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Baked Crack Chicken

close up overhead shot of Baked Crack Chicken garnished with bacon and green onions in a baking dish
The creamy combination of chicken, cheese and crispy bacon make this baked crack chicken a great weeknight dinner.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 951 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 chicken breasts boneless skinless (6 to 8 ounces)
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon ranch seasoning from the packet of dry seasoning mix
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • ½ cup cream of chicken soup
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup Monterey jack cheese shredded
  • cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded, divided
  • ¾ cup bacon cooked and chopped, divided
  • 2 tablespoons green onion chopped, optional garnish

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly spray a 9x13 casserole dish with cooking spray.
  • Place your chicken breast in an even layer on the bottom of your prepared dish. Evenly sprinkle the salt and pepper on top of your chicken breast. Set aside.
  • In a medium skillet, saute your onion and garlic on medium heat just until it is translucent and beginning to soften. This will take 2 and 3 minutes.
  • Once your onions and garlic are cooked, add your cream of chicken soup, cream cheese and dry ranch seasoning mix. Stir them until the cream cheese is melted and all the ingredients are completely incorporated.
  • Turn off the heat to your skillet and add your sour cream and ½ cup of the shredded cheddar cheese. Stir until smooth and creamy.
  • Divide your cream cheese mixture evenly and top each chicken breast. Spread out the cream cheese mixture so that your chicken breasts are completely covered. Top your cream cheese-covered chicken with ½ cup of your cooked and chopped bacon pieces.
  • With your remaining cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, evenly cover your chicken breast.
  • Cover your dish with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove your aluminum foil and sprinkle the cheesy chicken breasts with the remaining ¼ cup of cooked and chopped bacon. Continue to bake for another 20 minutes, uncovered, or until your chicken is cooked through (160°F internal temperature) and your cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Allow your baked crack chicken to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with copped green onions if desired

Notes

TIP: Be sure NOT to use the pre-shredded cheeses. They have additives added in the bags to prevent clumping, and they do not melt as well as a block of cheese that you shred yourself.
 
TIP: If your chicken pieces are not a uniform size, that is ok; just cut them into even-sized pieces. You want your chicken pieces as evenly sized as possible so that they cook evenly when baked.
 
TIP: At this point, you can add your chopped green onions for garnish on top of your baked crack chicken casserole if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 951kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 75gFat: 65gSaturated Fat: 32gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 300mgSodium: 1914mgPotassium: 1159mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1476IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 607mgIron: 2mg