Instant Pot Crack Chicken Recipe

This Instant Pot Crack Chicken recipe is a delicious, low carb dinner packed with flavor from cream cheese, ranch, and bacon! Whether you’re on a keto diet or not, your family will LOVE this meal.

Often I find our family gets in a dinner time rut. 

Taco Tuesdays. Pasta on Wednesday. Meatloaf on Thursday. Pot Roast on Sunday. You get the point.

If you feel the same, you know what can break that dinner time blues? Crack Chicken.

If you haven’t tried this addictive chicken recipe, do it NOW.

Not only is it easy made in the instant pot…but I can show you how to make it in a skillet on the stove or in your crock pot!

Packed with cream cheese, ranch, and bacon, you’ll love this naturally low carb dish. I mean, you don’t HAVE to serve it on a pretzel bun, haha!

How to Make Crack Chicken in the Instant Pot

Select “SAUTE” and add diced, raw bacon to the Instant Pot. Cook until desired crispness (we like ours crunchy)! Remove when cooked and place on a paper towel lined plate.

Season chicken thighs with paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

Add oil to pressure cooker and add seasoned chicken thighs to the hot oil. Cook for 2 minutes each side.

While chicken is cooking, combine cream cheese with one package of ranch seasoning.

Hit cancel when chicken is done browning. Add broth to Instant Pot and scrape the browned bits off the bottom of the pot (this will prevent the burn notice from appearing).

Top chicken with cream cheese and ranch mixture. Secure lid and turn to High Pressure for 12 minutes.

When cook time ends, do a quick release. Remove chicken and shred. Stir shredded chicken back into the sauce and allow to thicken on it’s own for several minutes. 

To serve, add cooked bacon, green onions, and parsley. ENJOY!

Slow Cooker Crack Chicken (Crock Pot)

Combine cream cheese with ranch seasoning. Add chicken to slow cooker and top with cream cheese mixture. No need to add liquid. Cook on low for 5 hours. 

Remove chicken and shred. Return it to the sauce and add cooked and crumbled bacon, green onions, and parsley.

If sauce is too thin, make a slurry or cornstarch and water and add to crock pot. Heat for several minutes (if your crockpot has a saute button) or cook on high for 30 minutes).

If sauce is too thick, add a splash of chicken broth and mix it in until desired consistency.

Skillet Crack Chicken

To cook crack chicken on the stove top, heat olive oil in large skillet. Add diced bacon and chicken. Cook until chicken is completely heated through, about 6 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of your chicken. 

Internal temperature of chicken should be 165 degrees F

Add 1/4 cup broth, cream cheese, and ranch seasoning to skillet. Cook on low until cheese is melted and smooth.

Fold in shredded chicken and bacon, top with green onions and parsley.

How to serve Crack Chicken

If you’re following a low carb or keto diet, Crack Chicken is a delicious, tasty meal all on it’s own. Scoop and serve on a bed of greens or cauliflower rice!

Keto Crack chicken is also a great DIP for vegetables!

Or you can add ALL THE CARBS and serve it on a soft pretzel roll.

Crack Chicken is also delicious served on a plate of mashed potatoes!

Can you freeze Crack Chicken?

Yes.

No matter the cooking method, crack chicken in instant pot, slow cooker, or skillet, allow chicken mixture to cool completely.

Store in an airtight ziploc freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

Can I substitute Chicken Breasts for Chicken Thighs?

Absolutely.

I prefer the boneless skinless thighs for this recipe (especially if doing the slow cooker crack chicken version). 

However, boneless skinless breasts also taste great.

No need to change the time either!

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Yield: 6 servings

Instant Pot Crack Chicken

Instant Pot Crack Chicken

This Instant Pot Crack Chicken recipe is a delicious, low carb dinner packed with flavor from cream cheese, ranch, and bacon! Whether you're on a keto diet or not, your family will LOVE this meal.

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or breasts)
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 pkg dry ranch seasoning mix
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Select "SAUTE" and add diced, raw bacon to the Instant Pot. Cook until desired crispness! Remove when cooked and place on a paper towel lined plate.
  2. Season chicken thighs with paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. Add oil to pressure cooker and add seasoned chicken thighs to the hot oil. Brown for 2 minutes each side.
  4. While chicken is cooking, combine cream cheese with ranch seasoning.
  5. Hit cancel when chicken is done browning. Add broth to Instant Pot and scrape the browned bits off the bottom of the pot (this will prevent the burn notice from appearing).
  6. Top chicken with cream cheese and ranch mixture. Secure lid and turn to High Pressure for 12 minutes.
  7. When cook time ends, do a quick release. Remove chicken and shred. Stir shredded chicken back into the sauce and allow to thicken on it's own for several minutes. 
  8. To serve, add cooked bacon, green onions, and parsley. ENJOY!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 413 Total Fat: 28g Saturated Fat: 12g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 14g Cholesterol: 189mg Sodium: 1429mg Carbohydrates: 6g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 3g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 35g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

This Instant Pot Crack Chicken recipe is a delicious, low carb dinner packed with flavor from cream cheese, ranch, and bacon! Whether you’re on a keto diet or not, your family will LOVE this meal.

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9 comments on “Instant Pot Crack Chicken Recipe”

  1. ANNETTE JOHNSON

    Can this be prepared in a slow cooker, or in a dutch oven on top of the stove?
    if so can you give the instructions?

  2. Diane

    How do I get the measurements for your recipes? You have gret ideas but I never know how much of the ingredients to use.

  3. Kaycee

    Do you dump out the bacon grease after your done cooking the bacon?

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  5. Valerie

    I love cooking in an electric pressure cooker, I do it 3-5 times a week. Bacon ranch is a great flavor combination for chicken, my family loves when I make it.

  6. Trang

    I’m actually not on the keto diet but I wouldn’t have known anyway if this was a “diet” recipe because it’s so good!

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