Slow Cooker Chicken Bacon Ranch

Creamy shredded chicken with bacon and ranch made in the crock pot creates an amazing family meal. This Slow Cooker Chicken Bacon Ranch recipe is full of flavor and often requested on our menu!

Close up of slow cooker shredded chicken covered in cheese and bacon with a wooden spoon lifting a serving out of the crock.

Recipe for Chicken Bacon Ranch in the Crockpot

Chicken breasts covered with ranch seasoning, cream cheese, cream of chicken soup, cheddar cheese and bacon in the crock pot is one of the best meals our family makes! We love to make sandwiches, sliders or serve this chicken over pasta.

Our family calls this Slow Cooker Chicken Bacon Ranch, but it is also known as crack chicken. We love the burst of amazing flavors in every bite! Whatever you call it know that this shredded chicken is too good to eat just one or two bites!

Ever since making these Chicken, Bacon and Ranch Sliders, Mac and Cheese, and Chicken Bacon Ranch Stromboli I’ve been craving this fantastic flavor combination again!

Chicken, bacon and ranch seasoning are just flavors that belong together. The slow cooker seems to be the easiest way to prepare this recipe!

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Thick layer of cheese and bacon on cheesy ranch and cream cheese chicken

We will often add a third chicken breast to the crock pot just to create more leftovers. Extra shredded chicken with bacon and ranch is great baked in a taco shell and topped with chopped tomatoes and avocados.

Why This Recipe Works:

  • Can be tossed in the crock pot in 5 minutes with very little effort.
  • Easy to add up to 4 chicken breasts or keep at 2 in the recipe for more of a cheesy ranch sauce if you want to stir in cooked pasta or serve with a starch.
  • Simple flavors that are always popular with our family and guests.
  • Leftovers freeze and reheat really well, so this is a great meal prep recipe.

Ingredients Needed to make this Recipe

  • Chicken breasts
  • Packet of ranch seasoning
  • Cream cheese
  • Cream of chicken soup
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Bacon
  • Buns or pasta to serve shredded chicken with

Variations of this Recipe

For a slightly different flavor substitute a packet of Italian salad dressing for ranch seasoning like in our Creamy Chicken Pasta. A more basic recipe for Shredded Chicken Sandwiches is also very popular.

The can of cream of chicken soup can be substituted for a second block of cream cheese. This creates an even richer flavor that is slightly less creamy. Eliminating the can of cream of chicken soup makes a keto crack chicken recipe.

This version of the recipe is very rich and creamy. Adding more chicken makes a meatier flavor. A little less chicken can be used to create a creamy dip that’s a lighter version of our Fiesta Sausage Dip or Sausage & Cream Cheese Dip.

If doubling the recipe be sure that chicken remains in a single layer in the slow cooker or the cooking times will need to increase.

Shredded chicken bacon ranch in a crockpot with cheddar cheese and a wooden spoon stirring it together.

Crack Chicken Pasta

Pasta can be cooked to al dente and stirred into the crock pot or shredded chicken can be served over top of spaghetti.

The kids love all things pasta and I try to eat a lower-carb diet, so I prefer to keep the pasta and crack chicken separate. This makes reheating leftovers easier for me as well.

It’s a personal preference whether to stir the creamy chicken mixture and cooked pasta together or whether to serve in layers.

Crack chicken over spaghetti pasta on white plate with fork.

How to Make Cheesy Bacon Ranch Chicken

Lightly grease or line a slow cooker and add a single layer of chicken breasts in the bottom.

Grab a packet of ranch seasoning and sprinkle it evenly over the raw chicken breasts.

I like to take the cream of chicken soup and pour it into any gaps between the chicken breasts. Pouring the soup over the top is another option, it’s not a huge deal either way.

Then slice the cream cheese or cut into blocks and lay the pieces over top of the chicken.

Cover that slow cooker and cook on high for about 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours or on low for about 5 to 7 hours. When done cooking the chicken is tender and easy to shred with a couple forks.

After shredding make sure to mix all of the yummy, creamy goodness together.

Creamy shredded chicken in a slow cooker with ranch and cream cheese.

Then sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese over the top and finally add a beautiful layer of bacon. The cheese should melt within a few minutes from the heat in the crock pot. Putting the lid on top will help hold in the heat and speed up the process too.

Storage and Freezing

Allow meat to cool a bit before spooning into smaller containers that hold 1 to 3 servings. Refrigerate for 3 to 5 days or freeze for up to three months in an airtight container.

Thaw before reheating.

More Yummy Family Meals:

Swiss Chicken Casserole is simple to make in the oven or crockpot with Swiss cheese and stuffing mix.

Chicken Parmesan Pizza uses a loaf of garlic toast to make a simple meal everyone enjoys!

Air Fryer Brats with Peppers & Onions is a classic meal from Chef Alli that’s quicker in the air fryer!

BBQ Chip Fried Chicken tastes is incredibly tender, juicy and memorable.

Printable Slow Cooker Chicken Bacon Ranch Recipe

Wooden spoon in crock pot chicken bacon and ranch

Slow Cooker Chicken Bacon Ranch

Servings 6 servings
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
Creamy shredded chicken with bacon and ranch made in the crock pot creates an amazing family meal. This Slow Cooker Chicken Bacon Ranch recipe is packed with flavor and will be requested again and again!
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 packet ranch seasoning
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 8 slices bacon chopped

Instructions
 

  • Line or lightly grease slow cooker. Lay chicken breasts in a single layer.
  • Sprinkle ranch seasoning evenly over chicken.
  • Pour cream of chicken soup in the cracks and gaps around the edges of the chicken.
  • Add slices of cream cheese across the top of the chicken.
  • Cover and cook on high for 3 1/2 – 4 1/2 hours or on low for 5 – 7 hours. Use forks to shred chicken and mix everything together.
  • Sprinkle cheddar cheese over top of the shredded chicken mixture, then sprinkle on the bacon. Return lid long enough for cheese to melt (about 5 minutes). Serve warm and enjoy!

Notes

  • Shredded chicken tastes great served on buttered and toasted buns, sliders or over pasta
  • 8 slices of bacon is about half a pound of raw bacon or 3/4 cup of cooked bacon bits or chopped bacon

Nutrition

Calories: 467kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 22gFat: 38gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 119mgSodium: 1241mgPotassium: 302mgSugar: 2gVitamin A: 905IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 251mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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One Comment

  1. 4 stars
    I made this it was so yummy. The only thing is it was a bit thick. Followed directions to a t but still thick and not saucy enough like that of a pasta sauce.

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