majority of the time is hands off, giving you free time to google gossip about Khlo√© Kardashian because is she really a Kardashian? (<–don’t tell anyone I just said that)

Let’s talk about what goes in this muthu. We have a mix of chicken breast AND thighs (and guess what, I accidentally bought bone-in, but it’s totally fine because you’ll just fish out the bones <gross> at the end of the slow cookering), a green bell pepper, one white onion (I wanted to give this dish the FEEL of a Philly chicken cheesesteak sam, but not repeat what’s been done a kabagillion times before), minced garlic, one packet of ranch dressing mix (this is ranch part one), and a lil’ bit of chicken stock.

Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken and Swiss Sandwiches / Bev Cooks

After about five hours of cooking on low, a few things will happen to you. First, your mood will be orbiting the sun, due to the tantalizing smells that fill and permeate your abode. Second, your children will be on their best behavior due to said tantalizing smells that fill and permeate your abode. Third, your basement will magically clean and organize itself due to the very same tantalizing smells that fill and permeate your abode.

Don’t hold me to that last one.

So then, after the shredding of the chicken, you’ll do something that will change the way you see your future. You’ll stir in 3-4 Tbs. of THEE BEST RANCH DRESSING YOU CAN FIND (ranch part two) and watch as the chicken mix smiles right back at you. Which is a mildly disturbing. Never mind.

Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken and Swiss Sandwiches / Bev Cooks

Then of course you’ll melt some Swiss cheese on each sandwich mound and feel the hugs of angels all around you.

I can’t TELL you how absurdly good this is. It’s total comfort food, but incredibly simple. It’s perfect on snow days, game days, gardening days, or yesterday. It’s kid-approved, husband-endorsed, dog-recommended and enthusiastically applauded by MOI.

How about, I finally have a recipe that lets ranch dressing shiiiiiiine! (like the top of the Chrysler building) <-name that movie

Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken and Swiss Sandwiches / Bev Cooks

For. Real.

Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken and Swiss Sandwiches:

Serves about 8:

1.25 lbs chicken thighs
14 oz chicken breast
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1 medium white onion, sliced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1.12 oz packet ranch dressing mix
1/2 cup chicken stock
a grind or two of black pepper
3-4 Tbs. good quality ranch dressing
8 slices Swiss cheese
8 sesame seed buns

In a slow cooker, combine the chicken, bell pepper, onion, garlic, ranch dressing mix, chicken stock, and a little black pepper. Toss to combine and set on low for about six hours.

After that time, shred the chicken (right in the pot!) with two forks. Stir in the ranch dressing and stir until everything is combined and creamy and you want to cry. Taste the mixture and add a pinch of salt if you feel it needs a tiny lift.

Place a heaping mound of chicken mix on the bottom half of each sandwich bun and top with a slice of Swiss cheese. Slide the sandwiches under the broiler for maybe a minute or two, melting the cheese.

Place the remaining bun on top and serve sandwiches with a big green lettuce, any fixins you want, and some chips! If you want. It’s not necessary. I think.

Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken and Swiss Sandwiches / Bev Cooks

You CAN even.


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31 Responses to Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken and Swiss Sandwiches

