Crack Chicken

Crack chicken in a crock pot is simple and tasty. Everyone is sure to love this creamy, cheesy chicken dish.

Shredded crack chicken can be utilized in many variations, and makes a yummy left over. Try pairing with Easy Coleslaw, or for more shredded meat goodness check out Café Rio Shredded Chicken and Pulled Pork.

Crack chicken on a hamburger bun served on a white plate.

what is crack chicken?

I thought the name “crack” chicken came from how deliciously addicting this chicken is, but apparently I was way off! Although it IS crazy delicious.

It turns out “crack” is actually a term used for a certain combination of ingredients: cheese, Ranch seasoning and bacon. Aside from crack chicken there’s crack bread, crack pasta, crack dip. All referring to the use of those 3 ingredients.

Crack chicken uses the flavoring from my favorite ranch dressing and combines my equal love of bacon for a delicious dish that can be enjoyed in so many different ways!

Crack chicken recipe ingredients in a crock pot.

Crock pot crack chicken

COOK. Spray a crock pot with cooking spray, then place the chicken breasts in the pot. Add the cream cheese, ranch dressing mix, and hot sauce. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 4-6 hours.

SHRED, MIX & COOK. Remove the chicken from the pot and shred with two forks. Stir the cream cheese mixture in the pot until smooth, then add the chicken back into the pot. Stir in the grated cheese. Cover and cook 30-60 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth.

SERVE. To serve, scoop the chicken onto the hamburger buns and top with bacon.

Recipe Notes: 

  • You do not need to add water to the pot as the chicken will release its own natural juices.
  • For even more flavorful chicken use boneless chicken thighs.
  • Double or triple the recipe for larger crowds or to freeze some for later.
Shredded creamy crack chicken in a crock pot.

tasty variations

How to serve this tasty crack chicken:

  • in a hamburger bun
  • over rice
  • over noodles
  • wrapped in a tortilla
  • in a lettuce wrap
  • with crackers
  • over a baked potato
  • with pretzel rolls

Not only can you change up the methods of serving, but you can also add mushrooms, diced chilies or jalapenos, red or green onions, diced tomatoes or add a slice of American cheese to the sandwich.

Crack chicken in a crock pot, garnished with parsley.

Store & freeze

Make ahead and STORE covered in the fridge 3-4 days.

FREEZE in a ziploc or storage container for 1-2 months.

REHEAT in the microwave or in a skillet on the stove. Add a bit of milk to smooth it out as it warms.

A hamburger bun filled with crack chicken and bacon, served on a white plate with celery.

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Crack Chicken Recipe

5 from 6 votes
Crack chicken in a crock pot is simple and tasty. Everyone is sure to love this creamy, cheesy chicken dish.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 527 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

for the chicken:

  • 4 large chicken breasts
  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 packet ranch dressing mix
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

for serving:

  • 8 hamburger buns
  • 8 slices bacon fried until crisp

Instructions
 

  • Spray a crock pot with cooking spray, then place the chicken breasts in the pot. Add the cream cheese, ranch dressing mix, and hot sauce. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 4-6 hours.
  • Remove the chicken from the pot and shred with two forks. Stir the cream cheese mixture in the pot until smooth, then add the chicken back into the pot. Stir in the grated cheese. Cover and cook 30-60 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth.
  • To serve, scoop the chicken onto the hamburger buns and top with bacon.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. 5 stars
    This chicken is so good. I had to get three servings of this before I could not eat anymore, though I wanted to. Amazing recipe and will be making again soon.

  2. 5 stars
    I can see why this is called crack chicken, it is so hard to stop eating! I loved the bit of kick from the hot sauce. And of course bacon makes everything better. A hit with the whole family!

  3. 5 stars
    This chicken was incredible, I served it with pretzels and we used it as dip, I could not get enough! This will be perfect for family movie nights!

  4. 5 stars
    My kids prefer chicken over red meat and I’m always looking for new ways to cook it. This is definitely on the rotation.