Okay, so I like fat and I like rich food, but even for me the popular ‘Crack Chicken’ recipes circulating around are too rich! By adding homemade broth, we cut the richness a bit and complement the classic ranch chicken flavor.  The first time I made this soup my children asked for 2nds and 3rds, and declared it the best soup ever!

Why is it called Crack Chicken?

Because it’s delicious, cream, easy, and ranch-flavored! Who doesn’t love the classic ranch flavors?!

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Crack Chicken Soup

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 558 kcal
Author: Cara


  • 1 pound bacon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 pounds chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 blocks cream cheese
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 cups chicken stock, unsalted
  • 1 teaspoon chives dried
  • 1 teaspoon parsley dried


  1. Cook bacon in an Instant Pot on Saute mode, medium, until crisp. Remove bacon and set aside, leaving drippings in the bottom of the Instant Pot.
  2. Leaving the Instant Pot set to Saute-Medium cook the onions for 5 minutes, until they start to soften. Add crushed garlic and cook another 2 minutes, stirring with a spatula a couple times.
  3. Set cooked onions and garlic aside to add in a couple minutes.
  4. Place chicken in the bottom of the instant pot, cover with salt and chives, then add onions to the top. Pour chicken broth over the top.

  5. Cook at high pressure for 45 minutes then let pressure release naturally.
  6. Use 2 forks to shred the chicken.
  7. Cube cream cheese and stir into shredded chicken. Serve the soup into bowls.
  8. Top each bowl with grated sharp cheddar, sliced green onions, and bacon that you cooked in the first step.

Recipe Notes

Canning notes: This recipe is a great way to use canned chicken and broth! To learn how to pressure can meat click HERE

1 quart jar= 1-1/2 pounds chicken, pan seared.

Nutrition Facts
Crack Chicken Soup
Amount Per Serving (5 g)
Calories 558 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 14g70%
Trans Fat 0.3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 16g
Cholesterol 157mg52%
Sodium 1143mg48%
Potassium 881mg25%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 0.4g2%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 45g90%
Vitamin A 204IU4%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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