Instant Pot Crack Chicken
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
There’s a reason this has a name. Here we have it served on burger buns, but it would be delicious on sliders, scooped up with potato chips or pita chips, or with veggies as a “dip.” No matter how you serve this shredded ‘crack’ chicken, you’ll have a hard time not coming back for more!

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 4 - small boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 - cup(s) hot water**
  • 16 - oz. cream cheese
  • 1 - packet(s) ranch dressing mix
  • 4 - slices bacon**
  • 1 - cup(s) shredded cheese**
  • 4 - hamburger buns**
  • Side: - chips**
  • Side: - fruit**
  • 1 - gallon-size freezer baggie(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. Let the cream cheese soften, then combine with the ranch dressing mix.
  2. Place the chicken breasts in the base of the electric pressure cooker with the hot water and add the cream cheese-ranch combo on top of the chicken.
  3. Steam valve: Sealing.
  4. Cook on: Manual/High for 15 minutes.
  5. Release: Natural or Quick.
  6. Just before your meal, cook the bacon in a skillet and then crumble it.
  7. Once cooked, shred the chicken into the sauce and mix in the bacon crumbles and shredded cheese. Mix well and then spoon onto buns to make sandwiches.
  8. Serve Instant Pot Crack Chicken on buns with side of fruit and chips.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

    To each gallon-size plastic freezer baggie in a round bowl/dish, add the following ingredients:

    • 4 boneless chicken breasts
    • 16 oz. cream cheese
    • 1 packet ranch dressing mix
    • Do NOT add the bacon or cheese to the freezer baggie.

    Remove as much air as possible and seal. Add label to baggie and freeze.

    Freeze & Thaw Instructions

    Put baggie in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a warm bowl of water for about 20 minutes, before adding contents of bag plus water to electric pressure cooker insert. Pressure cook as directed.

    Special notes

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    Add 5-10 minutes of pressure cooking time, if cooking from completely frozen or mostly frozen. Note that preheat time and release time may vary by appliance.

    Dairy-Free Modifications

    Unfortunately, there is not a great dairy-free version of this meal.

    Gluten-Free Modifications

    Unfortunately, there is not a great gluten-free version of this meal.

    Printable Label Recipe Title

    Instant Pot Crack Chicken

    Printable Label Instructions

    Thaw, add hot water to Instant Pot and then add contents of baggie. Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes with sealed valve; then natural release. Shred the chicken with the sauce and add bacon crumbles and shredded cheese.
    Serve on buns with chips and fruit.

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