Instant Pot Crack Chicken [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
4.94 from 16 reviews

Chicken Instant Pot Recipes

Cook time Cook time: 30 minutes

Instant Pot Crack Chicken made with chicken, cheese, bacon, and ranch seasoning mix. It is basically a meal on steroids, so good that you will keep coming back for more. This creamy dish is also low-carb, and Keto friendly. Give it a try, and you’ll go back to it 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 Instant Pot Orange Chicken, Instant Pot Mongolian Chicken, and Garlic Sesame Chicken. You should also try this amazing Crack Chicken Casserole.

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!

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. 

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.

How to make Instant Pot Crack Chicken?

For exact steps and measures, see the recipe card below. Also, watch the short video tutorial attached and see how simple this recipe is to make. But, in a nutshell, you follow these steps:

  1. Cook the bacon: Bake the bacon according to package instruction. Alternatively, you can use cooked bacon and skip this step. 
  2. Cook the chicken in the Instant Pot: Add the chicken breasts to the bottom of the pot. Then, add the cream cheese, and your ranch seasoning mix, ground onion, minced garlic, paprika, and the broth. Cover the lid, and cook on HIGH PRESSURE for 15 minutes. 
  3. Shred the meat: Remove chicken from the Pot and shred it. At the same time, whisk in cheddar cheese and mix it together with the mixture in the pot. Add back the shredded poultry and bacon to the pot, and combine together with the cheddar cheese mixture. 
  4. Serve: Use a burger bun and serve it warm. 

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 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 Instant Pot Whole Chicken

How to make Crack Chicken in the Slow Cooker?

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: 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 to serve with crack chicken?

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:

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!

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.

More Pressure Cooker recipes:

Crack Chicken Instant Pot Recipe Tips:

  • Feel free to use more or less ranch seasoning according to your taste. 
  • Also, I like using cheddar cheese for the sauce mixture as it has a rich and distinctive taste. However, you can use any other type of cheese.
  • If the sauce is too thick, stir in a bit of broth. Alternatively, if the sauce is too runny, add some extra shredded cheese to it.
  • Bacon is optional, so you can skip it if not a fan. But it goes really well in this recipe, and I highly recommend using it. 
  • The leftover can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

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4.94 from 16 reviews

Easy Instant Pot Crack Chicken

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.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 45 mins


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Nutrition information

0 Calories: 472 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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Could I add pasta to the instapot?


yes, you can.



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!!


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



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.


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


Jeff M

Awesome instant pot meal, keto friendly too when you ditch the bun. Thanks for wonderful recipe, I’ve made it multiple times, I’ve doubled it, I’ve had it over buns and noodles. No matter how you choose to eat this, it is delicious.


Thanks Jeff. Happy you enjoyed this recipe, it is one of our favorites as well!



If you double the recipe, does the cook time in the IP change?


I would still use the same time, maybe add one more minute!



Hello;) quick question I have both a slow cooker and insta pot and have found recipes for both. Do you think it turns out better in insta pot or slow cooker. I slow cook all the time but got an IP for Christmas so I’m hoping IP:).


Both are great :) and I have a recipe for both. The IP version is really good, so try your new appliance.



Absolutely delicious no need to thicken sauce absolutely perfect. Served over spaghetti squash.



Hi I was hoping to make this tomorrow for company in the instapot. Has anyone added the macaroni noodles to it yet uncooked? I know the crock pot version I saw on another page had it like a mac n cheese crack chicken but I want to do this in the instapot.


Hi, please check this recipe



This recipe was very easy to make! It was very good! Teenagers and I had it on a Wrap and the husband had it on a hamburger bun. But we all thought it was extremely salty! So next time I will reduce the amount of Ranch dressing. Also, my chicken broth was salty. So I will watch that. Otherwise very good! Will make again!


Katie Brown

Very good recipe. I doubled it but still only used one packet of ranch seasoning so it wasn't too salty. I also used half a packet of real bacon bits. Served on Hawaiian Buns. Will definitely make it again. 👍



Followed the recipe exactly -- tastes good, but way too runny to put on a sandwich. poured over quinoa instead.



This recipe is delicious and so easy! I really wish the name didn't make light of the horrors of serious drug addiction. Crack isn't fun or cute or yummy. Its life changing, if not life-ending. People wont turn to prostitution or abandon their children over this chicken.



What did I do wrong? My sauce was not thick at all. It was kinda watery and it looked like soup. Taste was ok and it worked fine but not what I expected.


Did you add too much liquid? Or where your chicken breasts too small?


Kelley Avery

This is aamzing. I have made it a few times now. My husband and 3 sons love it. Last night I made it again and this time I added fresh roasted green chillies to it. It was so good!


Mary Ohara

That was a funny question 😭


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