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The dinner my kids come running for! Creamy Slow Cooker Crack Chicken with bacon and ranch is perfect for potlucks and feeding a crowd.
I’ve realized the past few weeks that there are some recipes that are our family favorites that I have never shared on our site. We make them often…maybe so often that they don’t even feel like a “recipe” to me. I realized that since we love them so much, we need to share these easy recipes with you too!
The one recipe that Kinslee requests without fail is this creamy ranch chicken. Anytime I ask what I should make for a special birthday, small group gathering or picnic, Slow Cooker Crack Chicken is always the first thing out of Kinslee’s mouth.
Crack chicken is that classic combination of cream cheese, ranch, cheddar and bacon. Remember our crack chicken lasagna? We based that off of THIS recipe. It’s called “crack” because you just can’t stop eating it. I mean really…bacon cheddar ranch chicken? Yeah… It’s that good.
Most often we make this slow cooker chicken dinner with boneless skinless chicken breasts. That is generally what we have on hand so it is easy to use. You can also use boneless skinless chicken thighs. They are tender and so, so flavorful!
Can you use chicken tenders? Yes, but you are just shredding the chicken so you’re paying more for something that is just not necessary.
Can you make crack chicken with canned chicken? You totally can do this, but canned chicken is already cooked so you don’t need to use the slow cooker. Just mix the ingredients together, spoon it into a casserole dish and bake at 350º Fahrenheit until the mixture is cooked through and creamy.
Does the cream cheese curdle in the slow cooker? The cream cheese may look like it is curdling, but once you mix everything together, it will become creamy.
We almost always serve this chicken with hamburger buns (pretzel buns are especially popular in our house). But if you’re looking for something different, here are a few options:
Looking for something to serve with creamy ranch chicken?
And for dessert, try our crack cake! It’s AMAZING.
Scroll down under the recipe to see some frequently asked questions!
Yes! This recipe is considered low carb. It’s great for the keto diet!
Yes! Of course it won’t be as creamy, but you can use it if you’d like.
Yes. We’ve added small fresh broccoli florets to this recipe. If you are afraid that they will get too mushy, add them about half way through cooking.
Yes! Freeze any leftovers in an airtight container.
You can if you’d like! My husband does. But I don’t. 🙂
Try this recipe with an Italian dressing seasoning packet. It changes the flavor slightly but is so good.