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The Best Crack Chicken Recipe

Instant Pot Crack Chicken

This Crack Chicken recipe is simple, easy and ready to be eaten in minutes when made in the Instant Pot. Using your pressure cooker makes amazing, moist flavorful chicken. This version uses cream cheese and hot sauce for just the right little kick.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 654kcal
Author A Mom's Impression


  • 1-1/2 to 2 lbs chicken breasts
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 ounces cream cheese cubed
  • 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1-2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 8 burger buns
  • salt & pepper


  • Place chicken breasts into Instant Pot and add 1 cup water. Close the lid of the instant pot, close the pressure release valve and set the instant pot on Manual, High Pressure, for 9 minutes.
  • Once cooking is complete, let set for 3 minutes and quickly release pressure.
  • Remove chicken from pan with tongs and discard the juices. Return chicken back to pan, one at a time, and shred with two forks.
  • Place cream cheese, shredded cheese and hot sauce into the pan and mix well. If you want the traditional ranch flavor, you can add a packet of powder ranch dressing as well.
  • Shred the chicken using a couple of forks and add remaining ingredients. This will keep the pan warm and help melt the cheese.
  • If the pan cools and you are having a hard time mixing the cheeses, turn your instant pot on warm and let it heat up, but be careful not to burn the cheeses.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve chicken on buns.


Cooking time does not include the time it takes to get the pressure cooker up to pressure.