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pressure cooker - Instant Pot Crack Chicken

Instant Pot Crack Chicken

Break out the pressure cooker for this quick 30-minute dinner. Instant Pot Crack Chicken, otherwise known as chicken bacon ranch is SO easy & delicious.
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword 30 minute dinner, bacon, chicken, crack chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 people


  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 3 large breasts)
  • 1 pkg bacon cooked & roughly chopped or bacon bits
  • 1 pkt ranch seasoning
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup water or chicken broth
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions or parsley
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 12 buns


  • Trim chicken breasts & cut into large pieces.
  • Arrange chicken in a single layer in the pressure cooker pot.
  • Sprinkle ranch seasoning on top of the chicken.
  • Place the block of cream cheese on top.
  • Add water or broth.
  • Cover & set on HIGH (manual pressure) for 15 minutes.
  • Natural release for 5 minutes & then quick release.
  • Transfer cooked the chicken to a medium bowl & shred by pulling with 2 forks.
  • Turn cooker on to SAUTE LOW & whisk until cream cheese is melted & sauce is creamy.
  • Add chicken back in, along with cooked bacon & cheese. Stir well.
  • Remove pot insert from the cooker.
  • Sprinkle with chives or parsley & serve.


*This recipe was created using the 6-quart instant pot. If you are using a different size pot or a different pressure cooker brand entirely, cooking times may be off by a couple of minutes.
**Live at High Altitude - Because water boils at a lower temperature at high altitudes, and pressure cooking requires water to boil in order to work, some foods may need a little more cooking time. When pressure cooking at high altitudes you want to make sure to add 5 percent to your cook time for every 1,000 feet above 2,000 feet elevation. For example, when we lived at 4,000+ feet I would add 10 percent to my cook time. For a recipe that called for 20-minutes of cooking time, I would then cook for 22 minutes. When pressure cooking, 1-2 minutes can make all the difference in a recipe, unlike when cooking by traditional methods.