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Slow Cooker Crack Chicken Soup

Slow Cooker Crack Chicken Soup is filled with tender shredded white meat chicken, real crumbles of crispy bacon, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, homemade ranch seasoning, and kale. It’s cozy comfort in a bowl!

crack chicken soup in a black bowl garnished with bacon crumbles, scallions, and shredded cheese

Cozy Slow Cooker Crack Chicken Soup

You might be wondering what in the world “crack” chicken is. If so, you’re not alone! I always get emails and comments asking about this odd recipe name! Honestly, it’s a reference to how absolutely addictive the combination of chicken, bacon, ranch, and cheese is in this soup!

This is a soup that I just love to pull together at this time of year, when you’re waiting for spring but still getting lots of cold and cloudy days. It’s warm and comfy, but with a lightness thanks to the chives, dill weed, and cream cheese. The baby kale adds a nice green touch, and the white meat chicken tastes divine along with the bacon crumbles.

This is the perfect cozy weekend dinner to serve up with a loaf of crusty bread, and the leftovers make a super-easy lunch that you can microwave in a mug, if you like! 

slow cooker crack chicken soup

What You’ll Need

One of the best things about this recipe is the seasoning mixture, which is basically a form of homemade ranch seasoning. If you like, you can double or even quadruple the recipe, and set aside the extra seasoning mixture in a small jar for another use.

  • Chicken: You’ll need two pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
  • Onion Powder: I use a whole tablespoon of this tasty spice to make my soup extra flavorful.
  • Garlic Powder: Two teaspoons of garlic powder adds an intense flavor to the spice blend. 
  • Dill Weed and Chives: One teaspoon each of dried dill weed and dried chives bring out the ranch taste in this soup.
  • Salt and Pepper: Start with ½ teaspoon each, and adjust as needed when the soup is done.
  • Broth: I use about 6 cups of low-sodium chicken broth; you could substitute homemade chicken broth, bone broth, stock, or even vegetable broth.
  • Bacon: You’ll need 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled, plus more for garnish.
  • Bacon Grease: Save the bacon grease to add extra flavor to the soup.
  • Cream Cheese: This recipe uses one 8-ounce block of cream cheese, cut in cubes.
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese: You can use the amount that suits your taste. Anywhere from one to two cups is good.
  • Baby Kale: I add 3 to 4 cups of chopped baby kale, but you can also use baby spinach, or leave this out entirely if you’d rather.
  • Chopped Scallions: For garnish.
three seasoned raw chicken breasts

How to Make Crack Chicken Soup in the Crockpot

This super-easy recipe requires only your slow cooker and a skillet for cooking up the bacon. You’ll love how simple it is to make this cozy meal!

  1. Season the Chicken. Place the chicken breasts inside the slow cooker. Then season the chicken breasts generously with onion powder, garlic powder, dried dill weed, dried chives, salt, and pepper. Rub the seasoning all around the chicken breasts. Wash your hands.
  2. Add Broth, Bacon, and Cream Cheese. Pour the chicken broth around the chicken breasts, and cook up four slices of bacon. Remove the bacon to a plate and cool; then crumble into bits. Add the bacon bits and the bacon grease from the skillet into your slow cooker. Finally, add the cream cheese cubes.
  3. Cook. Cover your slow-cooker and cook on LOW for 5 to 6 hours, or on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours.
  4. Shred the Chicken. Remove the slow-cooker lid and transfer the chicken breasts to a cutting board. Using two forks or shredder claws, shred the chicken. Then return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker.
  5. Add Cheddar and Kale. Stir in the shredded cheddar cheese, followed by the kale; cover and cook for about five more minutes, or until the kale has wilted and everything is heated through. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust as needed.
  6. Enjoy! To serve, ladle into soup bowls and garnish with more bacon crumbles and scallions.
chicken broth, cubed cream cheese, bacon, chicken breasts, and seasonings inside the insert of a slow cooker

Tips for Success

This is almost a no-fail recipe, but even so, I do have a few tips to share! These are some of my top ideas for making the recipe your own, as well as making sure it comes out perfect every time.

  • Don’t Overcook: Since we’re working with chicken breasts here, it’s important not to overcook it or the chicken will become dry and mushy. Not appetizing, right? I recommend setting a timer to half the cooking time, just so you can check in. Then set it again to ¾ of the cooking time. You can always turn the slow cooker off, if the chicken is done sooner than you expected.
  • Substitute Thighs: Boneless, skinless thighs also work well in this recipe, and I often find them less expensive than white meat. It’s totally up to you!
  • Add-Ins: Sometimes I like to stir cooked egg noodles, cubed potatoes, zucchini noodles, broccoli, or even macaroni elbows into the soup. If you do use pasta or zucchini, try cooking and storing separately, so that they don’t absorb too much liquid or become mushy in the soup.
crack chicken soup in a slow cooker

What Goes with Crack Chicken Soup?

