Instant Pot Crack Chicken [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Instant Pot Crack Chicken made with chicken, cheese, bacon, and ranch is basically a meal on steroids, so good that you will keep coming back for more. This creamy crack chicken is also low carb, and Keto friendly meal, that you’ll go back to again and again!

Making Instant Pot recipes is a staple around here. We love to make easy and quick meals in it, like our most popular Orange Chicken, Mongolian Chicken, and Garlic Sesame Chicken. You should also try this amazing Crack Chicken Casserole.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken

Ultimate Instant Pot Crack Chicken

When it comes to cooking dinner, the easier the better for me. Sometimes when the time is on my side, I can spend two hours playing with a recipe, but let’s be real, during the week when I have to feed a very active kid and an always hungry husband, I am looking for quick and easy solutions. Don’t take delicious out of that equation, we love good food in our house and this Instant Pot Crack Chicken is a winner dinner!

This is one of the easiest recipes you can make, and it has the magic combo of cheese and bacon, you can’t go wrong with that, you can just make it better! So yes, chicken, cheese, bacon, ranch mix and you are about to experience an amazingly creamy and cheesy dinner that will quickly become a favorite!

Easy Instant Pot Crack Chicken

What do you need to make Instant Pot Crack Chicken?

  • Chicken – you can use chicken breasts or the same equivalent of boneless/skinless chicken thighs.
  • You will need cream cheese and cheddar cheese. You can also replace the cheddar cheese with Mozzarella, Provolone, Mexican blend cheese, Italian blend cheese, Gruyere or Pepper Jack Cheese.
  • Dry Ranch Mix – this is what makes this dish so amazing.
  • Chicken Broth – you can use water, but I prefer to use chicken broth to add extra flavor. I always keep Better Than Bullion paste on hand, so much cheaper than buying cartons of broth.
  • I used a 6 qt Instant Pot for this recipe.

What is Crack Chicken?

The name basically suggests that this recipe is deliciously addictive. Yes, it’s that good! In this recipe, we use simple ingredients, such as: cream cheese, cheddar cheese, bacon, scallion, and Ranch seasoning! The end result is creamy and rich and packed with flavor. 

Can you use Frozen Chicken to Make Crack Chicken in an Instant Pot?

This is a common question, and the answer is yes! You can definitely use frozen meat for this recipe. When using frozen poultry in the IP, just remember to add 5 minutes on to the cooking time (for a total of 20 minutes on Manual High Pressure). You can also check our post on how to cook a whole chicken fresh or frozen in the IP

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How do you make Slow Cooker Crack Chicken?

If you don’t have an Instant Pot and would like to make this meal in the crockpot, here is what you have to do:

Add 2 lbs of chicken breasts to the crockpot and sprinkle with 2 packages of ranch seasoning. Add 2 packages of cubed cream cheese on top of the chicken. Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours. The chicken should shred easily. Once done, using a fork combine the chicken with the cream cheese, shredding the chicken at the same time.

Top with 8 oz of cheddar cheese and cook on low for 15-30 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Stir in cooked bacon bits and serve on hamburger buns.

Note that the U.S. Department of Agriculture advises against cooking frozen chicken in a slow cooker or crockpot. The main reason is that slow cookers cook at a low temperature and may not heat chicken up to 165F, which is the minimum temperature to destroy any dangerous bacteria and ensure that chicken is fully cooked. Therefore, when using this recipe in the slow cooker, ensure that the meat is fresh or defrosted. 

WHAT DO YOU EAT CRACK CHICKEN WITH?

This dish is such flavorful and filling that it is great to simply use it in sandwiches. Also, the great thing about this recipe is how easy it is to make and prepare to get a delicious dinner. All you have to do is to toss in the ingredients and let the pressure cooker do its magic.

If using it in sandwiches is not for you, you can go a step further and add crack chicken to some of the following:

  • Tortillas/wraps
  • Chips for dipping
  • Salads
  • Lettuce wraps
  • Shredded cabbage
  • Spaghetti squash

Can you freeze Instant Pot Crack Chicken?

Yes, you can! Add it to freezer bags and seal. Freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, let the chicken thaw, after that add it to a saucepan and heat it up. If needed add more cheese or some cream. Enjoy!

Pressure Cooker - Instant Pot Crack Chicken

WHAT IS A 10 MINUTES NATURAL PRESSURE RELEASE?

A Natural Pressure Release means that the pressure is released gradually. For a Natural Pressure Release, you click on Keep Warm, and wait 10 minutes, after which you open the valve and let any leftover pressure release.

