Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

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Slow Cooker Crack Chicken is the most creamy and delicious chicken you will ever eat. Top it with melted cheddar and bacon for all the comfort food feels. You seriously won’t even believe you’re eating low-carb and Keto, too!

If you don’t have a slow cooker, grab my recipe for Baked Crack Chicken Breasts or this Instant Pot Crack Chicken.

Slow cooker crack chicken topped with bacon and herbs

Easy Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love my slow cooker!

I am here for the ease of throwing a few ingredients into it, setting it, and going about my day. I love coming home and being greeted by the aroma of whatever it is that I’ve had cooking in my slow cooker all day.

This slow cooker crack chicken has upped my game, though – when I didn’t even think it was possible! This slow cooker chicken is simply amazing and there’s just sooooo many ways to serve it.

It’s not only the creamiest, delicious chicken to eat, with the ease of making it in the slow cooker, it’s now also the most addictive chicken meal to make!

What is Crack Chicken?

So, basically, crack chicken is kind of a big craze going around right now. You’ll find “crack” recipes for pork, pot roast, pasta, and dips.

What all of these “crack” dishes have in common are 3 key ingredients:

  • Ranch seasoning
  • Cream cheese
  • Bacon

That’s all, folks. That’s the secret, right there. Just those three simple, delicious ingredients will make any meal completely and utterly addictive.

Recipe Ingredients

So, for this to classify as “crack”, we really only need three things: ranch seasoning mix, cream cheese, and bacon. If you’re planning to make yourself some “crack” and you’ve already got those ingredients, the rest is so simple.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • low sodium chicken broth
  • ranch seasoning mix
  • chicken breasts
  • cream cheese
  • cheddar cheese
  • bacon

For serving:

  • green onions
  • fresh parsley

Cheddar cheese, cream cheese, ranch seasoning and chicken in a slow cooker

How to Make Crack Chicken in the Slow Cooker

1. Prep: Pour chicken broth into your slow cooker and stir in ranch seasoning mix.
Add chicken breasts to the slow cooker and stir around to coat the chicken.

2. Slow Cook: Cover with the lid and set on LOW for 5 to 6 hours or on HIGH for 2 to 3 hours.

3. Shred: When done, remove the lid and shred the chicken in the slow cooker using two forks. Use shredder claws, if you can – it’s MUCH easier.

4. Stir In: Stir in your cream cheese and 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese until completely melted and combined.

5. Top: Top your chicken with remaining cheddar cheese and chopped bacon.

6. Serve: Garnish with green onions and parsley.

Slow cooker crack chicken topped with bacon and herbs and being stirred

What if I Don’t Have Ranch Seasoning Mix?

  • If you don’t have ranch seasoning mix, have no fear! You can easily make your own right at home. All you have to do is combine 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon onion powder, ½ teaspoon dried dill weed, ½ teaspoon dried chives, and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Tadah, now you have your very own ranch seasoning mix. 👏 

Serving Ideas

I love to serve shredded slow cooker crack chicken on a sandwich. Give it to me on a seeded and toasted bun ALL day and I’ll be happy.

Here are some other yummy ways to serve crack chicken:

  • To top your favorite pasta (or zoodles)
  • In a wrap or in lettuce cups
  • Over rice or quinoa (or riced cauliflower)
  • On top of a baked potato or mashed potatoes
  • On top of a pizza (I’m thinking like a BBQ chicken pizza but instead Crack chicken pizza!) 😍
  • Or simply eat it straight up as a dip with tortilla chips or veggies like you would with a Buffalo chicken dip.

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

  • You want to make sure you cool your slow cooker crack chicken completely before storing. Then, keep it in an airtight container in your refrigerator for about 3 days.
  • To reheat, simmer your crack chicken over medium-low heat until heated through. Add chicken broth, if needed to thin it out. Top with some fresh cheddar cheese and green onions.

Slow cooker crack chicken topped with cheese and bacon and then stirred through

Can I Freeze Crack Chicken?

  • Absolutely! It actually freezes quite nicely. All you need to do is allow it to come to room temperature. Put it into an airtight, freezer safe container and put it in your freezer for up to 3 months. Don’t forget to label your container so you’re sure of when to use it by.

