Instant Pot Crack Chicken Recipe

This Crack Chicken Recipe using a pressure cooker is so delish. Chicken breast with cream cheese and seasonings, loaded with grated cheese and cooked in an instant pot.! 

This chicken and our Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken are wonderful recipes for potlucks or lazy dinners that require minimal prep time!

Crack Chicken recipe made as a sandwich with coleslaw.

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What is Crack Chicken?

Crack Chicken isn’t the most appealing name for the recipe but it suits this recipe perfectly. The recipe gets its name for being SOO addictive. You just cannot stop eating it.

Pull-apart tender chicken breast in a cheesy seasoned cream cheese mixture. Served with homemade coleslaw on a bun.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Recipe topped with fresh greens and a spatula.

How to make Crack Chicken-

This recipe is so easy to make that it’s almost too embarrassing to have a recipe for it! If you’ve not yet tried this. It’s PHENOMENAL!

  1. Pour 1/3 cup chicken broth into instant pot.
  2. Add whole chicken breasts to pot.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine ingredients for the cream cheese.
  4. Spread the mixture over the chicken breasts.
  5. Top with cubed butter.
  6. Cook chicken and release with a quick release of pressure.
  7. Remove chicken from pot and shred with two forks.
  8. Add back to the instant pot, add the shredded cheese and mix everything with a spatula until well incorporated.
  9. Close the lid and allow the cheese to melt completely.
  10. Serve immediately.

How to make instant pot crack chicken recipe with cheese, cream cheese, and chicken.

How to serve Creamy Pulled Chicken-

This amazing creamy chicken may be served as a sandwich with homemade coleslaw. It may also be served over mashed potatoes, or even as a side with buttered pasta. You may also have the chicken with tortillas, add lettuce and serve it as chicken tacos or quesadilla.

Can Crack Chicken be frozen?

Yes, this pull-apart chicken may be frozen. Keep it in an airtight container or freezer bag. Thaw and reheat on low heat in a saucepan to serve.

TOOLS used to make this recipe: This is the INSTANT POT we have and love. 🙂

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Recipe made with chicken breast, cream cheese, and cheese. Served best as a sandwich.

How to Make Slow Cooker Crack Chicken?

If anyone doesn’t have a pressure cooker and wants to use a slow cooker instead, here’s how to make slow cooker crack chicken.

  • Prepare recipe per instruction and place into a slow cooker (Crock Pot), MINUS the chicken broth.
  • Cook on high 4 hours, cook on low 6-7 hours.
  • Shred chicken with two forks. Add the grated cheese and mix well.
  • Close slow cooker and continue cooking 15-30 minutes, or until cheese completely melts.
  • Enjoy!
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Instant Pot Crack Chicken Recipe

An easy and quick recipe for Crack Chicken. Pull-apart chicken breast with cream cheese and seasonings, loaded with grated cheese and cooked in an instant pot.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: sandwich
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crack chicken
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 407kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner


  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1 ½ lbs chicken breast (3 breasts)
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (see Note)

Cream cheese mixture-

Cole Slaw-


Crack Chicken-

  • Add the chicken broth to bottom of the instant pot.
  • Place chicken breast into an instant pot.
  • In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for the cream cheese mixture.
  • Spread the cream cheese mixture over the chicken breast. Add the cubed butter.
  • Close lid and cook on high pressure for 20 minutes with a quick release of pressure. 
  • Remove chicken and with two forks pull apart the chicken. (Keep lid covered so the remaining ingredients stay warm.)
  • Add chicken back to instant pot, add shredded cheese and mix. 

Cole Slaw-

  • Combine all the ingredients for the coleslaw.
  • Add a generous portion of the pulled chicken onto a bun, top with coleslaw. 
  • Enjoy immediately.


Cheese: Colby Jack, Four Cheese, Mexican or a blend of Mozzarella and Mild Cheddar may be used.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Crack Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 407 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 142mg47%
Sodium 841mg37%
Potassium 531mg15%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 910IU18%
Vitamin C 10.1mg12%
Calcium 146mg15%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  • jessica 02/25/2020, 3:41 pm Link Reply

    What do you do with 2 Tbsp olive oil (mentioned in the ingredients list) thanks

    • Valentina's Corner 02/26/2020, 11:10 am Link Reply

      We updated the recipe, we have fixed the error. Thank you for catching that Jessica!

  • Elena 12/19/2019, 1:52 pm Link Reply

    Can I use chicken thighs?

    • Valentina's Corner 12/19/2019, 3:34 pm Link Reply

      Yes, you may definitely use boneless-skinless chicken thighs. Enjoy, Elena.

