Instant Pot Crack Chicken –Did you know that Crack Chicken is one of the most popular recipes on Pinterest? It’s true! This simple yet mouthwatering recipe is made up of only a few ingredients.
This is a fun recipe. It’s funny because it’s one of the most popular dishes for the Instant Pot, but whatever recipe you use, they all came from the same place. Hidden Valley, the original recipe can be seen here, and as you can see it was originally made with the crockpot.
I have seen this recipe for many years, but something about the cream cheese and chicken just didn’t sit right. But, joining the bandwagon, I gave it a try. The first thing is that if you use that much cream cheese, in my opinion, it’s just TOO much.
So, I consulted with my mom, my chef guru, and she said, what you are trying to make is a cream soup, without using it. So, I went to work, and halved the cream cheese, decreased the amount of Hidden Valley ranch dressing and decreased my opinion that this was going to be a life-changing recipe. If you need to use up chicken, please try this one, you will love me for it!
If you have been looking for some easy Instant Pot Chicken Recipes, some of my favorites are INSTANT POT SALSA CHICKEN, INSTANT POT CHICKEN AND RICE, NINJA FOODI CHICKEN PAD THAI, and INSTANT POT CHICKEN FAJITA PASTA.
What Is Crack Chicken?
What’s Crack Chicken? It’s a dish that is made by cooking the chicken in an Instant Pot and then mixing it with cream cheese, smoked paprika, cumin, pepper and salt. You can make this as spicy as you like by adding more spice to the mix (we recommend lots of crushed red pepper). This recipe is amazing, so invite your friends over for dinner or freeze some portions for later.
The name comes from the fact that this chicken dish is so addicting, it’s like crack! You have to have it!
Ingredients Needed For Instant Pot Crack Chicken
- Boneless, Skinles Chicken Breast
- Hidden Valley Dressing (Dry Mix)
- Cream Cheese
- Shredded Cheddar Cheese
How To Make Instant Pot Crack Chicken
More Ways to Eat Crack Chicken
This is a versatile recipe, and you can use it in several ways. I love using it to fill my tortilla, tacos, burritos, and even on a pile of lettuce for a great KETO and Low-Carb Friendly Meal.
Can You Freeze Instant Pot Crack Chicken
Yes, this makes for a great addition to your freezer. Let the crack chicken cool to room temperature, and then place the chicken into a freezer bag and freeze. It will stay good for about 2 to 3 months.
For best results, thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
Can You Use Frozen Chicken For This Recipe?
Yes, for most recipes that you need chicken for cooking in the Instant Pot, you can easily switch out the frozen chicken for fresh. The cooking time will be about 3 to 5 minutes longer.
With the Instant Pot, you can enjoy a chicken breast from frozen without thaw it first. If there’s any food item that is always in demand and notoriously difficult for busy families—it would be meat! The beauty about using an instant pot, though; cooking with just one button press will have your meal prepared perfectly every time, so all members of society don’t need their kitchen nook or oven space at home anymore (and this includes those who forget they put out leftovers).
Can I Reheat Crack Chicken?
Yes, you can quickly reheat the crack chicken in either a small saucepan or a microwave dish and heat over medium-high heat or in the microwave. Heat until warm, though.
You can even add more chicken broth or cream cheese to add some more creaminess to the leftovers.
Is Crack chicken Keto and Weight Watchers friendly?
Instant Pot Crack Chicken is one of the best KEto and Low-Carb meals you can make in your Instant Pot.
Consult the point guide for Weight Watchers; you could also substitute out the low-fat cream cheese for a healthier option.
Can You Use Homemade Ranch For Crack Chicken
Yes, you can easily switch out homemade ranch dressing for the store-bought version! A great version to try is this one by The Food Network!
How Do You Make This recipe in the Slow Cooker
You always made this recipe in a slow cooker or crockpot before the advent of the Instant Pot. The formula is found on the Hidden Valley Website for a great and easy slow-cooker meal.
MORE INSTANT POT CHICKEN RECIPES:
- INSTANT POT SALSA CHICKEN
- INSTANT POT CHICKEN AND RICE
- NINJA FOODI CHICKEN PAD THAI
- INSTANT POT CHICKEN FAJITA PASTA
- INSTANT POT ORANGE CHICKEN
- 4 chicken breast (or 1 1/2 pounds)
- 1 cup of water
- 4 teaspoons of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing package, it's found in the salad dressing aisle
- 4 ounces of room temperature cream cheese
- Optional Toppings:
- Cooked bacon, lettuce, tomatoes
- First, add your chicken to the Instant Pot.
- Place your cream cheese on top of the chicken.
- In your measuring cup, add one cup of water and then mix in the 4 teaspoons of the spice packet.
- Make sure it's mixed well, and then pour it over the cream cheese and chicken.
- Set the manual high for 15 minutes. When the timer is up, let a natural release.
- Then remove the chicken, place it in a bowl and shred it (either use the unique tool or use two forks and shred it)
- Add it back to the Instant Pot, and mix it in with the sauce.
- You can serve it over rice, wrapped in a tortilla, or a hamburger bun, the same as a shredded pork sandwich.
- Plate, serve, and enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 309Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 380mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 29g
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