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Creamy Instant Pot Crack Chicken Soup Recipe

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Crack Chicken Soup is a delicious and creamy chicken soup recipe. Serve up this dish topped with green onions, cheese, and bacon.

Use this homemade ranch dressing mix to load your crack chicken soup with amazing flavor, and just remove the rice to make this recipe keto-friendly.

Also, if you are a fan of crack chicken then you are going to want to try my Crack Chicken Soup in the Instant Pot. Instant Pot newbies always go insane for my friend Adventures of a Nurse’s Instant Pot Crack Chicken.

top view of instant pot crack chicken soup in a white bowl topped with bacon next to the pressure cooker

Because it is cold in Indiana right now, I needed soup and I wanted to use my instant pot because, well, it’s fast, so I made Crack chicken soup. This crack chicken recipe did not disappoint. Of all of the Crack Chicken Recipes, this one is my favorite!

I was really surprised, because, my girls are super picky eaters that are hard to please! There are only a handful of recipes that they love. They loved this soup, even went in for a second helping! This was for sure a mom win. 

This amazing soup recipe is an adaptation of my Crack Chicken With Rice, in short, a more hearty crack chicken recipe, and it’s one that my family also loves.

Crack chicken soup close up of the soup topped with bacon bits in a white bowl

What is Crack chicken?

The saying “like crack” describes something that’s highly addictive. The best thing about this recipe is that flavors of dry ranch seasoning packet paired with the creaminess from of the cheesy soup mixture make this chicken dish 100% addictive.

This ridiculously creamy recipe crack chicken soup is amazing and versatile, shake it up a bit by making this a chicken noodle soup, or add in some cream of chicken you could even double the cheddar cheese.

What do you serve with this soup?

I served up this crack chicken soup with some amazing homemade biscuits. My oldest daughter put her biscuits in a bowl and then poured her soup right on top. This soup definitely hit the spot.

How many chicken breasts are in a pound?

Chicken breast varies a bit in size. I generally buy large chicken breasts because I know off the top of my head they will be equivalent to about 1 pound for each breast.

It can get tricky, but you eventually get the hang of What is the average weight of a chicken breast?

side top view of chicken crack soup topped with bacon next to the instant pot.

Why do you wait to add the cheeses to the Crack Chicken Soup until after it’s cooked?

The cheeses (and other dairy products) have a tendency to foam under pressure. If you use the quick release function or even natural release, you will have a spray of foam shoot out the top of your Instant Pot. 

Secondly, if you’re cooking on the stovetop, the reason to save back the cheese is that it thickens the sauce, keeping the rice from cooking nicely.

So to clarify, I wait on that cheese until the end-it’s just a good policy.

Instant pot next to a bowl and spoon with crack chicken soup in it

Do you need a low carb version of crack chicken soup?

That’s really easy just eliminate the rice in this recipe and then you have keto crack chicken that you can serve up with some celery sticks or even eat it with a fork, either way, it is still an amazing recipe.

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How to Make Crack Chicken Soup without an Instant Pot

Using the same ingredients as the Instant Pot recipe, you’re going to add chicken and everything except cream cheese and cheddar to a large stockpot, large dutch oven or soup pot.

Stir it well, over medium-high heat, making sure rice is covered with the chicken broth mixture. If you’re concerned about the rice sticking to the bottom of your pot, you can add a tablespoon of oil or bacon grease.

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes to 20 minutes.

Remove chicken and shred, while the remaining mixture continues to simmer. Add chicken back to the pot when you’ve got it shredded.

Stir in remaining ingredients until the cheese is melted and it’s all well blended–and enjoy!

Or even easier, make this into a slow cooker crack chicken recipe. It would make a great dump recipe.

This creamy soup recipe that the whole family will love. And if you’re low on time you can use some leftover chicken or even a rotisserie chicken.

Instant pot crack chicken soup in a white bowl

Can you turn this into crack chicken noodle soup?

That would be super simple by just switching out the rice for noodles. Pop the noodles in after everything else is cooked, while you’re shredding the chicken, for 1 minute. Angel hair pasta or even spaghetti noodles, broken up into small pieces is wonderful in this easy recipe.

Can crack chicken noodle soup be frozen?

Yes, there’s no reason not to freeze your leftover crack chicken soup. But, I would do that before you pour it over the biscuits or if you’re leaving in the noodles.

They’ll soak up all the juice and then when you defrost, you’ll just have a goopy mess instead of soup but it’ll still taste wonderful. Just put it into a freezer-safe airtight container and freeze.

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Crack Chicken Soup
Yield: 8

Crack Chicken Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

Crack Chicken Soup is a delicious and creamy crack chicken recipe. Topped with bacon bits and cheese, it's one that the whole family will love! Top with bacon for a crunch or even over biscuits!


  • 3 tbs dry ranch seasoning mix grab the recipe
  • 2 lbs chicken breast, either thawed or frozen is fine, you can even use leftover, precooked chicken
  • 1 c cream chicken soup
  • 5 c chicken broth
  • 1 c carrots, sliced thin
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 c celery, sliced thin
  • 1 c shredded cheddar
  • 4-6 slices of bacon
  • 1 c white rice


  1. Add all of your crack chicken soup ingredients except the cream cheese and cheddar cheese.crack chicken soup 9
  2. Stir well making sure rice completely is covered. crack chicken soup 10
  3. Press manual high pressure for 12 minutes.
  4. After the pot has come to pressure and you hear it beep that indicates that it’s done, press cancel on your pot and quick release.
  5. Now add in the cream cheese and and shredded cheddar cheese. crack chicken soup 11
  6. And stir until well blended. crack chicken soup 12
  7. Serve with homemade biscuits and top with bacon. chicken crack soup 14

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 486Total Fat 25gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 160mgSodium 1516mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 1gSugar 4gProtein 48g

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Friday 13th of December 2019

Would it still be good without the cheese ?

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Wednesday 22nd of May 2019

Has anyone tried it with cauliflower rice in place of regular rice?

Erica Koller

Wednesday 27th of February 2019

I'm assuming dry rice?

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Wednesday 27th of February 2019



Thursday 21st of February 2019

Did you use 5c water + 2 boullion cubes in the video instead of 5c chicken broth as stated in recipe?

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Thursday 21st of February 2019


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