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Simple casserole to bung into the slow cooker for 8 hours on slow or 3/4 on high. Use chicken thighs or a mixture of chicken pieces.

Sussex, England, UK

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IngredientsServes: 4

  • 4 carrots
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 large potatoes, diced
  • 1 handful chopped fresh parsley, rosemary and thyme
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 4 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 40g pearl barley
  • 20g split peas
  • 20g marrow fat peas
  • 600ml (1 pt) chicken stock

MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:4hr ›Ready in:4hr10min

  1. Chop carrots, onion and garlic and add to medium hot pan for 5 minutes, add diced potatoes and herbs and cook for another 5 minutes. Add to slow cooker.
  2. Brown chicken in frying pan for 5 minutes. Add to slow cooker.
  3. Add the bay leaves, salt and pepper, barley, split peas, marrowfat peas and stock to the slow cooker. Cook on High for 3-4 hours or on low 8 hours. Serve with roast puddings, stuffing or bread and butter.

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Reviews in English (52)

super duper - my family loved it. thanks-08 Feb 2011

a really nice recipe! as a shift worker i usually make this before i go to work and leave it on for the day. a few alterations i make are chicken breasts (just because they are easier!) and frozen peas instead of marrow fat and split peas but a really nice recipe that you can pretty much add anything too!-21 Jan 2013

Made this for dinner, but without the bay leaves as didn't have any. perfect casserole-22 Mar 2012

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It's never been easier to cook up some dinnertime magic! All you have to do is make this Chicken Ranch Casserole. Made with family-favorite potato tots, lots of cheese, bacon, ranch mix, and chicken, this casserole has it all. Plus, it's made in your slow cooker, so there's hardly any work involved!

Whether you've been on the hunt for slow cooker easy chicken casserole recipes or simply want a simple and satisfying meal for the family tonight, this chicken casserole will do the job. You won't believe how easy it is to assemble. The only hard part is waiting for it to finish cooking before digging in. But, wow, is it worth the wait!

What You'll Need

  • 1 (32-ounce) package frozen potato tots
  • 1 1 / 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 1 / 2 cups grated Monterey Pepper Jack cheese
  • 1 (2.8-ounce) package real bacon pieces
  • 1 (1-ounce) package ranch dressing mix
  • 1 / 4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 / 4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 / 4 cup milk

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  1. Coat the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Place half the potato tots on bottom.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine cheeses mix well. Sprinkle half the cheese mixture over potato tots. Sprinkle half the bacon pieces over cheese.
  3. In a shallow dish, combine ranch dressing mix with salt and pepper. Coat chicken in ranch mixture and place over bacon pieces. Sprinkle any remaining ranch mixture over chicken.
  4. Top with remaining potato tots, cheese mixture, and bacon. Pour milk over top.
  5. Cover and cook the Chicken Ranch Casserole on LOW 4 to 4-1/2 hours or until chicken is no longer pink in center. Serve the chicken breast topped with tater tots, cheese, and bacon.

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Recipe Summary

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 (16 ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
  • 2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3 teaspoons onion powder
  • 3 (3 ounce) packages chicken flavored ramen noodles
  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite size pieces

Cut butter or margarine into small chunks and put chunks in the bottom of the slow cooker. Add the vegetables, cream of chicken soups and cream of mushroom soups. Stir. Sprinkle with the garlic powder, onion powder and seasoning packets from the ramen noodle packages. Put chicken pieces in slow cooker. Cover and cook for 6 hours on LOW.

Break each ramen noodle packet into quarters (4 'pieces'). Put noodles in slow cooker and stir to cover noodles. Cook 1 hour on HIGH. Reduce heat and let simmer until ready to serve.

You’ll love this Slow Cooker Chicken Casserole because..

How do you make a Slow Cooker Chicken Casserole?

Basically, pop all of the ingredients in, pour over some stock and herbs and GO!

