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Crockpot Crack Chicken

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This crockpot crack chicken is a fantastic recipe full of creamy, cheesy ingredients that will be a sure crowd pleaser.
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  1. Crockpot Crack Chicken Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Crockpot Crack Chicken Recipe
  3. How to Serve
  4. Storage
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This crockpot crack chicken recipe is so simple to make and beyond irresistible. The classic combination of cream cheese and cheddar melts perfectly into the tender chicken breasts before adding bacon bits and green onions.

Be sure to try out our other delicious chicken recipes in the crockpot. Slow cooker BBQ pulled chicken and crockpot chicken and gravy are both incredibly easy meals and scrumptious recipes!

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Crockpot Crack Chicken Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 (1-ounce) packet Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning Mix, dry
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 8 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 to 4 green onions, chopped

PRO TIP:

We’d recommend grating your own cheese. Pre-shredded cheese tends to be coated with an anti-caking agent that prevents it from melting well.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

CREAM CHEESE: If you’re watching calories or simply want to keep this meal lower fat, you can use ⅓ fat or fat-free cream cheese. It will taste almost exactly the same when it’s all said and done.

SHREDDED CHEESE: Feel free to mix up the type of shredded cheese you use in this great recipe. I have used mozzarella, Colby jack, swiss, and gouda, or even a combination of cheese, all of which tasted great!

BACON BITS: You can use real bacon, cooked and chopped. Or you can use packaged, store-bought bacon bits. Either will work just fine with this delicious chicken.

CHICKEN: You can also use boneless skinless chicken thighs in place of the boneless chicken breasts in this creamy ranch chicken recipe.

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How to Make This Crockpot Crack Chicken Recipe

STEP ONE: In a small bowl, combine salt, onion powder, garlic powder, dried parsley, and the packet of ranch dressing mix.

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STEP TWO: Spray the crockpot with nonstick cooking spray. Add the 4 raw chicken breasts to the bottom of the slow cooker. Sprinkle the seasoning mixture over the top of the chicken breasts. Top the seasoning mixture with the cream cheese cubes.

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STEP THREE: Turn the crockpot temperature to low and cover. Let cook for 6 to 7 hours, or until chicken shreds easily with a fork.

PRO TIP:

If you are in a time crunch, you can cook on high for 3 to 4 hours instead.

STEP FOUR: Once the chicken is finished cooking, use two forks to shred the chicken while it is still in the crockpot. Stir the shredded chicken and cream cheese together.

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STEP FIVE: Add 1 cup of cheddar cheese to the chicken mixture and stir to combine.

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STEP SIX: Top cooked chicken with the remaining cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon, and green onions. Cover with the lid again, until the cheese has melted.

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STEP SEVEN: Serve and enjoy!

PRO TIP:

This dish can be served over rice, on hoagie rolls, over a baked potato, or as a dip with crackers!

How to Serve

Add a salad such as our Caesar salad or cucumber salad alongside your creamy chicken and you will have a complete meal. This chicken is also tasty on a bun, over top of rice or pasta, or in a bowl as a dip.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: This slow cooker crack chicken recipe can be stored in the fridge, in an airtight container for up to 3 days. This is a great leftover dish because the cream cheese mixture keeps the chicken moist. Simply reheat it in the microwave and serve it your preferred way.

IN THE FREEZER: To freeze crockpot crack chicken, let it cool down completely before transferring it to freezer bags or an airtight container. Make sure to press out any excess air from the bag. Then, place in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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Crockpot crack chicken is so creamy and delicious, you’ll be hooked. It can be served in several different ways to make a delicious meal. Simply put all the ingredients together in the slow cooker, set it on low, and forget about it until dinner time.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can you make this with frozen chicken breasts?

You can use frozen chicken, although we’d recommend thawing them first.

Can I freeze the leftover crack chicken?

This slow cooker recipe is a great meal to freeze. Just store it in an airtight container or a freezer bag for up to three months.

Can I use chicken thighs in this recipe?

This creamy dish would taste delicious with either chicken breasts or chicken thighs if your family prefers dark meat.

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Crockpot Crack Chicken

5 from 6 votes
This crockpot crack chicken is a fantastic recipe full of creamy, cheesy ingredients that will be a sure crowd pleaser.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 ounce Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning mix
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 8 sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3 to 4 green onions, chopped

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, combine salt, onion powder, garlic powder, dried parsley, and the ranch seasoning mix.
  • In the crockpot, add the 4 chicken breasts. Sprinkle seasoning mixture over the top of the chicken breasts. Top the seasoning mixture with cream cheese cubes.
  • Turn the crockpot temperature to low and cover. Let cook 6 to 7 hours, or until chicken shreds easily with a fork.
  • Once the chicken is done cooking, use two forks to shred the chicken while it is still in the crockpot. Stir the shredded chicken and cream cheese together.
  • Add 1 cup of cheddar cheese to the chicken mixture and stir to combine.
  • Top with the remaining shredded cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon, and green onions. Cover until the cheese is melted.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Notes

Note: We’d recommend grating your own cheese. Pre-shredded cheese tends to be coated with an anti-caking agent that prevents it from melting well.
 
Note: If you are on a time crunch, you can cook on high for 3 to 4 hours instead.
 
Note: This dish can be served over rice, on hoagie rolls, over a baked potato, or as a dip with crackers!

Nutrition

Sodium: 1258mg | Calcium: 287mg | Vitamin C: 2mg | Vitamin A: 1382IU | Sugar: 3g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 435mg | Cholesterol: 162mg | Calories: 480kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Fat: 38g | Protein: 28g | Carbohydrates: 7g | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Debby Iwata says

    5 stars
    This recipe sounds wonderful, I’m always looking for good chicken crockpot ones! You ladies are awesome!❤ Thank you so much!

  2. Michelle says

    5 stars
    I made the crockpot crack chicken and oh my goodness, it was a home-run in this family which is very unusually. They even asked me to double it next time. I did not use breast. I had frozen cubed chicken breast. So I did not shred. I left the cubes and served over noodles.

  3. Kimberly says

    5 stars
    I do no have dry ranch mix. I’m going to use already made ranch. How much and when should I add?

    • Layne Kangas says

      Hi, Kimberly – we haven’t tested it like that so I’m not sure how much to add or what impact it will have on the finished dish. Please let me know if you try it! Enjoy!

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