Five Ingredient Fridays: Southwest Ranch Chicken

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Today’s recipe combines taco seasoning and ranch seasoning to create a zesty slow cooker chicken. I like cooking cooking whole chickens in the slow cooker and then broiling the chicken to make the skin crispy.  Another bonus of using a whole chicken is that after I take all the meat off the chicken I throw in the leftover bones into a clean slow cooker with apple cider vinegar and water and make a delicious bone broth.

Let’s face it…we’re all busy.  Making good decisions in regards to our diets can often be clouded by the fact that our time is limited.  Every Friday I will share with you a recipe or technique that uses 5 Ingredients or fewer.  The idea is to show you recipes that are easy to prepare and versatile for all of us that don’t have time to whip up a complicated meal during the week.

The recipes will include 5 ingredients or fewer, but there are a few ingredients that are considered “free” ingredients that you probably use every day and are already in your kitchen.  The “free” items are water, salt, black pepper, and cooking oil.  These items may be used in recipes and won’t count toward the ingredient total.  I will also include some optional items that would be great to add if you have them on hand but you don’t need to make a special trip to the store if you’re all out.

Ready to get started?

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Five Ingredient Fridays: Southwest Ranch Chicken



  1. Combine the Ranch and Taco seasonings in a small bowl.
  2. Rub the chicken with the seasoning and place in the bowl of a slow cooker.
  3. Cook on LOW for 4-6 hours.


Net Carb Count*: 2.84 g net carbs (per serving - serves4)

Total Carb Count: 3.20 g total carbs (per serving - serves 4)

*Note net carb count = Total carbs – fiber. Carb counts are estimated based on the products I used. Check nutrition labels for accurate carb counts and gluten information.

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  1. Jerrt O'Neal says

    The recipe sounds wonderful. I read the 21 day sugar detox which is something I need, I also need to lose weight. BUT, I have rheumatoid arthritis, which has caused many digestive problems ie gastroparesis, gerd …I take multiple meds ie lortab, nucynta, lyrica, prednisone, pantoprazole, glycopyrolate, remicade infusions… will this detox interfer with my meds or arthritis. Please don’t refer me to my Dr. The only thing he tells me is weight watchers which I can not afford. Is there any help for me?

    • Karen LowCarbOneDay says

      I unfortunately don’t know anything about interactions with meds. Have tried finding a functiinal medicine doctor?

    • Karen says

      Have you looked into autoimmune paleo and/or GAPS? Also, with this recipe, while it sounds awesome, watch for MSG (ranch almost always [except Penzey’s!], taco not sure). It can also be called autolyzed/hydrolyzed ________ extract/protein, or just yeast extract. I’m guessing with the health issues (which sound familiar) you’d be sensitive to it like I am.

      • Karen LowCarbOneDay says

        I made homemade seasonings…which are linked in the recipe. No MSG in those! :) Yep I have looked into both….AIP didn’t really help much and I will start GAPS sometime soon.

  2. joanna says

    this seasoning blend is crazy good!! i just used the ranch and roasted the whole chicken in the oven. i also added a sliced lemon to the chicken cavity. it is so flavorful!! i typically use only salt and pepper but this is a nice change.

    i even used the ranch seasoning for a steak yesterday.

    • Karen LowCarbOneDay says

      Good idea on using it on steak! I’ve used on radishes to make Ranch “fries”, but the steak is a really good idea. Glad you liked it!

  3. Kimberly says

    Hi Karen,
    I would like to try your southwest ranch chicken. I have whole chicken in freezer. I ll start whole30days w paleo tomorrow. What kind of ranch dressing you use? Taco seasoning ?

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