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Slow Cooker Crack Chicken is comfort food in every single bite. The cream cheese blended with the ranch and bacon make this one unforgettable recipe.

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Crack Chicken is an addicting, Keto friendly meal. This crockpot crack chicken recipe is perfect to serve for game day parties and more. It is one of our favorite Boneless skinless chicken crockpot recipes.

If you have an Instant Pot and prefer cooking with that over your crock pot. Make Instant Pot Crack Chicken Recipe for a quick and easy chicken recipe. This cheesy shredded ranch chicken and creamy texture is perfect to serve with hamburger buns or over rice.

You might also like our Crock Pot Crack Chicken Soup, Crack Potatoes Recipe, Crack Chicken Casserole Recipe, Crack Chicken Sliders, and Crack Dip Recipe.

What is Crack Chicken?

Crack Chicken Crock Pot Recipe combines delicious boneless skinless chicken breast, cream cheese, ranch and bacon. This makes a mixture so tasty that you will not be able to eat just one sandwich.

Crack Chicken is one of our most popular recipes and can be made in many different ways.

Recipe Ingredients:

picture of ingredients - chicken, bacon, ranch, cream cheee, shredded cheese on a cutting board.

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Substitutions and Additions:

  • Change Chicken – Change the chicken to boneless skinless chicken thighs or chicken tenders for an easy variations.
  • Bacon – Cook your bacon in the Oven or top with real bacon bits.
  • Seasoning – You can add a teaspoon garlic powder to the cheese and bacon if you prefer. Feel free to add in fresh herbs such as dill, parsley or chives.
  • Cheese Variations – Feel free to use different types of cheese. You can add in sharp cheddar cheese or shredded pepper jack cheese.

How to make Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

Step 1 – Combine the chicken, homemade ranch seasoning mix, cooked and crumbled bacon and cook.

Step 2 – Once the chicken is cooked, shred it. I use 2 forks and it is fast and easy.

Step 3 – Stir in the cream cheese. Put the crock pot lid on again. Then cook for another 30 minutes so the cream cheese can melt.

Step 4 – Sprinkle with the salt and pepper, shredded cheese and green onions.  Then it is ready to serve.

closeup photo of crack chicken in slow cooker.

What to Serve with Crack Chicken?

Our favorite way to eat crack chicken is served on buns. It is so easy and everyone loves eating it sandwich style. More ideas include:

  • Tortillas
  • Hawaiian Roll
  • Serve over pasta.
  • Sliders
  • Lettuce Wraps

Just use whatever you prefer. We like trying different things so we can enjoy this tasty Crack Chicken more ways. The kids never get tired of this recipe if I switch it up and use different ways to serve it.

Side dish ideas:

With my large family, we like to keep it simple when I serve this rich and hearty crack chicken. You can easily serve with a side of steamed broccoli, cauliflower rice, or an easy spinach salad.

When I am serving for a game day party. We always have a side of Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipe or a Classic Italian Pasta Salad Recipe.

These are just a few of our favorites to enjoy with crack chicken sandwiches.  But we have all had those crazy days where it was potato chips all around.

Expert Tips

  • Thickening Texture – If the mixture is too thick, add a little chicken broth.
  • Cook Once, Eat Twice – Serve leftovers a different way and your family will think it is a new meal.
  • Shred Cheese – We recommend shredding cheese from hunk cheese. Pre-shredded cheese has added ingredients and may not taste or melt as well.
  • Spray Bottom of the Slow Cooker – If you have problems with chicken sticking, you may need to spray nonstick cooking spray. This helps for cleanup and serving the crack chicken.
  • Cook on Low – I like to cook on low as it helps to keep the chicken from drying out.
  • Cream Cheese – To help with the cream cheese melting, dice the cream cheese before placing in the slow cooker.
closeup picture of crack chicken sandwich.

Storage and Reheating Tips:

This crack chicken is great leftover and makes for a delicious lunch the next day. Place the leftovers in an airtight container and place in the fridge.

When you are ready to enjoy, reheat leftovers in the microwave in 1 minute intervals.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to Shred Cooked Chicken:

Shredding chicken can be done by using forks or a stand mixer. Using a stand mixer or a hand held mixer to shred your chicken saves time. The chicken comes out perfectly shredded.

Can I Double the Recipe?

