Crack Chicken
By :Chop Secrets
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Votes: 91
Rating: 4.45
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
4 - 6 servings
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 2 lbs boneless chicken breast
  • 8 ounce cream cheese cut into 6-8 pieces
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese shredded
  • 6 - 8 slices cooked bacon crumbled
  • 2 green onions diced (optional)
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
4 - 6 servings
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 2 lbs boneless chicken breast
  • 8 ounce cream cheese cut into 6-8 pieces
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese shredded
  • 6 - 8 slices cooked bacon crumbled
  • 2 green onions diced (optional)
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Votes: 91
Rating: 4.45
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  1. Pour water in the Instant Pot.
  2. Place chicken and cream cheese in an even layer and sprinkle ranch seasoning over the top.
  3. Using the display panel select the MANUAL or Pressure Cook function*. Use the +/- buttons and program the Instant Pot for 15 minutes.
  4. When the time is up, quick-release the remaining pressure.
  5. Carefully remove the chicken and shred.
  6. Using the display panel select CANCEL and then SAUTE . Whisk the cream cheese mixture thoroughly to break up any remaining cream cheese pieces.
  7. Return chicken to pot along with cheddar cheese. Mix thoroughly and then turn the pot off.
  8. Sprinkle with bacon and green onions and serve.
Recipe Notes

*If your Instant Pot does not have a MANUAL function, use the Pressure Cook function.

84 replies
  1. kmm011803
    kmm011803 says:

    Was very good. Served over egg noodles. Would use smaller/thinner breasts next time as one of the breasts didn’t cook through

  2. MrsTieman86
    MrsTieman86 says:

    We modified it a little, no onions, didnt shred the chicken I just used stir fry chicken from the store and added pasta! Husband approved!! Will make again!!

  3. Gordonmcds
    Gordonmcds says:

    A mazing!. I also added about two tbls of tomato paste before cooking the chicken. Served it over Rotini tosed with butter and garlic powder. Skipped the onions because I forgot to get them. Used applewood smoked thick cut bacon cooked in the oven. Maybe next time substitute chicken stock for the water. Used sharp cheddar cheese.

  4. Vpevey84
    Vpevey84 says:

    Absolutely loved it! Made white rice to pour it over and it was a complete hit! Made it twice in one week. Printed it out for our go to quick meal.

  5. Jfrye95
    Jfrye95 says:

    First recipe I ever cooked in the Instant Pot. So delicious & easy. Definitely a recipe that will be put into regular rotation.

  6. Amandab410
    Amandab410 says:

    Its delicious! And so simple. This was the first meal i cooked in my instant pot, will definitely have again! I added a bit too much cheese (probably close to 2 cups….heavy hand LOL) but it thickened nicely.

  7. wadeanddonna
    wadeanddonna says:

    I think it would have been good but too salty. I wonder if I used the wrong packet of ranch. I used Ranch Dips.

  8. Omelgares
    Omelgares says:

    We really liked this recipe though I might use 3/4 packet ranch instead of the whole packet, kinda salty! Also, I would put over pasta, rice, or cut rather than shred as by itself its rather mushy

  9. Ddorsey
    Ddorsey says:

    I can see why this is called Crack Chicken, it is that good. I served it over whole grain rice with quinoa. Will be making this again. Going to try adding hot sauce to make a buffalo chicken style sauce and serve it over pasta. Also, may try adding adding cajun seasoning to make cajun chicken over pasta.

  10. Clevegrrl
    Clevegrrl says:

    Good! Mods: chicken broth instead of water and a lil more of the ranch powder. Served over roasted cauliflower for the win.

  11. Loloht4u
    Loloht4u says:

    FANTASTIC!! As per another reviewers comment, I used chicken broth instead of water. I feel the 1 packet of ranch was plenty, and also used chicken tenders instead of breasts. Its definitely a 5 star recipe! I also think putting this on top of a baked potato would be phenomenal!

  12. kmbeesting
    kmbeesting says:

    Very good! We sauteed some steamed broccoli in with it and it mixed together well! We will definetley make this one again!

  13. Sonialee
    Sonialee says:

    Sooo good. I scooped it up with tostitos. Great as an appitizer too. Will try in a bed of rice next time.

  14. AFaulk
    AFaulk says:

    I mean, it’s okay. The name made me think it was going to be so good, it would be addictive. I put it over white rice and it was really just okay. Nothing spectacular, kid friendly though. In that respect, it was like the dish you’d make the kids because they wont eat the seabass the adults are eating. It was just a step or two above some jazzed up kraft mac and cheese. Wouldn’t make it again.

  15. anlawren
    anlawren says:

    Maybe it was the store brand ranch i used. This was gross. To heavy and no flavor. If i make it again im going to try cajun seasoning instead. Test the sauce for taste before i ruin my chicken

  16. Vuam9206
    Vuam9206 says:

    My son loved it! He’s a fairly picky eater, so it was nice to have a quick meal that he loved. For a more “grown up” twist I had it as a sandwich with leaf lettuce and tomato. Would be really good with buffalo sauce too. Very versatile!

  17. giowoh
    giowoh says:

    I’ve made this twice now. The first time, it was unbearably salty. The second time I paid more attention to the ranch packet I was using. I wasn’t able to find a low sodium packet, but quickly learned that not all ranch seasoning packets are made equally. Today’s recipe I used with the Aldi brand ranch seasoning packet. It has 110 mg sodium. The last packet had 220mg! Literally double! I’d say tonight’s was better and couldve actually stood to have been a little more salty!

