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Crack Chicken Soup

crack chicken soup in bowls.

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.

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

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.

Notes

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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