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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!

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!

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Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

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


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 554
  • Sugar: 2.1 g
  • Sodium: 1266.4 mg
  • Fat: 33.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.6 g
  • Protein: 51.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 209.2 mg

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


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831 comments on “Slow Cooker Crack Chicken”

  1. This is a camping favorite! We make it almost every camping trip and eat it on a bun. The only minor change we make is we add some garlic powder. This is a crowd pleaser!

  2. My family really liked this. I served it on oven-toasted artisan buns, and drizzled Buffalo sauce and crispy bacon bits over it. I thought it was okay, but was not in love with it. (It seems like I’m in the minority there though 😉
    Oh, and it was super thick and kind of dry, so I added about 1/2 cup chicken broth to make it creamier. I’ll make it again, but not frequently.

  3. Can onion dip/soup mix be substituted for the ranch? My family isn’t big on ranch flavor, so I’m wondering the best substitute. I’m making this tomorrow!

  4. Cynthia Higham

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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 jalapeño cream cheese next time. It does seem reminiscent of artichoke dip. Beware – it’s very cheesy! 🙂

    1. Hi! Sorry this wasn’t your favorite, but I will point out that the recipe doesn’t call for ranch dressing, you use the ranch SEASONING packet. I imagine that a bottle of ranch dressing wouldn’t be enough flavor. Hope you try this again with the ranch seasoning packets 🙂

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