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I love her recipe and was craving the flavors that come with using dry ranch season mix and needed something I could use frozen chicken breast to make. But because it is cold in Indiana right now, I needed soup and I needed to use my instant pot, so I made Crack chicken soup. This crack chicken recipe did not disappoint.
It is an adaptation of my Crack Chicken With Rice, a more hearty crack chicken recipe, and it’s one that my family also loves.
Crack Chicken Soup in The Instant Pot
Let me tell you, my girls are super picky eaters that are hard to please! There are only a handful of recipes that they love.
Because they are so picky I had to formulate a list of go-to meals that I know they will eat.
When I decided to make crack chicken soup, I wasn’t 100% sure that they would like it, even though they love the other crack chicken recipes that I have found.
To my surprise, they loved it, even went in for a second helping! This was for sure a mom win.
What is crack chicken?
I get this question every time I say the words crack chicken.
The flavors of dry ranch seasoning mix paired with the creaminess of cream cheese and cheddar make this chicken dish 100% addictive. Just give it a try and you will totally understand.
This ridiculously creamy recipe 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 crack chicken?
I served up this crack chicken recipe 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 vary a bit in size. I generally buy large chicken breast 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?
What is ranch seasoning?
Ranch seasoning is a blend of dry buttermilk and herbs and spices, that you can use to complement a recipe or use for dips and dressings. If you are wondering how many tablespoons are in a ranch packet, the answer is 3.
I make my own ranch and have a great recipe for you to use. I bet now you’re asking How do you make ranch? You can make it too! Just check out this Copycat Hidden Valley Ranch Packet Recipe
This recipe doesn’t call for a ton of ingredients, just some chicken (fresh or frozen works), even leftover works, dry ranch and some veggies. This recipe is super easy and my family always loves when I make a crack chicken recipe.
Why do you wait to add the cheeses to the mixture until after it’s cooked?
The cheeses (and other dairy products) have a tendency to foam under pressure. So, if you quick release, or even natural release, you will have a spray of foam shoot out the top of your Instant Pot.
And, 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, I wait on that cheese until the end–it’s just a good policy.
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.
Helpful Tools For This Recipe:
- Shredding Claws
- Hand Mixer
- Instant Pot
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 your largest 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 olive oil.
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!
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.
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.