Crack Chicken Recipe

Rating 5.0
| 1
| Last Updated on January 22, 2024
Just as the name suggests, this crack chicken recipe is an addictively delicious dish. This irresistible crack chicken is baked slathered with ranch cream cheese and topped with crispy bacon and melted cheese.
Utensils Dinner
Globe New American
16
ingredients
8
steps
45
minutes
Giselle is a recipe developer and content creator that loves all things sweet and savory. She runs her own food blog, The Busy Spatula, and her work has been featured on Yahoo!, Marvel Studios and the Kitchn.

Ingredients

Servings:
6
For the Crack Chicken
8
slices thick-cut bacon
2 lb
boneless, skinless chicken breasts
salt and pepper, to taste
1 tbsp
avocado or olive oil, if needed
12 oz
full-fat cream cheese, softened
1
batch dry ranch seasoning, see notes 1
2 cup(s)
shredded cheddar cheese
finely chopped green onion, for topping
For the Dry Ranch Seasoning
1 tbsp
dry buttermilk
3/4 tsp
dried parsley
3/4 tsp
garlic powder
3/4 tsp
onion powder
1/2 tsp
dried chives
1/2 tsp
dried dill
1/2 tsp
kosher salt, see notes 2
1/2 tsp
black pepper
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Directions 8 steps | 45 Minutes

Step 1

Cook the bacon. In a skillet over medium-low heat, cook the bacon until crispy. Let the bacon drain and cool on a paper towel lined plate. Reserve the bacon grease in the skillet. (See notes 3.)

Crack Chicken Recipe: Cook the bacon.
Step 2

While the bacon cools, prepare the chicken. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan and set aside. Place the chicken breasts on a cutting board and cover with plastic wrap. Pound the chicken to an even ½-inch thickness. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. 

Crack Chicken Recipe: While the bacon cools, prepare the chicken.
Step 3

Heat the skillet over medium heat. If there is less than two tablespoons of bacon fat, add the avocado or olive oil. Once the oil is heated, sear the chicken on both sides until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the seared chicken to the prepared baking dish. 

Crack Chicken Recipe: Heat the skillet over medium heat.
Step 4

In a bowl, prepare the dry ranch seasoning by combining the dry buttermilk, dried parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, dried chives, dried dill, kosher salt and black pepper.

Crack Chicken Recipe: In a bowl, prepare the dry ranch seasoning by combining the dry buttermilk, dried parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, dried chives, dried dill, kosher salt and black pepper.
Step 5

Add the softened cream cheese to the dry ranch seasoning. Stir until well combined. 

Crack Chicken Recipe: Add the softened cream cheese to the dry ranch seasoning.
Step 6

Evenly spread the cream cheese mixture over the chicken. Chop the cooled bacon into small pieces. Evenly distribute half of the chopped bacon over the cream cheese mixture. 

Crack Chicken Recipe: Evenly spread the cream cheese mixture over the chicken.
Step 7

Spread the shredded cheddar cheese evenly over the cream cheese mixture. Bake the chicken until the internal temperature reaches 165°F, about 20-25 minutes.

Crack Chicken Recipe: Spread the shredded cheddar cheese evenly over the cream cheese mixture.
Step 8

Remove the chicken from the oven and top with the remaining bacon and finely chopped green onion. Serve alongside a salad and enjoy!

Crack Chicken Recipe: Remove the chicken from the oven and top with the remaining bacon and finely chopped green onion.

Notes:

  1. If desired, you can use 2½ tablespoons store-bought dry ranch dressing mix.
  2. This recipe uses Diamond Crystal kosher salt. Different kosher salt brands have varied crystal sizes and may affect the salinity of the recipe, so adjust accordingly.
  3. Do not overlap the bacon and cook in batches if necessary.

Nutrition Per Serving
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CALORIES
710
FAT
52.7 g
PROTEIN
51.8 g
CARBS
5.8 g
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Carmela G.

Carmela

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17 Jan 2024

This dish can be addicting. Simply delicious.

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