Keto Crack Chicken 🍗

Keto Crack Chicken 🍗

Are you on the hunt for a simple yet satisfying meal that’s packed with protein and cheesy goodness while fitting into a keto diet? Look no further! Our Keto Crack Chicken Recipe is a sublime low-carb delight featuring tender chicken breasts, zesty ranch seasoning, crispy bacon, and a creamy, rich blend of cheeses. It’s the ideal combination for a truly decadent keto meal.

This low-carb main course is one of the most loved keto chicken recipes as this dish can be cooked in one-pot wonder and can be eaten in various ways. The variations and adaptability of this dish deserve an award because there is no one way to eat it! So many options to enjoy, so grab your cast iron pot, and let’s get cooking this flavorsome keto meal!

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Preparation and cooking overview

You can savor our Easy Crack Chicken recipe in just three simple steps. Just season the fillets, simmer them in a cast iron pot with cream cheese and heavy cream, and finally, sear them to perfection. With a total cook time of just 50 minutes, you’ll be indulging in this cheesy delight in no time!

Chef’s note

To take this dish to the next level, try adding a kick of flavor with sriracha or hot sauce to the seasoning mix. Explore different shredded cheese options like pepper jack or smoked gouda for a unique twist. For an extra crunch, sprinkle crushed pork rinds on top.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 Minutes
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Recipe Makes 2 Servings

🍗 Ingredients for this keto crack chicken recipe

Overhead shot of ingredients on a table required to make crack chicken recipe.

For the crack chicken

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup cream cheese, grated
  • ¼ cup grated or shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup mozzarella
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup bacon, sliced into cubes
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 4 spring onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon herb mixture
  • 2 tablespoon ranch seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste

For the ranch seasoning

  • ⅓ cup protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried dill
  • ½ teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon herb mixture
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Ingredient substitutions

  • Chicken breasts: You can substitute them for thighs if desired.
  • Olive oil: Avocado or coconut oil can be used instead of olive oil.
  • Cream cheese: If you prefer a dairy-free option, you can substitute it with plant-based cream cheese.
  • Cheddar: Monterey Jack or Colby can be used instead of cheddar.
  • Mozzarella: Provolone or gouda can be used as substitutes for mozzarella.
  • Heavy cream: If you’re looking for a lighter option, you can use unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk instead of heavy cream.
  • Bacon: You can substitute with plant-based bacon alternatives made from ingredients like tempeh or coconut for a vegetarian or vegan option.
  • Chicken broth: Vegetable or mushroom broth can be used as a substitute for this.
  • Spring onions: If you don’t have spring onions, you can substitute regular onions or scallions. Or else you can garnish with chives instead of green onions.

Additional ingredients

You can enjoy certain toppings and or mix your favorite ingredients in your recipe. These are all keto-friendly and add flavor to the main recipe.

  • Fresh herbs: You can sprinkle freshly chopped parsley, basil, or cilantro on top for a burst of vibrant flavors.
  • Hot sauce: If you enjoy a spicy kick, add a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce to the mixture or as a condiment when serving. [make sure to check the label for hidden carbs!]
  • Diced tomatoes: For added freshness and texture, toss in some diced tomatoes before cooking.
  • Sliced jalapeños: If you’re a fan of heat, add some sliced jalapeños to make it spicy.
Crack Chicken Recipe ready to be served.

Cooking tools required

To make this Keto Crack Chicken recipe, you’ll need the following tools:

  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Cast-iron pot
  • Stove
  • Tong
  • Wooden Spatula
  • Grater
  • Cast-iron pan

Tools substitute options

  • Cutting board: Use a clean and sturdy plate or a large serving tray if you lack a cutting board.
  • Cast-iron pot: If you don’t have a cast-iron pot, use any heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven.
  • Stove: If you don’t have a stove, you can use an electric hot plate, pressure cooker, or even a slow cooker.
  • Tong: Use a fork or a slotted spoon if you don’t have tongs.
  • Wooden spatula: Instead of this, you can use a heat-resistant silicone spatula or a metal spatula.
  • Grater: If you don’t have a grater, you can use a sharp knife to chop the cheese finely.
  • Cast-iron pan: If you don’t have a cast-iron pan, a non-stick frying pan, or even a baking dish.
Freshly cooked chicken recipe.

