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!


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!



Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

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


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


  • 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


  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.


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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September 18, 2020 3:45 pm

What size slow cooker?

September 1, 2020 3:48 am

Can Neufchatel be substituted for the cream cheese? This recipe sounds delicious!!!! Thank you!!!

Barbara Lynne Wright
August 15, 2020 12:36 pm

Do you think adding cut up baby golden potatoes in the crock pot with this recipe would be ok and good?

August 4, 2020 7:33 pm

Can you cut this recipe in half? I saw this question asked, but the reply was ” you can and not” ??? Not sure what that meant. ;o)

July 13, 2020 11:03 am

My husband loved this and said it’s a keeper. Thank you for the recipe.

Nadine Vizi
July 6, 2020 8:35 pm

Made this tonight and hubby said I could make it again.
I used one block of cream cheese and one tub of green onion and chive cream cheese. Because that’s what I had in fridge. Turned out great. Thanks for a keeper recipe.

Karen Feller
July 4, 2020 5:45 pm

I made this is the oven and have a LOT of liquid, and I mean a lot of liquid, so my question is this normal and should I pull the chicken and put it back in this much liquid….tastes out of this world…..

July 19, 2020 6:59 pm
Reply to  Karen Feller

Mine seems really liquidity too

August 8, 2020 3:15 pm
Reply to  Angela

This has happened to me too. I think the type of chicken you use makes a difference. I pour the liquid off and shred the chicken then add back enough liquid to desired texture. It only takes a minute extra time. My family loves this dish on rolls for dinner but I also make it for an appetizer with pita chips.

Jillian Leger
June 2, 2020 3:48 pm

If you just use regular cream cheese instead of the bacon flavored it is not as salty! Also I replaced one of the ranch packs with a fiesta ranch dip pack and it adds a whole new layer of flavor. Family loves this!

Nicole G
April 30, 2020 8:22 am

I made this for my kids who are very picky eaters. They LOVED it! They started begging me to make it again after they finished the leftovers.

Nicole Gearty
April 30, 2020 8:20 am

please remove

April 25, 2020 5:34 pm

made this before in crock pot and was great… was wondering if anyone had any time suggestions for how long this would take in instant pot instead though??

July 14, 2020 8:46 pm
Reply to  kaitlyn

I did chicken tenderloins and the seasoning in the instant pot for 6mins, low pressure. Quick released and then added cream cheese and bacon for additional 3 mins. Then shredded it all up. Could have used more liquid so maybe add 1/2 cup of water.

April 20, 2020 4:37 pm

I love this idea. Not being a Ranch fan, I used one packet of dry Alfredo sauce with one block of lite cream cheese on 2 very big frozen breasts. Sooo good with noodles one day, just the chicken with a side of vegetable the next and sandwiches the third day (2 of us). Thanks.

April 22, 2020 10:18 am
Reply to  Bette

When using the frozen breasts instead of thawed, was it still done in 6-8 hours on low? I have frozen chicken breasts in the freezer I would like to use. Thanks!

Mariellen Speaker
April 19, 2020 5:24 pm

Does the cream cheese curdle in the crockpot?

April 21, 2020 5:50 pm


Frankie Petty
April 9, 2020 12:45 pm

Anyone ever used bone in chicken breast and just deboned them?? That’s all I have and I’m going to give it a whirl! I’ve heard some really good things about this recipe and I think my family will love it.

September 3, 2020 10:51 am
Reply to  Frankie Petty

yes and I do it just the same way only pick out the bones before shredding. A bit messy but picking bones is always messy.

Kristin Boen
March 12, 2020 2:19 pm

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

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