This easy Instant Pot Crack Chicken recipe is ready in no time with tender, juicy shredded chicken and lots of cheesy ranch and bacon flavor! Perfect as a sandwich, over mashed potatoes, or just on it’s own!
I’m not sure who first created crack chicken, but it started popping up all over the internet a few years back and it quickly became a family favorite!
Pretty sure every blogger out there has a version of this, but I wanted to share mine because we think it’s pretty darn good – plus, it’s made in the Instant Pot in less than 45 minutes and who doesn’t love a quick dinner?
What is crack chicken, you ask? It’s just tender chicken that’s been coated in cream cheese and ranch seasoning and topped off with cheddar and bacon crumbles.
It’s SIMPLE, but it packs a huge punch of flavor that everyone seems to love!
This reminds me a bit of our Mississippi Chicken, just because it’s so easy to toss together and everyone always ask for the recipe after trying it.
If you’ll recall, I just shared a recipe for Crack Chicken Casserole not too long ago! We’re obsessed with these flavors!
Chicken – I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this recipe, but chicken thighs or tenderloins would also work.
Ranch Seasoning – You’ll want to be sure to use the SEASONING mix and not the DIP mix. The dip has a lot more sodium and will result in a much saltier final product.
Cream Cheese – You’ll need a block of cream cheese in this easy & cheesy crack chicken recipe.
Chicken Broth – The cream cheese will get mixed up with the chicken broth to form a tasty sauce!
Add Ins – We like to mix in plenty of shredded cheddar, crumbled bacon, and green onions.
Why We Love This Recipe:
The chicken cooks quickly in the Instant Pot and comes out so tender! The cream cheese melts down into a rich, creamy sauce, and the ranch, cheddar, and bacon are universal favorites.
How to Make:
Prepare: To start you’ll need to add the boneless skinless chicken breasts to the Instant Pot along with the chicken broth, brick of cream cheese and the ranch seasoning. That’s really all you need to do to prepare this crack chicken recipe. Simple!
Pressure Cook: You can now place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the valve to sealing. Let the cheesy chicken cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes and then do a quick release of any remaining pressure.
Finish: When the pressure cooking has finished remove the chicken from the pot and shred it with a fork. It should be juicy and fork tender. In the pot, whisk the liquid and cream cheese together until it is smooth and creamy.
Now you can return the shredded chicken to the pot and add in the remaining ingredients including the cheddar cheese, bacon, and green onions. Stir it well to combine and serve this Instant Pot crack chicken while it’s good and hot!
It goes against everything I’ve learned about the Instant Pot to pressure cook dairy (the cream cheese), but in this instance, IT WORKS! The cream cheese might look a little funny when you remove the chicken, but whisk it well and it’ll all come together to create a smooth sauce.
Well, it’s pretty addictive! All that creamy cheese, chicken, and ranch seasoning with the bacon is pretty hard to resist.
There are all sorts of ways to enjoy this Instant Pot crack chicken! It’s great all on its own, or is perfect in tortillas, on a bun, or in a lettuce wrap if you are going for low carb! You can even use it as a dip with crackers or chips!
Yes! This is a low carb recipe, especially if you serve it with something like a lettuce wrap instead of a bun or tortilla.
Yes, this recipe will freeze well. Let it cool completely before storing in a freezer safe bag for up to a few months. Re-heat in the microwave or oven after thawing.
MORE INSTANT POT RECIPES!
- Instant Pot Chicken Tacos
- Low Carb Taco Soup
- Instant Pot Ham & Bean Soup
- Instant Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Mac & Cheese
- Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash
Instant Pot Crack Chicken
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- ½ cup chicken broth
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1 ounce ranch seasoning mix
- 8 slices bacon fried and crumbled
- 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar
- 4 green onions chopped
- Add the chicken, chicken broth, brick of cream cheese, and ranch seasoning to the Instant Pot.
- Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the valve to sealing.
- Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
- Let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes and then quick release any remaining pressure.
- Remove the chicken from the pot and shred with a fork.
- Whisk the liquid and cream cheese together in the pot until smooth and creamy.
- Return the chicken to the pot along with the cheddar, bacon, and green onions. Stir to combine.