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By: John Adams, author of Dadbloguk.com, LinkedIn Changemaker, and dad of two young daughters
Posted on: Sep 30, 2021

Crock Pot Crack Chicken: Simple, versatile and…fun to cook!

I love crock pot (slow cooker) recipes. During the winter months my family will often eat hearty meals that have spent much of the day bubbling away in the crock pot, the amazing smell of cooking food filling the house as it slowly nears perfection.

When Clair Cook of The Sprouting Minds, my fellow Cleaner Home contributor, suggested I try out her Crock Pot Crack Chicken recipe, I was keen to give it a go. The last time Clair suggested something, I made Monkey Bread and my kids loved it. They often ask if we can make it and we’ve made loads of batches since so based on that previous success story, I was only too keen to get cooking.

John Adams presents his Crackpot Chicken

A versatile recipe

Before I get on to explaining how to cook Crock Pot Crack Chicken, let me explain that it’s selling point is its versatility. Clair and her family usually serve it up on lettuce wraps. I chose to serve it with a side salad and pitta bread, but you can serve it as a dip with crackers or vegetable sticks or even with chipped potatoes.

What you will need

To make Crock Pot Crack Chicken you will need:

  • 6 chicken breasts
  • 3/4 cup / 200ml of Chicken Broth, low sodium/salt
  • 2 packets of Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning (see below)
  • 1 8oz (230 grams) block of cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups (400 grams) of mild cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup (100 grams) of chopped bacon

Challenges of cooking a US recipe!

This recipe presented three challenges for a Brit such as myself. Firstly, we don’t used ‘cup’ measurements in the UK, so I had to convert all the measurements to grams.

The second challenge was the ranch seasoning. I could not find this to buy anywhere. I had to make my own, which was quite a fun thing to do.

You can make ranch seasoning with the following ingredients:

  • 1/2 (50grams) cup dry buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried chives
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper, optional

Making the ranch seasoning presented the third challenge. Some of these ingredients we had in the cupboard already, others I had to buy, but I could not find dry buttermilk anywhere. Ever the resourceful cook, I made my own! It’s incredibly easy, in fact I didn’t realise how easy it was.

All I did was pour 50ml of milk into a bowl and squeeze in three tablespoons of lemon juice. That’s it, it’s that simple to create your own buttermilk.

Method

Being a crock pot recipe, it’s incredibly straightforward to make this dish. Here’s what you do:

  • Add the broth and ranch seasoning to the crock pot and give them a stir
  • Gently place the chicken breasts in the crock pot, being careful not to lay them on top of each other
  • Place the lid on the crock pot, set the heat to ‘high’ and cook the chicken for five to six hours
  • Shred the chicken with a fork, then add the cream cheese and 2 cups (200 grams) of the shredded cheese
  • Put the lid back on and cook for another 10 minutes, or until the cream cheese is melting. Stir all the ingredients
  • Add the last 2 cups (200 grams) of cheese on top with the bacon. Cook for another 5 minutes to melt the cheese.
  • Remove and serve with chips, crackers, veggies or in a lettuce wrap.

My thoughts on Crock Pot Crack Chicken

The dish is delicious. It’s definitely one for cheese lovers! The ranch seasoning is very distinctive. The mix of dill and chives really comes through and because the chicken has been cooked for so long, it melts in your mouth.

As with most crock pot recipes, it is very simple to prepare. The only real snag for a cook on this side of the Atlantic was creating the ranch seasoning, but luckily it was straightforward enough to make.

For me personally, I would always serve with a salad or vegetables. I just think it balances the meal out and represents the main food groups better. It also makes it more of a family meal.

Why not give Crock Pot Crack Chicken a go yourself? If you’re not sure that’s to your taste, you will find lots of other recipes on The Sprouting Minds blog.

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