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Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

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This slow cooker crack chicken is made with 5 ingredients and only 10 minutes of prep! Serve in baked potato, on top of a bun, on mashed potatoes or even in a wrap!

I’m all about set-it-and-forget-it meals, and this Creamy Slow Cooker Crack Chicken is easy cooking. Five Ingredients, and 10 minutes of prep in the morning, you’ll come home crock pot meal that’s ready to go! This crock pot crack chicken is just that, crack! Aptly named for its addicting, hard-to-stop eating deliciousness! Simply cook the chicken with ranch seasoning and cream cheese, shred it up, stir in the bacon and cheese, and boom – you’ve got an easy slow cooker dinner that’s bursting with that irresistible crack-dip flavor. It’s not just good; it’s crazy good!

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I can’t stress this enough – I absolutely love my slow cooker, and this crack chicken recipe just adds to that love! When you have a house full of kids making slow cooker dump meals is a must.

Now, about the name ‘crack chicken’ – trust me, it’s called that for a reason. This dish is seriously addictive. It’s so good that you might find yourself tempted to eat the whole pot. Not that I’ve ever done that… of course not. Anyway, if you’ve ever found yourself craving something cheesy, savory, and just downright comforting, this is the recipe for you!

Slow Cooker Crack Chicken Overview

Cuisine Inspiration: American
Number of Ingredients: 5 (excluding salt and pepper)
Total Cook Time: 6 hours, 10 minutes
Primary Cooking Method: Slow Cooker
Dietary Info: Keto-Friendly
Key Flavor: Tangy, Cheesy and Savory
Skill Level: Easy

Notable mentions

  • Set It and Forget It: Just toss everything into the slow cooker and let it do its magic. Perfect for those busy days when you just can’t be in the kitchen.
  • Crazy Good Flavor: One bite, and you’ll understand why it’s called ‘Crack Chicken.’ This dish is so addictive you’ll be tempted to make it a regular on your menu. I mean, it’s a mix of creamy, cheesy, and smoky tastes… Is there anything better than that?!
  • Versatile Pairings: This chicken is a versatile staple for any day of the week! You can whip up sandwiches, wraps, a decadent topping for baked potatoes, and more!
  • Crowd-Pleaser: Whether it’s a family dinner or a casual get-together, this creamy crockpot crack chicken satisfies all ages and tastes. Plus, with 6-8 chicken breasts, this recipe ensures there’s plenty to go around. Ideal for large families or meal prepping for the week.
  • Perfect Freezer Meal: Not only is this crack chicken versatile it’s a weeknight staple, and it’s also freezer-friendly. Just toss the raw chicken in with the seasoning and even the cream cheese.

Ingredients to make Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

  • Chicken Breasts: Boneless and skinless. These are perfect for slow cooking as they become wonderfully tender and easy to shred.
  • Cream Cheese: 16 oz to add creaminess and richness. It melts into the chicken, creating a luscious, savory sauce.
  • Dry Ranch Dressing Mix: It’s the key ingredient that gives this easy crack chicken recipe its signature taste.
  • Cheddar Cheese: 2 cups, shredded for that melty, gooey goodness.
  • Bacon Bits: To add a smoky, meaty punch of flavor. If a dish has cheese and bacon in it, rest assured that you’ll struggle to stop eating it!
  • Salt and Pepper: To taste, for seasoning the chicken.
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How to make Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

The hardest part of this slow cooker crack chicken recipe isn’t the prep (which is super simple), or finding the ingredients (just a few pantry staples), but the wait! Yes, is that good. For the detailed step-by-step instructions, make sure to check out the recipe card below.

Step 1: Cook And Shred The Chicken

  1. Place the chicken breasts in the slow cooker. Season them well with salt and pepper.
  2. Add cream cheese on top of the chicken.
  3. Sprinkle the dry ranch dressing mix over the cream cheese. There’s no need to stir these ingredients together.
  4. Set your slow cooker to low and let it cook until the chicken is tender.
  5. Once the cooking time is up, take two forks and shred the chicken.
A step by step image collage on how to make slow cooker crack chicken with ingredients, raw chicken seasoned, adding the cream cheese and ranch mix, and cooking and shredding the chicken

Step 2: Add The Toppings

  1. Stir in shredded cheddar cheese.
  2. Stir in bacon bits until everything is combined and the cheese has melted.
A step by step image collage on how to make slow cooker crack chicken with cheddar cheese on top of the chicken, and bacon bits added

Making Slow Cooker Crack Chicken As A Dump Freezer Meal

Turning Slow Cooker Crack Chicken into a dump freezer meal is a great way to have a delicious and hearty meal ready with minimal effort. This is especially useful for busy days or meal prep.

