Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

This Slow Cooker Crack Chicken recipe is Creamy, Cheesy, Ranch, and Bacon Shredded Chicken. It’s perfect on it’s own, on a sandwich, in a tortilla, as a dip, or on a lettuce wrap for a low carb option!

Looking for more Easy Chicken Recipes? Try my MIYM Chicken or my Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings!

Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

What IS Crack Chicken?

Hey friends. Popping in with another super easy dinner recipe today. You might ask, “what IS Crack Chicken?” Well, the internet has deemed the combo of Cheese, Ranch seasoning and bacon as “crack”… Crack Bread, Crack Dip… It’s a thing.

And I have fully jumped on the trend and named a few of my own recipes (not including ranch, bacon, or cream cheese) using the word crack, like my Peanut Butter Cup Crack Brownies, and Praline Crack… sorry I just can’t help myself, it’s catchy!

This slow cooker crack chicken recipe couldn’t be easier, honestly. It’s just a few ingredients and they transform into a creamy, tasty, shredded chicken that you can use in TONS of ways: Sandwiches, Nachos, Enchiladas (Hello..Crack Enchiladas…how FUN!)…and it’s actually a low-carb (keto) recipe on it’s own, so scoop it onto a bowl of crunchy lettuce and you have yourself Crack Salad. WHUT.

I made it and scooped it on a sandwich, like Crack Chicken Sloppy Joes. My kids loved it.

Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

Slow Cooker Crack Chicken aka Bacon Cheddar Ranch Chicken

I partnered with Philadelphia Cream Cheese on this recipe, which I LOVE. AND they have some amazing flavored cream cheese that is an amazing way to elevate this dish. I got a little crazy and added a package of BACON Cream Cheese in place of 2 regular blocks of cream cheese. Solid.

AND Philly happens to make Jalapeno Cream Cheese too, which would make this a little spicy, which would be fantastic! If you do use a flavored (savory) cream cheese, use only one flavored with one plain…otherwise it’s just too much. Trust me on this. If you don’t want to use a flavored cream cheese, it’s totally fine. I always make it with plain, but I found the bacon and it was a fun addition!

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How do You Make Slow Cooker Crack Chicken?

To make this slow cooker crack chicken, literally all you do is plop all the ingredients in the crock pot and let it go. Just make sure not to overcook it. Use the low setting if you aren’t going to be around the house.

When the chicken is cooked, just  mix it all together (the chicken will shred easily) and add in some crispy, crumbled  bacon. I like to add the bacon last so it stays crispy.

When I make sandwiches I top it with a bit more cheddar and place it under the broiler for a beat. Because more cheese…

Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

You could even save a step if you running low on time and use a Rotisserie chicken in this. Just warm the cream cheese up and mix it all together!

Like I said, this Slow Cooker Crack Chicken is a great low carb recipe, and can easily be Keto Crack Chicken!

 

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Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: serves 8 1x
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Dinner

Description:

This easy slow cooker dinner is an internet smash! I created this recipe with busy families in mind!


Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 (8 oz) blocks cream cheese
  • 2 (1 oz) packets dry Ranch seasoning
  • 8 oz bacon, cooked crisply and crumbled

Instructions:

  1. In a slow cooker combine place chicken, cream cheese, and Ranch seasoning.
  2. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4 hours, until chicken shreds easily.
  3. Once chicken shreds stir with a large fork or spoon, so the chicken shreds and all the ingredients combine.
  4. Add in crumbled bacon and stir to incorporate.
  5. Serve warm.

Notes:

Store airtight in the refrigerator for up to 3 days

Keywords:: chicken, crack chicken, ranch, bacon, slow cooker

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*I partnered with Philadelphia Cream Cheese on this recipe, but all opinions are my own.

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Kristin Boen
Kristin Boen

Can you half this recipe and does it change cooking time?

Connie
Connie

What can you use in place of Ranch Dressing?

Laura
Laura

Second time here tonight. I can’t find my first comment 🙁 … Anyhoo … I did make it with the instant pot and it was such a huge success! My seven year old is THE pickiest eater ever and this was winner with HIM and my teenager and the hubby – Y’all – it’s SO hard to please these boys, so this is a keeper! Since I didn’t have flavored cream cheese, I added smoked paprika and that was a GREAT replacement for that extra bacon flavor that was missing. I had also left out the second packet of ranch… Read more »

Bri
Bri

May be a dumb question but do you have to add water to crock pot?? Not a cooker here but want to try

Laura
Laura

I’m going to try to “InstaPot” this tonight! Sounds like I need to cut down to one ranch packet (or make my own)…. and I forgot to buy flavored cream cheese…but hoping the actual bacon gives it enough umph. Wish me luck!

