Crack Chicken (Instant Pot Version)

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Instant Pot Crack Chicken: Creamy ranch chicken with smoky bacon and tons of cheese. Cooks in 15 minutes!


One bite and you’ll find out why this recipe is called Crack Chicken. It is made with crunchy bacon, gooey cheese, and creamy ranch flavors, yum!


Crack Chicken is perfect for game day with friends. The instant pot makes the prep and clean up a breeze!

The creamy sauce is made in the same pot as the chicken, and you can even fry  the bacon on the saute mode if you want.

I also like to serve it right out of the Instant Pot on the keep warm function.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken

Instant Pot Crack Chicken: Creamy ranch chicken with smoky bacon and tons of cheese. Cooks in 15 minutes!


8 Slices Bacon, Cooked Crisp
4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
1/2 Cup Chicken Broth
1 Package Ranch Dressing Mix
8 Ounces Cream Cheese
1 Cup Mayonnaise
2 Cups Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
Green Onions, For Garnish If Desired


Place chicken and cream cheese into Instant Pot.
Pour in chicken broth and sprinkle with ranch powder.
Seal lid,and cook on manual mode (also called Pressure Cook) for 15 minutes.
Allow pressure to release for 5 minutes naturally, and then do a quick release(Open the valve).
Remove chicken from Instant Pot, and shred.
Switch Instant Pot to saute mode. Whisk cream cheese, and mayonnaise until thickened.Add in shredded chicken, and stir until combined.
Serve with shredded cheese, bacon, and green onions.
We served ours in sandwiches, but it also tastes amazing over pasta or rice!

Crack Chicken adapted via Aunt Bee’s Recipes

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Crack Chicken Shopping Tips:

  1. I like using Hormel Black Label bacon. It cooks quickly in the microwave ,and it comes individual packages of 4 slices each.
  2. Grab your chicken breasts at the meat counter at your super market or butcher shop. Most prepackaged meat will only have 3 vs.  the 4 breasts you need.


Instant Pot Tips:

  1. Always be sure to line up the Triangles on the left hand side, and then turn the lid clockwise to lock it in place.
  2. Don’t be alarmed if steam exits the pressure valve while the pot is coming up to pressure, this is normal.
  3. Natural release means to let the pot sit for 5 minutes after the timer goes off. Don’t worry about setting a timer, the Instantpot will automatically begin to count up.


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What do you think of this Instant Pot Crack Chicken? What is your go to game day dish?