Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

Slow Cooker Crack Chicken Recipe – Chicken and bacon slow cooked in a creamy cheddar ranch sauce. Our favorite way to cook chicken breasts! Only a few simple ingredients and it is a breeze to make. Chicken, bacon, cream of chicken soup, cream cheese, chicken broth, ranch dressing mix, and cheddar cheese. Serve over angel hair pasta, rice, or potatoes. A weeknight favorite. Everyone cleaned their plates!

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Slow Cooker Chicken with Cheddar Bacon & Ranch

Stop what you are doing and add this Slow Cooker Crack Chicken to your menu. It is crazy good! Chicken and bacon slow cooked in a cheesy ranch sauce. This only takes about 5 minutes to throw together and dinner is ready when you get home from work. Whip up some green beans or a salad and some bread for a meal the whole family will enjoy.

What does CRACK mean?

If a recipe has “crack” in the title it means that the recipe has cheddar, bacon, and ranch in the ingredients. 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. 

According to the dictionary, the definition of crack is “of superior excellence or ability”. We think the flavor combination of cheddar, bacon, and ranch fits this definition! This recipe is most definitely of superior excellence!

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How to Make Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

This dish is effortless to make with only a few simple ingredients. Place the chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker insert. Sprinkle cooked chopped bacon over chicken. In a medium saucepan, stir together cream of chicken soup, a packet of ranch seasoning mix, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and chicken broth in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the cream cheese melts and the sauce is smooth. Pour sauce over the chicken mixture. Cover the crockpot and cook on LOW for 4 to 6 hours.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • I use boneless skinless chicken breasts. Can substitute chicken thighs or chicken tenderloins.
  • Feel free to throw some vegetables into the slow cooker. Spinach and broccoli are great additions.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix made with buttermilk powder, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, chives, dill, salt, and pepper: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-ranch-dressing-mix/
    • If you are sensitive to ranch seasoning mix, adjust the amount to your preference.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Cream of Chicken Souphttps://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-cream-of-chicken-soup/
  • I use precooked real bacon bits from Costco and Sam’s Club. It is real bacon that is precooked and chopped.
    • Substitute turkey bacon for lower calories.
  • I serve the chicken breasts whole. Feel free to shred the chicken
    • Prepare the recipe as written. Remove the chicken from the crockpot and shred with two forks. Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker and stir it into the sauce.
  • Can I freeze Crack Chicken? Yes. Cook the chicken and cool completely. Place the chicken and sauce in freezer bags and freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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What to Serve with Crockpot Crack Chicken Recipe

We serve the chicken over angel hair pasta. It is equally delicious over our favorite mashed potatoes or cooked rice. Just make sure to spoon all of that yummy sauce from the slow cooker. It is the BEST! Garnish the chicken with some parsley or green onions. Our favorite side dishes are green beans, asparagus, or broccoli. We also love some Jim N Nick’s Cheesy Biscuits to go along with the meal.

Leftovers are great shredded in a tortilla wrap, lettuce wrap, or on a sandwich bun. I also love the shredded chicken in the sauce with some pasta. YUM! 

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Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Slow Cooker Crack Chicken Recipe – Chicken and bacon slow cooked in a creamy cheddar ranch sauce. Our favorite way to cook chicken breasts! Only a few simple ingredients and it is a breeze to make. Chicken, bacon cream of chicken soup, cream cheese, chicken broth, ranch dressing mix, and cheddar cheese. Serve over angel hair pasta, rice, or potatoes. A weeknight favorite. Everyone cleaned their plates!

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Place chicken and bacon in a 6-qt slow cooker.
  • Combine cream cheese, cream of chicken soup, chicken broth, ranch dressing mix, and cheddar cheese in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until combined. Pour sauce over the chicken.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 6 hours.
  • Serve over pasta, rice or potatoes.

Notes:

  • I use boneless skinless chicken breasts. Can substitute chicken thighs or chicken tenderloins.
  • Feel free to throw some vegetables into the slow cooker. Spinach and broccoli are great additions.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix made with buttermilk powder, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, chives, dill, salt, and pepper: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-ranch-dressing-mix/
    • If you are sensitive to ranch seasoning mix, adjust the amount to your preference.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-cream-of-chicken-soup/
  • I use precooked real bacon bits from Costco and Sam’s Club. It is real bacon that is precooked and chopped.
    • Substitute turkey bacon for lower calories.
  • I serve the chicken breasts whole. Feel free to shred the chicken. 
    • Prepare the recipe as written. Remove the chicken from the crockpot and shred with two forks. Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker and stir it into the sauce.
  • Can I freeze Crack Chicken? Yes. Cook the chicken and cool completely. Place the chicken and sauce in freezer bags and freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Steph

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