Keto crack chicken

Keto crack chicken

It's no surprise that this fuss-free and hearty Keto crack chicken has gone viral. The classic combination of cream cheese, ranch seasoning, and bacon is always a winner. The slow cooker method is a breeze, but we've also provided you with oven cooking and instant pot instructions in the tips, done in under 30 minutes!

Keto crack chicken

It's no surprise that this fuss-free and hearty Keto crack chicken has gone viral. The classic combination of cream cheese, ranch seasoning, and bacon is always a winner. The slow cooker method is a breeze, but we've also provided you with oven cooking and instant pot instructions in the tips, done in under 30 minutes!
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6 servingservings

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs 900 g chicken breastchicken breasts
  • 10 oz. (1¼ cups) 280 g (290 ml) cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp ranch seasoning
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp salt
  • 5 oz. 140 g bacon, diced
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) 240 ml (110 g) cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
  • ¼ tsp ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 cups (3 oz.) 700 ml (90 g) baby spinach
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Instructions

  1. Mix the ranch seasoning, salt (if the ranch seasoning doesn't already contain salt), and cream cheese in a bowl. Place the chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker. Spread out the cream cheese mix on top of the chicken.
  2. Cover with lid and set on low for 5 hours, or on high for 3 hours.
  3. Fry the bacon on medium-high heat in a frying pan until crispy. Set aside.
  4. Shred the chicken using two forks. Mix everything together. Sprinkle with cheese and bacon and cover with the lid until the cheese has melted.
  5. Sprinkle with chives and ground black pepper. Serve together with baby spinach.

Tips

What to serve with crack chicken

Great low-carb ways to serve the crack chicken is on to of keto bread as a warm open faced sandwich, in a keto tortilla as a wrap, on top of a salad, on top of keto zoodles, or wrapped in a cabbage or salad leaf.

Storing

This dish keeps fresh in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week. It also freezes well for up to three months. Since it contains many dairy products, it's always a good idea to thaw it on low heat to keep it from separating.

Ranch seasoning

Store-bought ranch seasoning usually contains a lot of additives and hidden sugar so we recommend making your own, trust us, it's worth it.

Cooking crack chicken in the oven

This is the perfect hack if you don't want to wait for hours before dinner is on the table or if you don't have a slow cooker at home but still want to make this dish.

1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).

2. Shred the meat from a rotisserie chicken and remove the skin. OR boil the chicken fillets in chicken broth for 20 minutes under the lid and shred them using two forks when done.

3. Mix the meat together with the ranch seasoning, salt, cream cheese, and half of the cheese. Put it in a baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and cooked bacon.

4. Bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

5. Garnish with chives and ground black pepper.

Cooking crack chicken in the Instant Pot

Love your Instant Pot? We've got you covered.

1. Mix the cream cheese mixture as stated in step 1.

2. Place chicken breasts at the bottom of your instant pot. Spread the cream cheese mixture on top.

3. Close the lid and the vent and cook on high for 15 minutes. Let steam naturally release for 10 min. Open the lid and stir. Let the sauce thicken for a few minutes.

4. Garnish with chives and ground black pepper.

Recommended special equipment

Slow cooker.

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30 comments

  1. kim
    Hello! I'm trying to make this in the Instapot. Don't I need some liquid? thanks!
    Replies: #2, #3
  2. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    Hello! I'm trying to make this in the Instapot. Don't I need some liquid? thanks!

    With chicken breasts, (since they have so much liquid in them already) and the cheese mixture, no extra broth was needed. If you feel more comfortable, you can add 1/4 cup of broth, but the sauce will be less creamy.

  3. Louise
    Yes you do, I made it last night without liquid and it overheated and I got the error message. I had to stop it and I added half a cup of water, it was still creamy in the end.
  4. Angela Day
    Made this in the instant pot (IP): put frozen breasts on rack in IP with a cup of chicken broth. Cooked on high for 11 minutes, 15 min NR. Set aside broth, shredded chicken in pot with hand mixer. Mixed ranch, salt, & cream cheese. Added cream cheese mixture to IP, returned some broth (to desired thickness), added frozen spinach & previously prepared crumbled bacon. Set IP to slow cook for one hour.

    It's delicious! Going to make some keto tortillas to wrap it in.

    Reply: #5
  5. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Made this in the instant pot (IP): put frozen breasts on rack in IP with a cup of chicken broth. Cooked on high for 11 minutes, 15 min NR. Set aside broth, shredded chicken in pot with hand mixer. Mixed ranch, salt, & cream cheese. Added cream cheese mixture to IP, returned some broth (to desired thickness), added frozen spinach & previously prepared crumbled bacon. Set IP to slow cook for one hour.
    It's delicious! Going to make some keto tortillas to wrap it in.

