Slow Cooker Crack Chicken [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 6 reviews

Slow Cooker Crack Chicken is made with chicken breasts cooked slowly but surely in a mixture of ranch and cheese! It is creamy, flavorful, and so easy to make!

This is a great dinner choice along with some salads for a complete meal like the Farro Salad, Mediterranean Couscous Salad, and Quinoa Salad!

image of slow cooker crack chicken topped with bacon

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Chicken

Slow Cooker Crack Chicken is easy to make with just a few common ingredients and a few easy steps! Anyone who can operate the crockpot can easily make this recipe!

It is a great way to enjoy the white meat. With the incorporation of the sauce, this recipe is a great cooking option for the white meat which often dries out faster than other parts.

The creamy sauce in this recipe is unlike any other! Made of ranch and cheeses that pair so perfectly with the bacon. It goes well with a variety of side options for a hearty dinner! The crispy bacon that gets mixed in is chewy and adds the perfect smoky flavor.

The best part is that it cooks while you go deal with some other things, totally hands off! That’s the beauty of learning the art of slow cooking. You can make dinner while you are busy with something else and that makes this dinner practical.

Not only that, it is quite affordable, too, as no fancy ingredient is actually required. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!

What is crack chicken?

It is shredded chicken meat in a mixture of cream cheese, cheddar cheese, seasoned with ranch dry mix,  garlic powder and with some crispy bacon strips stirred in.

Is slow cooker crack chicken keto?

The great news is that this dish is low-carb and also since it has a good amount of fat, it is keto-friendly. Note though, the ranch seasoning packet contains about one gram of carbs even when no mention of added carbs was made in this recipe.

The total carbs per serving are about 7 grams but keep in mind, you should not serve it on buns, opt for lettuce wraps.

picture of ingredients in the slow cooker for crack chicken recipe

How do you make crockpot crack chicken?

Feel free to watch the short video tutorial attached above. The general steps are as follows:

  • Combine: Simply add all the ingredients to the crockpot.
  • Cook: You have a few options here. You can set the cooking temperature to HIGH and cook for 4 hours. Another option is to set it to LOW and cook for 6 to 8 hours. The end result should be meat that is tender enough to shred easily.
  • Shred: With a fork or spoon, remove the breasts to a plate and shred. Then, put the shredded meat back into the crockpot.
  • Stir: Next, stir the meat so it is covered evenly in the sauce and let it stand in the mixture to absorb it. At this point, add the bacon.
  • Serve: Add more bacon, garnish with green onions, and serve as you prefer. The Bacon Cheddar Ranch Chicken can be served on a hamburger bund, in wraps, on top of a salad, on pasta or even rice.

What to use instead of Ranch?

An alternative would be your own homemade version of the seasoning by combining dried herbs of parsley, chives, and dill with kosher salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper. If you are missing the creaminess, you can add buttermilk powder.

How do you make crack chicken in the Instant Pot

If you are in a hurry, you will benefit from our Instant Pot version of the recipe. Check it out, with many delicious reviews and millions of views on Facebook, this recipe is always a winner.

image of cooked crack chicken with bacon on a wooden spoon

Slow Cooker Crack Chicken Storing Recommendations:

  • Refrigerate: You may simply keep it in the refrigerator for three days, in an airtight container. It is important for it to be cooled down completely before storing it.
  • Freeze: You can easily make a larger batch and freeze some for later. All you need to do is wait until it cools down to room temperature, transfer to freezer bags, and lay flat in the freezer. Kept well, this may last for three months.
  • Reheat: To reheat, thaw and pop it in the microwave oven.

What to serve with crack chicken

The most popular way to enjoy this dish is to make it into a sandwich using your favorite bread. Here are some more suggestions on how to serve this sumptuous dish:

  • on top of pasta
  • in lettuce wraps
  • in baked potatoes
  • with rice, quinoa, or couscous
  • as a dip to your favorite crackers

picture of slow cooker crack chicken with bacon on a hamburger bun

Recipe Tips

  • You can add in some broth or milk in order to thin out the consistency and serve as a sauce for pasta.
  • To cook perfectly crispy bacon, roast the strips in the oven at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes.
  • You may use thighs instead of breasts as these are more flavorful and juicier.

