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Crack Chicken Soup (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Recipe)

This Instant Pot Crack Chicken Soup is an easy and irresistible cheesy soup recipe packed with shredded chicken, bacon, and ranch flavor!

crack chicken soup in bowls.

If you’ve been around the internet for any length of the time, you’ve probably seen people mentioning crack chicken.

It’s called crack chicken because it’s an addictive mixture of chicken, bacon, ranch, and cream cheese and when I tell you that it’s good…well, that’s not doing it justice, honestly.

We make this Instant Pot Crack Chicken pretty regularly. I eat it with a fork and a side of veggies, my kiddos eat it on a bun as a sandwich. (It would also be good on our keto hamburger buns!)

But, how about just skipping the fork and/or bun and turning it into soup? Oh yeah.

Our crack chicken soup is quickly going to become a favorite in your house, I just know it!

We followed some of the similar steps in our fan favorite low carb taco soup, but switched up the flavors a bit. I love creating new recipes out of recipes that are already loved by you all – you know they’ll be good this way! ๐Ÿ™‚

Ingredient Notes:

ingredients for crack chicken soup.

Chicken – We prefer white meat and use chicken breasts, but thighs would also work.

Broth – Chicken broth, bone broth, or chicken stock will work fine here. Use what you have on hand.

Cheese – We’re using both cream cheese (to thicken and add richness to the broth) and cheddar cheese (for sprinkling over the top).

Bacon – Fry it up and crumble it.

Ranch Seasoning – Make sure to grab a packet of ranch seasoning and not ranch dip mix, as the dip is much saltier than the seasoning blend. Both come in packets in the salad dressing aisle of the grocery store.

Why We Love This Recipe:
  • There is a reason it is called crack chicken. And I’m pretty sure that mostly has to do with all the cheese, ranch seasoning, shredded chicken, and bacon. It’s an irresistible combination!
  • The Instant Pot, as usual, makes everything super simple. It’s a quick and easy recipe that’s ready in about 30 minutes.

How To:

  • Prepare the Chicken – This crack chicken soup recipe needs some tender, juicy chicken so that’s where we’ll start! Add the chicken to the liner of your Instant Pot and then pour in the chicken broth and sprinkle on the ranch seasoning! chicken in Instant Pot.
  • Pressure Cook – Cover the Instant Pot, set to sealing, and cook on high pressure for 18 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally before removing the lid. You can now remove the pressure cooked chicken (leave the broth!) and start shredding. Set it aside when finished.
  • Add the Cheese – With the chicken removed from the Instant Pot set it to sauté and then add in the cream cheese and cheddar cheese. Whisk it well until the cheese has fully melted and mixed in with the chicken broth to form a creamy, cheesy soup.
  • Combine – You can now finish things up by returning the shredded chicken to the pot with the cheesy soup and then mix in the crumbled bacon and the green onion. Stir it up well to combine all that good stuff and now you’ve got yourself some Instant Pot crack chicken soup! Just one thing left to do… bacon and green onion in soup.
  • Serve – This crack chicken soup is pretty great all by itself but I’ve never met a soup that couldn’t be improved with some sort of topping! We like to serve this soup with extra toppings like crumbled bacon, shredded cheddar, and green onion. You can add whatever low carb toppings you like!
Helpful Tip!

No Instant Pot? No problem! Use your slow cooker instead. Cook the chicken, broth, and seasoning on low for 4 hours and then remove the chicken and shred. Whisk in the cream cheese and cheddar until you have a smooth broth. Stir back in the chicken, bacon, and green onions.

crack chicken soup in ladle over Instant Pot.


How do I store leftover soup?

Place your leftover soup in a bowl with a lid and store in the fridge for 3-4 days. Like most soup recipes, this will taste a bit better on the second day after the flavors have sat a bit.

Can you freeze soup?

Some soups freeze well, though I haven’t tested this one in the freezer. I’m not sure how well the broth (thickened with cream cheese) would hold up or reheat after being frozen.

How to soften cream cheese?

You can do this easily in the microwave in short bursts to be sure it doesn’t melt, you just want to soften it up some. You can also just leave it on the counter sealed in the foil packaging for an hour or two if you’ve got the time.