  1. Leann January 21, 2016 at 8:31 am #
    Good Morning and thank you for posting this easy recipe! It sounds great and I intend to try it. However, I would like your opinion on what you consider to be "the best ranch dressing you can buy". I have tried so many and have never found one that I feel is "the best". With only 2 in the household, making it doesn't prove to be the answer either as it spoils before we can use it all. I am eager to see if you know of a brand I haven't tried! Thanks so much.
    • Bev Weidner January 21, 2016 at 8:49 am #
      I actually prefer anything from like, a local pizza or Italian joint! They ALWAYS have the best house-made ranch. But as far as grocery store brands, the one I'm digging right now is Litehouse Homestyle Ranch. It's good! Maybe not the best I've ever had, but waaaay better than the mainstream brands. :)
  2. Cate Schone January 21, 2016 at 8:33 am #
    Looks great! Do you have a recommendation for the best ranch? Somehow I leave the store with fat free every dang time. It's a mystery. Thanks!
    • Bev Weidner January 21, 2016 at 8:50 am #
      I actually love ranch dressing from local pizza or Italian restaurants! But Litehouse Homestyle is good! Way, way better than mainstream brands.
  3. Emily January 21, 2016 at 9:29 am #
    Annie??? Can't wait to try these !
  4. nicole @ I am a Honey Bee January 21, 2016 at 9:30 am #
    I love the double ranch!!! you can't have too much ranch
  5. Dee @ The Kitchen Snob January 21, 2016 at 10:42 am #
    I just had some oral surgery done and, therefore, can't bite into these sandwiches for months. This post is hurtful my psyche. ;-)
  6. Adrienne January 21, 2016 at 11:17 am #
    I had chicken out today for something different but then you posted this and I changed my chicken plans! Can't wait to eat it for dinner tonight. Thanks!
  7. Kate January 21, 2016 at 1:02 pm #
  8. Nicole January 21, 2016 at 6:09 pm #
    Thanks for the Annie reference! Can't wait to try the chicken, ranch-style.
  9. Emily aka The Three Bite Rule January 23, 2016 at 2:10 pm #
    This looks so fun, and exactly what I want right now!
  10. Jill F. January 24, 2016 at 10:26 am #
    Just prepared everything and started the slow cooker -- 6 hours can't come soon enough!
  11. Rachele January 24, 2016 at 11:21 am #
    Bravo, Bev! BRAVO! Made this for dinner last night. I seemed to end up with too much liquid right out of the slow cooker, but I reduced it on the stovetop (while my onion rings baked!!!), and they were perfect! They became lunch today, and were even better. For fun, I added a little sriracha to the chicken for today's lunch and put sriracha pickles (from target. Archer farms brand) on the sandwiches. Both days I used some sweet smoked Swiss cheese. SO STINKING GOOD! Thanks for the recipe!
    • Bev Weidner January 24, 2016 at 12:07 pm #
      Oh I'm so glad to hear it! I'm sorry it was too liquidy at first! Bummer. But it sounds like you took care of it. Yaaaay! Thanks for letting me know. :)
      • Rachele January 24, 2016 at 6:43 pm #
        I used the slow cooker function on my instant pot, which has a pretty tight fitting lid due to the pressure cooking function. In hindsight, I think that could have maybe caused the excess liquid? Who the heck knows. And it doesn't matter, because DOUBLE RANCH!
  12. Janet O. January 25, 2016 at 2:05 pm #
    Hi Bev! this recipe looks delish. I'm not sure if its my computer or not but I don't see the printer icon that you used to have to print just the recipe itself. Help! :)
    • Bev Weidner January 26, 2016 at 7:39 am #
      Hey! Well, we're having THE HARDEST time figuring out a plugin that prints. Everything works on my laptop, but nothing on mobile. It's frustrating for sure. We ARE working on it, though! For now, I'd just copy and paste into a word doc or something. I'm so sorry!
      • Tracey June 6, 2016 at 8:32 pm #
        I also would love to print your recipes!!! I'll try the copy and paste!
  13. Kayla January 25, 2016 at 3:28 pm #
    Made this over the weekend. So good! Once again another hit. Thank you!!
  14. Heather January 25, 2016 at 8:39 pm #
    Yay Lighthouse! We lovelovelove their Bleu Cheese dressing. And I also love Annie. Most versions.
  15. Sally February 9, 2016 at 7:17 am #
    I made the recipe which was really good but I wonder if I didn't put enough of the dry packet ranch in? Is there a packet that has that exact measurement? I bought 2 Hidden valley ranch salad dressing and seasoning packets and had to measure out the ounces. Thanks.
  16. michael March 3, 2016 at 9:06 am #
    I used Pensey's ranch mix to make the ranch. It makes the best ranch dressing. Can't recommend Pensey's enough. Always the best spices, great online resource
  17. Amanda May 1, 2016 at 9:36 pm #
    Made these today! Super yummy. Thanks!
  18. Emily May 6, 2016 at 9:23 pm #
    I just shredded the chicken and so far mine looks like yours - I'm thrilled about this! Hopefully I get the rest right! Thanks so much Bev!
    • Emily May 6, 2016 at 10:29 pm #
      And the verdict is - a smashing success. From one ranch lover to another, thank you!!!


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