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5 from 6 reviews

Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 4 hours Total time: 4 hrs 10 mins




Nutrition information

Calories: 441 Carbohydrates: 7 Protein: 27 Fat: 33 Saturated Fat: 14 Cholesterol: 105 Sodium: 781 Potassium: 404 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 4 Vitamin A: 515 Calcium: 198 Iron: 0.8
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Sarah Bailey

Now this sounds absolutely delicious - I really need to dig my slow cooker out and start using it again as there is so much you can make with them!



This looks so yummy! I love that it's made in the slow cooker. Can't wait to make this for my family. 


Jenn @ EngineerMommy

Oooh this looks so delicious. I love using my slow cooker. It's such an easy way to prepare meals without working too hard. Gotta try this recipe.



I'm definitely saving this for a weeknight dinner idea. I love crock pot meals


Pam Wattenbarger

We made something similar to this not too long ago in the instant pot. It was so good. I need to make it in the slow cooker so I can just toss it in and go.



Slow cooker crack chicken looks simply divine! I can see us taking this to a lot of summertime cookouts this year, or even tailgating. Yum!


Kita Bryant

Another meal to add to my slow cooker! This is a great twist and since I'm going more the Keto route these days this fits in perfectly


Ruth I

I cannot take my eyes off this work of beauty. This meal is starting to mesmerize me. No doubt, I'm now convinced this is my new favorite.



I love using my slow cooker, but I haven't tried preparing crack chicken yet. That looks good. We love a good chicken recipe.



Wow, this looks so amazing! I definitely want to save this so I can try it later. I love using the slow cooker for making meals.


Terri Steffes

Oh man! This looks so decadent! I know I would love it, but I am not sure I should make it. It is called "crack" for a reason!



Oh boy! These photos and video make my mouth water. I haven't tried this Slow Cooker Crack Chicken recipe yet.


Nancy at Whispered Inspirations

OMG, I can see why this is called what it is! Looks amazing. Bookmarking to make this! Thanks.



My family loves chicken! This is something that they would love to try! I love cooking with my slow cooker!



Oh my gosh - this looks AMAZING! I can't wait to try this recipe and if I'm feeling extra crazy I might even add some extra bacon! LOL.



Great post, this looks so good and delicious!!! Thanks for sharing!



This looks so good! This has all of my son's favorite pre-vegetarian ingredients, he'll probably be a little sad if I make this.


Bohemian Babushka

That looks BUENISIMO! White meat is not the favorite for BB, pero all those ingredients guarantee yummines and juiciness. Definitely worth trying.



Looks fantastic, but can you name it something else? Do you really want to associate a horrible, addictive, crippling drug with something this delicious?


I know, but thats what it has been called on the internet for a long time :(



I made this yesterday for dinner and my whole family was pleased with the results. I used 4 large chicken breasts after looking at the other ingredients and I'm glad I did. My husband requested more bacon next time- I used thick cut brown sugar bacon that gave a nice little pop of subtle sweetness when biting into a piece. Thanks for the recipe!


Jessica Ann Moffitt

Did you use the ranch dips or just the dry seasoning? I’m confused on what one to use.


the dry seasoning


Martha Miller

I made this recipe for a gathering for Mardi Gras. It was a big hit. I thought it would be too soupy but after I shredded the chicken and put it back in the sauce it thickened up just as stated in the recipe. Most ate it served on a bun but a few ate it as a dip on crackers. I think it would be great with bruschetta or on pita wedges.


Sandy W

Should I adjust the cooking time if using chicken tender pieces instead of whole breasts? I'm afraid the chicken will be dry.


Do you mean pre-cooked chicken tenders?


Christa Napitupulu

Omg. Just let it be called crack ranch chicken, because it IS addicting! Love this recipe!



Can you tell me how large a serving is? I see it makes 6 servings, but how large is a serving?


about close to 3/4 cup I would say per serving


Laura Greene

If you’re not going to eat it on a bun do you think adding broccoli or spinach too it would taste ok? I was thinking of doing something like this as a dinner meal for the week and think it would be so rich if I didn’t add something to break it up. I’ve not tasted it so I’m wondering which addition you’d suggest. Thanks!


Yes, adding some veggies is a great idea and it will taste great. Also serve it with a salad to lighten it up.


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