Slow Cooker Crack Chicken Sandwiches

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!

shredded chicken sandwiches with sesame seed buns, white plate, potato chips

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.

Why do they call it 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.

crack chicken sandwiches laying on their sides, bacon bits, chivesm sesame seed buns

What’s in Slow Cooker Crack Chicken?

You’ve got a total of 5 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.

You can add some chives or green onion for garnish, but since it’s optional it doesn’t get a number.

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How to Make Crack Chicken Sandwiches

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

Slow Cooker Crack Chicken: Place the chicken in your slow cooker with the cream cheese and ranch seasoning. No mixing needed, just dump it all in with the cream cheese and seasoning on top. 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.

Make the sandwiches. Grab some gorgeous hamburger buns; something larger and preferably with sesame seeds – I just think it looks prettier. Toast them in the oven and stuff them with the Slow Cooker Crack Chicken.

slow cooker pot with creamy shredded chicken, wooden spoon, stack of sesame seed buns, chives

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.

sesame seed buns, creamy bacon ranch chicken, potato chips, chives

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Slow Cooker Crack Chicken Sandwiches

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 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 5 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 sandwiches
Calories 651kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast (3-4 breasts)
  • 1 1-ounce packet ranch seasoning mix (2 tablespoons)
  • 8 ounces block cream cheese
  • ½ pound bacon cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 1 ½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Fresh chopped chives for garnish
  • Sandwich buns
  • Optional sandwich toppings: extra bacon, chives, Ranch dressing drizzle

Instructions
 

  • Add chicken to the slow cooker and sprinkle with Ranch seasoning mix. 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.
  • 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.

Notes

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. 

Nutrition

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

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

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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! ?