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

4.7 from 10 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. Can I just cut the chicken into chunks instead of shredding it?
    I think my family would prefer it that way. Thanks for any advice!

      1. If I wanted this to feed around 12 people should I double every ingredient? Seems like a really lot of cream cheese.

  2. I’m guessing this doesn’t make any sauce for serving over pasta. If I wanted sauce what would you suggest I add chicken broth? heavy cream? more ranch seasoning? more cream cheese?

    1. I cooked up the pasta, reserved 1 cup of the cooked water drained the rest of the water turned the burner down to medium-low and added 2 diced tomatoes let the tomatoes cook down some and then added the chicken mixture to the pasta and thinned down by adding a little bit at a time of the pasta water. It was awesome!

  3. 5 stars
    this was great, but i used ranch salad dressing instead of packet and it make great gravy to serve over the chicken and egg noodles.

  4. 5 stars
    I made this recipe today for my family and everyone loved the recipe. I put this over jasmine rice.. I love the recipe.. Thanks. 😃😃

  5. Added Sauteed onions and Jalapeno peppers. Served it on warmed tortilla shells topped with shredded lettuce, sour cream, diced tomatoes
    and crumbled bacon.

    1. Yes, that will great with this recipe. You will want to cook it less. Using a meat thermometer is best. When temperatures reach 165 degrees you chicken is cooked to the fullest.

  6. 4 stars
    Added the Two packets of dry Ranch dressing as required, but it seems it was too salty. I think next time I will add one packet. Has anybody else experienced the salty taste?

  7. I put my chicken and cream cheese and seasoning in crockpot, left for work and when I got home 4 hours later it has a whole lot of liquid from chicken and the cream cheese is not incorporating with the juice from the chicken very well. Looks nothing like your pictures. It’s way too soupy. It looks curdled for some reason. Too late to remove chicken to drain some of the liquid.

    1. Same thing happened to mine? I followed directions exactly. So, I just turned the heat off crockpot and shredded the chicken and added the bacon and cheese. It eventually mixed together okay. Just had a lot of liquid. Not sure it will work for a sandwich, it’s too soupy.

    2. Did you use low fat cream cheese? That’ll usually do it unfortunately. 🙁 You want the full fat kind.

  8. 5 stars
    I like to make this while we sleep then get up and meal prep it.i also added a cup of sour cream with the cheese and bacon.this is one of my favorite low carb recipes! Thanks

  9. The cream cheese.. how many ounces if cutting down to 4 People? The sliding scale is helpful but the ounces is confusing.

  10. Can this be done with already shredded chicken over the stove? I’m trying to find something to do with leftover and don’t have 6 hours to wait for dinner 😞

  11. 5 stars
    I started this yesterday morning for dinner last night and used a garlic herb goat cheese log. It was SOOO GOOD! Leftovers tonight we’re just as good! I am definitely adding this to my list of “Easy Go-To Favorites”!

  12. 4 stars
    Just made this because it seemed so easy. It was pretty good but I needed some crunch so I added some diced celery and I think it’s a keeper. Thanks!

  13. Huge fan of this recipe! I actually have it going right now on the slow cooker, with green chiles, sweet onion, and green bell pepper added. Considering adding some fresh chopped garlic since I have a few hours left.

  14. 5 stars
    Huge fan of this recipe! I actually have it going right now on the slow cooker, with green chiles, sweet onion, and green bell pepper added. Considering adding some fresh chopped garlic since I have a few hours left. I will probably also hit it with chopped cilantro when I add the green onions full disclosure.

    One way to use this dish or it’s leftovers that hasn’t been mentioned….enchiladas! Wrap this in your favorite tortillas, smother in red or green sauce, maybe add more cheese and sour cream, maybe black olives,,, you do you, and toss into the oven until bubbly and perfect.

  15. Great recipe but too much cream cheese for me so i added a cup & a half of chicken broth & was perfect. Thanks!

  16. Believe it or not, i do not own a crock pot. Can the dry ranch and cream cheese be added after the chicken is cooked(baked)?

  17. 5 stars
    This is one of our favorites. To make it even more addictive by pretzel buttons and the nacho cheese sauce. Spread the nacho cheese sauce on the pretzel bun then load it up with the chicken crack….. The BEST !!!

  18. I add about a tbsp of some sort of tangy liquid, from pickles or banana peppers or whatever I have handy. It just adds a little zing.

  19. After reading both recipe and comments, I’m in the process of making this. I used 4 chicken thighs, only one block of cream cheese to make it less soupy, one pack of ranch for less salt, and I added some of the cheddar beforehand instead of just after for fun. I also seasoned my chicken individually with pepper and paprika, and broke up the cream cheese instead of leaving it blocked. Threw in a tbs of garlic too because why not…hoping it goes well. Thanks to all for their comments and suggestions.

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