Another option is to Turn Off/Unplug the pressure cooker, wait 10 minutes and after that open the valve. A natural release is usually used when cooking soups, meat, pasta or steel cut oats. This method prevents any foam from the dish to shoot out through the valve, which can happen during a Quick Pressure Release.

NPR can be done for just a few minutes, based on the recipe, or do a complete NPR, which means you let the Instant Pot release all the pressure naturally, it sometimes can take about 30 minutes.

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Easy Instant Pot Crack Chicken
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 45 mins

Ingredients

  • 10 slices  bacon  (cooked)
  • 2.5 lbs  chicken breast  (boneless and skinless)
  • 1 8 oz  cream cheese package  (cubed)
  • 1 package  Ranch dressing mix  (use less you are sensitive to salt)
  • 1 tablespoon  minced garlic 
  • 1 teaspoon  paprika 
  • 1 teaspoon  onion powder 
  • 1 cup  chicken broth 
  • 8 oz  cheddar cheese  (shredded)

Serve with:

  • 6  hamburger buns 
  •  Chopped green onions 

Instructions

Cook Bacon:

  1. You can use already cooked bacon or you can cook your own. Preheat oven to 400°F.

  2. Arrange a rack in the lower third of the oven. Line 1 baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lay the bacon onto a baking sheet in a single layer.

  3. Bake until the bacon is deep golden-brown and crispy, 15 to 20 minutes. Begin checking around 12 minutes to monitor how quickly the bacon is cooking. Remove from oven and set aside.

Cook Chicken:

  1. Add chicken and cream cheese to the Instant Pot.
  2. Sprinkle with Ranch Dressing Mix, add minced garlic, onion powder and paprika.
  3. Pour in chicken broth.
  4. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 15 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release. Turn off the heat. Release the remaining pressure. Open the lid.
  5. Remove chicken from Instant Pot and place it into a large bowl or onto a chopping board. Using two forks shred the chicken.
  6. Switch Instant Pot to Sauté mode and whisk the cream cheese mixture until well combined.
  7. Add shredded cheddar cheese and stir to combine until the cheese is melted.
  8. Turn off the Instant Pot and add the shredded chicken. Stir well to fully combine the chicken with the cheese sauce.
  9. Stir in bacon pieces if wanted and serve on hamburger buns with extra bacon, cheese and green onions.
0 Calories: 572 Carbohydrates: 26 Protein: 58 Fat: 23 Saturated Fat: 8 Cholesterol: 153 Sodium: 1402 Potassium: 890 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 3 Vitamin A: 315 Vitamin C: 6 Calcium: 247 Iron: 2.6
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Milli

Hi!  It looks great, I just have one question,in the comments above you have it saying two packages of cream cheese but when you list the ingredients in the  instructions  it says one package of cream cheese, Which is it? Thank you!

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Thats for the slow cooker version. To the IP since I add liquid too, I like to add only 1 package of cream cheese.

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Paula Jones

I've heard how wonderful this is, I've got to get an Instant pot and try it

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Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

I love the name crack chicken. I can tell this is insanely addictive!!!

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Amanda

The first thing I'll be making in my instant pot will be this!

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Kimberly

Pass me a plate, that looks sooo good!

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Cathy

Oh my goodness does this look addictive!

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Mahy Elamin

Great recipe. I like all the ingredients in it. This is perfect for me. thank you.

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Abeer

I love how creamy this dish is! So delish!

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Sandra | A Dash of Sanity

This looks absolutely amazing! I'd be happy to eat it any night of the week!

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Julie Lochmann

can i double this recipe in the instapot?

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yes

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Angela

Is the chicken hard to shred when it’s cooked in the cream cheese? This part is hard to get.... and then you whisk it together?

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Hi Angela, I don't think I fully understand the question. You remove the chicken to shred it, and you add the cream cheese so you can fully combine it with the leftover liquid, to create a sauce. To have the chicken in the pot at the same time makes that harder to achieve.

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Daniel

In the crock pot version, you only list some ingredients. Should we use all the ingredients you have listed? I am guessing that, for the crock pot version, you are only listing the differences between the 2, and the remaining ingredients should still be used, yes?

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You can add the garlic, paprika, onion powder, but there is no need to add the broth.

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Laura Owens

is the carb count for a serving or the whole pot

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serving, but it includes the bun, so if you don't use the bun, it will be very low.

