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If you’re looking for an easy keto recipe for the whole family, this crack chicken recipe is made to serve. In just fifteen minutes, you’ll have a cheesy, keto-friendly chicken dish on the table.
So forget that frozen chicken in the freezer; this dinner recipe is fresh, flavorful, and guaranteed to please.
This low-carb crack chicken is:
The main ingredients are:
Optional additional ingredients
- Onion powder
- Red pepper flakes
What Is Crack Chicken?
Crack chicken, named for its addictive flavor, is a combination of cream cheese, cheddar, bacon, and ranch seasonings.
While many crack chicken recipes use a ranch dressing mix, you’ll be using a combination of seasonings to achieve the ranch flavor in this recipe. Why? Because most ranch seasoning mixes have hidden sources of carbs that you want to avoid on the keto diet.
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Health Benefits of Keto Crack Chicken
#1: Rich In Protein, Low in Carbs
The macronutrient profile of keto crack chicken is perfect for a keto dieter. It’s low in carbs (3 net carbs per serving), and high in protein with 18 grams per serving.
It also packs a significant amount of fat (19 grams) to keep those ketones flowing. You can be sure that when you enjoy this dish, you won’t be spiking your insulin or kicking yourself out of ketosis.
#2: Herbs Providing Potent Antioxidants
This recipe calls for a variety of herbs to achieve the ranch flavor instead of opting for a premade ranch sauce.
One of the benefits of using individual herbs instead of going with a premade mix is that you not only avoid added sugar, but you can ensure the quality of your ingredients.
The herbs used in this recipe, like parsley, garlic, and dill, are packed with antioxidants. Antioxidants help your body combat oxidative stress, keeping your cells happy and healthy. Although oxidation is a natural process that your body goes through, the key is to always have enough antioxidants to keep it in check. Including real foods like herbs and vegetables (as opposed to flavorings) can enhance your antioxidant status and support the balance of oxidation[*][*][*].
Keto Crack Chicken
How To Make Crack Chicken
In addition to being incredibly flavorful, this recipe is super simple to prepare. Using a rotisserie chicken cuts down on time significantly, but you can also use boneless chicken thighs or chicken breasts if you feel called.
Begin by shredding your chicken and placing it in the Instant Pot.
If you don’t have an Instant Pot and prefer to use a slow cooker, you can do that as well — just be prepared that it may take a bit longer to cook.
Next, add the cream cheese, seasonings, spices, and cheddar cheese to the shredded chicken, and stir together to combine.
Place the lid on your pressure cooker, seal, and turn the valve to close. Press MANUAL- +10 minutes to cook, and when the timer goes off, manually release the pressure.
Once the pressure is fully released, open the pot and add 3/4 of the bacon and stir to combine. Finally, sprinkle the parsley and remaining bacon on top to serve.
How To Serve Crack Chicken
There’s a variety of ways to serve keto crack chicken, including:
- As a dip with keto crackers or veggies.
- You can make it your main course as a casserole with sides.
- You can use it to make lettuce wraps.
- Add it to a keto tortilla or keto bread for a sandwich or wrap.
What To Serve With Your Instant Pot Crack Chicken
You can pick your favorite sides to serve with your crack chicken, but here are a few ideas that go exceptionally well with this dish:
Instant Pot Keto Ranch Crack Chicken
A perfect combination of cheddar cheese, cream cheese, bacon, and ranch seasonings make this keto crack chicken recipe a favorite for the whole family.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 2 cups 1x
- 1 rotisserie chicken (cooked)
- 1 tbsp dried parsley
- 1/2 tbsp dried dill
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 8 oz cream cheese (softened and cut into small pieces)
- 1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
- 4 strips of bacon (cooked and crumbled)
- 1/3 cup green onions or parsley (finely chopped)
- Shred chicken and place in the Instant Pot.
- Add cream cheese, seasonings, spices, and cheddar cheese. Stir to combine.
- Replace lid, seal, turn valve to close. Press MANUAL- +10 minutes. When timer goes off, manually release pressure.
- Add 3/4 of the bacon and stir to combine. Sprinkle parsley and remaining bacon on top to serve.
- Serving Size: ¼ cup
- Calories: 248
- Fat: 19g
- Carbohydrates: 3g (Net: 3g)
- Fiber: 0g
- Protein: 18g