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Slow Cooker Crack Chicken is so simple and it makes the best sandwiches! With just a few simple ingredients combined in your crock pot, crack chicken is a real crowd pleaser!

Crack Chicken Sandwiches are easy to make and a party and family favorite. Serve them picnic style with some chips and fruit on the side, or make it a real show-stopping meal with some Homemade Baked French Fries, Potato Salad or Beer Battered Onion Rings.

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What is Crack Chicken?

If you’ve never heard of or tried Crack Chicken, you’re in for a real treat. The concept is that it’s so good and so addictive that you can’t help going back for more.

Somewhere along the way, the internet decided that the combination of chicken, cheese, bacon, and ranch was so good you just can’t stay away – Crack Chicken.

It’s rumored to have started at a fried fish joint in Michigan, where the seasoning they put on their chicken wings was just so good the customers started calling it crack.


You’ve got a total of 6 ingredients, plus a garnish if you want to add it.

  1. Chicken Breast – Seems a given that something called “crack chicken” would start off with chicken breasts. But here we are.
  2. Ranch Dressing Mix – You just need a tablespoon of the seasoning, and that’s about half of the small packet. Or if you buy the stuff in bulk, just grab some of that.
  3. Cream Cheese – Use the full-fat brick style cream cheese; the spread or low fat just don’t work as well.
  4. Bacon – Cook crisp and chopped up.
  5. Shredded Cheese – I’m partial to sharp cheddar, and that’s usually how crack chicken comes, but feel free to go against the grain and try something different. Like mild cheddar.
  6. Garnish – You can add some chives or green onion for garnish, but it’s totally optional.

How To Make Slow Cooker Crack Chicken Sandwiches

Now that you’ve got the ingredients, let’s make some Slow Cooker Crack Chicken Sandwiches!

See the recipe card below for full, detailed instructions

Slow Cooker Crack Chicken:

  1. Place the chicken in your slow cooker
  2. Top with the cream cheese and ranch seasoning. No mixing needed, just dump it all in with the cream cheese and seasoning on top.
  3. Cook on high for 2-3 hours. If the internal temp of the chicken has reached 165 degrees F, it’s done cooking. You can also cook it on low for 4-5 hours, but I recommend high for best results.
  4. Shred the chicken in the pot.
  5. Add shredded cheese and bacon and mix everything together.
  6. Sprinkle some chopped chives on top.
  7. Make your sandwiches. Or, try my Stuffed Baked Potatoes.
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Serving Suggestions

Crack Chicken Sandwiches are a super easy lunch or dinner. I like to keep it simple and serve with some potato chips and raw veggies with ranch dip. If you want something a little more substantial, serve with a garden saladEasy Homemade French Fries, or Fried Zucchini.

Or, skip the sandwiches altogether and serve crack chicken over rice or baked potatoes. You can also serve it as a dip with crackers or potato chips. This stuff is so versatile!

Make Ahead, Leftovers, and Freezing

Make Ahead: Since you’re making Crack Chicken in the crock pot, it’s already a make in advance sort of dish. If you wanted to make it a day in advance, you could, but I definitely recommend serving it fresh. Just cover and keep refrigerated, then reheat in your slow cooker on the warm setting for about 30 minutes.

Storing leftovers: If you have leftover, keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave for individual portions, or if you have a family sized amount, reheat in your slow cooker.

Freezing: Place leftovers in an airtight, freezer safe container and freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat in the slow cooker or microwave.

Doubling: You can easily double this recipe if your crock pot is big enough.