  • Valentina's Corner 12/12/2019, 6:20 pm Link Reply

    This is an updated version of the recipe as many were having issues with the liquid. Thank you, Colleen.

  • Mona 08/08/2019, 4:06 pm Link Reply

    Can I double this using a 6 qt. Instant pot. If so how long would I time it for?

    • Valentina's Corner 08/08/2019, 4:24 pm Link Reply

      We haven’t tried doubling the recipe, I’m not sure how it would affect the outcome of the chicken.

  • Donna Stanchfield 02/16/2019, 4:17 pm Link Reply

    The Crack Chicken is so yummy!! We had it on a baked potato, and plan to serve leftovers on a bun with coleslaw. Just have to say the dry spices would also make a delicious rub on most any kind of meat, that’s going to be another adventure!

    • Valentina's Corner 02/16/2019, 10:55 pm Link Reply

      That’s great, Donna. I love that you served chicken over a baked potato – that’s great.
      Thanks for visiting our online home, do stop back and visit again. =)

  • jessica 02/08/2019, 12:49 pm Link Reply

    Do you prefer it to be made in the instant pot or slow cooker? I tried once in the slow cooker but now have an instant pot, but for some reason afraid to make it in the IP , not sure if results will be the same. Thanks

    • Valentina's Corner 02/08/2019, 3:20 pm Link Reply

      Jessica, we LOVE it in an instant pot. So quick and hassle-free but the chicken tastes just as amazing. 🙂 Let me know how you like it if you try it.

  • Tanya 02/02/2019, 6:11 pm Link Reply

    Husband was disappointed I “just made a chicken sandwich “. Then he ate it and said to put it on my top 10. Creamy, flavorful and delicious!

    • Valentina's Corner 02/03/2019, 4:35 pm Link Reply

      Tanya, I loved reading your comment. Made me smile super BIG! So happy your better half enjoyed the chicken sandwich that caught him off guard! 🙂 🙂

  • Wendy 01/22/2019, 11:11 am Link Reply

    What is a serving size? I have to measure all my food and was unable to find the actual serving size

    • Valentina's Corner 01/22/2019, 12:27 pm Link Reply

      It’s in the recipe card, 6 servings. Enjoy, Wendy!

  • Liza 12/31/2018, 9:10 am Link Reply

    Can I use frozen chicken or it has to be thawed?

    • Valentina's Corner 12/31/2018, 1:38 pm Link Reply

      Though I’ve not tried it, I wouldn’t advise frozen chicken. It will not cook evenly. Thawed chicken is best. Enjoy, Tanya!
      Have a most blessed 2019 year.

  • Jennifer 12/19/2018, 10:58 pm Link Reply

    I don’t use my instant pot that often but I’m for sure gonna have to pull it out to make this amazing, easy recipe!

    • Valentina's Corner 12/20/2018, 11:52 am Link Reply

      This crack chicken will be a great reason to get out the instant pot! 🙂 It’s soo good.

  • Tanya 12/03/2018, 11:58 pm Link Reply

    Valentina I can’t wait to try this. Please share lots more recipes using a pressure cooker. I’ve had one for a couple years now and don’t know what to make in it. Thank you so much 🙂 also is there a substitution for oregano? I don’t have it and never use it.

    • Valentina's Corner 12/04/2018, 9:25 am Link Reply

      I can’t wait for you to try it. It’s a keeper recipe. I am glad to hear you’d like to see more Instant Pot recipes as I am loving my pressure cooker! More to come. <3

  • Alla 12/03/2018, 10:05 pm Link Reply

    Hi Valentina!

    This recipe looks amazing! I don’t have an instant pot can I still make this but in a slow cooker instead?

    • Valentina's Corner 12/03/2018, 10:25 pm Link Reply

      Hi, Allochka!
      The post is updated with slow cooker instructions. This recipe is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! Even picky eaters will ask for seconds. (P.S. Don’t skip the coleslaw, it’s pure perfection! :O)..)

      • Alla 12/03/2018, 11:08 pm Link

        Wow You are so amazing thank you for adding the slow cooker instruction so quickly! Can’t wait to make this for my family ASAP I definitely will make it with the coleslaw! Love all your recipes:)

  • Mariana 12/03/2018, 3:13 pm Link Reply

    Mmm Looks soooooo good!! Can I make it in a slow cooker?

    • Valentina's Corner 12/03/2018, 10:24 pm Link Reply

      Oh Mariana, it’s seriously amazing. Especially with the added coleslaw. Yummmers! I updated the post with slow cooker instruction, can’t believe I forgot those. (Pregnancy brain ;).)

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