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Instant Pot Crack Chicken

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Instant Pot Crack Chicken Recipe needs a warning label So I finally did it! I made this chicken recipe in the Instant Pot with Chicken, Bacon, Ranch, and cheese. All this in one dish and it’s a Keto-Friendly Recipe.

Crack Chicken Instant pot

Serve up this rich, creamy, and highly addictive Chicken tonight!

This Instant Pot recipe is one of the most popular recipes on my blog to date, and for good reason. Creamy, cheesy, salty bacon, ranch, and tender chicken all in one dish! Who could ask for more? 

More Ways to Eat Crack Chicken

We love crack chicken so much I have made it in a variety of ways. If you are like me and want to branch out to more recipe ideas, here are our tried and true. If you love this Chicken recipe you will also love these recipes:

Instant Pot Crack Pasta fork
Crack Chicken Pasta

What Is Crack Chicken?

The biggest question is what is crack chicken in Instant Pot. Well, crack chicken is a name for some of the most addictive chicken you will find. The flavors work together to mean it is almost as addictive as crack. It is kind of a running joke

Can You Freeze Instant Pot Crack Chicken

Absolutely! Just allow your instant pot crack chicken to cool down a bit and place in a freezer bag or airtight container, and then freeze for up to three months. 

Crack chicken done

Can You Use Frozen Chicken For This Recipe?

Yes! You can use instant pot frozen chicken in the Instant Pot. You will find it is the same cook time it will just take it a bit longer to come to pressure.

This is one of the biggest selling points of an Instant Pot is that you can make a chicken from frozen.  Cooking frozen meat easily and quickly, so people who forget to sit out that frozen meat can still enjoy a home-cooked meal.

Keto Crack Chicken in pan

Can I Reheat Crack Chicken?

To reheat just allow your crack chicken to sit in the fridge overnight to thaw, and then toss in a pan and heat it up on the stove. You can always add some more cheese and fresh bacon crumbles to the top if you would like! 

Is Crack chicken Keto and weight watchers friendly?

Yes, It Is Keto friendly and on weight watcher’s diets. I have been dieting so I like to make Keto and low carb recipes like crack chicken and put it over some zucchini noodles. You can also use it as a dip, with chips, or even put it on bread, and over pasta. This recipe has so many options.

Can You Use Homemade Ranch For Crack Chicken 

Yes, you can make a homemade ranch and use that to replace a packet of ranch if you would like.  If you want to make your own Ranch you can get the recipe at By-Pink she has a great recipe for the homemade ranch.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken

How Do You Make This recipe in the Slow Cooker

Head over here and see my slow cooker crack chicken recipe. I walk you through how to make savory and delicious crack chicken right in your slow cooker. 

What can you eat your keto crack chicken with?

Try out My No Carb Garlic Bread!

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Instant Pot Crack Chicken

Instant Pot Crack Chicken

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Instant Pot Crack Chicken needs a warning label So I finally did it! I tried the Crack Chicken Recipe for the Instant Pot. I am not a big meat eater but I could not stop eating this dish, it truly is addicting.


  • 6-8 slices cooked bacon
  • 2 pounds boneless chicken breast
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese


  1. Place chicken and cream cheese in the instant pot.
  2. Sprinkle the packet of ranch seasoning over the top.
  3. Add half a cup of water.
  4. Place your instant pot on Manual high pressure for 15 minutes.
  5. Do a quick release.
  6. Remove chicken only and shred. (I used my kitchen aid to shred my chicken.)
  7. Keep your IP on saute.
  8. Add chicken back in.
  9. Add cheese and stir.
  10. Stir in bacon and enjoy.
  11. Directions for the slow cooker: Place chicken cream cheese and ranch seasonings in crockpot cook on low for 6 hours. Remove chicken and shred. Place back in the pot
  12. and stir in bacon. bacon and enjoy.


This recipe can also be done in the slow cooker

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 165Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 298mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 18g

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Another way to use up your instant pot crack chicken is found right over at Sparkles to Sprinkles Crack Chicken Noodle soup 🙂

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Saturday 15th of January 2022

This was really good! Next time I will add cooked pasta or maybe broccolli, there is too much good sauce to waste. I also used the 1/3 less fat creme cheese with no noticable difference.


Sunday 25th of July 2021

A note on my previous post: I used frozen chicken and for me, it did in fact only take 15 minutes (but an expected FOREVER to pressurize). I also gave it the 1/2 c water (plus rice and water for that). Worked great.


Sunday 25th of July 2021

This recipe worked perfectly for me, including making ranch powder from scratch (minus the buttermilk, which I omitted)! I added 2 cups uncooked while grain rice and 4 cups water (for the rice). It finished at the same time, making savory chicken and rice. Even my 17 month old loved it, since the chicken was tender and shredded.

Thanks for the recipe!


Thursday 15th of July 2021

Made this last night. I doubled the recipe and added 10 minutes to the cooking time, turned out delicious! Even our picky eaters loved it!

Terry I

Wednesday 7th of July 2021

I plan on making this recipe tonight but plan on doubling it. How long should I cook it?

Adventures of a Nurse

Wednesday 7th of July 2021

Same time

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