Shante Henderson
Shante Henderson

Thank you for this recipe. I am making it for the first time tomorrow. I was wondering if I can double the recipe and cook all at once? And should I just use one bacon flavor of cream cheese instead of two. Thank you!

CAROLYN
CAROLYN

Can you use tenders for this one?

Annette
Annette

Next time i will reduce ranch to one packet. It was a bit salty

Jaime
Jaime

This would be good if it wasn’t so overpowered by salt. Like, really really salty. I will use half the ranch and half the bacon next time and I still worry it will be too salty.

Karen
Karen

Made this last night and while it was delicious, it was very salty. Next time I will make my own dressing mix and use low sodium bacon.

Smurfette
Smurfette

I added cubed potatoes and baby carrots to the crockpot to make this into a dinner. I have ranch dip powder in a container and didn’t know how much was in one package so I used 2 Tablespoons. I cooked it on high for 3 hours and then turned it to low for another hour, waiting until we were ready to dinner. The chicken was very tender and stayed whole, not too salty, perfect for serving on plates instead of the hoagies. Delicious!

Tracy
Tracy

I’m sorry – I didn’t read ALL of the comments but could you give me some advice on making this in a 2qt Crock Pot – adjusting the ingredients ??

K
K

Shredded chicken didn’t absorb all the liquid. Bland taste. Needed something.

Deborah
Deborah

Can I double the recipe for a crowd? How much longer would I need to cook it?

Tiffany
Tiffany

Came for the recipe, but stayed for the dumpster fire in the comments. 10/10

B
B

SALTY!!! Wow I need a gallon of water now.

Tonya
Tonya

I made this a couple of times. It feeds an army. I set it in a crockpot while camping. We went to the river all day and came back to a hot meal with minimal effort. I cheated on the second time and got real bacon bits from the salad section. Not as good as fresh crispy bacon, but made it super easy for camping. I also like a little spice, so I put a spoonful of chopped jalapenos on my sandwich. Mmmm…

Lisa Corney

Only 4g of carbs, Lovely. I am into low carb journey and I’ll def be trying this soon!

Joe
Joe

Careful using the carb count listed here. This has more than 4 carbs. Each Ranch packet has 16, for a total of 32. Each block of cream cheese also has 16, for a total of 32. Between those 2 ingredients there are 64 carbs. Divided into 8 servings, it’s 8 per serving.

Pete
Pete

I was really looking forward to trying this. Heard good things. However, don’t waste your time. I followed everything to a tee. Very bland and just nothing really that good about it. Made 2lbs and I had one sandwich and now I’m throwing out the rest of it.

Taylor
Taylor

Hi I’m trying this tonight for dinner and I’m so excited! What is the nutrition info for this? Carbs? Calories? Etc. Thank you!

Whitney
Whitney

I made this about two weeks ago. Of course I added rotel. I did use one jalapano cream cheese because the store didn’t have a bacon one. It was a little spicy but not overpowering. I added onion and a little garlic under the chicken before putting in the chicken, cream cheese, and ranch seasoning. I’m making it again today. It will be ready in about 2 hours. This time I used regular cream cheeses, still put onion on the bottom and added rotel and green chilis. I also realized I was out of ranch seasoning so I used the… Read more »

Staci
Staci

What is the Nutrition value without the bun?
Thanks!

Mary
Mary

Is it ok to use frozen chicken?

Diane
Diane

Hi, has anyone tried to double or triple this recipe? I would like to make for a football draft party and think I need more than the original recipe. I’m wondering about cook times.

Kelly
Kelly

I’m doing Weight Watchers. This sounds easy and delicious, but I wonder if it would be good with fat free cream cheese? Has anyone tried it with that?

Lucy
Lucy

I make this quite often and it never lets Me down. So easy and very tasty. My husband and stepdaughter get excited when they see me gather the ingredients. They both yell, “Yay it’s crack chicken time!” Sometimes they break out into dance! They LOVE it on croissants.

Thank you for such an easy and tasty recipe!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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