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Slow cooker crack chicken topped with bacon and herbs
Slow Cooker Crack Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs

Slow Cooker Crack Chicken is the most creamy and delicious chicken you will ever eat. Top it with melted cheddar and bacon for all the comfort food feels.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 469 kcal
  • ½ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon ranch seasoning mix
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 block (8-ounces) cream cheese, at room temperature, cut up into 4 pieces for easier melting
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked to a crisp and chopped
  • chopped green onions, for serving
  • chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
  1. Pour chicken broth into slow cooker and stir in ranch seasoning mix.

  2. Add chicken breasts to the slow cooker and stir around to coat chicken.

  3. Cover with lid and set on LOW for 5 hours, or on HIGH for 2 to 3 hours.

  4. When done, remove lid and shred chicken inside the slow cooker using two forks.

  5. Stir in cream cheese and 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese; stir until completely melted and combined.

  6. Top with remaining cheddar cheese; cover with the lid and let the cheese melt.

  7. Remove lid and sprinkle chopped bacon on top.

  8. Garnish with green onions and parsley.

  9. Serve in sandwiches, wraps, burgers, and/or lettuce cups.

Recipe Notes
  • You can make your own ranch seasoning mix by combining ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon onion powder, ½ teaspoon dried dill weed, ½ teaspoon dried chives, and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Reduce points down to 3 by using fat free cream cheese, fat free shredded cheddar, and turkey bacon
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Crack Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 469 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 19g95%
Cholesterol 144mg48%
Sodium 782mg33%
Potassium 429mg12%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 908IU18%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 312mg31%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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40 Responses
  1. Gina B.

    Since chicken breasts vary greatly in size/weight, how many ounces of chicken would you say is needed? Are we talking the giant, 1-lb each chicken breasts, or the smaller (natural/organic brands) 8 oz chicken breasts? I’m looking at this recipe like it could be anywhere from 2 lbs of chicken to 5!

    Thank you!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      I use about 20 to 24 ounces of chicken breasts. I will usually use 4 chicken breasts that weigh approximately 5 to 6-ounces each.

  2. Rick Flair

    Made this tonight and woooooooooooooooooooooo! Added Jalapenõ to bring out the woooooooooooooooooooo factor! Not the kind of crack that will make you skinny, but will make you fat! Eat up buttercups I promise its 5 star slam you on the mat, knock you out delicious…..wooooooooooooooooo!

  3. Mo$$

    Even though I hate the “crack” label on recipes (I know it’s tongue in cheek but not a fan of the word )
    This was a good recipe – very tasty and will make again ! Thx ! 👍🏻

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      You can try it with a sour cream and ricotta cheese mixture. It won’t taste as intended because of the changes, but it’s still good.

  4. Annette

    Made this tonight. It was great! My son doesn’t want too much fat, my husband is low carb and this recipe was perfect solution. I used no fat cream cheese and reduced fat cheese. Son ate over white rice, husband over low carb noodles and I had over baked potato! Definitely a recipe you can play with the ingredients, but good the way it is.

        1. Katerina Petrovska

          Hi! The entire recipe amounts to 6 servings, total. I work from a home kitchen and don’t have the necessary tools to give you the exact amount per 1 serving, but a serving of chicken is about 4 ounces, and then you can add another 2 ounces for the sides. In this case, the sides are your cheeses and bacon.

  5. Amber

    Solace nourishment for the family while remaining in. A debt of gratitude is in order for making our family supper so extraordinary! My young men and spouse cherished it! My family adored it.

  6. Denise

    Making this for the second time. I’m using cream cheese w/onion and chives, spicy ranch dressing mix and shredded pepper jack cheese. I have lady out the bacon both times and it’s still delicious! I do have real bacon bits that I think I will sprinkle on my husband’s portion that he’s taking to work.

  7. Victoria Nieto

    Comfort food for the family while staying in. Thanks for making our family dinner so special! My teenage boys and husband loved it!

  8. Sara Welch

    Served this for dinner and it’s easily become a family favorite dish! Looking forward to leftovers again, tonight!

      1. Alivia

        Do you think it would still be good without bacon? We don’t really eat it but I really want to make this! Or what about bac o’s?

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