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Slow Cooker Barbecue Ranch Chicken

Slow Cooked Barbecue Ranch Chicken Legs

This is one of those recipes that your kids will love. And you will love it because it only contains three ingredients.

My family loves chicken legs, drumsticks, or whatever you call them. Me not so much. It is not that I mind cooking them or buying them. In fact, they are usually a very inexpensive cut of meat to buy. It is the gnawing on a bone I don’t like.

Yes, I know technically you are not gnawing on the bone, but that is what I always feel like when I am eating chicken legs. I feel the same way about ribs. Yes, I am strange like that.

However, since my family loves chicken legs, I often buy them and I just pick the chicken off the bone when I eat it.

These slow cooker barbecue ranch chicken legs are one of the easiest recipes I have shared for Slow Cooker Mondays. You really cannot get more simple than three ingredients.

And if you are like me and don’t like chicken legs, or you don’t have any on hand, just use a different cut of chicken. It will work fine, just adjust the cooking time if needed.

Slow Cooked Barbecue Ranch Chicken Legs_


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  1. Jodi Pavlik says

    I am with you 100%, I also do not like eating chicken/ribs off the bone! I am going to try this with breasts soon!

  2. i’m not a fan of drumsticks or ribs for that reason either! but this recipe is so good- when i was single, my standby dinner was pasta or cooking a chicken breast in ranch/bbq sauce + a southwest mrs. dash seasoning. though i don’t make that very much at all anymore, i did make a bbq ranch pasta salad last summer that was awesome! i love these flavors 🙂

  3. Rhonda Henrich says

    I am trying this tonight! My family loves chicken legs and I had a package in the fridge I was going to dredge in flour and bake. Instead I just pulled off the skin and stuck them in the crockpot. I didn’t measure, just poured in bbq sauce and ranch dressing in what I guesstimated were the correct proportions as per the recipe.

  4. Skin? Or no skin? Or would it even matter?

  5. Can I use frozen chicken legs? If yes, do I increase the cooking time?

  6. I used two bone-in, skin-on chicken breast halves, which were falling off the bone in 6.5 hours.
    I did season the chicken first with salt, pepper and Trader Joe’s South African Smoke Seasoning.

    A new keeper recipe for us. Love using that Crockpot. Thanks for the post

  7. would this work with pork?

  8. Mom of six says

    Ha, I’ve always thought it’s fun to eat the meat off the bones! Either way these sound very good and I’m sure that my boys will love them.

  9. I am looking for recipes that I can use from frozen that will take about 8-9 hrs on low – would this recipe work if I started with the chicken frozen? (New to Crock Pots)

    • I don’t normally cook chicken like this from frozen. I have done it, but it is not recommended. However, you could easily do this same recipe with leg quarters. The leg quarters are bigger because they are the leg and thigh. Those would need to cook a little longer and should be fine at 8-9 hours. I hope that helps.

  10. Do you think this recipe would work using boneless skinless chicken breasts? Would the cooking time be less?

    • Yes I think it would work fine. I would just decrease the time to around 4 hrs or a little less depending on how large the chicken breasts are. I hope you enjoy them!

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