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Instant Pot Crack Chicken Recipe – A and Easy Dish to Make in Your Pressure Cooker Instant Pot Crack Chicken Recipe – A and Easy Dish to Make in Your Pressure Cooker

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Instant Pot Crack Chicken Recipe – A and Easy Dish to Make in Your Pressure Cooker

Written by: Emily Smith

This Instant Pot Crack Chicken is my go-to for a quick, savory meal. Tender chicken, creamy cheese, and punchy ranch seasoning - it's a flavor explosion! Top it with bacon and voila, dinner's served!

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First up on this cooking adventure is a crowd-pleaser, my go-to Instant Pot Crack Chicken recipe. Picture tender chicken drenched in a creamy ranch-soaked sauce. We're talking serious comfort food here, folks! Simple, quick, and undeniably delicious, this dish never fails to impress. Grab your pressure cooker and let's get this show on the road!

Ingredients for Instant Pot Crack Chicken

  • Chicken breasts: Lean protein base that shreds easily, absorbing flavors well, creating a hearty and satisfying dish.
  • Ranch seasoning mix: Infuses the dish with a zesty and herby flavor profile, adding depth and richness to the overall taste.
  • Cream cheese: Creamy and rich element that adds a velvety texture and a subtle tanginess to the dish.
  • Chicken broth: Provides moisture and enhances the savory flavor profile, ensuring the dish is not dry and bursting with taste.
  • Cheddar cheese: Melts into a gooey, cheesy goodness, adding a sharp and salty flavor that complements the other ingredients perfectly.
  • Bacon: Adds a crispy and smoky element, elevating the dish with a burst of savory and salty notes.
  • Green onions: Fresh and pungent garnish that adds a pop of color and a mild onion flavor to the dish.

Kitchen Tools and Equipment Needed

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the chicken quickly and efficiently.
  • Measuring cup: Ensures accurate amounts of chicken broth for perfect cooking consistency.
  • Forks: Used for shredding the cooked chicken easily before adding the cheese for a creamy texture.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning mix
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Cooked bacon, crumbled (optional)
  • Chopped green onions (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Place chicken breasts in the Instant Pot.
  2. Sprinkle ranch seasoning mix over the chicken.
  3. Place cream cheese on top of the chicken.
  4. Pour chicken broth over everything.
  5. Close the Instant Pot lid and set to high pressure for 15 minutes.
  6. Once done, do a quick release and open the lid.
  7. Shred the chicken using two forks.
  8. Stir in cheddar cheese until melted.
  9. Serve topped with crumbled bacon and green onions if desired.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 480 kcal | Carbohydrates: 4 g | Protein: 42 g | Total Fat: 31 g | Saturated Fat: 16 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 160 mg | Sodium: 760 mg | Dietary Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 2 g | Calcium: 240 mg | Potassium: 520 mg | Iron: 2 mg | Vitamin A: 800 µg | Vitamin C: 4 mg

Tips for Making Crack Chicken Ahead of Time or Freezing

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the crack chicken as directed.
  • Let it cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Prepare the crack chicken as directed but without adding the cheddar cheese.
  • Let it cool completely.
  • Place in a freezer-safe container or bag.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
  • Reheat in a pot on the stove or in the microwave until heated through.
  • Stir in cheddar cheese until melted before serving.

One unique twist you can add to this instant pot crack chicken recipe is to use a packet of spicy ranch seasoning mix for an extra kick of flavor. It adds a delicious heat that pairs perfectly with the creamy texture of the dish.

Common Questions About This Quick and Easy Instant Pot Dish

FAQ:
Can I use frozen chicken for this recipe?
Yes, you can use frozen chicken, but you may need to increase the cooking time by a few minutes.
Can I substitute the ranch seasoning mix?
You can substitute the ranch seasoning mix with other seasonings like Italian seasoning or taco seasoning for a different flavor.
Can I use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts?
Yes, you can use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts for this recipe. Just adjust the cooking time as needed.
Can I make this recipe in a slow cooker instead of an instant pot?
Yes, you can make this recipe in a slow cooker. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2-3 hours until the chicken is cooked through.
Can I freeze the leftovers?
Yes, you can freeze the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Just thaw and reheat when ready to eat.

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