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Instant Pot Crack Chicken

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Instant Pot Crack Chicken is shredded chicken, salty bacon, and ranch seasonings with cream cheese and cheddar that brings all your favorite flavors together in one delicious dish that is truly addicting. Plus, it’s a Keto-Friendly Recipe. What more could one ask for?

Instant Pot Crack Chicken

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!

We love crack chicken so much that I have made it in various 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:

Crack Chicken on spoon

What is Crack Chicken?

The biggest question is what is crack chicken. Well, crack chicken is a name for some of the most addictive flavors Chicken, Bacon and Ranch. The flavors work together to mean it is almost as addictive as crack. It is kind of a running joke.

Ingredients Needed For this instant pot chicken recipe

Instant Pot Crack Chicken ingredients
  • Boneless Chicken Breast or chicken thighs
  • Ranch Seasonings Or Homemade Ranch Seasonings
  • Cream Cheese, any brand
  • Cheddar Cheese melts best if you shred the cheese yourself.
  • Bacon Cooked bacon strips.
  • Green onions optional
Keto Crack Chicken

Step by Step Directions for Crack Chicken

Chicken and cream cheese in pot

Step 1

Place chicken and cubed cream cheese in the instant pot.

Ranch Seasonings on chicken

Step 2

Sprinkle the packet of ranch seasoning over the top of the chicken breast and add half a cup of water.

Pressure Cook chicken

Step 3

Pressure Cook Chicken on manual high pressure for 15 minutes and do a quick release.

Remove Chicken and Shred

Step 3

Remove Chicken and Shred with two forks or with a mixer. Keep your instant pot on saute.

Add shredded chicken back to pot

Step 5

Add Chicken Back to the pressure cooker and stir.

Add Bacon to the ranch chicken

Step 6

A very important step! Add Bacon this gives the crack chicken a very good flavor.

Add Cheddar Cheese to crack chicken

Step 7

Add Cheddar Cheese and stir.

Stir bacon and cheese

Step 8

Stir chicken, bacon, and ranch, and serve.

Tips and Tricks for Instant Pot Crack Chicken Recipe

  • You can use frozen or thawed chicken for this recipe.
  • If you use frozen chicken, you can eliminate the water.
  • Use a standard mixer to shred chicken faster.
Instant Pot Crack Chicken on a roll

Frequently Asked Questions

To Freeze Instant Pot Crack Chicken

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. 

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.

How To 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 this chicken recipe 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.

I want to use homemade Ranch Seasonings.

Yes, you can make Homemade Ranch Seasonings instead of a ranch packet if you like. 

Can I use Creamy Ranch instead of the seasonings packet?

No, It does not come out as good using the creamy dressing.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken

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