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NE

HI! I also noticed on the crock pot version you had 2 packets of ranch seasoning? Is there a reason you need more in the crock pot vs. the instapot? I'm afraid of cooking the cream cheese for 4-6 hours? Would it be okay to cook the chicken in broth, shred the day before then add the cream cheese and ranch the next day? Sorry, never made it before and planning on making it for a party on Sunday! Thanks! ( I have a crock pot)

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Hi, don't be scared to cook the cream cheese for so long :) it works. Also, yes, you can use shredded chicken, but you will have to cook everything for less, probably half time. Make sure you cube the cream cheese. Also, you can use one package of of Ranch seasoning, some people are sensitive to salt and prefer to use only one.

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Peggi

I'm thinking of trying this with pork since I have that in the fridge. I'll let you know how it works

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It was AWESOME!

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Sandra

Has anyone around the bacon in the instapot then put the chicken in the drippings and cook it the rest of the way

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You can do that, but if you cook the chicken with the bacon, the bacon wont be as crispy, more chewy.

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Samantha

Has anyone tried this with rice? I’m down for the buns, but I love rice too and was thinking of an alternative if I don’t have buns. 

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If you want to serve it over rice, its very good!

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Samantha, did you try it with rice? I'll be honest, that was my first thought as well. It looks made for that preparation.

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Andrea H

Have you done this with rice at the same time? 

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I haven't tried.

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Kristen

This was SO GOOD!!! We don’t do bread so I made some roasted veggies and tossed them in with the mixture! It was perfect! I bet I could have sautéd them first and then added them at the end! 

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This is always a hit, so glad that you liked it!

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Meg

Might be a weird question but we do not have ranch seasoning...would a half cup or so of ranch dressing work?

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yes, it will work, use plenty in this case. Also, you can add more once the chicken is cooked.

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Alyssa

Do the chicken breast have to be thawed out or can you use frozen? 

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thawed

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Cheri

Is there a way to speed up the process in a crock pot?

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only by using rotisserie chicken

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Katherine

Tried this and it was delicious! Do the nutrition facts include the bun? Or without the bun?

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So happy that you liked the recipe. Yes, it includes the bun.

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Christina Collins

Can I use frozen chicken breasts? If not, is there a good/safe way to quickly thaw them?

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Preferably don't use frozen chicken for this recipe, but if you decide to, just increase the cooking time, by 10 minutes. A safe and quick way to defrost, is using the defrost function on your microwave and in warm water.

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AB

Newbie here - when you say to cook on high for 15 minutes, does that mean use the Pressure Cooker Setting, and set the timer for 15 minutes? Then let it sit for 10 minutes for Natural Release, then use the quick release valve, then open? Thanks!

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Thats exactly what I mean, you got it :)

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Tracy

I am diabetic,want to skip the bun and I am keeping a food diary. What is a serving size of the crack chicken ?

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Debi Meyer

Can I make this today in my instantpot for a party tomorrow?  What is the best way to achieve this?

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Yes, you can for sure. But you will need to reheat it before serving. The cheese will solidify after storing in the fridge, so when you reheat it, you may have to add a little liquid.

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Samantha

New to instant pot so sorry if silly question, but is the cooking time the same for chicken thighs? Thanks!

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yes, you can keep it the same in this recipe.

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sharon burn

Would you be able to use sour cream instead of cream cheese and what portion would be best?

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Christine

I noticed during the video, there is cheese ON the bun. Is that just American cheese? Is it melted?? I'm headed to the store!!!

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cheddar cheese, melted.

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michael

I thought you were not suppose to cook dairy in the Instant pot? I was told to add it at the end.

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Depends on the recipe

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Linda

Bet would be good in the wintertime, as a baked potato stuffing! Also, maybe with jalapenos?

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yes!!!

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Obsessed

This is amazing overspaghetti squash. I microwaved  half a squash til soft then added the crack chicken and cheddar cheese with bacon and green onion, broiled for a few and it was so amazing!!

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Cathy

This recipe sounds amazing. I am thinking about making this and eating it in low carb tortillas as a wrap instead of high carb buns....has anyone else done that?

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LAURIE

Could I add pasta to the instapot?

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yes, you can.

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Angela

Hi, I have an 8 qt Instant Pot. Would it be ok to double? I'm planning to feed a crowd with this as an afternoon snack (about 30 people) and I'm not sure how much this yields-- I am just planning to serve with chips for dipping. Any guidance is appreciated. Thank you!!

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Doubling is a great idea, the correct recipe is intended for 6-8 people.

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Meridith

Can you put raw pasta in with it to cook it as a one pot recipe? If so, how much more liquid would you add? Say, for half a box of macaroni noodles.

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its going to be hard to adjust this recipe as you want. I will have one with pasta posted next week.

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