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Slow Cooker Crack Chicken Sandwiches

4.48 from 34 votes
Slow Cooker Crack Chicken is a creamy combo of chicken, bacon, ranch and cheese. It's a real crowd pleaser and makes the best sandwiches!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6 sandwiches


  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast (3-4 breasts)
  • 1 1-ounce packet ranch seasoning mix (2 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 ounces block cream cheese
  • ½ pound bacon cooked crisp and crumbled, more or less to taste
  • 1 ½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese or more to taste
  • Fresh chopped chives for garnish
  • Salt and pepper, optional, and to taste
  • Sandwich buns
  • Optional sandwich toppings: extra bacon, chives, Ranch dressing drizzle
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  • Add chicken to the slow cooker and sprinkle with Ranch seasoning mix and garlic powder. Place the block of cream cheese on top of the chicken. Cover and cook on high for 2.5-3 hours or low for about 4-5 hours.
  • Remove the lid and shred the chicken right in the pot using two forks. Stir in the chopped bacon and shredded cheddar. Season with salt and pepper if desired.
  • Scoop onto sandwich buns, top with extra bacon and chives if you have them, or a drizzle of ranch dressing. Also delicious in tortilla wraps, over rice, or in baked potatoes.


This recipe makes a generous 6 sandwiches. You could likely get 8 sandwiches if you use the filling a little more sparingly. 
Cooking chicken breasts in the slow cooker can be tricky – be sure to watch the temperature and stop cooking when they reach 165 degrees F. 
Keyword crack chicken sandwiches, slow cooker crack chicken


Calories: 651kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 55gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 156mgSodium: 1189mgPotassium: 829mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 362IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 400mgIron: 3mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of “Yellow Bliss Road” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Penny Rock says:

    Love this

    1. Kristin says:

      Thank you Penny!

  2. Rachel says:

    If I Need to triple the recipe for more people… Do I need to cook the chicken longer or is it still the same?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      It should take about the same time, but that is a lot of chicken to cook at once. I would check at the suggested time, making sure the center of the pile of chicken is cooked thoroughly to 165℉.

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  4. shirley says:

    this sounds great ! any chance it would work in the instant pot ?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Sure – Add about 1/3 cup of chicken broth to the pot first, then the chicken breasts, seasoning and cream cheese. Cover, set to seal then pressure cook (manual setting) for 15 minutes. Remove the chicken and shred. Whisk the cream cheese and broth, then stir in the cheeses, bacon and chicken. The broth is needed so you can avoid the burn notice, but can also make the sauce more thin, so keep that in mind. You can always add more cheese or more cream cheese to thicken it up.

  5. Lisa says:

    My daughter made these the other night and they were so good! The next day I asked her for the recipe so I can make it this week! The flavor was prefect and it was super creamy! Highly recommend.

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thank you for your feedback Lisa.

  6. Kathleen says:

    I am looking for for a dinner idea for a gathering of 17 people. Can I make this ahead of time and freeze it? Thanks!

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Yes you could freeze it. Thaw it overnight in the fridge then warm it up again in the slow cooker.

      1. Kathleen Kendall says:

        Thank you!

        1. Kristin says:

          You are so welcome Kathleen.

  7. Emily B says:

    Can’t wait to make this!! Have you ever tried it with low fat cream cheese?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      I personally prefer the taste of full fat cream cheese, but you could definitely swap for the lower fat version with no problems. Enjou!

  8. Anna Helms says:

    It was Great! So easy I used tongs to pull apart because I use crockpot liners for easy clean up and forks could pierce it.

    1. Kristin says:

      Love the feedback Anna! Thanks for stopping by.

  9. Charla Sage says:

    I can’t wait to go to the store tomorrow to make this it sounds delicious. Thank you so much for this recipe Kristin.

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Charla! Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Dalila says:

    Hi Kristin! ?
    Bacon?! Really?!
    I’m in…LOL…anything with bacon has me hooked.
    I enjoy crockpot cooking because I just set it and walk away.
    I like the fact that you can use this recipe in other ways.
    A very versatile chicken recipe….YAY!!
    Thank you for another yummy recipe Kristin!
    Have a lovely day! ?

    1. Kristin says:

      Awesome feedback Dalila! Thanks for stopping by.

  11. Rebecca Payne says:

    You have the best recipes. Thank you for sharing. I can’t wait to try this one.

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Rebecca! Thanks for stopping by.