  18. catscanman1018
    catscanman1018 says:

    Didn’t come out salty at all, we used Hidden Valley as it had quite a bit less sodium than the others. We did add some Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (3-5 tablespoons). We ended up cooking another 6 minutes after the 15 minutes since the meat still wasn’t cooked all the way through. We served it over Idaho’s “Peppered Cheddar Bacon” mashed potatoes- Awsome!

  19. Conradsmom
    Conradsmom says:

    It probably is better as a kid’s dinner than an adult’s. If I make it again, I will use thighs , not breasts. Maybe some white wine and more seasonings.

  20. DinaMarie
    DinaMarie says:

    I used Fiesta Ranch dressing hoping to add some zip but lesson learned about the sodium. I’ll try this again but with either half a packet or a lower sodium brand.

  21. Kdrite
    Kdrite says:

    I needed to use additional chicken broth and pasta water to thin out the sauce, but it is tasty. I saw a lot of reviews that mentioned the saltiness and I think mine was so salty b/c of the amount of bacon I added (7 thick cut). Easy dinner; added to the monthly rotation.

  22. Yellow.rubi
    Yellow.rubi says:

    Easy, Quick and Yummy!!!
    I used 1 Hidden Valley Ranch packet and the salt was fine.
    I also cooked the chicken a bit longer because it was still pink after the 15 minutes…
    Served over cooked potatoes, and my family loved it!!
    Will make again for sure!

  23. LindseyM0609
    LindseyM0609 says:

    I didnt like it at all. Warm cream cheese just doesn’t do it for me. My husband said it was okay but he wouldn’t ever ask me to make it again. My son wouldn’t touch it but my daughter loves it. Too bad because I won’t be making this again. Definitely not addicting.

  24. Amandab410
    Amandab410 says:

    This recipe is a staple in our house. I substitue less fat xream cheese and low sodium ranch packets. We serve it with corn and broccoli

  25. HMiller83
    HMiller83 says:

    We served this over basmati rice. It was amazing and the rice helped even out the saltiness. We will defintely make this again.

  26. PamelaParkhurst
    PamelaParkhurst says:

    It really could not have a better name! My husband does not like cream cheese at all. I made this dish and he said he could eat this every night. I served it on top of mashed potatoes. Really great dish!

  27. Autumn.Lynn
    Autumn.Lynn says:

    Was my first meal made in my new instant pot. Made this but doubled everything, AMAZING! Didn’t think to serve it over anything so next time will do that. But my 1 year old LOVED IT! mixed the bacon in with it instead of sprinkling it on top, so good!! Will try less salty ranch packets next time as well. 5/5 stars!!!!!!

  28. artseechick1973
    artseechick1973 says:

    My husband and I enjoyed it…I left out the bacon and used 1/2 the ranch seasoning and also added taco seasoning to give it a bit of a kick. I also added more liquid after removing the chicken to add the cheese to make more of a sauce.

  29. Jolnugent
    Jolnugent says:

    I followed the recipe almost exactly, but I used broth instead of water, and I used chicken tenders cut into thirds before cooking, so skipped the “remove chicken and shred” step, lots easier and less messy. Served on heated flour tortillas. Very good!

  30. Mtfood
    Mtfood says:

    Good flavor – used chicken broth 1 c in duo evo 8qt (v water) and Hidden Valley Ranch packet – next time will add broccoli at end. Served over egg noodles. Will make again!!

  31. Famille Collin-Richer
    Famille Collin-Richer says:

    This was pretty horrible. We felt like we were eating really salty white mud. We really don’t understand the big fuss around this recipe…

  32. vasouther
    vasouther says:

    I made this for my second meal. Good, but I maybe will use a little less cream cheese. Husband liked it.

  33. Scgrindall
    Scgrindall says:

    I’ve made this twice now. The second time I added 1/2 cup of Franks Red Hot and it gave it a great kick!

  34. GIJosh
    GIJosh says:

    Used 1/2 cup of chicken stock vs water, no additional water, etc. Used 3/4 of a packet of Hidden Valley Ranch mix, and served over white rice. Everyone loved it.

  35. Katherine
    Katherine says:

    Was yummy. Served on left over rice for hubs and spaghetti noodles for me with greens beans. Chicken was a little dry but overall yummy.

  36. Nicoleo
    Nicoleo says:

    This looks amazing! Found that we needed to add little bit of milk! Served it on some noodles! Thanks for the awesome recipe! Will be making again!

  37. Mutt1126
    Mutt1126 says:

    Wife loved it. Easy to make and cheap to get ingredients. Had it with mashed potatoes and gravy. Takes 20 minutes easy.

  38. Amanda Jacobson
    Amanda Jacobson says:

    Eye—— why does no one have an issue that this no seasoning bland, boring, recipe is called crack chicken??? It’s deeply offensive and disrespectful to the hundreds of thousands of black people who had their lives ruined by the war on drugs. Be precise in your language. Something being like crack or acting like a crackhead is not a reference white people or non black people of color should be making lest it actually apply to you.

  39. Kimberjadetanner
    Kimberjadetanner says:

    I altered the recipe for more flavor.
    1/2 Onion, fresh garlic
    Sautéed this til soft. I exchanged the water for chicken stock and added 1/4 buffalo wing sauce. Delicious
    Served over noddles. I love my instantpot #instantpot

  40. Kevan
    Kevan says:

    I suggest using a hand mixer to shred the chicken. It’s fast and does a good job. Tasty recipe.

  41. adriennecreager
    adriennecreager says:

    To Amanda Jacobson – I truly hope you were joking because many people, not just black people, were devastated by drugs and still are. Not everything in this world is about race or inequality…its simply a name to a recipe! SMH

  42. lkvidmar
    lkvidmar says:

    Chicken didn’t cook all the way through at 15, so i did an additional 10 and that was perfect

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