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Slow-Cooker Pesto Chicken Thighs

  • Prep 5 min
  • Total 4 hr 5 min
  • Servings 8

Versatile, juicy and oh-so affordable, these slow-cooker chicken thighs can easily be transformed into two family friendly dinners. MORE + LESS -

Cindy Rahe Cindy Rahe
May 7, 2015


lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
teaspoon salt
teaspoon pepper
jar (6.25 oz) basil pesto
tablespoons Progresso™ reduced sodium chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)


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  • 1
    Spray slow cooker lightly with cooking spray. Sprinkle chicken thighs with salt and pepper on both sides. Nestle chicken thighs in slow cooker in even layer; they may be arranged tightly, if necessary.
  • 2
    In small bowl, stir pesto and chicken broth. Pour over chicken thighs, and spread evenly with spoon.
  • 3
    Cover and cook on High heat setting 4 hours. Serve immediately using one or both of the ideas below, or cool slightly and refrigerate in an airtight container for a few days until ready to use.
  • 4
    Bruschetta-Topped Chicken: In medium bowl, mix 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes, 2 tablespoons finely diced red onion, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves, 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. Let stand 10 minutes for flavors to blend. Spoon over 1/2 recipe hot Slow-Cooker Pesto Chicken Thighs, and serve with rice or pasta as desired. (To use the entire recipe of chicken thighs, double these ingredient amounts.)
  • 5
    Bacon Ranch Pasta and Chicken: Cook and drain 1/2 lb pasta (a short variety) as directed on package. Toss hot pasta with 1 tablespoon dry ranch dressing and seasoning mix, 1/4 cup sour cream, 1/4 cup milk, 1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend, 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled and 1/2 recipe Slow-Cooker Pesto Chicken Thighs, shredded. Top with a sprinkle of chopped fresh basil leaves, if desired. Serve warm. (To use the entire recipe of chicken thighs, double these ingredient amounts.)

Expert Tips

  • You may need more or less of the broth, depending on how thick the pesto is. An unsalted or low-sodium pesto variety is nice for controlling the amount of salt in the dish.
  • This recipe would also work with bone-in thighs, but use skinless since the oil in the pesto plus the chicken skin would make the dish greasy.

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