So what goes with this ultra-creamy, garlicky soup? Well, I do have a few ideas! Some are carb-y and some are not. I hope you enjoy!

  • Bread: I like to serve any soup with bread! This one tastes especially good with some delicious homemade No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread, but you could also warm up some pita breads, naan, or even make biscuits! Whatever you love, just go for it!
  • Fritters: If you’d rather skip the bread, you could make a batch of these super-tasty, deliciously textured Crispy Zucchini Fritters! They are low-carb and full of nutrition, packing in protein from the egg and plenty of veggie goodness.
  • Salad: Soup and salad, anyone? Um, yes! I love combining a warm and hearty soup with the fresh crunch of a garden salad. Try my Tomato Avocado Salad for a healthy dish that will leave your tummy happy!

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

  • To refrigerate leftover soup, cover tightly or store in airtight food storage containers. Keep in the fridge for up to three days.
  • To reheat, place the desired portion in a saucepan and set it over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through completely. 
creamy crack chicken soup in a black bowl served with a spoon

Can I Freeze Extras?

  • Yes, you can definitely freeze leftover Crack Chicken Soup! Let the soup cool completely, and then pour into airtight freezer containers or freezer bags. Make sure to leave a little bit of room (¾ inch or so) at the top for the liquid to expand while freezing.
  • This soup lasts for about three months in the freezer. Thaw overnight in the fridge, before reheating.
crack chicken soup in a black bowl garnished with bacon crumbles, scallions, and shredded cheese
Print Recipe
4.17 from 12 votes


A creamy soup filled with shredded chicken, cheddar cheese, bacon crumbles, baby kale, and homemade ranch seasoning.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time5 hrs
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crack chicken souop, crockpot crack chicken
Servings: 8
Calories: 378kcal


  • 2 pounds chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1 teaspoon dried chives
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 6 to 8 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled, plus more for garnish
  • Bacon grease
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cut in cubes
  • 1 to 2 cups Shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups chopped baby kale, optional (you can also use baby spinach)
  • Chopped scallions


  • Place chicken breasts inside the slow cooker.
  • Season chicken breasts with onion powder, garlic powder, dried dill weed, dried chives, salt, and pepper. Rub seasoning all around the chicken breasts.
  • Pour chicken broth around the chicken breasts and not over them.
  • In the meantime cook 4 slices of bacon to a crisp. Crumble the bacon and add to the slow cooker. Add in the bacon grease, too.
  • Add cubed cream cheese.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 6 hours OR Cook on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours.
  • Remove lid and transfer chicken breasts to a cutting board; using two forks or shredder claws, shred the chicken.
  • Return shredded chicken to the slow cooker and stir in the shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Stir in the chopped kale.
  • Cover and cook for 5 to 8 more minutes, or until cheese is melted, kale is wilted, and everything is heated through.
  • Taste for salt and pepper; adjust accordingly.
  • Ladle into soup bowls.
  • Garnish with more bacon crumbles and scallions.
  • Serve.


Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 593mg | Potassium: 812mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3499IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 192mg | Iron: 2mg

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  • Amanda
    Mar 18, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    5 stars
    This soup is by far my favorite soup I have ever tried, I highly recommend it to everyone!

    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Mar 22, 2021 at 8:35 pm

      That’s great! I’m very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

  • Beth
    Mar 19, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    5 stars
    Yummy! This looks amazing and so delicious! Can’t wait to give this a try!

    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Mar 22, 2021 at 8:35 pm

      Thank YOU! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  • William C Foreman
    Mar 20, 2021 at 1:56 am

    Is there a InstaPot version or recommended modifications for an InstaPot?

    • Liz
      Jul 27, 2022 at 7:16 pm

      I just made this in the instapot! Huge success and thumbs up for the whole family. I cooked the breasts first under pressure with about half of the broth and seasonings. Mine took 8 minutes and 10 minute natural release; they were perfect for shredding at that point. After shredding and putting back in the pot, I add the cheeses until melted. I didn’t have any kale on hand when I decided to make this so I cooked some spiral pasta and threw it in with the cheeses. I also don’t eat pork so no bacon. I’m sure you could just precook diced bacon on the sauté setting before cooking the breasts. I really hope this is helpful 🙂

      • Liz
        Jul 27, 2022 at 7:18 pm

        Edit: also add the rest of the broth (heated) when you take the chicken out to shred.

  • Catalina
    Mar 20, 2021 at 9:21 am

    5 stars
    Love how creamy and flavorful this soup is! It’s perfect for me – I love using my Slow Cooker!