This is the perfect recipe to double to enjoy again. We like to double and freeze it for a quick weeknight meal.

Can I Freeze Crack Chicken?

Yes! Freeze mixture in freezer bags and you will have a super quick meal. Place in the freezer and it will last up to 3 months is stored properly.

What should I do if the chicken turns out too dry?

You can add ½ cup to 1 cup of chicken broth.

Can I make slow cooker crack chicken without dairy?

Fortunately, you can now easily find dairy free cream cheese and dairy free cheese that you can use to make dairy free crack chicken.

More Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes:

If you have tried Slow Cooker Crack Chicken, make sure to leave a comment!

Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

4.98 from 441 votes
Slow Cooker Crack Chicken Recipe is comfort food in every bite. The cream cheese blended with the ranch and bacon make Crock Pot Crack Chicken amazing.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 716

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Instructions

  • Add the chicken, bacon and ranch seasoning mix to at least a 6 quart crock pot.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  • Shred the chicken with 2 forks and stir in the cream cheese. Cover and cook on low for 30 minutes to melt the cream cheese.
  • Top with the shredded cheddar cheese and green onions. Cover and cook on low for 10 minutes to melt the cheese.
  • Serve immediately on the buns and enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

I love serving this recipe over buns but this is also great served by itself or over your favorite type of pasta. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 716kcal, Carbohydrates 24g, Protein 48g, Fat 47g, Saturated Fat 21g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 183mg, Sodium 766mg, Potassium 522mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 4g, Vitamin A 966IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 336mg, Iron 3mg

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  1. Brenda Warner says:

    5 stars
    Great crack chicken try this week
    Thank you

  2. Carrie Barnard says:

    Oh I love that idea. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Denise says:

    Amazing recipe…I added 1/2 block of extra cream cheese just because i wanted to use up the open package i had. To serve we made crack chicken quesadilla’s everyone loved them!!! Extra meat froze well too.

  4. Bonnie says:

    5 stars
    So easy and good plus affordable EVERYONE likes this!

  5. Joi Davis says:

    5 stars
    Made Crack Chicken for the family and they LOVED it! Was so easy to throw in crock pot n make. Thank you!!

  6. Stephanie says:

    4 stars
    Made this to eat while watching football last Sunday. Super easy! Served it on hamburger rolls. Awaiting a new multi-cooker crockpot, can’t wait to try all these recipes all winter!

  7. Beverly says:

    5 stars
    Such a quick and yet very tasty recipe! My picky eater husband and son loved it! Definitely a keeper! Thanks for a fabulous a tasty recipe!

  8. Carrie Barnard says:

    I’m so glad you loved this. So glad your friend’s recommended it.

  9. Karen W says:

    5 stars
    My kids love this! I have a lot of liquid after cooking the chicken. Should I drain it before adding the cream cheese?

  10. Sheila Lewis Otaluka says:

    Can’t wait to try this recipe. I keep a lot of ingredients on hand,so I might give it a try this weekend

  11. Tim Timmons says:

    I have made this but I added buffalo wing sauce. Tasted great in a burrito with some romaine and tomato.

  12. Cat Wilson says:

    I’ve never made crack chicken before but it sounds delicious and id like to try it!

  13. Beckie Killian says:

    5 stars
    I haven’t made this recipe yet, but I am looking forward to it. I think it would go great on hamburger buns or maybe even hogie buns.

  14. Laura says:

    I’ve seen this a few times but haven’t tried it yet. I think it would be great on pretzel buns. Maybe a broccoli salad on the side! Thanks for all the great recipes!

  15. Steven R. says:

    5 stars
    I have made this many times before and it’s delicious. We usually serve it on hamburger buns with French fries from the air fryer. An easy meal with minimal prep.

  16. Joyce says:

    This looks amazing. Will be trying it soon.

  17. Dori Hagness says:

    I’ve never tried cracked chicken, but I’m going to very soon! Thanks for this recipe.

  18. Janel says:

    I love crack chicken, on sandwiches, on crackers, on chips, even on carrots is good! My husband and mom think it’s too bland! Huh??? I think their tastebuds are broken. LOL.
    Have a great day!

  19. Sharon says:

    I have never made this but it looks so good that I’m going to have to try it

  20. D e b b y says:

    I think this recipe would be very good over rice and I probably serve it with green beans

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