Easy Keto Crack Chicken Recipe – Use the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker!

Keto "Crack" Chicken

yield: 6 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

cook time: 3 HOURS

total time: 3 HOURS 10 MINUTES

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds raw chicken breasts, cut into pieces
  • 2 - 8 oz. blocks cream cheese
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup water or chicken broth
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 slices bacon cooked, crumbled *topping idea
  • 3 green onions, sliced *topping idea

Directions

1

Instant Pot Directions:

Cut chicken breasts up into smaller pieces. Place them inside the Instant Pot along with all the seasonings, cream cheese, and water or broth.

2

Close the lid, set the valve to "sealing", and set the Instant Pot timer to 16 minutes on HIGH or MANUAL setting. After it's done cooking, do a quick release. Shred the chicken using two forks. Stir the sauce and chicken together.

3

Add the shredded cheddar cheese and half of the green onion. Stir and close the lid for a few minutes to melt the cheese and let thicken a bit. Remove the lid and serve chicken topped with remaining green onion and crumbled bacon.

4

Slow Cooker Directions:

Place the chicken along with all the seasonings, cream cheese, and water or broth in the slow cooker. Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours, or on LOW for 6-8 hours until the chicken is tender and shreds. Follow the directions above from step 3.

5

Serve as desired. I served mine on top of frozen zucchini noodles I had on the stove while the chicken was cooking. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 cups, Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: 587 Calories | 42.2g Fat | 7.4g Total Carbs | 0g Fiber | 3.3g Sugar | 43.6g Protein | 7.4g Net Carbs

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Melted cream cheese keto crack chicken with bacon will soon become a family favorite Crockpot or Instant Pot meal.

large spoon with keto crack chicken

Need an easy Instant Pot or slow cooker meal idea?

Your entire family will love this no-fuss, simple-to-make keto crack chicken. It’s a tasty cream cheese chicken recipe that you can serve up in multiple ways to satisfy every member of the family! If you enjoy turning chicken breasts into a hearty comforting family meal, you’ll enjoy this as it’s a staple dish in our house.

Even better, you can make it using either your Instant Pot or slow cooker, which is also sure to make busy weeknights run smoother!

keto crack chicken with broccoli

The result is an addicting creamy herbed keto crack chicken!

I love the seasoned cheesy sauce and how tender the chicken turns out. Add bacon and chopped green onions to throw it over the top DELICIOUS! My kids love this dinner and it’s something they look forward to.

keto instant pot crack chicken - the ingredients

adding seasonings to keto crack chicken

cooking keto crack chicken in instant pot

adding cheese and onion to keto crack chicken

keto crack chicken on a plate


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Keto "Crack" Chicken

yield: 6 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

cook time: 3 HOURS

total time: 3 HOURS 10 MINUTES

Creamy seasoned chicken that's yummy and addicting using the Instant Pot or the Crockpot!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds raw chicken breasts, cut into pieces
  • 2 - 8 oz. blocks cream cheese
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup water or chicken broth
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 slices bacon cooked, crumbled *topping idea
  • 3 green onions, sliced *topping idea

Directions

1

Instant Pot Directions:

Cut chicken breasts up into smaller pieces. Place them inside the Instant Pot along with all the seasonings, cream cheese, and water or broth.

2

Close the lid, set the valve to "sealing", and set the Instant Pot timer to 16 minutes on HIGH or MANUAL setting. After it's done cooking, do a quick release. Shred the chicken using two forks. Stir the sauce and chicken together.

3

Add the shredded cheddar cheese and half of the green onion. Stir and close the lid for a few minutes to melt the cheese and let thicken a bit. Remove the lid and serve chicken topped with remaining green onion and crumbled bacon.

4

Slow Cooker Directions:

Place the chicken along with all the seasonings, cream cheese, and water or broth in the slow cooker. Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours, or on LOW for 6-8 hours until the chicken is tender and shreds. Follow the directions above from step 3.

5

Serve as desired. I served mine on top of frozen zucchini noodles I had on the stove while the chicken was cooking. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 cups, Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: 587 Calories | 42.2g Fat | 7.4g Total Carbs | 0g Fiber | 3.3g Sugar | 43.6g Protein | 7.4g Net Carbs

Brought to you by Hip2Keto.

serving spoon with crack chicken

Tips for making keto crack chicken:

  • If anyone in your family isn’t eating low-carb, they can have this served as a yummy sandwich with a bun. It can be adapted for everyone in the family!
  • Any leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days and are great reheated using the microwave.
  • I tend to use chicken breasts for this recipe, but I am sure boneless chicken thighs would work as well.
  • The seasonings in this chicken are easy to swap and adapt to your taste. For instance, if you don’t have tarragon on hand, dried oregano, rosemary, or an Italian seasoning blend would be an easy sub in.
  • For a spicy variation, my husband likes to add chopped jalapeno in addition to onions.

easy keto crack chicken on a plate

Here’s what my teammate Jenna has to say about keto crack chicken recipe:

“I love how easy this dish is to throw together. It’s fantastic over cauliflower rice! The whole family loved it, and I’ll definitely make it again. It’s creamy, filling, and the best part? Bacon! 👌 You’ll want to make this more than once!”


Be sure to check out ALL of our easy keto chicken recipes!


About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.


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Comments 16

  1. Anna

    I don’t ever use tarragon for any of my recipes and don’t want to go buy it just for this. Do you think it would still turn out okay without it? Or is there anything I can put in to replace it?

  2. Lina

    Hi Anna, You can use rosemary or dill instead! Or omit…Thanks !

  3. Karen Thompson

    Have you tried making this in bulk and freezing it?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I have not, but if you do let us know how it goes! ❤️

  4. Stacy

    Tried this in the crockpot tonight and it was good! I added dried oregano because I didn’t have any tarragon and thought the flavor turned out great. I also misread the directions and added the bacon in the beginning and it turned out fine! We still garnished with a little more bacon at the end too. Served over rigatoni for my husband and kids and steamed broccoli for me. Will make again!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s so great Stacy! Yay- and thanks for sharing!

  5. Kimberley LLaguno

    hello , this can also be made in crock pot

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yes! That’s correct! You can find that tip above as well! Just cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours, or on LOW for 6-8 hours.

  6. Valencia

    This was the meal that convinced my husband to join me on my Keto diet now e both love all things Keto!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s awesome! Yum this is a good one – thanks for sharing Valencia!

  7. Beth

    Everyone in our family of 6 loves this!! Sone eat it in a tortilla wrap, others on a bun, and I love it over cauliflower rice. So yummy!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s so great to hear!

  8. Julia

    Could this be done with frozen chicken tenders?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yes! That should work as well! That would need a cook time of about 25 minutes. Hope that helps!

  9. MikeP

    I️ made this in my InstantPot and served over pan fried cauliflower rice. It tasted awesome and was & easy to make. Oh yeah, and I️ used the precooked bacon to make it even easier and that turned out just fine.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Nice! Thanks for sharing that with us 😍

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