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Baked Crack Chicken Recipe

This Baked Crack Chicken Recipe is an easy dinner that is loaded with flavor. Tender chicken breasts topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, cream cheese, and ranch come together to make a delicious meal the whole family will love.

These baked chicken breasts are made with simple ingredients and have so much flavor everyone will be asking for seconds! 

Two Baked Crack Chicken Breasts served on a white plate

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Baked Crack Chicken Is Also Called Ranch Chicken!

Some call this recipe crack chicken, while others call it Ranch Chicken. Either way, it's a family-friendly meal that everyone will love.

This recipe is quick and easy to make. And since it's made with chicken topped with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and bacon, it's also a kid-friendly recipe.

Who doesn't love that flavor combination? It's a favorite at my house!

Baked Crack Chicken in baking dish with one chicken breast on Slotted Spatula

Recipe Tips

I recommend freshly grating your own cheese as it melts more smoothly than pre-shredded cheese.

Cube your cream cheese and set it on the counter to soften for about 30 to 45 minutes so it will be easier to blend without lumps.

If you like more seasoning, you can add onion powder, garlic powder, and smoked paprika to the chicken in addition to the salt and pepper.

I used sharp cheddar cheese but you can switch that out and use any cheese that you prefer or have on hand such as mild Cheddar, Colby Jack, Monterey Jack or even something a little spicy like Pepper Jack cheese.

You can use cooked turkey bacon if you prefer.

Best Side Dishes To Serve With Chicken

You can serve this with a BLT Salad With Homemade Croutons, Green Beans, Bacon Ranch Coleslaw, Air Fryer baked potatoes, or Vegetable Casserole. Any of these would be great side choices for baked crack chicken.

Two Baked crack chicken breast on white plate with side of broccoli

Ingredients

  • boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • cream cheese
  • package of ranch dressing mix
  • shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • bacon, cooked and chopped
  • Salt and pepper

How To Make Baked Crack Chicken

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Halve two skinless, boneless chicken breasts horizontally to create 4 filets.

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Place the chicken in a single layer in the baking dish and season with salt and pepper to taste.

In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese and ranch dressing mix. Spread the mixture over the top of each chicken breast.

Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes until cooked through per USDA guidelines.

Then remove and top with shredded cheese and the cooked bacon and return to oven.

Crack Chicken in baking dish with cheese and bacon topping

Bake for 10 more minutes, until cheese is melted.

How To Store Leftover Chicken

This chicken is best served hot while the cheese is all melty. If you have leftovers, you can store them in the refrigerator covered in an airtight container for up to 3 days per USDA recommendations.

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Two Baked Crack Chicken Breasts served on a white plate

Baked Crack Chicken Recipe

Author: Judy Wilson
This Baked Crack Chicken Recipe is a easy dinner that is loaded with flavor. Tender chicken breasts topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, cream cheese and ranch make a delicious meal the whole family will love.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved horizontally to create 4 filets
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons ranch dressing mix
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Place the chicken in a single layer in the baking dish and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese and ranch dressing mix. Spread the mixture over the top of each chicken breast.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes until cooked all the way through.
  • Then remove and top with shredded cheese and the cooked bacon and return to oven. Bake for 10 more minutes, until cheese is melted.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and should only be used as a general guideline. It is an estimate that will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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Laura

Wednesday 2nd of August 2023

This was delicious but a very powerful flavored dish. Maybe cut ranch in half add more cheese.

Dawn

Tuesday 14th of March 2023

I added in halved cherry tomatoes Cut the chicken breasts in half and then halved again Used two full packets of ranch mix Used bacon pieces

Soooooo yummy, easy and quick to come together

Might save some to shred for another recipe or to add to a salad

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