Slow Cooker Crack Chicken Potato Soup

Slow Cooker Crack Chicken Potato Soup – creamy potato soup loaded with chicken, cheddar, bacon, and ranch. This soup is SO freaking delicious! I wanted to lick the bowl! Frozen hash browns, chicken breasts, chicken broth, cheddar, bacon, ranch, cream cheese, Velveeta, and milk. Everyone RAVES about this easy soup recipe. Simply dump everything in the crockpot and let it do the work. Whip up some cornbread or biscuits and dinner is done!!

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Potato Soup wtih Chicken, Bacon & Ranch

This Crack Chicken Potato Soup is a new favorite. It has all of our favorite flavors in one bowl. Creamy potato soup loaded with chicken, bacon, cheddar, and ranch. OMG! SO good. PLUS it is super simple to make. Just dump everything in the crockpot and let it do all the work. Whip up some cornbread when you get home from work and dinner is done!

What is Crack Chicken? If a recipe has crack in the title it means that it has cheddar, bacon, and ranch in the recipe. It all started with my Crack Dip way back in 2007. I made the dip for a Titans football game. Everyone went crazy over it. We couldn’t stop eating it and said it was like crack. The name stuck. The flavor combination is amazing. This potato soup is no exception. I’m obsessed!

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How to Make Slow Cooker Crack Chicken Potato Soup

This soup is effortless to make. Place chicken breasts, ranch seasoning, chicken broth, cooked bacon, cheddar cheese, Velveeta, cream cheese, onion powder, and pepper in the crockpot. Cover and cook on LOW all day. Shred the chicken with two forks before serving. SO easy!

  • There is no need to thaw the hash browns before adding them to the slow cooker.
  • You can use any boneless chicken pieces that you prefer – breasts, tenderloins, or thighs all work fine.
  • You can use frozen chicken breasts.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-ranch-dressing-mix/
  • I used precooked bacon. A ½ cup chopped cooked bacon is approximately ½ pound.
  • Can substitute turkey bacon for pork bacon.
  • I suggest using low-sodium or salt-free chicken broth if using store-bought ranch dressing mix.
  • If you have clumps of cream cheese in the finished soup, use a whisk to help get it fully incorporated into the soup.
spooning soup from bowl

What to Serve with Potato Soup

This soup is comfort food at its best! It is the perfect meal for chilly Fall and Winter days. We ate this for lunch and dinner on the same day. This is a pretty hearty soup. You don’t need a lot of side dishes to go with it. We serve it with some homemade cornbread sticks. It is also great with a salad and some rolls.

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Crack Chicken Potato Soup

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 5 mins
Slow Cooker Crack Chicken Potato Soup – creamy potato soup loaded with chicken, cheddar, bacon, and ranch. This soup is SO freaking delicious! I wanted to lick the bowl! Frozen hash browns, chicken breasts, chicken broth, cheddar, bacon, ranch, cream cheese, Velveeta, and milk. Everyone RAVES about this easy soup recipe. Simply dump everything in the crockpot and let it do the work. Whip up some cornbread or biscuits and dinner is done!!

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 (32-oz) bag shredded hash brown potatoes
  • 4 to 5 Tbsp ranch dressing mix
  • ½ cup cooked chopped bacon
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 lb Velveeta, chopped
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 (8-oz) package cream cheese
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp pepper

Instructions:

  • Add all ingredients to the slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours.
  • Remove chicken from the slow cooker and shred with two forks. Add shredded chicken back to slow cooker and stir.

Notes:

  • There is no need to thaw the hash browns before adding them to the slow cooker.
  • You can use any boneless chicken pieces that you prefer – breasts, tenderloins, or thighs all work fine.
  • You can use frozen chicken breasts.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-ranch-dressing-mix/
  • I used precooked bacon. A ½ cup chopped cooked bacon is approximately ½ pound.
  • Can substitute turkey bacon for pork bacon.
  • I suggest using low-sodium or salt-free chicken broth if using store-bought ranch dressing mix.
  • If you have clumps of cream cheese in the finished soup, use a whisk to help get it fully incorporated into the soup.

Steph

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  1. Could I use cut up raw potatoes? Would I still put them in with all of the other ingredients at the same time? Thanks xx

    1. I am sure you can use raw potatoes. I have never made this with cut-up raw potatoes, so I can not give any advice on cooking time, etc.

  2. I would like to avoid using Velveeta. Do you have any recommendations to substitute Velveeta? Or is there a way could I modify the recipe to omit Velveeta?

  3. Please don’t laugh… When you say we can use frozen chicken breasts, should we thaw them first before putting in the crockpot?

    1. Can you use precooked chicken instead of raw or would that alter the cooking time (such as not adding the cooked chicken in the beginning, but maybe later towards hour 6 or 7?

      Thanks!

      1. You can use already cooked chicken if you prefer. You can add it in the beginning or towards the end. I don’t think it would make a difference.

    1. Omitting the ranch seasoning will be fine. When I make it I’m not going to add it, I love ranch dressing but doesn’t sound good in some recipes to me. It should be fine, if you want more flavor you could add a little poultry seasoning.

  4. I used gouda cheese instead of Velveeta and diced red potatoes instead of hashbrowns. Definitely a win!!! Just don’t make the mistake of using sharp cheddar like I did. I had no idea sharp cheddar doesn’t melt creamy, it clumps.

    1. Did you grate the cheddar yourself? The bags of cheese cellulose on it. It is an anti-caking moisture-absorbing agent. It can prevent the cheese from melting properly. If you try it again with cheddar, grate the cheese from a block.

  5. Tried this with the only difference of using cubed potatoes vs the hash browns. Very tasty! Will certainly go into the winter soup rotation! Thanks!

    1. Did you use fresh potatoes or were they still the frozen? I’m having trouble finding the frozen hashbrowns right now.

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