Slow Cooker Crack Chicken (Cheddar Ranch Chicken)

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This Slow Cooker Crack Chicken (Cheddar Ranch Chicken) is an addicting concoction of chicken, cheese, bacon and perfectly seasoned with ranch dressing. Cooking this in the slow cooker takes all the work out of it and makes it a super simple hearty dinner on busy days.

Things are called “crack” for a good reason. They’re just so good you get addicted. You just can’t enough like this Best Christmas Crack Recipe. This Crack Chicken is amazing especially when made with Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix.

Creamy, rich addicting Slow Cooker Crack Chicken with cheddar, bacon and ranch

Crack Chicken Recipe

What exactly is “Crack Chicken?” It’s that classic combination of cream cheese, ranch, cheddar and bacon. Similar to the Crack Dip, this has all the same delicious flavors, but made meal worthy by adding chicken. Now you can have a bowl full and not feel guilty, like you might if you had a whole bowl full of just dip.

This keto friendly dish is so versatile, and everyone loves it. It’s a hearty, rich and creamy meal. Perfect for any occasion, it’s like the little black dress of dinners. Dress it up or down depending on the occasion and it’s a winner either way.

Cheddar Ranch Chicken Ingredients

Simple ingredients when put all together taste so amazing.

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts: I love that you don’t have to pre cut these
  • Homemade Ranch Seasoning: This is the dry mix not ranch dressing. Using homemade is SO GOOD
  • Cream Cheese: Creamy and decadent filling
  • Bacon: Cooked and crumbled then stirred into the chicken mix.
  • Cheddar Cheese: Shredded over top and melted when warm.
  • Green Onion: Top it off as a garnish!

How to Make Crockpot Crack Chicken

This is so easy, you’ll wonder why you haven’t tried it sooner.

  1. Slow Cooker: In the bottom of a slow cooker place the chicken. Sprinkle with dry ranch dressing. Cut the cream cheese into cubes and place over the chicken and seasoning.
  2. Cook: Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4.
  3. Shred: Shred the chicken and top with bacon and cheese. Cover till melted. Garnish with green onions.

Shredding Crack Chicken in a crock pot

Tips for the Best Crack Chicken Slow Cooker

It’s really difficult to mess up this Crack Chicken recipe but here are a few tips to help it be awesome.

  • Chicken: Use skinless and boneless chicken for less fat and grease. You can use boneless skinless chicken thighs with the same success as chicken breasts.
  • Bacon: For the best taste and texture use real bacon crumbles not bacon bits which can be pretty artificial tasting.
  • Keep it from Drying! This is definitely a recipe you don’t want to over cook it. The best success is long and low.
  • Cream Cheese: Chunk the cream cheese and distribute evenly over the chicken for even melting.
  • Cheddar Cheese: Bacon and cheddar just go together but you can easily change it up, try jalapeno pepper jack for a kick, colby or even swiss.
  • Storing Cheddar Ranch Chicken: Keep this in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days and YES you can freeze it. Put it in a freezer safe airtight container and it will keep for up to 3 months.
  • Double: Double the recipe and freeze leftovers for quick dinners or even lunches.
  • Shredding Chicken: The easiest way to shred chicken is with your hand mixer right in crock pot. It’s easy and fast. Or you can also just use two forks.

What Do You Eat Crack Chicken With?

Slow Cooker Crack Chicken is such a versatile dish. It can be served so many different ways, making it a new dish each time!

  • Over rice: This adds an asian twist.
  • Hamburger buns or Pitas: Place on oven toasted buns for a delicious sandwich.
  • Mashed potatoes: Over top for a rich and tasty meal.
  • Inside of baked potatoes: Split open your baked potato and insert the chicken right inside.
  • Crackers and veggies: Make a fun dip with a fun tray full of deliciousness.
  • Wrapped in a Tortilla: Something light but simple for a quick lunch or snack time.
  • Lettuce Wraps or on top of a salad: Add a little more to your greens with this hearty chicken and cheese.
  • In Pitas or Croissants: Another idea for a quick lunch or a gathering.
  • Pasta: Bring on something filling with noodles and this chicken.

Creamy, rich addicting Slow Cooker Crack Chicken with cheddar, bacon and ranch on a bun.

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Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

4.70 from 20 votes
This Slow Cooker Crack Chicken (Cheddar Ranch Chicken) is an addicting concoction of chicken, cheese, bacon and perfectly seasoned with ranch dressing. Cooking this in the slow cooker takes all the work out of it and makes it a super simple hearty dinner on busy days.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 6 People


  • 3 pounds Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 2 packets dry ranch seasoning or try my Homemade Ranch Seasoning
  • 2 8 ounce cream cheese
  • 6 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • chopped green onions for garnish


  • In a slow cooker add the chicken to the bottom. Sprinkle with dry ranch seasoning. Top with cream cheese. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4 hours long.
  • Shred the chicken with two forks. Top with bacon and sprinkle with cheese. Cover until melted. Serve on buns, over rice and garnish with green onions.



Serves: 6

Calories427kcal (21%)Carbohydrates1gProtein56g (112%)Fat21g (32%)Saturated Fat8g (40%)Cholesterol180mg (60%)Sodium527mg (22%)Potassium901mg (26%)Sugar1g (1%)Vitamin A257IU (5%)Vitamin C3mg (4%)Calcium147mg (15%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword crack chicken, crack chicken recipe, slow cooker crack chicken
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. I have a family member dosen’t like ranch dressing can you make it with another seasoning instead of the ranch seasoning.

  2. 5 stars
    I made this using a bag of real bacon bits, sharp cheddar cheese and omitted the green onions (personal preference). It was very good. It is thick like BBQ but creamy. I also put bread and butter pickles on my sandwich and thought the crunch was nice!

  3. 5 stars
    Tried a double batch but did not double the cream cheese and ranch mix and it turned out great . My husband said it was great . It is really yummy my granddaughters love it too . So yes I will make it again .

  4. 3 stars
    Made this tonight. Followed the recipe to a T with the exception of 2 more pounds of chicken. When checking the crock pot the ingredients had a lot of liquid so I had no worries it would be dry. However once I shredded the chicken and added the cheese and bacon it went quite thick and was more of a dip than say a meal. We put it on top of macaroni noodles however it was just too thick and rich. One box of cream cheese would be good enough I think. This recipe would be good as a hot dip for crackers or veggies but not as a meal option.

  5. Hello can I cut this recipe in half ? I’m just one single
    Guy and I would use
    2 chicken breast
    1 packets of ranch seasoning
    1 block of 8pm cream cheese
    Still use 6 bacon strips cause why not
    1/2 cup of cheddar
    A little chicken broth since I’m not using the whole recipe ? Thoughts ?

    1. The measurements to take this down to 2 servings are:
      1 pounds Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
      0.67 packets dry ranch seasoning or try my Homemade Ranch Seasoning
      0.67 8 ounce cream cheese
      2 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
      0.33 cup cheddar cheese
      chopped green onions for garnish

  6. My daughter made this and it was amazing . She is thinking of adding cream of chicken. I told her possibly chicken broth or heavy whipping cream to make more of a sauce or creamier. She said taste was amazing! Have you added any of these.

  7. 5 stars
    It was delicious! I don’t like bacon mixed with chicken so I omitted it. I also halved the recipe. Still turned out great!

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