I’ve added a couple of other steps (browning some bacon lardons and adding creme fraiche at the end) because after testing this approximately 100 times (!) I really think they make a difference and are worth the added tiny bit of effort.

You’re welcome to leave those steps out, but.. Hello CRISPY BACON BITS!


If you want to get scientific, the reason we brown meat before slow cooking, is because it causes a Maillard reaction. The process of frying, heating it very hot until it browns, changes the flavour compounds in the meat, basically adding a depth of flavour.

Does it add something to most slow cooked dishes? Yes. Is it vital in this dish, which is packed with other flavour? No.

My opinion is that it’s much more important in red meat dishes and even then, sometimes speed and ease are more important.

Ingredients for the Slow Cooker Chicken Casserole

Chicken Thighs – These should be boneless and skinless. You could use chicken breast in this recipe, but it won’t be as tender or shred when cooked in the same way.

Bacon Lardons – These are optional (as you need to fry them before adding, so it is another step in your prep) BUT using smoked bacon pieces adds SO much flavour and a little extra texture too.

Onions – Fresh or pre prepared from the freezer is fine. (Always after a shortcut!)

Carrots – I used mini Chantenay carrots, because no peeling, they look super cute and I like saying the word CHANTENAY! You can use regular, peeled carrots if you prefer, just cut into big chunks.

Celery – Even if you hate celery raw, it’s a really good idea to use it here as it adds lots of depth of flavour to the sauce. Chop quite small.

Stock – I like Marigold Vegetable Stock powder.

MustardWholegrain works well as it adds an extra texture and makes the sauce look pretty. A little Dijon/French mustard is fine if you don’t have wholegrain. Please do add this, as it really enhances the flavour.

Dried Thyme – Make sure this isn’t from a pack that’s been open at the back of the cupboard for years as it really loses it’s flavour!

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Here is a pro tip on this chicken and corn casserole recipe: The NIGHT before, place the first four ingredients in the slow cooker bowl, cover, and store in the refrigerator. The next morning, before leaving the house, place the bowl in the slow cooker and turn it on. Let the slow cooker do all the work for you while you’re away. When you return home, add the last four ingredients dinner is served! Meal prepping at its finest!

Slow Cooker Chicken Casserole

As we come into the winter months and the hours of sunlight shorten, all I crave is rich and hearty casseroles and stews. I’m building my slow cooker recipes to include all of my winter favourites – and this slow cooker chicken casserole is definitely top of the list.

A rich, chicken casserole made with leeks and white wine – easy to prep before work and come home to – or enjoy on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

I love casserole with rich mashed potato and crusty bread – so comforting!

The slow cooker I have tends to cook quicker than others – I cooked this recipe for 4 hours on high in my slow cooker, but please amend to suit your slow cooker if you know thigh usually takes longer in your model.

Often when I cook this casserole I double up the batch and put a pastry crust over it making it into a pie on day two – delicious!

How to make slow cooker chicken casserole

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1. Add oil to a large, non-stick pan. Turn the heat on your hob up to medium/high.

2. Once the oil is hot, add the chopped carrots and leeks. Cook these on medium/high heat for 3 minutes, or until they begin to brown slightly

3. Then, add the chicken thighs and stir to coat evenly.

4. Cook these for a further 3 minutes on high until they begin to brown a little.

5. Then add in the garlic, paprika, tomato puree, chicken gravy granules and onion powder (or onion granules).

6. Next, pour in the white wine and stir to combine everything.

7. Transfer everything to the slow cooker pan and place the lid on. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6. If you want the sauce thicker once it has cooked, add some more chicken gravy granules and stir until it is the desired thickness.

Step by step

One: Put the shallots, leek, mushrooms, carrots, celery and potatoes into the slow cooker.

Two: Add the chicken thighs on top.

Three: Make the stock, and then add the garlic, mustard, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper. Mix well and pour over the chicken and vegetables.

Four: Cook on high for 4 hours.

Five: Shred the chicken (but keep it chunky) and add the creme fraiche and chopped parsley.

Six: Mix well.


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