Baked Crack Chicken Breasts

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Baked Crack Chicken Breasts, also referred to as Ranch Chicken with Bacon, is a delicious and creamy dish loaded with cheese and bacon. Hard to believe that Crack Chicken is also Low Carb and Keto-Friendly!

Baked Crack Chicken Breasts

WHAT IS CRACK CHICKEN?

Crack Chicken is a deliciously creamy combination of chicken, bacon, cream cheese, and ranch seasoning. This family-friendly, make-ahead meal is a great weeknight dinner, but also perfect for a weekend crowd.

Looking for an easy baked chicken recipe? YOU GOT IT! Just hit print because this cracked-out chicken is what your Monday needs. Need an Instant Pot version? Hop on over to my recipe for Instant Pot Crack Chicken.

WHAT in the heck is “Crack” Chicken, you ask? Well, according to the internetS, this recipe got its name because ranch chicken is addictive… just like crack. Basically what happened in this meal is that everything good found its way in one dish and everyone approved.

Kind of like our Jalapeno Popper Baked Chicken, but without the peppers. 😃 

And you won’t believe just how easy this is to make.

Ranch Cream Cheese topped chicken breasts

HOW TO MAKE BAKED CRACK CHICKEN BREASTS

  • We start with frying our bacon until crispy. 
  • Remove cooked bacon from skillet. Keep bacon grease in the skillet and add the chicken breasts to cook just until browned on both sides; about 2 to 3 minutes per side. When done, transfer chicken breasts to a baking dish.
  • Prepare the cream cheese by adding a tablespoon of ranch seasoning to it. I make my own ranch seasoning, but you can also use store-bought. Mix it up well and then spread a couple tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture on top of each chicken breast. 

Ranch Cream Cheese

  • Top with cooked bacon and cheese; bake in a 400F preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. 
  • Remove from oven and serve. 

Baked Chicken with cheese

All in all, you will need about 30 minutes from start to finish.

Besides, how can anyone not want this? Starting with the fact that it’s made with crispy bacon and ranch flavored cream cheese, and ending with the fact that it’s going to have that golden, melty cheese on top. ALSO, LOW CARB and KETO.

Friends, git ‘er done!  

MAKE AHEAD CRACK CHICKEN

  • Assemble everything in the baking dish, but don’t bake. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 to 2 days.
  • Remove wrap and bake as directed.

HOW TO FREEZE CRACK CHICKEN

  • Transfer cooled crack chicken to an airtight container. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • When ready to serve, remove from freezer the night before and let thaw in the fridge overnight.
  • Reheat and serve.

Crack Chicken

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5 from 13 votes
Baked Crack Chicken Breasts | Chicken Breast Recipes
Baked Crack Chicken Breasts
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Baked Crack Chicken Breasts, also referred to as Ranch Chicken with Bacon, is a delicious and creamy dish loaded with cheese and bacon. 

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American/Southern
Servings: 4 serves
Calories: 492 kcal
Ingredients
  • 4 slices thick cut bacon, diced
FOR THE CHICKEN
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 (1-pound, total) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/4-inch thickness
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked or sweet paprika
FOR THE RANCH CREAM CHEESE
  • 4- ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
  • 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese, white or yellow - I use a little of both
FOR GARNISH
  • chopped fresh parsley
  • sliced green scallions
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Set a large skillet over medium-high heat and add in diced bacon; cook until crispy.
  4. Remove bacon from skillet and set aside. DON'T discard bacon fat.
  5. Return skillet to heat and add vegetable oil to the remaining bacon fat.
  6. Pound chicken breasts to a 1/4-inch thickness and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.
  7. Add chicken breasts to the hot oil - you may have to do this in batches if skillet isn't big enough - and cook chicken breasts for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown.

  8. Flip over the chicken breasts, add butter, and continue to cook for 3 more minutes.
  9. Remove chicken breasts from skillet and arrange in previously prepared baking dish. Set aside.
  10. In a small bowl combine cream cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, dill weed, and chives; mix until thoroughly combined. Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly. *You can also just stir in 1 tablespoon of store-bought ranch seasoning.

  11. Top each chicken breast with 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture. Spread to coat the surface of each chicken breast.

  12. Take half of the bacon and add on top of the cream cheese.
  13. Sprinkle shredded cheese over the chicken breasts.
  14. Bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and cheese is melted and lightly browned.
  15. Remove from oven.
  16. Garnish with remaining bacon, fresh parsley, and scallions.
  17. Serve.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

WW FREESTYLE POINTS: 13 

REDUCE your FREESTYLE POINTS DOWN TO 8-points by using low fat cheddar and light cream cheese. 

 

HOW TO FREEZE CRACK CHICKEN

  • Transfer cooled crack chicken to a large freezer bag or airtight container. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • When ready to serve, remove from freezer the night before and let thaw in the fridge overnight.
  • Reheat and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Baked Crack Chicken Breasts
Amount Per Serving (6 ounces)
Calories 492 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Fat 37g57%
Saturated Fat 19g95%
Cholesterol 155mg52%
Sodium 570mg24%
Potassium 548mg16%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 1330IU27%
Vitamin C 5.4mg7%
Calcium 243mg24%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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18 Responses
  1. Tawny

    My whole family loved it including our 4 and 2 year old! I did double up on the spices in the cream cheese mixture, but otherwise great!!!

  2. Kelly

    Do you think I could skip the skillet part of the recipe and just bake everything in the oven longer? I was planning to use pre-cooked bacon that you microwave. I’m a fan of less cleanup. TIA

  3. Bre5369

    This recipe is a real keeper. My husband loved it. We are going to make it for company. It is so pretty on the plate.

  4. I have to try this on the next cooler day 🙂 Now that the warm weather has finally made it’s way to NJ, I won’t have the oven on as much. But I think I would use my cast iron pan because I can fry the bacon, then do the chicken in the pan and just put the pan in the oven.

    I bet my whole family will love this meal

  5. Jacquelyn Hastert

    This was amazing last night and my family asked for it to be added to next week’s menu already! Truly a family hit 🙂

  6. It was delicious. Will be making again! Made it just as described – with plain cream cheese. There is enough flavor in the ranch to suffice. Was a little worried when I opened the slow cooker and there was some liquid in the bottom – but when you shred the chicken and mix everything up, that disappears. LOVED IT.

  7. I was looking for a chicken recipe for the whole family and I stumbled on this article. I read and followed the instructions carefully and I made it deliciously! Every member of my family is so happy! Thanks for this

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