Preparation For Freezing:

  1. Combine Ingredients: In a large zip-lock freezer bag, add the chicken breasts, cubbed cream cheese, ranch dressing mix, and, if you’re using, salt and pepper.
  2. Seal and Mix: Press out as much air as possible before sealing the bag. Then gently massage the bag to mix the ingredients together, ensuring the chicken is evenly coated.
  3. Label and Freeze: Write the cooking instructions and the date on the bag. Lay it flat in the freezer, allowing for even freezing and easy storage.

Cooking From Frozen:

  1. Thaw Safely: Ideally, move the freezer bag to the refrigerator at least 24 hours before cooking, allowing for a safe and even thaw.
  2. Cooking Time Adjustment: Place the thawed contents in the slow cooker. If cooking directly from frozen, adjust the cooking time: set on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 5-6 hours.
  3. Final Steps: Once cooked, shred the chicken in the slow cooker, then top with the shredded cheddar cheese and bacon bits and let it melt.
  • Chicken Thighs: No chicken breasts in the fridge? No prob! Chicken thighs are a great substitute. They work just as well in this crockpot crack chicken.
  • Add Different Seasonings: Get creative with your seasonings! How about some BBQ or maybe a little Cajun spice? This recipe is all about making it our own and having fun with flavors.
  • Swap the Cheese: If you’re not a big fan of cheddar, try mozzarella for a milder taste or pepper jack for a spicy twist. Each cheese brings its unique character, but in my opinion, pepper jack is the ultimate substitute!
  • Lighten It Up: For a lighter version, substitute the regular cream cheese with its low-fat counterpart. It’ll still be creamy and delicious but with fewer calories, if you’re counting them.
  • Top With Green Onions or Chives: I like to chop some green onions and sprinkle them on top – almost like a loaded baked potato for some extra flavor.

Tips for making the best crockpot crack chicken

  1. Chunk the Cream Cheese: Instead of adding the cream cheese in one big block, cut it into chunks. This helps it melt more evenly and blend seamlessly with the other ingredients, ensuring every bite is creamy and delicious.
  2. Chicken Shredding Hack: When it’s time to shred the chicken, ditch the forks and use a hand mixer right in the crockpot! It’s a quick, efficient way to get perfectly shredded chicken without the extra hassle or mess. This hack saved my life, y’all!
  3. Keep an Eye on the Clock: It’s tempting to just let it cook as you go about your day, but to avoid overcooking (which can make the chicken dry), start checking for doneness at the 6-hour mark. Remember, slow cookers can vary!
  4. Bacon Bits Last: Be sure to add the bacon bits towards the end of cooking. This way, they’ll stay a bit crispy, adding a delightful crunch to your creamy Crockpot Crack Chicken.
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How to store & reheat Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

Once your Slow Cooker Crack Chicken has cooled down, transfer it into an airtight container. Make sure it’s sealed well to keep the creaminess and prevent any fridge odors from seeping in.

To reheat, simply scoop the desired amount into a microwave-safe dish and heat it in the microwave until warm. You can also reheat it in a saucepan over medium heat on the stove, stirring occasionally to ensure it heats evenly.

How long will Slow Cooker Crack Chicken last in the fridge?

Your crack chicken will stay fresh and tasty in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. It’s perfect for planning ahead or enjoying leftovers for a couple of days… If you have enough self-control not to eat them in one sitting!

Can i freeze This easy crack chicken recipe?

Crack Chicken freezes beautifully. Store it in a freezer-safe container or a freezer bag, squeezing out as much air as possible. It’ll keep well for up to 2-3 months. When you’re ready to enjoy it again, thaw it in the fridge overnight and then reheat it using the above methods.

