Instant Pot Crack Chicken is really awesome, especially when you make it from scratch and forget about the sodium heavy spice packets! Whether you make it keto, or full on with pasta there is something to please everyone in your family! Make this part of your regular meal planning.
Prep the Instant Pot Crack Chicken
Start by taking the chicken breasts and laying them in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Here is where I was thinking that this should be easy but should taste much better than just using a generic ranch seasoning packet. Season the chicken breasts with the garlic powder, dill, chives, parsley, cayenne pepper, pepper, onion powder, and smoked paprika.
Next add a cup of broth, and this is very important. I tested the recipe using the popular ½ cup of broth, and I immediately got a burn notice. I use a 6-quart Instant Pot for my blog, and I found you definitely need that full cup for this Instant Pot Crack Chicken recipe.
I like to use Better than Bouillon for this to give it extra flavor, but I am in no way being compensated by the company to say this. Also, flip the chicken a little to get the breasts coated a bit with the spices. The spices and the broth are always good kitchen staples to keep on hand.
Next, cube the cream cheese and put it on top of the chicken.
Seal the lid on the Instant Pot according to the manufacturers instructions. Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes and follow with a 10 minute natural pressure release.
Prep the extra's for the meal
While the chicken is cooking it's a perfect time to cook the bacon. You can pan fry, or bake in the oven at 425-degrees for about 20 minutes or until done to your desired level of crispiness.
Slice up some green onions and you are all set!
Finish preparing your meal
Once finished remove the chicken from the Instant Pot to a plate, and leave yummy broth in the pot. you might want to let it cool for a minute or two. 🙂
Shred the chicken well for this Instant Pot Crack Chicken deliciousness. I used these handy shredder claws, which are also perfect for shredding pork or beef.
Add the mayo, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese , Worcestershire sauce, some of your favorite hot sauce, lemon juice, and crumbled bacon to the pot.
Turn the pot on saute, and stir together well. Cook until the cheese is melted. If the mixture is to thin, add a cornstarch slurry to the mixture or additional cheese. If you are following a keto diet you can thicken with the additional cheese, xanthan gum, almond flour, or other substitute.
Don't forget it's important to use the full cup of broth or it will give a burn notice. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to one week in an airtight container. This is delicious served by itself, on a roll, in a pita, in a lettuce wrap, with pasta, or over rice.
If you enjoyed this you'll love Instant Pot No-Fail Buffalo Chicken Meatballs, Instant Pot Frittata: Keto, Whole 30, WW, or Instant Pot Herbed Lemon Salmon!
Instant Pot Crack Chicken
Cooking the chicken
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dill
- 1 teaspoon chives
- 1 tablespoon parsley
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tsp onion powder
- ¾ tsp smoked paprika
To finish the chicken
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- ½ cup sour cream
- ½ teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- 8 slices bacon cooked
- 2 tablespoon cornstarch optional
- 2 tbsp water optional
- ¼ cup green onions sliced, optional
- Place the chicken breasts in the Instant Pot with the chicken broth, cubed cream cheese, and all the seasonings in the 'Cooking the Chicken' instruction group above.
- Seal the Instant Pot according to the manufacturers directions. Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes, and follow with a 10 minute natural pressure release.
- Pan fry bacon or cook bacon in oven at 425-degrees for 20 minutes until done. Crumble, and set aside. Slice green onions if desired.
- Remove chicken to plate once cooked, and shred. Add back to Instant Pot.
- Add the mayo, shredded cheese, sour cream, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. Stir well to combine, and cook until cheese is melted.
- If desired, thicken with additional cheese or a cornstarch slurry by combining conrnstarch and water then adding to the crack chicken mixture.
Sarah McFarland says
Thank you so much for this recipe. My son has multiple food allergies and I couldn't find a Crack Chicken recipe that didn't have ranch seasoning. I was able to make this while substituting the following ingredients for dairy free ones: mayo, cheese, cream cheese, and sour cream. It is amazing and creamy and best of all safe for my son with food allergies.
I'm so glad to hear this! You really made my day, and I'm glad it's safe for your son. 🙂
linda moore says
how much of the broth would you use in a 8qt ip? thanks
At least two cups. ðŸ˜Š
Has anyone ever cubed this instead of shred? Or anything other then shred?
I think you could also totally cube this. I usually shred it. ðŸ˜Š
Margaret Hartman says
I seem to be the only person in the world that absolutely hated the original crack chicken recipe. As a matter of fact, after forcing down one serving, I dumped the rest into the garbage disposal. Then I decided to try this one....and we have a winner!!! So much better, not even a contest!! Thanks so much!!
Youâ€™re welcome! Thanks so much! Iâ€™m so happy you finally got one that like. I had the same problem with the packet recipes! ðŸ˜Š
Susan H says
I started with this recipe, but for simplicity, I used dry ranch dressing mix instead of all of the individual dry spices, added the smoked paprika, and used all of the liquid seasonings this recipe calls for. This version of crack chicken is SO much better than the original! Thanks for the suggested enhancements!
You are so welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it so much! 🙂