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Crack Chicken – Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, or Stove Top This recipe for crack chicken gives instructions for the Instant Pot, slow cooker or stove top. Instead of that infamous ranch packet, I use flavorful herbs and spices.

crack chicken

I have been so intrigued by this Crack Chicken recipe that has been floating around!  What could be better than shredded chicken mixed with cream cheese, ranch dressing mix, cheddar cheese, and bacon?

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I went a little rogue with my recipe and I am not using a ranch dressing mix packet.  It’s not something I keep in my house but I do keep a slew of dried herbs and spices.

HOW TO MAKE CRACK CHICKEN – STOVE TOP

So for this crack chicken recipe I used some delicious, flavorful spices and herbs to bring that ranch flavor we have come to know and love!  We also use cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and bacon to make extra delicious!

For the stove top version of crack chicken, we first need to cook the chicken breast.  The best way to do this is to poach them.  Add your cold chicken breast to a pot of cold water.  You want the water to just cover the chicken.  Season the water generously with salt and bring the water to a boil, then reduce to low can let simmer for about 15 minutes.  You want to cook the chicken on low until a meat thermometer reads 165F.

crack chicken in the instant pot

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SLOW COOKER CRACK CHICKEN

To make this scrumptious crack chicken recipe in the slow cooker, you would add the chicken (I love the chicken from Butcherbox…Get free bacon and $15 off your first box!), half a cup of chicken broth, and all of the spices to the slow cooker.  Cook on high for 3 hours, or low for 6 hours.  When the chicken is finished, shred with 2 forks, then mix in the cream cheese, cheddar cheese and the crumbled bacon.

I love to cook my bacon in the oven…have you tried it?  Here is my tutorial for how to cook bacon in the oven.

crack chicken in the slow cooker

INSTANT POT CRACK CHICKEN

To make this simply delicious crack chicken in the Instant Pot, add half a cup of chicken broth, the chicken breast, and the spices to the instant pot.  Set the pot to 8 minutes high pressure, followed by a 10 minute natural pressure release.  Remove the chicken from the pot and all but 1/2 cup of the liquid.  Return the chicken to the pot and shred with 2 forks.  Stir in the cream cheese, cheddar cheese and the bacon.

stove top crack chicken

CRACK CHICKEN DIP

To keep this low carb, you can just eat it with a spoon, on top of a salad, or you can eat it as a dip!  I love it with veggie sticks like bell pepper, cucumber and carrots.  You could also make some low carb tortilla chips.

crack chicken dip

HOW TO SERVE CRACK CHICKEN

I love to eat this on a slice of 90 second bread, or on top of a bed of arugula.  You could serve it as a dip with chips or with cauliflower rice for a complete meal.

crack chicken dip

Crack Chicken - Slow Cooker or Instant Pot

This recipe for crack chicken gives instructions for the Instant Pot or the slow cooker. Instead of that infamous ranch packet, I use flavorful herbs and spices.  
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crack chicken
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 5 Cups
Calories: 472kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

  • Add the chicken, broth, and spices to the crock pot.  Set on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours.  Shred the chicken with 2 forks when finished.
  • Stir in the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and the crumbled bacon.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken

  • Add the chicken, broth, and spices to the Instant pot.  Close the lid, set to sealing, and set the timer to 8 minutes high pressure, followed by a 10 minute natural pressure release.  
  • Remove the chicken from the pot.  Discard all of the liquid except 1/2 cup.  Return the chicken back to the pot and shred with 2 forks.
  • Mix in the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and crumbled bacon. Serve

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Notes

Nutrition Per Serving (1 cup): 472 calories / 30g fat / 4g carbs / 47g protein
 
  • Recipe yields 5 cups of crack chicken or 2 pounds 6 ounces.  One serving would be 1 cup or 8.3 ounces
 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 472kcal
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    • Sam W
    • August 28, 2019
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    This is sitting in my crockpot now, waiting for dinner time. Of course I had to sample it. It’s amazing. What a great dish to make and I love not using the ranch packets! Thanks for sharing!

    • Anne
    • June 30, 2019
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    This is soooooo good. I started the Keto diet a week ago and I haven’t eaten bacon in forever so this tasted heavenly. A cup or one serving was plenty and I had a salad as well. I will be making this again for sure. And cooking the bacon in the oven worked perfectly. Thanks so much.

    • Paulette B
    • June 12, 2019
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    Jennifer , I made your cracked chicken. It is one of my many favorites . Also the Cauliflower soup my family loves it too. I live in Florida, so we turn the air conditioning way down and eat your delicious soup.

    • Carol Scherer
    • May 25, 2019
    Reply

    I have a question – Can you make yeast breads (in a bread maker) with almond or coconut flour?

      • jenniferbanz
      • May 26, 2019
      Reply

      You cannot, unfortunately. Yeast needs gluten to rise

    • Jaime
    • May 18, 2019
    Reply

    1/2 cup of liquid doesn’t seem like enough for the instant pot, is it? I was always told a minimum of 1.5 cups liquid in my 8qt. IP. Please help! I don’t want to ruin it.

