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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.

picture of crack chicken in slow cooker with a wooden spoon.
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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.

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.

Step By Step Instructions:

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.

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Slow Cooker Crack Chicken Recipe

4.98 from 438 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




  • 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. Gonna give this a try Friday…tonight I am making Chicken Noodle Soup from Scratch…I make about 19 quarts and freeze most of them…unless I tell my friends and family I am making it,.,then maybe 12 quarts get froze.

  2. Can you use frozen chicken breast with this recipe? I like to cook a bag of frozen chicken breast in the crock pot so wondering if I can add the ingredients too.

  3. If I double the amount of chicken, should I also double cream cheese, ranch, etc? Double the time? Thanknyou

  4. 5 stars
    So simple, decadent and delicious! Great on a nice sandwich roll or even on crunchy veggies for a lighter option. New staple for us

  5. 5 stars
    I love your recipes! This crack chicken is so yummy. Any recipe with chicken is a big hit with us!

  6. 5 stars
    Crack chicken is a staple in our house! We usually serve it over cauliflower rice or in lettuce wraps to keep it low carb. Sometimes I add hot sauce to spice it up a bit. I’ve been a Lazy Day Cooking Club member for over a year now. Your recipes are easy to prepare and delicious! I highly recommend the Club!

  7. Thank you Pearle – I love the idea of adding hot sauce. I bet that is delicious and I’m so glad you are enjoying the club. Thank you for sharing.

  8. 4 stars
    Cook first – then freeze, correct? I make up freezer meals for my college student and he would love this!

  9. The small video at the top shows chicken, ranch dressing & cream cheese going in crock pot. The written directions say chicken, bacon, & ranch. The pictures at the bottom seem to show chicken, bacon & ranch. Which is the best way? Thanks. Ps every recipe I’ve made from your site has been a huge hit!!

  10. Pam – I wait to put the cream cheese in the crock pot towards the end of cooking time now. A lot of crock pots run hotter so the cream cheese can curdle if you you put it in at the beginning of the cook time.

  11. Omg!!! The cream cheese and bacon together are fabulous!! Scallions give it an extra kick. Next time I may throw in a little Miracle Whip to see if it gives it even more zip……

  12. Just a little confused. Your direction say to add the bacon at the beginning and later say to put the bacon in at the end. Which is it?

  13. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Let us know how it is with the Miracle Whip as well – I haven’t tried that yet!

  14. 5 stars
    Definitely a good one!! Made it too much!! I liked adding different things to it and trying it different ways! So good with jalapenos and onions!

  15. This is one of our favorite recipes! It is so good! We have even taken it straight out of the fridge (from leftovers) & eaten it cold on sandwiches.

  16. 4 stars
    Not my favorite recipe for chicken sandwiches. Easy and flavorful, but I am not a fan of the crack chicken in any of it’s forms.

  17. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe and so did the fam! I have taken to friends as well because it is a great, hearty, easily prepared meal that goes over well!

  18. 5 stars
    This was fantastic. I had potato rolls on hand and with the recipe it was great. My chicken was a little dry so next time I will cut down the timing a little., but the flavors were out of this world. First time I have used ranch seasonings in a recipe. This recipe has now been taped to one of my kitchen cabinets (where the best recipes are). I will make this again and again. Thanks.

  19. I want to use tenderloins instead of chicken breasts, have you ever done this? And if so, did you cut back on cooking time as well as the sizing of your ingredients? 🙂

  20. I have not tried tenderloins, but you can. I would reduce the cooking time an hour. Come back and let us know how it turns out. Thank you!

  21. We have made this recipe and made sandwiches out of it. But my husband LOVES the crack chicken pasta!

  22. Yes… I love this recipe.

    We usually serve it was warmed flour tortillas or chips and use the chicken as a “dip” – it’s delish anyway you eat it ?

  23. This recipe looks so yummy ?, I have never adequate it before, but I would definitely serve it on a nice brioche bun with some chips and macaroni salad.on the side! Thanks for all the wonderful recipes ?

  24. I’ve not heard of crack chicken before and had it for the first time at my daughter’s. My grandson requested it and had it over baked potatoes and it was very good.

  25. 5 stars
    Oh we love crack chicken! I haven’t made this in a while so I’m adding it to the list this week. I use Hawaiian rolls and serve it sandwich style. Delicious

  26. I haven’t tried this yet, but I plan to do so very soon. Will probably serve buns as an option. (Everyone in my family likes something different!)

  27. Made this weekend and absolutely loved it!! Had it on buns and it was delicious!! I put the leftovers in the freezer to definitely have again!! Great flavor and very good

  28. 5 stars
    Very tasty and easy to make full of flavor. Did use all ranch dressing that it was called for though.

  29. Yum, I love making crack chicken! I usually serve it on hamburger buns, but after reading the suggestions in the blog post I think I’ll try it on Hawaiian rolls next time!

  30. I’ve made this recipe several times but I put the cream cheese in at the beginning. Works ok for me. My friend likes it in a bun but I prefer it over rice. I never thought I’d like it but it’s tasty! Leftovers are good too if it gets too thick I just add a little broth.

  31. 5 stars
    Yummy ?
    People at work recommend this recipe. They were right on…..delicious!
    I have made this and it is super easy!
    It makes a great sandwich on a bun too!
    Serve it up with broccoli and a side salad. Fries and coleslaw go great with the sandwich too!

  32. This looks great! I can hardly wait to try it. I think serving on a bun with sweet potato fries and coleslaw is on my menu this week. Thank you.

