What is Crack Chicken?
I can almost see my mom fainting right now, but this wildly popular recipe is actually pretty simple in its ingredient list: Chicken, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, bacon, scallions, and Ranch seasoning. That's it! The end result is a simple,creamy, rich, flavor packed recipe that anyone can easily make.
This recipe is great for using leftover chicken from the last time you roasted or grilled a chicken. Maybe their is a sale on their rotisserie chicken and you want to take advantage of it. Whatever the reason we find that we have leftover chicken, this is a great go-to recipe.
How to Make Crack Chicken in a Slow Cooker or Crock Pot
One of the things we love most about Crack Chicken is that there are so many different ways you can make it! We love our electric pressure cooker, but if you’d rather throw everything together in the slow cooker in the morning and come home to dinner waiting for you, you’ll be happy to know that Crack Chicken can also be made in a crock pot.
To make Crack Chicken in a slow cooker, add the chicken and cream cheese to the slow cooker. Whisk together the water, vinegar, chives, garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper flakes, dill, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl and pour on top. Cook on LOW for 8 hours. Remove the chicken and shred it, and then add it back to the pot and stir in the cheddar. Cook the bacon in a skillet on the stovetop until crispy; cool the bacon and then crumble it on top.
How to Shred Cooked Chicken Breasts
There are a number of methods for shredding cooked chicken breasts, most of which take less than a minute! Choose the one that works best for you. Note that all of these methods work best when the chicken is still warm, so be sure to shred it before it cools, but not when it’s still too hot to safely handle.
Stand Mixer Method to Shred Chicken
Add the chicken to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Put on the splatter guard. Turn the mixer on until the chicken is shredded, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl if necessary.
Hand Mixer Method to Shred Chicken
Add the chicken to a large bowl. Beat the chicken on low speed with a handheld electric mixer until the chicken is shredded, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl if necessary.
Food Processor Method to Shred Chicken
Add the chicken to the bowl of a food processor fitted with the dough blade (this dough blade is for this Cuisinart food processor).
High Speed Blender Method to Shred Chicken
Add the chicken to a high speed blender (such as a Vitamix or Blendtec) and pulse a few times until the chicken is shredded.
Two Forks Method to Shred Chicken
The method we use most often is to place the cooked chicken breasts onto a cutting board. Pierce the center of a piece of chicken with one fork and use the other fork to pull the chicken into shreds.
What Makes This Crack Chicken Keto/Low-Carb
The main ingredients in this recipe (chicken, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and bacon) are all part of a low-carb, ketogenic diet. We skipped the store-bought Ranch seasoning mix because it usually contains sugar, quite a bit of salt, and preservatives that we try to avoid if possible. Instead we used a keto-friendly mix of dried chives, garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper flakes, dried dill, salt, and black pepper to season our Crack Chicken.
To keep this meal keto, an important thing to keep in mind is what you serve with this Crack Chicken
So, as always, without further adieu, let's get crackin'
Keto Crack Chicken
2 slices bacon, chopped
2 lbs (910 g) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 (8 oz/227 g) blocks cream cheese
½ cup (120 ml) water
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon dried chives
1½ teaspoons garlic powder
1½ teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon dried dill
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
½ cup (2 oz/57 g) shredded cheddar
1 scallion, green and white parts, thinly sliced
Turn pressure cooker on, press “Sauté”, and wait 2 minutes for the pot to heat up. Add the chopped bacon and cook until crispy. Transfer to a plate and set aside. Press “Cancel” to stop sautéing. (See Note.)
Add the chicken, cream cheese, water, vinegar, chives, garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper flakes, dill, salt, and black pepper to the pot. Turn the pot on Manual, High Pressure for 15 minutes and then do a quick release.
Use tongs to transfer the chicken to a large plate, shred it with 2 forks, and return it back to the pot.
Stir in the cheddar cheese.
Top with the crispy bacon and scallion, and serve.
This would go great on any keto bread or biscuit, possibly a bed of zucchini noodles, with riced cauliflower, or over a salad. Use your imagination and let me know what you think.
Serving size: heavy 3/4 cup
Fat: 27.6 grams
Protien: 41.2 grams
Net Carbs: 4.3 grams
Potassium: 390 Mg
Sodium: 420 Mg
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