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 the 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

Nutrition Information:

1 cup
2.1 g
1266.4 mg
33.8 g
7.6 g
51.2 g
209.2 mg

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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Cynthia Higham
January 7, 2022 9:40 pm

Hello, thank you for the yummy recipe. We all love it! I am wondering if I could freeze it. Would the leftovers freeze well?

November 21, 2021 1:04 am

I added peas to it and was great

November 4, 2021 2:25 am

This is soooo good!!! I can see me making this again and again. I added a can of cream of mushroom soup and a packet of dry Italian dressing mix as I was serving for a crowd. We didn’t have buns so I served it over buttered egg noodles with parsley.

October 19, 2021 4:26 pm

Tried this this weekend and was a bit underwhelmed by it. It wasn’t bad at all, and the kids liked it enough to take to lunch, but it wasn’t AMAZING like I expected. We used only 1 bottle of ranch dressing (thankfully dairy free for my daughter, whereas ranch seasoning usually is not) because we were afraid it would be too runny. That was a mistake; it ended up needing more salt. I have since taken the time to read through the comments and will a) try the leftovers over bread instead, and b) try making it with rotel and… Read more »

January 9, 2022 5:11 pm
Reply to  Shelly

MSG in ranch dressing packet

Stephanie M.
October 13, 2021 11:01 am

Why is it called “crack” chicken?

Ashley O
November 24, 2021 4:45 pm
Reply to  Stephanie M.

Bc its to be addicting to eat

September 13, 2021 6:44 pm

Can you make this with frozen chicken breasts?

Meredith Buddington
April 13, 2021 9:24 pm

Would this recipe freeze & reheat well?

Meredith Buddington
April 11, 2021 5:22 am

Does this freeze/reheat well? I made this tonight and while I enjoyed it – my husband and kids didn’t (they’re not American, and I think the super richness of this was just not a hit for them unfortunately). Since it’s just me eating the whole batch, was wondering if it would freeze! Thanks in advance

Tiffannie T Thompson
March 23, 2021 4:29 pm

Will it make a difference if I use whipped cream cheese instead of the block??

April 11, 2021 2:58 pm

Only difference is that you may need to use more volume wise. Make sure the weight is the same.

January 24, 2021 7:25 pm

Came across this recipe after looking for some new things to try on my weight watchers journey. Made this following the instructions above and cooking on high, the chicken was pulling apart at just over 3 hours.

I spread a serving on a tortilla and added some Buffalo sauce, YUM!! Will be making again for sure!

Shelly Morrow
January 9, 2021 2:48 pm

We loved this will definitely make again not too liquidy just perfect I only did different 1 ranch packet and I also used a little Italian seasoning I also added 1 c shredded cheddar cheese will be making this again

December 6, 2020 8:10 pm

Directions unclear ended up with straight crack

October 26, 2020 10:16 pm

I need this recipe for 11 people for a potluck. How much chicken would you recommend? Also would it still be done in 4 hours?

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!!!

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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