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Instant Pot Crack Chicken | The Most Amazing Instant Pot Chicken Dinner

Instant Pot Crack Chicken

Katerina | Diethood
Instant Pot Crack Chicken is the delicious combination of chicken breasts, cream cheese, crispy bacon, and ranch seasoning mix, all cooked together to create a creamy, cheesy, and one incredibly awesome meal.
Servings : 4 serves
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 4 slices thick cut bacon, diced
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ teaspoon sweet or smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill weed
  • ½ teaspoon dried chives
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • chopped fresh parsley
  • sliced green scallions


  • Press the "Sauté" button on the Instant Pot and wait for it to heat up.
  • Add the diced bacon and cook for a minute or two or to a desired crispness. Remove from the Instant Pot and set it aside.
  • Heat the oil in the Instant Pot.
  • Season the chicken breasts with paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Once olive oil is hot, add the chicken breasts and brown on both sides; about 2 minutes per side.
  • In the meantime, place the cream cheese in a mixing bowl and season it with garlic powder, onion powder, dried dill weed, dried chives, salt, and pepper; mix to combine. OR season the cream cheese with 1 tablespoon of store-bought Ranch Seasoning Mix.
  • On the Instant Pot, press "Cancel" to stop sautéing.
  • Add the cream cheese mixture to the Instant Pot.
  • Pour in the chicken broth.
  • Turn the pot on Manual High Pressure for 12 minutes; then do a quick release.
  • Remove the chicken, and transfer it to a cutting board to shred it with two forks or meat shredder claws.
  • Stir the shredded chicken back into the Instant Pot; place the lid back on the Instant Pot (powered off) and let stand for 5 minutes to thicken the sauce.
  • Top with previously prepared bacon, fresh parsley, and scallions.
  • Serve.


  • Ranch: Please follow the above recipe for making your own Ranch Seasoning Mix OR use 1 tablespoon of store-bought Ranch Seasoning Mix.
  • Chicken Broth: If using low-sodium chicken broth, remember that you'll need to adjust/add more salt to your dish. You don't want a salty flavor, but salt intensifies the flavors of the other ingredients and eliminates the bitterness.
  • Slow Cooker Method: Add the chicken breasts, cream cheese, and ranch seasoning to a slow cooker; cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred it. Once shredded, toss it back in the slow cooker and stir. Add in crumbled bacon and serve.


Calories: 471 kcal | Carbohydrates: 4 g | Protein: 32 g | Fat: 35 g | Saturated Fat: 14 g | Cholesterol: 143 mg | Sodium: 525 mg | Potassium: 618 mg | Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 1 g | Vitamin A: 1160 IU | Vitamin C: 5.4 mg | Calcium: 52 mg | Iron: 1.1 mg | Net Carbs: 4 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: American/Southern
Keyword: chicken breasts recipe, chicken dinner, cream cheese, instant pot chicken recipe, instant pot dinner ideas