    That does sound delicious and I love the idea of making some tortillas!

  6. Monica
    How much is one serving?
    Reply: #7
  7. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    How much is one serving?

    The default recipe makes 6 servings, so you would simply divide the amount into 6 equal servings. Depending on how many servings you decide to make, you will divide the amounts equally as best as you can into that number of servings.

  8. Arlene
    For the Instant recipe, when are the bacon and cheddar cheese added? Is the bacon added cooked or uncooked?
    Replies: #9, #26
  9. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    For the Instant recipe, when are the bacon and cheddar cheese added? Is the bacon added cooked or uncooked?

    Sprinkle in the cheese and cooked bacon once the sauce has tickened.

  10. Julie B
    I have several similar chicken recipes, depending on what ingredients I already have on hand, determines what I make. This one is really good. I steamed a bag of riced cauliflower and mixed it in. Oughta be able to get three suppers out of it for the two of us.
    Reply: #11
  11. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    I have several similar chicken recipes, depending on what ingredients I already have on hand, determines what I make. This one is really good. I steamed a bag of riced cauliflower and mixed it in. Oughta be able to get three suppers out of it for the two of us.

    I also love simple recipes like this one, especially when the family enjoys it as well :)

  12. anne.kugler
    If I make this with canned chicken, how many ounces would I use, since it's already cooked?
    Reply: #13
  13. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    If I make this with canned chicken, how many ounces would I use, since it's already cooked?

    While we have not tested this recipe with canned chicken, you should be able to use roughly 3/4 of the amount that it calls for in raw chicken. It will also not need to cook as long.

  14. Claire
    I tried this with slow cooked and swapped bacon out for chorizo as that was what I had , it was absolutely delicious. I’m thinking it would also be a perfect fathead dough filling!!
    I don’t usually comment but I can’t rate this enough!!
    Reply: #15
  15. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    I tried this with slow cooked and swapped bacon out for chorizo as that was what I had , it was absolutely delicious. I’m thinking it would also be a perfect fathead dough filling!!
    I don’t usually comment but I can’t rate this enough!!

    Sounds great! So glad you love it!

  16. Jenny
    I made this with Rotisserie chicken and it came out really dry. Does anyone have any suggestions?
    Reply: #17
  17. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I made this with Rotisserie chicken and it came out really dry. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    If your rotisserie chicken was already cooked, the chicken may have gotten overcooked. This recipe starts with raw chicken.

    Reply: #23
  18. Robin
    I count carbs not net carbs. How do I find out how many carbs?
    Reply: #19
  19. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    I count carbs not net carbs. How do I find out how many carbs?

    Hi, Robin! Total carbs are listed on all our recipes underneath net carbs on the Nutrition tab, which is located below the ingredients list.

  20. Kathy
    My daughter is dairy free. Could I substitute the cream cheese and cheddar for dairy free versions and achieve good results?
    Reply: #21
  21. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    My daughter is dairy free. Could I substitute the cream cheese and cheddar for dairy free versions and achieve good results?

    Hi, Kathy! We haven't tried it that way, but it should work out fine.

  22. Laura
    Made this for lunch today. It was very tasty. Some of the family tried it in low-carb tortillas and it was definitely a hit. Will make this one again and again.
  23. Deb
    I made it in the oven with rotisserie chicken today and mine was dry too. Before I added the cheese and bacon, I mixed in some heavy whipping cream. That helped a lot! It was delicious!!
  24. LJ
    Hi, Can I use boneless chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts?
    Reply: #25
  25. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Hi, Can I use boneless chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts?

    Yes, chicken thighs would work well in this dish.

  26. Martha McKenzie
    To Arlene,
    The recipe says to cook the diced bacon and set it aside. It is added with the cream cheese.
  27. Sarah Hart
    We don't have or use Ranch seasoning in UK, I understand I could make my own, but I don't like any of the ingredients...what can I use instead? Any suggestions?
    Reply: #28
  28. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    We don't have or use Ranch seasoning in UK, I understand I could make my own, but I don't like any of the ingredients...what can I use instead? Any suggestions?

    Without the ranch, this is a very neutral tasting dish. You could add any spice blend that sounds appetizing to you. We have a collection at this link:
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/recipes/seasonings

  29. Sarah Hart
    Thank you Kristin, I'm going to try Italian seasoning, with a pinch of chilli and garlic.
  30. Sarah Hart
    Like Jenny, I followed the recipe for rotisserie chicken it came out really dry and stodgy. Maybe adjust the recipe for ready cooked chicken, or remove it?

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