Instant Pot Crack Chicken

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This keto Instant Pot crack chicken recipe is out-of-this-world delicious and made with tender chicken that is cooked in savory and juicy bacon, flavorful ranch dressing mix, creamy cream cheese, and cheddar cheese. An easy weeknight dinner with an option for the slow cooker! 


Top view of Instant Pot crack chicken with lettuce and buns

When I discovered how to make this crack chicken recipe, I became enamored by it. Inspired by the classic dip, this recipe is one of those easy recipes that makes an everlasting impression: you’re going to be hooked.

Pair it by itself, with lettuce wraps, on buns, or eat it by the spoonful; however you eat it, just make sure you enjoy it. If this sandwich recipe leaves you begging for more, then be sure to check out my slow cooker buffalo pulled pork, Instant Pot meatball sub, or my buffalo chicken lettuce wraps


Why You Should Make This Recipe

  • It’s super easy to make and ready in less than 40 minutes. 
  • There’s an option for the Crockpot which means an easy clean-up! Easy clean-up for the Instant Pot method, too.
  • The leftovers are incredible. The longer this recipe settles, the more the flavors mend.

Two stacked sandwiches with Instant Pot crack chicken in the center with lettuce

Why do they call it crack chicken? 

It’s called crack chicken because the seasoning and flavors are incredibly “addictive”, and after you eat it, you instantly crave more. The ranch mixed with cream cheese and the cheddar creates the ultimate combination that is irresistible and a true staple. 

Cream cheese, green onions, ranch dressing mix, chicken broth, and cheddar cheese

Crack Chicken Ingredients

Bacon – Crispy bacon is sautéed in the Instant Pot before the chicken is added for the best savory flavors. 

Chicken – I used chicken breasts in this recipe, but chicken thighs or cutlets would work, too.

Four chicken breasts and bacon

Ranch dressing mix – The main ingredient that’s responsible for the addictive flavor. You can find ranch dressing mix in a packet in the seasoning aisles at almost all grocery stores. 

Cheddar cheese – Shredded cheese is used for cheesy goodness. You can easily grate your cheddar cheese, too, just make sure you have two cups.

Green onions – Sliced green onions are used to create an even bolder flavor.

How to Make Instant Pot Crack Chicken

Five slices of raw bacon in Instant Pot


Set Instant Pot to sauté setting and cook the bacon until crispy. Remove from pot. 

Crisp bacon on paper towel


Drain the grease, then place the chicken in the pot. 


Cover the chicken with the ranch dressing mix and coat with chicken broth and cream cheese. Place lid on and cook on manual for 15 minutes. 

Cubed cream cheese with chicken, chicken broth, and ranch dressing mix


Remove the chicken and shred. Place back in the pot.

Shredded chicken with fork on wooden cutting board


Add cheddar cheese, cooked bacon, and green onions to the chicken. Sauté once more and cook until cheese is melted. 

cheddar cheese, bacon, green onions, chicken, ranch dressing mix, and chicken broth in Instant Pot bowl


Serve crack chicken in an Instant Pot on buns or lettuce wraps for crack chicken sandwiches.

Chicken, cream cheese, green onions, bacon, chicken broth, chicken, and ranch dressing mix mixed together


  • Don’t overcook the chicken. You want the chicken to be 165° Fahrenheit when you remove it from the Instant Pot. 
  • If you don’t have a packet of ranch dressing mix, then you can simply make your own.
  • For tips on how to cook this crack chicken in the slow cooker, scroll down to the bottom of the recipe card in the “Notes” section. 
  • Leftovers: Once cooled, store in an airtight container and place in the refrigerator for up to three to four days. 
  • Spice it up! If you like a little extra heat in your food, fresh jalapeño slices are perfect on this recipe!

Top view of crack chicken with lettuce and bacon

Can you freeze this recipe?

This recipe would freeze just fine! Make sure you freeze it in an airtight container and label it with a date. When ready to reheat, allow to thaw in the refrigerator overnight or warm in a preheated oven at 350° for at least 30 minutes. 

Crack chicken made in the pressure cooker on buns with green onions and jalapenos

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Instant Pot Crack Chicken

This keto Instant Pot crack chicken recipe is out-of-this-world delicious and made with tender chicken that is cooked in savory and juicy bacon, flavorful ranch dressing mix, creamy cream cheese, and cheddar cheese. An easy weeknight dinner with an option for the slow cooker! 
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Chicken
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Crack Chicken, crack chicken in a pressure cooker, crack chicken in an instant pot, crack chicken ingredients, crack chicken lettuce wraps, Crack Chicken recipe, crack chicken recipe instant pot, crack chicken sandwiches, Instant Pot Crack Chicken, keto crack chicken, slow cooker/crock pot crack chicken, Why do they call it crack chicken? Recipes that use shredded chicken
Servings: 8
Calories: 472kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 8 slices bacon
  • 2 pounds chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 package ranch dressing mix
  • 8 oz cream cheese cut into chunks
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 green onions sliced


  • Set instant pot to sauté setting and cook bacon until crispy. Remove from the pot
    to a plate lined with paper towels. Drain the grease, and place chicken in the
    instant pot.
  • Cover it with ranch dressing packet, add in chicken stock and cream cheese. Place lid
    on and cook on manual for 15 minutes, natural release for 5 minutes then quick
    release the remaining pressure.
  • Remove chicken and shred. Place back in the pot.
  • Add cheddar cheese, bacon and green onion to the chicken, set instant pot to sauté
    once more and cook, stirring until the cheese is melty.
  • Serve on buns or in lettuce wraps.


** I recommend buttering and toasting the buns before filling them with the chicken mixture.
To make in the slow cooker: place chicken breasts and chicken stock in the slow cooker, sprinkle with ranch dressing seasoning, and top with cream cheese. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. Remove chicken from pot, shred and place back in the crock pot. Stir in cooked bacon, cheese and onion, cook for 15 minutes serve on buns or in lettuce wraps.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 472kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 165mg | Sodium: 852mg | Sugar: 2g

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  1. This chicken recipe is a true winner. With all that mouthwatering cheese, I am sure it tastes fantastic. Trying this out soon.

  2. Everything about this recipe just sounds amazing AND it’s made in the Instant Pot. This is really a perfect weeknight meal. I can’t wait to try it.

  3. Another great recipe for my Instant Pot! Served this for dinner last night and it does not disappoint! Easily, a new favorite dish in my home!

  4. I served this delicious instant pot crack chicken today for lunch. We had a social-distanced backyard visit with another couple. Everyone loved this recipe!

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