What to serve with Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

  • Broccoli and Mashed Potatoes: Pair your Crack Chicken with a side of steamed broccoli and creamy mashed potatoes. The broccoli adds a nice crunch and color, while the potatoes are just perfect for soaking up that cheesy goodness.
  • Burger Buns: Slide this savory chicken between burger buns for an instant, lip-smacking sandwich. It’s a favorite in my house, especially with the kids – they just love these creamy chicken sandwiches!
  • Rice, Rice, Baby: A fluffy bed of rice (be it white, brown, or wild) is just the ticket for soaking up all that saucy goodness. A simple, yet amazing pairing.
  • Crackers: This slow cooker crack chicken recipe not only works as a whole meal but as a dip! Serve it with a circle of crispy crackers and dip, crunch, and enjoy!
  • Tortillas: Wrap up that cheesy, tender chicken in soft tortillas for a quick, tasty meal.

Frequently asked questions

Can I use frozen chicken breasts?

Yes, you can use frozen chicken, but it’s recommended to thaw them first for even cooking. If cooking from frozen, adjust the cooking time accordingly, usually adding an extra hour.

How do I know when the Chicken is ready?

The chicken is ready when it’s tender enough to easily shred with a fork. This typically happens after about 6-7 hours on low in a slow cooker. However, always ensure the chicken’s internal temperature reaches 165°F for safe eating.

My cream cheese didn’t mix well. What should I do?

Cream cheese can sometimes clump up if not softened or if the cooking temperature is too low. To fix this, take the cream cheese out of the fridge ahead of time to soften, or try breaking it into smaller pieces before adding it to the slow cooker.

Can I add other ingredients to this recipe?

Absolutely! Feel free to customize the recipe with ingredients like green onions, jalapeños for a spicy kick, or other vegetables for added nutrition.

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Whether you scoop it onto warm buns, place it on top of buttery mashed potatoes, or just enjoy it as is, this Slow Cooker Crack Chicken is a winner. And let me tell you, it’s a recipe that never gets old. It just has that tender, cheesy, bacon-y goodness that’s sure to be a hit whether it’s your first time making it – or your fiftieth!

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Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

This slow cooker crack chicken is made with 5 ingredients and only 10 minutes of prep! Serve in baked potato, on top of a bun, on mashed potatoes or even in a wrap!
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Author Jackie
Servings 12 servings
Course Main Course
Calories 515
Prep Time 10 minutes
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Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 6 lbs chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 16 oz cream cheese
  • 2 packets dry ranch dressing mix
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup bacon bits
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Place the chicken breasts in the slow cooker. Season them with salt and pepper.
  • Add cream cheese on top of the chicken and sprinkle the dry ranch dressing mix over it. There's no need to stir these ingredients together.
  • Set your slow cooker to low and let it cook for 6-7 hours until the chicken is tender.
  • Once the cooking time is up, take two forks and shred the chicken. Then, stir in the shredded cheddar cheese and bacon bits until everything is combined and the cheese has melted.
  • Enjoy it on its own as a hearty dip, over a bed of fluffy rice, alongside creamy mashed potatoes, or inside a toasty bun for a satisfying sandwich.

Notes

  1. Chunk the Cream Cheese: Instead of adding the cream cheese in one big block, cut it into chunks. This helps it melt more evenly and blend seamlessly with the other ingredients, ensuring every bite is creamy and delicious.
  2. Chicken Shredding Hack: When it’s time to shred the chicken, ditch the forks and use a hand mixer right in the crockpot! It’s a quick, efficient way to get perfectly shredded chicken without the extra hassle or mess. This hack saved my life, y’all!
  3. Keep an Eye on the Clock: It’s tempting to just let it cook as you go about your day, but to avoid overcooking (which can make the chicken dry), start checking for doneness at the 6-hour mark. Remember, slow cookers can vary!
  4. Bacon Bits Last: Be sure to add the bacon bits towards the end of cooking. This way, they’ll stay a bit crispy, adding a delightful crunch to your creamy Crockpot Crack Chicken.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5lb, Calories: 515kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 58g, Fat: 28g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 0.03g, Cholesterol: 202mg, Sodium: 692mg, Potassium: 918mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 764IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 191mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American

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