  33. This recipe is so good whether on a bun, a wrap or just by itself! Delicious! Thanks Carrie!

  34. Omg so good! I like adding extra cooked bacon and a bit more ranch at the end of cooking too. Following recipe as is you can use a lettuce leaf or two as a bun! Amazing flavors in the minimum time & ingredients

  35. Can’t wait to try this recipe! I love that there’s just a few ingredients! Could it be served with tortilla chips too? More like a dip? Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  36. 5 stars
    Sounds like a great meal for next week. I like the idea of on the buns and think we’ll try it that way!

  37. I haven’t tried this yet but plan to & I think it would be great on hamburger buns & I would probably serve broccoli or green beans with it.

  38. Yum!! Can’t wait to try this. My family loves other crack chicken recipes we’ve tried but we’ve never had it on hamburger buns! My boys will love this!

  39. 5 stars
    Looks and sounds so delicious!! I will be making this for my family this week! Thanks so much for sharing.

  40. I luv the idea of making this into sandwiches! I think I would luv that! I wonder what it would be like on a bed of spring mix with tomatoes and cucumbers? I guess I will have to make it and find out! But it must rock on a bed of pasta as well…I can’t wait to try this! Thank you for such a versatile recipe! I guess I need to start my next grocery list now!

  41. Oh this looks GOOD! I often have family eating at different times due to classes and activities, this would be wonderful to have a green salad with, of course I’d serve on the buns. Adding this to the menu this week!

  42. Love this recipe and would definitely make for the Grandkids. They ove anything with bacon in it . I think I would serve it on buns for them, but. I would like it on pasta. Thanks!

  43. I’ve not made this before, but it sounds really good. I think I would like to try it on a spinach “tortilla.” Thanks for the recipe.

  44. Looks delicious! I’ll be making it this week. I think we’ll have it with homemade rolls and veggies from the garden.

  45. I bet this dish makes the angels sing. I think I’d like to try this over tater tots (or maybe french fries) or something crazy like that.

  46. 5 stars



  47. I’ve never made this before, but it sure looks tasty! While it looks great as a sandwich, this looks like something that could easily be served over nachos or pasta!

  48. 5 stars
    Love this cracked chicken recipe ! Easy and delicious ,served on Hawaiian buns and chips on the side . Great camping recipe !!

  49. I will plan on making this but using cream of chicken instead of cream cheese. I am allergic to both cream cheese and sour cream. I did make the whilte bean chili over weekend and family loved it.

  50. I am planning on making this next week, either with potato rolls or hamburger buns with chips or a salad as a side!

  51. Really looks good – I think I would offer hamburger buns, slider buns, crackers, and chips as options for eating this.

  52. Winner, winner… Chicken dinner!!! My picky 6 year old ate this like it was candy!! He even asked for seconds! Thank you!

  53. 5 stars
    Love this go to recipe for any occasion! Everyone is always happy to hear this is what’s for dinner! You can serve it on anything or eat it alone!

  54. 5 stars
    I love everything about this recipe, all the ingredients make a perfect blend of flavor for a beautiful dish with so many options! There is o my to-do list for the week. Since I live alone, I don’t always feel like cooking a meal which means not eating healthy. I will be making a double batch because it is so versatile.
    First, I want to try “Crack Chicken” on a hamburger bun with a side of purple sweet potato fries and a tomato salad. I want to make stuffed pasta shells using the “Crack Chicken”, which can be served with sauce for a meal or without a sauce that you can use for a snack or a meal starter. After tasting the Crack Chicken, I know I will go wild with even more ways to use it. My plan is to package individual meals in containers for the freezer for ready-to-use! balance meals.

  55. I will definitely try the crack chicken recipe this week with a salad of greens. Perfect for a soccer practice evening.

  56. 5 stars
    This is one of our favorites! We love it as is or on buns either way. If serving on buns we add fries. As is with steamed broccoli.

  57. I’ve made crack chicken before always in the croc pot I usually serve it with a salad. I’ve never added bacon can’t wait to try it!

  58. 5 stars
    I gave it a 5 star for the look of the dish, the fact that it sounds wonderful and I am definitely going to make this recipe! Yes, I would eat this on a bun and I am sure this recipe is worthy of the 5 star rating I gave it. I am also thinking it would be good for a tailgating night! If it is anything other than a 5 star review I will come back and revise my original post….If I do not revise it, you will know this recipe is even better than a 5 star!!!

  59. 5 stars
    This is so frickin delicious. I love the simplicity of this recipe and its ingredients most people always have on hand. I actually put this on pretzel rolls that were toasted with a bit of garlic aioli on the bun and topped with homemade coleslaw and some crispy fried onions. So good, I highly recommend you make this tonight!

  60. Sounds so good. I was thinking to put it over rice adding a side of string beansand sliced tomatoes on lettuce while still in season
    Both beans and tomatoes will help cut calories I expect to get from cheeses. Can’t wait to try your way and mine.

  61. Can this be cooked in instant pot? On the slow cooking there’s no liquid added? Can the chicken be cooked frozen? I need all the help. Thank you

  62. For some reason I’ve yet to make this but that needs to change. I think I’d put it on rice or baked potatoes maybe as well?

  63. I haven’t made this yet but it looks amazing!! I would serve on hamburger or kaiser buns for sure!! Side dish I would make a vinaigrette slaw

  64. 5 stars
    So easy and as my Grandson says it’s goodicious! He likes it on hamburger buns and I love it over rotini pasta.

  65. 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!

  66. 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.

  67. 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!

  68. 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.

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

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

  71. 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?

  72. 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!

  73. 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!

  74. 5 stars
    Made Crack Chicken for the family and they LOVED it! Was so easy to throw in crock pot n make. Thank you!!

  75. 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.