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. Grease instant pot with oil or butter.
  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 naturally release 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).
  • 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!

(I hope you enjoyed this amazing Instant Pot Chicken Recipe. Don’t forget to tag us on social media if you make it, #ValentinasCorner.)

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5 from 1 vote
Instant Pot Crack Chicken Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins

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.

Course: sandwich
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 407 kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner
  • 1 ½ lbs chicken breast (3 breasts)
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (see Note)
Cream cheese mixture-
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp parsley flakes
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
  • ½ tsp ground paprika
  • ¼ tsp dried basil
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp table salt
Cole Slaw-
  • 2 cups slaw mix
  • 3 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • ½ tsp granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
  • dash pepper and salt
Crack Chicken-
  1. Place chicken breast into an instant pot.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for the cream cheese mixture.
  3. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the chicken breast. Add the cubed butter.

  4. Close lid and cook on high pressure for 20 minutes with a quick release of pressure. 

  5. Remove chicken and with two forks pull apart the chicken. (Keep lid covered so the remaining ingredients stay warm.)

  6. Add chicken back to instant pot, add shredded cheese and mix. 

Cole Slaw-
  1. Combine all the ingredients for the coleslaw.
  2. Add a generous portion of the pulled chicken onto a bun, top with coleslaw. 

  3. Enjoy immediately.

Recipe Notes

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*
Total Fat 29g 45%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 142mg 47%
Sodium 841mg 35%
Potassium 531mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Sugars 2g
Protein 31g 62%
Vitamin A 18.2%
Vitamin C 12.2%
Calcium 14.6%
Iron 4.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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Show 8 Comments
  • Tanya 12/03/2018, 11:58 pm

    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

      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

    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

      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

        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:)

      • Valentina's Corner 12/04/2018, 8:43 am

        I had it written up, my pregnancy brain forgot to add it, haha. 🙂 Enjoy and hope to hear your feedback.

  • Mariana 12/03/2018, 3:13 pm

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

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

      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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