Cheesy Ranch chicken, also known as Crack Chicken, is a low-carb slow cooker recipe with 5 ingredients. Easily made into a dip or dinner, depending on how you serve it, this ultra-creamy combo of chicken, cheese, and bacon is sure to please!
What is Crack Chicken?
This was the first question I had. What kind of recipe are we talking about here?
As it turns out, “crack chicken” is an amazing mixture of Ranch seasoned chicken cooked in a creamy cheese sauce, then topped with bacon. Wow!
I get that the name is kinda weird, so you can also call it “cheesy Ranch chicken”. I prefer that name myself.
Whatever name you decide on, the recipe is the same low-carb and gluten-free dish you can make again and again.
It’s a high-protein, high-fat combo that’s great for anyone one on a keto diet. I highly recommend this meal if you have picky eaters or little ones around! It’s very kid-friendly.
Additionally, a single recipe yields 8 servings so you know it’s an ideal choice for meal prep! Each serving is very filling due to all the fat and protein, so a little goes a long way. Dishing up portions straight from the crockpot saves dishes too and makes this an easy one pot meal with minimal clean up.
I’m sure you’ll find a place in your regular meal prep for this recipe. I know I’ll also save it as an easy appetizer because this is great party food for a crowd!
The versatility can’t be beat! Dress it up or down to best suit your needs.
How to Make Keto Crack Chicken
Gather five ingredients and you can prep creamy crock pot chicken in just five minutes!
Keto slow cooker recipes are some of the best for meal prep! This one doesn’t disappoint.
Chicken – Let’s add some protein to the dish! Choose bone-in or bone-out, skin on or off, thighs or breast.
You can also make crack chicken with rotisserie chicken, that’s a time-saving shortcut that has great flavor! If you use precooked meat, shorten the total cooking time by at least half. It will be much quicker since you don’t need to cook anything, but only want to make a warm sauce and get the flavors to infuse throughout the dish.
Cream cheese – This is essential for the creamy rich sauce!
Cheddar cheese – Not only does the orange cheese look beautiful once it’s melted on top, but it also brings an enjoyable tangy flavor and helps make the sauce ooey gooey.
Bacon – Cooked to a crisp, and then crumbled, the bacon gives a pleasant contrast of texture to the otherwise soft food.
Starting a subscription with a meat delivery service like ButcherBox is a great way to get organic and pastured pork bacon. Plus, having high-quality meat delivered to your door is so convenient!
Ranch seasoning packets – Here’s the big source of flavor! You can use pre-made packages or follow the DIY recipe listed in the recipe card below.
Follow along with these step-by-step directions, and you’ll make this keto slow cooker dinner perfectly the first time you try!
Add chicken to slow cooker and cover with seasoning. Top with cream cheese.
Cover the slow cooker with a lid. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or HIGH 3-4 hours.
Once cooking time finishes, shred the chicken by using two forks and pulling the meat apart. Remove bones if needed. Stir well and thoroughly coat the chicken with sauce.
Fry bacon in a pan over medium heat on the stove. Remove and chop or crumble into small pieces.
Cover the chicken with bacon and shredded cheese. Put the lid back on and continue cooking on HIGH for 15 minutes until cheese melts.
Remove from heat. Mix bacon and cheese into the chicken or serve as is with them resting on top. Garnish with a tablespoon or two of fresh parsley if desired!
Crack Chicken Recipe Cooking Tips and FAQ
You might be asking these common queries if you’re new to low-carb meal prep or don’t have much experience with slow cooking. Let me help!
How many carbs are in crack chicken?
This recipe is naturally low-carb. Per serving, there are 3g total carb, 2g net carb, 39g fat, and 37g protein. You can see it’s a very keto-friendly choice!
Is crack chicken keto?
Crack chicken is absolutely keto! It’s very versatile and great for the whole family. Plus, all ingredients are easy to find and budget-friendly.
Why is it called crack chicken?
The names comes from the original Crack Dip recipe and also hearkens to the dish being extraordinarily delicious and addicting.
What is crack chicken made of?
As the ingredient list details above, this recipe only has 5 ingredients! You’ll need chicken thigh or breast, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, bacon, and Ranch seasoning. I give directions for a DIY seasoning mix in the recipe card, so you can choose between a homemade or store-bought option.
The ingredient list almost precisely mirrors the Crack Dip recipe ingredients but adds chicken. With the additional protein, the recipe becomes a more satiating and complete meal.
What to Serve with Crack Chicken
Cheesy ranch chicken is delicious as a dip or complete dinner meal! There are a variety of ways to serve crack chicken depending on your preference.
To serve as a dip, just scoop the mixture from the slow cooker and put it in a pretty bowl. Sliced bell pepper, cucumber rounds, celery sticks, and flax crackers are great for dipping.
This yummy dip is a nice appetizer or snack for a crowd or just yourself!
Make a keto dinner by pairing the cheesy Ranch chicken with steamed vegetables like broccoli, green beans, or cauliflower. It’s also nice over a bed of lettuce. Simple but satisfying!
I have to be honest and say it’s pretty amazing sandwiched between toasted psyllium husk keto bread too. Think about a creamy sloppy Joe and you’ll get a good idea of the experience. There are a lot of variations to try with this dish.
More Keto Slow Cooker Recipes
- Slow Cooker Keto Beef and Broccoli
- Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew
- Slow Cooker Keto Pot Roast
- Keto Shepherd’s Pie
- Slow Cooker Keto Ground Beef Stroganoff
Slow Cooker Crack Chicken (Cheesy Ranch Chicken)
- Slow Cooker
- Add chicken to slow cooker and cover with seasoning. Top with cream cheese. Use the back of a spoon to smear the cream cheese over the meat.
- Cover the slow cooker with a lid. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or HIGH 3-4 hours.
- Once cooking time finishes, shred the chicken by using two forks and pulling the meat apart. Remove bones if needed. Stir well and thoroughly coat the chicken with sauce.
- Fry bacon in a pan over medium heat on the stove. Remove and chop or crumble into small pieces. Cover the chicken with bacon and shredded cheese. Put the lid back on and continue cooking on HIGH for 15 minutes until cheese melts.
- Remove from heat. Mix bacon and cheese into the chicken or serve as is with them resting on top. Garnish with a tablespoon or two of fresh parsley if desired!
Nutrition & Macros
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