Keto Crack Chicken

by KetoFocus.com

Creamy, cheesy chicken dish with bacon & ranch

This addictive and delicious keto crack chicken recipe is easy to whip together with only a handful of ingredients and three ways to make it!

If you love delicious comfort food, you’ve probably got some casseroles taking up space in your weekly meal rotations. Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole and Broccoli Chicken Casserole are two of my favorite comforting keto casseroles.

A plate of cheesy crack chicken and bacon over cauli rice next to sliced cheddar and a bundle of green onions.

Another delicious and easy way to whip up a craveable chicken comfort meal is with this crack chicken! Shredded chicken mixed in a creamy chewy sauce with bits of bacon and green onion is so addictive you’ll want to eat it on everything! This crack chicken recipe has instructions for slow cooker, pressure cooker and the oven. For an easy keto chicken recipe, serve the chicken over cauliflower rice and top with more shredded cheese for a quick dinner, then use leftovers to make chicken sandwiches the next day with this bread roll recipe.

What to eat with keto crack chicken

Instead of just eating it out of the pan (not like there’s anything wrong with that!), try serving crack chicken with these other keto recipes to make it a complete meal!

a plate with crack chicken on riced cauliflower and topped with melted cheese, bacon and green onion. Next to a bundle of fresh green onions.

Key ingredients & substitutions

  • Chicken – Use boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts. If you’re using the instant pot or slow cooker, feel free to use frozen chicken and add 5 minutes to the instant pot and 1-2 hours to the slow cooker.
  • Ranch seasoning – Make your own homemade ranch seasoning or buy premade ranch seasoning packets.
  • Cream cheese – Use block cream cheese cut into cubes for this recipe. Alternatively, you could blend together equal parts plain greek yogurt and cottage cheese for a cream cheese replacement in this recipe.
  • Bacon – Cook your bacon using the air fryer, on the grill, or in the oven, then chop it into bite-sized pieces.
  • Cheese – Shredded cheddar cheese goes well with crack chicken, but you can also use shredded Colby, Monterey jack, pimento, swiss, gouda, or a combination of cheeses.
  • Green onions – Freshly sliced green onions. You can use both the green and white parts if you’d like.
  • Chicken broth – This is only needed for the Instant Pot method as pressure cooking requires liquid.
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Keto Crack Chicken Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning
  • 16 oz cream cheese, cubed
  • 10 slices bacon, cooked & chopped
  • 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • ⅓ cup sliced green onions
  • ½ cup chicken broth (only for instant pot)

Keto Crack Chicken Directions

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What is crack chicken?

Crack chicken has three very addicting and flavorful ingredients- bacon, cheese, and ranch seasoning. These three ingredients along with cream cheese combine for a creamy chicken that you won’t be able to put down!

It’s called crack chicken because the combination of these favorite flavors together make this keto chicken recipe irresistible and addicting.

Crock pot crack chicken

One of the best ways  to cook crack chicken is in a crock pot. It’s an ideal recipe to make for dinner when you know you won’t have time to cook a homecooked meal in the evening.

Simply add three ingredients to the liner of the slow cooker (chicken, ranch seasoning and cubed cream cheese) in the morning before you go to work. Let cook on low for 5-6 hours.

If you have a programable crock pot, that works best because you can tell the slow cooker when to start cooking or when to keep warm.

When you get home from work, finish the recipe and dinner is served without much extra effort.

A plate with creamy crack chicken on top of rice with a bowl of more cheesy chicken before and a bundle of green onions.

Instant Pot crack chicken

Another way to cook keto crack chicken is in a pressure cooker. This is ideal if you didn’t have time in the morning to prep ingredients or your chicken is frozen!

Not having thawed meat is a major angst in many home cooks but using a pressure cooker like and Instant Pot can save the day. Crack chicken is the perfect recipe to make when all you have is frozen chicken.

First, liquid must be added to the liner of the Instant Pot. This prevents burning. A pressure cooker will always require at least 1/2 cup of liquid (either chicken broth or water) in order to work properly.

To cook crack chicken with frozen chicken breast or thighs,

  • SAUTE bacon in the liner of the Instant Pot until crispy.
  • Pour in chicken broth. Sprinkle ranch seasoning on top of the broth. Add frozen chicken and top with cream cheese.
  • Pressure cook on high for 25 minutes. Natural release for 5 minutes before manually releasing remaining pressure.
  • Remove some of the liquid about 1/4 to 1/2 cup. Shred chicken.

Easy ways to shred chicken

With so many recipes that call for shredded chicken, finding an easy way to do this tedious task is a must! Try these methods for shredding chicken:

  • With your hands. This method takes the most time since you must wait for the chicken to cool before shredding it. Using your hands, rip the chicken apart into shreds.
  • With two forks. This is still a time-consuming way to shred chicken, but it works. Take two forks and turn them upside down, raking the chicken in opposite directions until it’s shredded.
  • With an electric mixer. My favorite way to shred chicken! Just put the chicken in a bowl and apply pressure with an electric hand or stand mixer turned on low until the chicken is shredded.

Storage information & meal prep instructions

Crack chicken can easily be meal prepped to eat throughout the week. If making the chicken in the slow cooker, you can even add everything to the crockpot insert and refrigerate up to 24 hours before turning on.

To store, just let the chicken cool and then place in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. Crack chicken can also be a freezer meal. Add chicken, ranch seasoning and cubed cream chicken to a freezer safe bag and freeze until you want to use it. Follow Instant Pot instructions from above to cook from frozen. 

Reheat by placing it in a pot over medium heat on the stove until heated through or in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.

Keto Crack Chicken: FAQS

Why is my crack chicken watery?

If you made crack chicken using frozen chicken thighs or breasts, it could be watery from the extra moisture. If it’s a lot of water, drain some of it out before mixing the cream cheese in.

What type of chicken is commonly used in crack chicken?

Boneless skinless chicken breasts and chicken thighs work best for keto crack chicken.

Can I use a rotisserie chicken to make crack chicken?

Yes! If using a precooked chicken, just shred the chicken then add the other ingredients to the shredded chicken either in a pot on the stove over medium heat until melted and well combined or in a pan baked at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Keto Crack Chicken

Servings: 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 648
Fat 50.5g
Protein 46.3g
Total Carbs 3.4g
Net Carbs 3.3g

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