      • jenniferbanz
      • May 19, 2019
      Reply

      I have an 8 quart and 1/2 cup is plenty. The chicken releases a little of liquid

    • Jennifer C.
    • April 8, 2019
    Reply

    Thank you for making low-carb a little easier for me with food that actually sounds amazing! Yuo Rokc!

    • Meagan Pallante
    • April 8, 2019
    Reply

    I plan on making this tonight. In the video it looks like your chicken is frozen but it doesn’t say anything in the recipe. Any help would be appreciated

      • jenniferbanz
      • April 8, 2019
      Reply

      The chicken was frozen ion the video but I wrote the recipe using thawed chicken

    • M. Carter
    • February 20, 2019
    Reply

    Is your chicken thawed or frozen for each recipe?

      • jenniferbanz
      • February 22, 2019
      Reply

      Thawed unless specified in the recipe

    • Nicole
    • February 15, 2019
    Reply

    Yuuummmm this looks so good!!

    • Brandon Bartholomew
    • February 13, 2019
    Reply

    Learn to spell. It’s Rogue not rouge.

      • jenniferbanz
      • February 13, 2019
      Reply

      You got me! My fast fingers misspelled a word while I was trying to publish all of these free recipes for you. So sorry!

        • Kacey
        • February 15, 2019

        Thank you SO MUCH for your free recipes!! Misspell all you want, this girl will still enjoy your ideas! ?

      • Louise
      • February 22, 2019
      Reply

      Knob head

      • Jane
      • March 22, 2019
      Reply

      Constructive criticism is a sign of a gentleman. Rude=bad dude!

    • Erin
    • January 21, 2019
    Reply

    Delicious !!!! Made mine with chicken thighs 6 oz per serving instead of breast. Comes in around 531 calories… it’s worth every single one.

    • Lance
    • January 20, 2019
    Reply

    Your macros or number of servings has to be off, 4oz of chicken breast alone has 35g of protein, you have 5 breasts that are at least 4oz (175g total). At 6 servings that is a minimum of 29g of protein, that doesn’t take into consideration the other ingredients. Just at a glance, it looks like this is closer to 10 servings. Regardless, this is an awesome recipe. . Thank you.

    • Elise J
    • January 10, 2019
    Reply

    OMG how have I gone my whole life without this dish!?! This is my second day on a keto diet and lady you just made it super easy to love this new lifestyle. TY, TY, TY! Btw served it over cauliflower rice. *bliss*

      • jenniferbanz
      • January 12, 2019
      Reply

      Thank you for making my day!

    • Lisa
    • January 9, 2019
    Reply

    Hi, how much is in one serving?

      • Carol
      • January 19, 2019
      Reply

      I would also like to know how much is one serving. Thanks.

    • Emily
    • January 2, 2019
    Reply

    Curious of what type of bread you put the chicken on in the YouTube video?

      • jenniferbanz
      • January 2, 2019
      Reply

      That is my 90 second bread! I cooked it in a round ramekin https://jenniferbanz.com/90-second-microwave-bread

    • Kathie Camara
    • December 29, 2018
    Reply

    I just made this using boneless skinless chicken thighs. It is amazing! Hubby says to put a BIG STAR next to this recipe page.

    • Morgan Allen
    • November 16, 2018
    Reply

    Cannot wait to try, just found your page and im obsessed! Def subscribed

    Instant pot question. I noticed you didnt ppace chicken on the trivet? No BURN notice? Im new to instant pot and thought you had to use trivet every time? Thanks

      • jenniferbanz
      • November 19, 2018
      Reply

      You shouldn’t get a burn notice if there is enough liquid in the pot and there isn’t any browned bits on the bottom of the pot.

    • Alison
    • November 14, 2018
    Reply

    The whole family liked it! That is no small feat. Thanks.

      • Heather
      • August 25, 2019
      Reply

      Did you mean steam? I’m not clear on things I’m new to instant pot

    • Amy Grabowski
    • November 1, 2018
    Reply

    This is sitting in my crockpot now, waiting for dinner time. Of course I had to sample it. It’s amazing. What a great dish to make and I love not using the ranch packets! Thanks for sharing!

    • Hannah
    • October 29, 2018
    Reply

    How many pounds of chicken do you use? 5 breasts can vary greatly in weight.

    • Marsha
    • September 7, 2018
    Reply

    This looks and sounds absolutely amazing! Gotta try this soon!

      • jenniferbanz
      • September 7, 2018
      Reply

      Thank you!

    • Ashley F
    • September 7, 2018
    Reply

    This is SO crazy delicious — the whole family loves it!

      • jenniferbanz
      • September 7, 2018
      Reply

      Thank you for the review!

    • Linda Tucker
    • July 24, 2018
    Reply

    I could not find how many carbs and fat grams were in a serving in this recipe. Plus protein.

      • jenniferbanz
      • July 26, 2018
      Reply

      I will update the post.

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