There are so many recipes you can make with chicken breasts, choosing from various cultures, cuisines and styles. Chicken is just so versatile whether you want to make something spicy, creamy, cheesy, quick and easy, or elegant.
But let’s look at this cheesy crockpot crack chicken recipe first of all. This recipe really is something special!
The name, you might be wondering, is because this is so good it’s addictive! One spoonful and you will certainly agree this recipe is too good to miss out on.
To make this delicious dish you will need boneless, skinless chicken breasts which you can get from literally any grocery store ever.
A package of ranch seasoning mix and some garlic powder adds aromatic flavors, while cream cheese, cheddar and Colby Jack offer a trifecta of creamy deliciousness. Some crumbled bacon and hoagie rolls are the other ingredients you need for this winning crack chicken dish.
I like to make this in my slow cooker but it’s also Instant Pot friendly if you choose the slow cook setting.
How to Make the Best Crack Chicken
If you were wondering whether this is complicated, fear not! It’s super-easy and you’ll wish you found this recipe sooner. All you need to do for the best crack chicken recipe is add your chicken, cheeses and garlic to the crockpot and give it a stir. It will then take about 4 hours to cook on high.
If you are heading out of the house for longer, you could give it 6 or 7 hours on low instead. Either would work.
Shred the chicken then mix it back in the sauce and serve on bread rolls with cheese slices and bacon. You will then want to lick your lips and enjoy a second serving!
Crockpot Crack Chicken Variations
As with all the best recipes, you can tweak this one to match your palate. Chicken thighs are just as good as chicken breast, maybe even better if you want a richer flavor.
The cheese can be swapped for another kind. Sharp cheddar or Mexican blend are good instead of the Colby Jack, or you can add a touch of heat with Pepper Jack, or even use something like half mozzarella and half white cheddar. Anything goes here!
I like to use hoagie rolls for this crockpot crack chicken recipe because they’re firm enough not to fall apart with the crack chicken on top. A softer bread, like a floury bun or Amish bread wouldn’t hold up so well, for example.
Omit the bacon if you don’t have it or don’t want to cook it. Another idea is to use Bacon Bits rather than cook and crumble your own. I’m all for labor-saving shortcuts!
What to Serve with Slow Cooker Crack Chicken
This is so good by itself but if you want to make it a little healthier, add a vegetable or two.
Consider steamed broccoli or squash or even a simple tossed green salad with vinaigrette on the side. I bet corn on the cob would also be pretty amazing with this.
What’s Ranch Seasoning Mix?
If you haven’t heard of this ingredient or just haven’t used it, you might be wondering about it. Ranch seasoning offers all the flavor of ranch dressing but it’s a dry mix you can add to mayonnaise, Greek yogurt or a combination of sour cream with whipped topping for example.
It’s also a nice addition to recipes because it gives that wonderful ranch flavor. Add it to dressings, dipping sauces and more. You can buy this in small packages from most grocery stores.
Do you prefer to make your own ranch seasoning mix? That is also fine. In that case, combine ½ cup of buttermilk powder with a tablespoon of onion powder, 2 teaspoons of onion flakes, 2 tablespoons dried parsley, 1½ teaspoons of garlic powder, a teaspoon dried dill, ¾ teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons chives, and ½ teaspoon black pepper. Mix it all up and it will keep for up to 6 months in an airtight container.
You can then use 2 tablespoons of it in this crack chicken recipe and try adding it to other recipes.
How to Store Leftover Crack Crockpot Chicken
This crack chicken recipe will keep for 3, perhaps 4 days, in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can warm portions up on the stove or in the microwave. It will also freeze for up to 3 months in portions.
Is Crack Chicken Keto Friendly?
Wondering whether this easy crack chicken recipe is keto? It absolutely is. Not only is this dish delicious but it’s also low in carbs. All you need to do is swap the hoagie rolls for your favorite keto-friendly rolls (eg Sola brand) or just omit the rolls altogether.
- 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 package ranch seasoning mix
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese
- 8 cheddar cheese slices
- 1 pound cream cheese
- 8 crumbled, cooked bacon slices
- 8 hoagie rolls
- Put the chicken in a crockpot with the cream cheese, garlic powder, shredded Colby Jack cheese and ranch seasoning.
- Stir to combine.
- Cook for 4 hours on high.
- Shred the chicken and mix it back into the creamy mixture.
- Serve the chicken on the rolls topped with a slice of cheese and some crumbled bacon.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1168Total Fat: 85gSaturated Fat: 45gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 31gCholesterol: 313mgSodium: 2315mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 71g