Why is it called crack chicken?

The term crack chicken applies to many recipes that have a mix of chicken, cream cheese & cheddar cheese, ranch seasoning, and bacon. It’s an addictive and irresistible mix of ingredients that people love!

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Crack Chicken Soup

This creamy soup is easily made in either the Instant Pot or the slow cooker. The chicken comes out so tender and the broth is very rich in flavor. We divide this into 4 portions, but it's fairly rich and could serve 6 smaller portions if needed.

Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Time to Pressure & Release 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 slices bacon, fried and crumbled
  • ¼ cup green onions


To make this in the Instant Pot

  1. Add the chicken breasts to the bowl of the Instant Pot along with the chicken broth and ranch seasoning.
  2. Cover and set vent to sealing.
  3. Cook on high pressure for 18 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes to reach pressure.
  4. Allow pressure to release naturally, about 10 minutes, before removing the lid.
  5. Remove chicken from the pot and shred. Set aside.
  6. Set the pot to saute and add the cream cheese. Whisk well until the cream cheese is fully melted and incorporated. See note. 
  7. Add the cheddar and whisk until melted.
  8. Return the chicken to the pot. Add the bacon and green onions. Stir well to combine.
  9. Serve hot, garnished with extra crumbled bacon, shredded cheddar, and green onion.

To make this in the crockpot

  1. Add the chicken breasts to the slow cooker along with the chicken broth and ranch seasoning.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
  3. Remove chicken from the slow cooker and shred. Set aside.
  4. Add the softened cream cheese to the broth and whisk well until smooth and creamy.
  5. Add the cheddar and whisk until melted.
  6. Return the chicken to the pot. Add the bacon and green onions. Stir well to combine.
  7. Serve hot, garnished with extra crumbled bacon, shredded cheddar, and green onion.


The cream cheese sometimes forms small clumps in the broth. Using softened cream cheese or cream cheese that you’ve microwaved until it’s not quite melty will help prevent this. If you do get clumps, just whisk well and add in the remaining ingredients. It doesn’t effect the final product and tastes great either way.

Serving Size - We did not measure this recipe by volume. We just divide the soup equally among 4 soup bowls.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 bowl
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 587Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 199mgSodium: 853mgCarbohydrates: 5gNet Carbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 56g

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16 thoughts on “Crack Chicken Soup (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Recipe)”

  1. My husband doesn’t say much about my cooking, but his actions speak louder than words. He went back for a second bowl! One adjustment I made was 4 cups of broth instead of 2 to make it less thick. This is a great recipe, especially as we head into the cold months ahead.

  2. Tracy Palecek

    To shred the chicken simply use a hand mixer right in the instant pot. No need to remove and shred.

    1. Karly Campbell

      You’ll just want to be careful about the hot liquid splattering around if you do it this way.

  3. Tracey Hibbett

    I love the look of this so will be trying it, l have type 2 diabetes. The only thing is l dont like the ranch dressing, what would be an alternative pleasr? I live in the UK.

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Tracey! Crack chicken is generally cream cheese, ranch seasoning, bacon, and cheddar so I don’t really have an alternative that would stay true to the name, but you could use any seasonings you like here.

  4. What is recommended as a substitute for ranch seasoning? We have minimal ranch products available in Australia.

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Louise! You can make your own ranch seasoning quite easily with a mix of herbs and garlic and onion powder. You can use the recipe for my keto ranch dressing and just use the spices + extra salt as needed.

    1. Karly Campbell

      As long as you’re using one packet of the ranch seasoning, we don’t find it too salty. The ranch dip mix has a lot more sodium than the seasoning though.

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Phyllis! Probably yes, but you’ll want to be careful about how long you cook them so they aren’t over or underdone. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Ohhhh, yum!!! You have some of the best sounding recipes! This one especially actually motivates me to use my Instant pot that just sits lonely because I am so intimidated by using it! This has ALL my favorite foods in it! Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. Karly Campbell

      Thanks, BJ! I hope you give this a try – it’s worth dragging out the Instant Pot for! ๐Ÿ™‚

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