SLOW COOKER OR INSTANT POT CRACK CHICKEN (also known as Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwiches) is an addicting and delicious lunch or dinner option that everyone will enjoy. With just a few minutes of prep required, it is a great weeknight meal AND the perfect party food!
Has crack chicken infiltrated your life yet? I didn’t realize it was a thing until recently. The slow cooker version of this irresistible crack chicken is PERFECT. I love how easy it is to make and I love that it is a delicious meal AND it’s the perfect party fare. If you haven’t bacon ranch chicken wonder, you must!
WHAT IS CRACK CHICKEN
It is code for anything chicken-bacon-ranch flavored. That could mean sandwiches, wraps, salads, bread and ohh so much more. It is the perfect combination of ingredients because you cannot go wrong with chicken, bacon and ranch in the same recipe, am I right?!
WATCH THIS QUICK TUTORIAL TO SEE HOW EASY CRACK CHICKEN IS TO MAKE!
HOW TO MAKE SLOW COOKER CRACK CHICKEN
Follow these easy steps to make the BEST Slow Cooker Crack Chicken your lips will taste. Prepare to become addicted!
In a slow cooker, combine 4 boneless chicken breasts, cream cheese and Ranch seasoning; mix. Cook on low heat for 6-8 hours or high heat for 4 hours. If at all possible, I recommend going low and slow.
Shred the chicken in the crock pot (or on a cutting board) using two forks. Add the cooked bacon, replace the lid, and cook for an additional 15 minutes. Serve warm, inside hamburger buns. Top with green onion slices and extra bacon pieces, if desired!
HOW TO MAKE CRACK CHICKEN IN AN INSTANT POT
This recipe works GREAT when made in an Instant Pot! Follow these simple instructions to transform Crack Chicken into an Instant Pot recipe:
Place chicken breasts, cream cheese and Ranch seasoning in your Instant Pot.
Place cover on the pot and cook for 15 minutes on high pressure (pressure cook setting). When time is up, do a quick release. When silver float valve drops, remove cover and transfer chicken to a cutting board.
Shred the chicken and add it back to the Instant Pot. Stir and add bacon pieces. Serve!
Use fresh ingredients, as well as good quality cream cheese. Using cheaper brands of cream cheese will result in a less creamy mixture and the cheese will not melt as well.
I always opt for low and slow when making slow cooker meals, but this recipe works great on high heat setting for a shorter period, too!
Replace chicken breasts with meat pulled from a Rotisserie chicken for an even simpler recipe! If you go this route, decrease cooking time by 2 hours and add the shredded Rotisserie meat 1 hour before time is up. Boneless chicken thighs are a fine replacement for breasts, as well (cook time stays the same).
Optional toppings: green onion slices, shredded cheddar cheese, Ranch dressing or extra bacon pieces.
WHAT TO DO WITH CRACK CHICKEN
Once the chicken has finished cooking in the crock pot or Instant Pot, there are a handful of things you can do with the irresistible creamy chicken-bacon-ranch mixture:
Sandwich the crack chicken deliciousness between hamburger buns (or bread) for a delicious, creamy chicken sandwich.
Roll crack chicken into a tortilla to make a lunch wrap.
Toss the chicken mixture into a leafy salad. No dressing required!
Keto Crack Chicken: This recipe is KETO-friendly, minus the buns, so eat it solo or atop a bed of lettuce if you are complying with the keto diet.
OTHER DELICIOUS SLOW COOKER RECIPES
Slow Cooker Hot Creamy Corn – This Hot Corn Dip is ADDICTING! Bacon and green chiles give this dish the kick is needs. Sprinkle some cilantro into the cheesy corn dish for a perfect brunch dish. Serve it with chips or crackers or solo as a creamy side. Either way, it’ll be the most popular dish at the feast!
Slow Cooker Club Sandwich Dip – Turn the classic Club Sandwich into a jaw-dropping hot dip. This irresistible dip is a great party food or weekend appetizer/snack. Let your slow cooker make this delicious recipe for you!
Sausage Cheese Dip – Sausage Cheese Dip is easy to make (let your crockpot do the work for you!), cheesy, flavorful and totally irresistible! Serve as an appetizer at your next party and it won’t last long. Only 6 ingredients required for this delicious party food!
Spinach Artichoke Dip – This hot Spinach Artichoke Dip is a party staple! People always get excited about this dip and its so easy to make! It’s a filling, cheesy snack or appetizer that you can put on pita squares, crackers or chips. Let your slow cooker do all of the work for you!
Slow Cooker Chicken Fajita Soup – Transform Chicken Fajitas into a delicious, savory soup that will quickly become a family favorite! Mix and match vegetables to your liking! Chicken Fajita Soup is great served for family dinner
Slow Cooker Chicken Wild Rice Soup – Delicious soup does not have to be difficult! This Slow Cooker Chicken Wild Rice Soup tastes like the real deal, but requires half the effort. Creamy, rich, satisfying and filled with texture, this will be a great addition to your dinner rotation!
Easy Crockpot Meatball Soup – There is NO PREP involved with this Crockpot Meatball Soup. It is easy and so delicious! Great addition to your family dinner rotation.
Crockpot Meatballs – These require only a few ingredients with only a few minutes of prep. They are SO EASY to make, totally packed with delicious flavor and great for game-day parties or holidays. Let your slow cooker do all of the work for you!
Slow Cooker Crack Chicken
- 4 boneless chicken breasts
- 2 8 oz. packages cream cheese cut into chunks
- 2 1 oz. packages dry Ranch seasoning mix
- 1 pound cooked bacon chopped
- sliced green onions for topping
- In a slow cooker, combine the chicken, cream cheese and Ranch seasoning mix. Cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 4 hours.
- Shred the chicken in the crockpot using two forks. Add the bacon and cook for an additional 15 minutes. Serve warm, inside hamburger buns. Top with green onion slices and extra bacon pieces, if desired.
- Use fresh ingredients, as well as good quality cream cheese. Using cheaper brands of cream cheese will result in a less creamy mixture and the cheese will not melt as well.
- I always opt for low and slow when making slow cooker meals, but this recipe works great on high heat setting for a shorter period, too!
- Replace chicken breasts with meat pulled from a Rotisserie chicken for an even simpler recipe! If you go this route, decrease cooking time by 2 hours and add the shredded Rotisserie meat 1 hour before time is up. Boneless chicken thighs are a fine replacement for breasts, as well (cook time stays the same).
- Optional toppings: green onion slices, shredded cheddar cheese, Ranch dressing or extra bacon pieces.