    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Mar 22, 2021 at 8:34 pm

      Thank YOU! I’m glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  • redteter
    Mar 26, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    4 stars
    Great flavor.

    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Mar 30, 2021 at 11:55 am

      Thank YOU! 🙂

  • Craig
    Aug 23, 2021 at 9:15 am

    5 stars
    It was delicious.

  • Angie
    Nov 12, 2021 at 10:31 am

    I’d like to add noodles to this. When do you recommend adding them? Thank you in advance!

  • Polly
    Nov 22, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    5 stars
    Wow! This soup shot right up to the top of my must-must-again list. It was DELICIOUS! I served it to friends who asked for the recipe and I was delighted to share it. I think next time I’ll follow your suggestion to add noodles. Wonderful recipe!

    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Nov 23, 2021 at 1:29 pm

      That’s great to hear! I’m very happy everyone loved it! Thank you for chiming in! 🙂

  • Ally Warner
    Jan 16, 2022 at 9:01 pm

    2 stars
    It sounded like a great recipe but basically just tasted like chicken broth with onion powder. Was able to make it better by adding some heavy cream, more garlic and some crushed red pepper. Also sautéed some uncooked ramen and added that as topping for texture. Overall just bland!

  • Erin Corbin
    Jan 29, 2022 at 11:29 am

    This soup looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it! I just have 2 quick questions:

    1. Is the cream cheese a strong taste or does it mainly just add creaminess? I ask because my family isn’t a huge fan of cream cheese.
    2. One of your suggested additions was cubed potatoes – do you add them in raw at the beginning or do you add cooked potatoes once the soup is done?

    Thank you so much!

    • Katerina
      Jan 30, 2022 at 7:56 am

      The cream cheese adds creaminess, but if you’re sensitive to the taste of cream cheese, then you might be able to taste it. 🤷‍♀️
      Add the raw potatoes at the very beginning.

  • Amanda
    Feb 5, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    2 stars
    Watery and not creamy / cheesy at all. Very disappointed after one small bowl.

  • Cheryl
    Feb 13, 2022 at 11:38 am

    Mine wasn’t creamy either. The flavor was good but I was expecting a creamier soup. Also my cream cheese didn’t blend all that well. I had to take a spoon and smash it up cause I didn’t think I would want to bite into a cube of cream cheese….and I love cream cheese. I will definitely try it again though.

    • Katerina
      Feb 14, 2022 at 7:38 am

      My suggestion would be to let the cheese cook (melt) for a bit longer than the suggested time. Just cook it until it has melted, which may take up to 15 minutes. All slow cookers are not created equal, just as ovens, and with some slow cookers you may need to cook things longer, and with others, things are cooked through quicker.

  • Rachael
    Mar 7, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    3 stars
    This soup is not bad tasting at all, I was just expecting more creaminess. Husband said it needed something else. So he cooked rice to add to it and it makes it better. And the recipe mentioned at the start that it’s ranch flavored but I didn’t see anywhere in the ingredients for ranch seasoning. Was it supposed to have ranch seasoning?

  • Barb
    Mar 22, 2022 at 5:28 pm

    5 stars
    I thought it was fabulous…I did add a few very finely chopped carrots and precooked a little bit of pasta and added it near the end. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe

  • Trish
    May 7, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    This soup was awesome I added a can of creamed corn I could eat it every day 💛

    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      May 9, 2022 at 2:42 pm

      That’s great to hear! I’m very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

  • Christelle
    Sep 11, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    5 stars
    Definitively #1 on my crockpot recipe list from now on. I was not expecting to be so addicted to the taste. You warned us. All ingredients are well-balanced and it makes it so flavourful. Have shared this recipe with friends and family. ☺️

    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Sep 12, 2022 at 3:31 am

      That’s great! I’m very glad everyone enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

  • Katherine
    Oct 4, 2022 at 5:12 pm

    4 stars
    It was a big hit! I think next time I’ll try the spinach instead of the kale.

  • Herb
    Oct 6, 2022 at 8:00 am

    Can I use frozen chicken breast?

  • Cheryl C
    Oct 7, 2022 at 3:03 pm

    Why are the carbs so high? Bring keto wondering what to omit to make friendlier as it sounds great!

  • Julie
    Oct 16, 2022 at 9:41 am

    What can I use instead of dried chives since I don’t have any?

    • Katerina
      Oct 17, 2022 at 8:40 am

      You can use fresh scallions, chopped, and if you don’t have that, add some onion powder.

  • Amanda
    Oct 25, 2022 at 5:27 am

    I may have to try adding the heavy cream and red pepper, we were so excited until last night when we all looked at each other like.. something is absolutely missing in this, wished i made my favorite potato soup instead as now we are stuck with a whole crockpot of this mess.


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