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Cold weather always has me turning to low carb slow cooker recipes. One of my favorites is Crock Pot crack chicken, because it’s so comforting and needs minimal hands-on time. Best of all, it uses ingredients many of us have on hand all the time. That was the perfect excuse to make this slow cooker crack chicken recipe again this week – and to share it with you!
This keto crack chicken is one of those meals that will please almost anyone, even if they aren’t low carb, so it’s perfect to make for the family. Try it with me! I’ll bet you’ll be making it again and again, like I do.
What Is Crack Chicken?
Crack chicken is basically a creamy shredded chicken made with cream cheese, ranch, bacon and cheddar.
This easy crack chicken recipe is similar to crack dip, but we use ranch seasonings instead of ranch dressing. This creates a stronger ranch flavor without making the chicken too soupy. And of course, this has chicken as the main ingredient, unlike the dip.
Many crack chicken recipes use ranch seasoning packets, but they are filled with all kinds of weird ingredients, starch, preservatives, and sometimes even sugar. There’s no reason to do this, because you can easily make your own crack chicken seasoning! It’s very similar to the seasonings I use for homemade ranch dressing.
Is Crack Chicken Keto?
Yes, this slow cooker crack chicken recipe is keto friendly! All that cream cheese provides plenty of fat, and each serving has only 3 grams net carbs.
But even if you aren’t keto, this chicken recipe is simply delicious – whether you’re on a special diet or not.
How Many Calories in Crack Chicken?
Crack chicken is low carb, but it’s not a low calorie food. Still, it’s not as caloric as you might expect from a dish made with cream cheese and bacon!
Each 5.5 ounce serving has 346 calories.
Keep in mind you’d usually serve crack chicken on something, such as buns or lettuce wraps. You also probably need a side dish. When you add that all up, it will be enough for a meal. Check my ideas for how to use and what to serve with crack chicken below!
How To Make Crack Chicken
It’s almost hard to believe that the best crack chicken ever need just 10 minutes of prep time! Place your chicken in a slow cooker, sprinkle with dried herbs + spices, and arrange cubes of cream cheese on top, like this:
How Long To Cook Crack Chicken in the Crock Pot?
The time to cook slow cooker crack chicken is about the same as any other shredded chicken recipe. That’s 3 to 4 hours on high, or 6 to 8 hours on low.
When it’s done, shred the chicken and stir it all together until smooth. It will look like this:
Tip: The “sauce” might not be smooth when the low carb crack chicken is done. You might see some chunks of cream cheese that don’t look smooth. Don’t worry – it will all become smooth after you shred the chicken and STIR.
Finally, stir in some crispy cooked bacon, shredded cheddar, and green onions. You can also reserve some for topping, if you’d like.
How To Use Crack Chicken
Crack chicken comes out soft, creamy and almost like a dip. So, you can use it in a multitude of ways. Some of my favorites are:
- Crack chicken sandwiches – Simply pile it onto your favorite buns (shown here on my low carb burger buns – I made these for an upcoming project I’ll be sharing with you soon!)
- Crack chicken dip – Serve it with low carb veggies that are good for scooping, like celery or bell peppers
- Crack chicken wraps – Stuff into lettuce for lettuce wraps, or any other kind of wrap you like
Can You Freeze Crack Chicken?
Yes, you can freeze this slow cooker crack chicken recipe! To do so, let it cool to room temperature first. Then, place it into freezer bags, press to get rid of any extra air, and lay flat in the freezer. You can move it upright if you like after it’s solid.
When you’re ready to serve your keto crack chicken, you can thaw and reheat it in the microwave or oven.
What To Serve With Crack Chicken
What goes with crack chicken? Here are some ideas to serve with this keto crack chicken recipe:
You can find more ideas for low carb side dishes here.
Tools To Make Slow Cooker Crack Chicken:
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- Slow Cooker – The only thing you really need for slow cooker crack chicken is… a slow cooker! 😉
Crock Pot Slow Cooker Crack Chicken Recipe:
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Crock Pot Slow Cooker Crack Chicken Recipe
This slow cooker crack chicken recipe is so EASY! If you want to know how to make Crock Pot crack chicken, it takes just 10 minutes prep time. And, no one will know it happens to be keto crack chicken, too.
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Place the chicken breasts into the slow cooker in a single layer.
Sprinkle the chicken with all the herbs and spices.
Arrange the pieces of cream cheese evenly over the chicken.
Cook the chicken for 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low, until the chicken is easy to shred.
Shred the chicken and stir to mix with the cream cheese.
Stir in the shredded cheddar, bacon bits, and green onions.
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Serving size: 1/10 of entire recipe, or about 5 1/2 ounces
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Nutrition Information Per Serving
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database. You can find individual ingredient carb counts we use in the Low Carb & Keto Food List. Net carb count excludes fiber, erythritol, and allulose, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. (Learn about net carbs here.) We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.
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