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Baked Crack Chicken

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You might have read the title of this recipe and thought: crack chicken recipe oven? This baked version of Crack Chicken takes less time and is just as delicious as the slow cooker recipe. And it will definitely satisfy your comfort food cravings.

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BAKED CRACK CHICKEN RECIPE

Baked Crack Chicken is a variation of the standard recipe that is made using an Instant Pot or slow cooker. It combines all the ridiculously good flavors of chicken, bacon, ranch-flavored cream cheese, and cheddar cheese. As you can guess, the name comes from the addictive nature of this recipe.

ranch cream cheese ingredients in a bowl
tenderized chicken with seasonings

WHAT DOES THIS BAKED CRACK CHICKEN RECIPE TASTE LIKE?

There are so many delicious flavors in crack chicken, such as ranch seasoning, cheddar and cream cheeses, and bacon…oh my the bacon. This is a very savory dish, plain and simple.

bacon crumbles in frying pan

BAKED CRACK CHICKEN INGREDIENTS

  • Bacon crumbles – 1 cup
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 2 tablespoons
  • Butter – 2 tablespoons
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts – 8 (approximately 2 pounds)
  • salt and pepper – to taste
  • Garlic powder – 1.5 teaspoons
  • Smoked paprika – 1 teaspoon
  • Cream cheese – 8 ounces (softened)
  • Onion Powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Dried dill weed – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Dried chives – 1 teaspoon
  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese – 8 ounces
chicken breasts cooking in pan

HOW TO MAKE CRACK CHICKEN RECIPE

There are a couple of different steps to this recipe. Frying bacon, mixing up the ranch-flavored cream cheese, and pounding/tenderizing the chicken breasts. Depending on how skilled you are with kitchen time management, you might want to make sure these are all complete before you start cooking your chicken. Below are the steps I take, in the same order, to make Baked Crack Chicken.

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F
  2. Grease a large casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray
  3. To make the ranch flavored cream cheese: In a small bowl, mix cream cheese, chives, dill weed, onion powder, and 1 teaspoon of the garlic powder.
  4. Using a meat hammer/tenderizer, pound chicken breasts until they are about 1/4-1/2 inch thick.
  5. In a large skillet, over medium heat, add bacon and cook until crispy.
  6. Remove bacon from skillet, keeping bacon fat.
  7. Season chicken with salt, pepper, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and paprika.
  8. Heat olive oil in the pan with bacon fat, and add chicken.
  9. Cook chicken on one side for approximately 4 minutes, or until browned. Flip chicken, add butter, and cook the other side until browned. Then set aside.
  10. Place chicken in the baking dish, and top with equal amounts of ranch-flavored cream cheese mixture, shredded cheese, and half of the bacon crumbles.
  11. Bake for 15 minutes
  12. Top with remaining bacon and serve
chicken breasts sautéed in a pan

IS BAKED CRACK CHICKEN CONSIDERED HEALTHY?

I don’t think you will be finding this easy baked crack chicken recipe listed on many spa menus. Crack chicken is packed with protein, and if you are maintaining a low carbohydrate diet, then this meal won’t have a huge impact on your net carb consumption. However, if you are trying to watch your calorie or fat intake, then you may want to modify some of the ingredients or seek a lower fat alternative when it comes to the cheeses.

bacon crumbles in a bowl

CAN YOU MAKE BAKED CRACK CHICKEN AHEAD OF TIME?

You can make this recipe ahead of time. If you are anticipating a hectic afternoon, or time crunch down the line, then you may want to consider doing some of the prep work ahead of time. Cook up the bacon, shred the cheese, make the cream cheese mixture, tenderize the chicken, get those done and the only steps you have left is a little sauteeing and baking.

shredded cheese topping in a casserole dish

CAN YOU FREEZE BAKED CRACK CHICKEN?

Yes, after making this crack chicken in oven you can freeze this recipe. You will look forward to these leftovers.

close-up of baked crack chicken dish

WHAT TO SERVE WITH BAKED CRACK CHICKEN?

This is a “heavy” dish. You might want to throw something green on your plate too.

  • Green beans
  • Steamed broccoli
  • Spinach salad
baked crack chicken
baked crack chicken photo

WHAT KITCHEN TOOLS DO I NEED TO MAKE BAKED CRACK CHICKEN?

plate of baked crack chicken

Baked Crack Chicken

This baked version of Crack Chicken takes less time and is just as delicious as the slow cooker recipe.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bacon, Chicken
Servings: 8 people
Author: House Hunk

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F
  • Grease a large casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray
  • To make the ranch flavored cream cheese: In a small bowl, mix cream cheese, chives, dill weed, onion powder, and 1 teaspoon of the garlic powder.
    ranch cream cheese ingredients in a bowl
  • In a large skillet, over medium heat, add bacon and cook until crispy.
    bacon crumbles in frying pan
  • Remove bacon from skillet, keeping bacon fat.
    bacon crumbles in a bowl
  • Season chicken with salt, pepper, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and paprika.
    tenderized chicken with seasonings
  • Heat olive oil in the pan with bacon fat, and add chicken.
    chicken breasts cooking in pan
  • Cook chicken on one side for approximately 4 minutes, or until browned. Flip chicken, add butter, and cook the other side until browned. Then set aside.
    chicken breasts sautéed in a pan
  • Place chicken in the baking dish, and top with equal amounts of ranch-flavored cream cheese mixture, shredded cheese, and half of the bacon crumbles.
    shredded cheese topping in a casserole dish
  • Bake for 15 minutes
    close-up of baked crack chicken dish
  • Top with remaining bacon and serve
    baked crack chicken
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