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.

Slow Cooker Crack Chicken Recipe

This Crock Pot Crack Chicken really is the best recipe. It taste amazing and everyone will be coming back for more.

This recipe is so easy that you will not believe just how simple it is. It is out of this world delicious and my entire family goes crazy over this meal.

If the kids find out this Crack Chicken Recipe is on the menu plan, they get so excited! My entire family loves this recipe.

If you have an Instant Pot and prefer cooking with that over your crock pot, you can also make Instant Chicken Crack Recipe for a quick and easy dinner!

You might also like our Crack Potatoes Recipe and Crack Dip Recipe.

What is crock pot crack chicken?

You may be wondering what exactly is crack chicken and why does everyone go crazy over it! It is the best chicken recipe! Slow cooker crack chicken combines delicious chicken, cream cheese, bacon and ranch to make a mixture so tasty that you will not be able to eat just one sandwich.

If you are looking for a crowd pleaser, this recipe for Crack Chicken is a must try. It is perfect for parties too and goes great on sliders. We also use sliders for the kids sometimes. It is the perfect size for little hands to pick up.

Put out a platter of these sandwiches and they will be gone in no time at all!  This recipe is so versatile and perfect for dinner parties and more. We have even served the sliders for birthday parties. Everyone at the party enjoyed it and kept coming back for more.

It was a big hit and a winner all around!

picture of ingredients - chicken, bacon, ranch, cream cheee, shredded cheese.


  • Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • Cream Cheese
  • Ranch Dressing Mix
  • Bacon
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Buns
closeup picture of crack chicken sandwich.

How to make slow cooker crack chicken:

  • First, get your crock pot out and combine the chicken, ranch dressing, cooked and crumbled bacon and cook. It is that simple.
picture of ingredients in crockpot- chicken, ranch seasoning mix, bacon.
  • Next, cook the chicken on low for 6-8 hours or cooking on high for 3-4 hours. The chicken is going to be so tender.
  • Once the chicken is cooked, shred it. I use 2 forks and it is fast and easy. Stir in the cream cheese. 
  • Put the crock pot lid on again and cook for another 30 minutes so the cream cheese can melt.
  • Finally, top with the shredded cheese and green onions. 
closeup photo of crack chicken in slow cooker.

What to serve this with?

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

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.

We have even packed Crack Chicken Sandwiches for a picnic lunch at the park. It was a nice change from a peanut butter sandwich and really tasty.

Side dish ideas:

Those 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. 🙂

We also have just served it with slaw and everyone enjoyed that. It is really yummy however you serve this amazing meal.

If you make slaw, you definitely will want to try the Best Coleslaw Recipe. It is our favorite recipe and just perfect!

Tips for crack chicken crock pot recipe:

  • You can add a dash of garlic powder to the cheese and bacon if you prefer.
  • If the mixture is too thick, add a little chicken broth.
  • Serve leftovers a different way and your family will think it is a new meal!
  • Another quick trick for shredding chicken is to use a hand mixer to shred the chicken faster. It is so easy and one of my best time saving kitchen tips! It can be done in a fraction of the time by doing it by hand.
  • If you don’t have any bacon and want an even easier way, you can use bacon bits.

How to make this a Keto Friendly recipe?

Just omit the hamburger buns or rolls and eat the chicken alone. It is so delicious that no one will even miss the carbs.

closeup picture of crack chicken in crock pot.

You will need a slow cooker for Crack chicken crockpot.

This is my favorite crockpot right now.  I use this all the time and it’s great.

Another favorite is this programmable crock pot  for when I am am not at home all day. I love coming home to a nice meal ready and waiting!

I also like to use crock pot liners to make clean up a breeze. These are worth every penny and save a ton of time.

We are always looking for great recipes and this is one of the best. You can make this in the pressure cooker if you prefer but you will need to adjust the cooking time.

closeup photo of crack chicken sandwich

Can I freeze crack chicken?

Yes! Freeze mixture in freezer bags and you will have a super quick meal. This is also perfect for lunches. Sometimes I double the recipe just so I can have extra to freeze for quick meals later.

I am all about freezer meals around here. We even recently made 10 Easy Crock Pot Freezer Meals in an hour. It is so nice having meals in the freezer to grab on crazy days around here. It is totally optional but I love JOKARI Hands-Free Baggy Rack Storage Bag Holders.

These are not necessary, but make it so much easier to put the meals together when making freezer meals. I started making freezer meals when I knew I had to do something about dinner time being so hectic.

It was a source of stress around here and not something any of us looked forward to or enjoyed. Now, we can sit back and enjoy a freezer meal on crazy days and talk about our days.

If you are not making freezer meals, I highly encourage you to give it a try. It has really changed dinner time around here.

Everyone will love Crock pot Crack chicken recipe!

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Slow Cooker Crack Chicken Recipe

4.93 from 118 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 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 5 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 716
Author Eating on a Dime


  • 2 lbs boneless chicken breasts
  • 8 oz cream Cheese (block)
  • 1 dry ranch dressing seasoning mix (1 oz packet)
  • 6 strips bacon (cooked crisply and crumbled)
  • 1 1/2 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup green onions (sliced)
  • 6 hamburger buns


  • 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!

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.