How to make Keto Crack Chicken: step-by-step guide

Cooking methods

  • Braising

Preparation steps

  1. Gather all the required ingredients and cooking tools.
  2. Measure out the required amounts of the ingredients and keep them organized and easily accessible.
  3. Set up your kitchen area to cook efficiently.

Cooking instructions

For the ranch dressing

To bring out the best flavor in ranch dressing, follow these simple steps:

  1. In a bowl, combine all the ranch seasoning ingredients.
  2. Mix well until all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  3. Transfer the mixture to an airtight container or jar. By storing it properly in an airtight container, you’ll preserve its freshness and maximize its flavor for future use.
  4. Remember to store in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight.
  5. When you’re ready to use it, simply give the container a shake to remix the ingredients.

For chicken

  1. Put the fillets in a cast iron pot. Season with ranch seasonings, onion powder, garlic powder, herb mixture, salt, and pepper.
  2. Add chicken stock or broth to the pot. The liquid should just barely cover the meat.
  3. Add the cream cheese and heavy cream to the pot. Close the lid and cook over medium-low heat for about 25-30 minutes or until it is cooked through and tender.
  4. Once the meat is cooked, sear it in the same pot.
  5. After searing, transfer the meat to a small cast-iron pan or continue with the same pot. Heat the pan or pot again after searing the meat. Remove it from the heat.
  6. Add the cheese mixture of grated cheddar, mozzarella, and fried bacon pieces to the top of the chicken. Stir them until fully melted. The pan’s heat and meat will be enough to melt the cheese. But if you want a more melted consistency, you can heat it again a little more.
  7. Sprinkle chopped spring onions on top.
  8. Serve and enjoy!
Keto Chicken Recipe on Cast Iron Skillet.

Chef’s pro tip

Hey, just a friendly tip to avoid a common mistake – overcooking your chicken. Keep an eye on the clock and the heat when you’re cooking. You know, a meat thermometer can be your best buddy to check the inside temp of the chicken accurately. Pretty handy, right?

What to serve with crack chicken recipe

Here are some keto-friendly side dishes that you can enjoy:

  • Keto-friendly wraps: For a fun and portable meal, you can serve the chicken in lettuce wraps, keto naan, or low-carb tortillas. Add some sliced avocado, diced tomatoes, and a dollop of sour cream for extra flavor and texture.
  • Stuffed vegetables: Stuff this cheesy, meaty mixture into keto veggies. For instance, you can use this crack chicken mixture in our stuffed recipes of stuffed zucchini boats, hollowed-out bell peppers, or portobello mushroom caps and enjoy an easy and delicious experience.
  • Roasted vegetables: The best pairing is a side of green beans and kung pao Brussels sprouts. A protein-packed dish with a side of some greens? Perfect combination!
  • Cauliflower rice: You can pour this healthy dish over cauliflower rice and enjoy a great “rice” bowl!

How to make it healthier

If you want to do some tweaks as per your dietary preferences and without compromising on taste, you can consider the following tips:

  • Use lighter dairy options: Consider using light cream cheese, Greek yogurt, or reduced-fat cheddar and mozzarella cheeses to cut back on saturated fats.
  • Choose Nitrate-free bacon: Look for nitrate-free or uncured bacon to avoid unnecessary additives and reduce the sodium content.
  • Homemade ranch: Make your own seasoning using organic and fresh ingredients. Avoid buttermilk powder and use casein protein powder for a healthier version while preparing the seasoning.
  • Increase vegetable content: Incorporate some low-carb vegetables like chopped spinach, diced bell peppers, or zucchini to add volume to the dish.
Crack Chicken served on a plate.

Time-saving tips

  • Buy pre-shredded cheese from the store.
  • Buy frozen chicken fillets that are ready to use.
  • Buy a keto-friendly store-bought ranch seasoning.

What can I prepare ahead of time?

  • Chop all ingredients: Dice the spring onions and slice the bacon into cubes ahead of time.
  • Make your ranch seasoning: You can prepare the ranch by combining all the dry ingredients and storing them in an airtight container, and use them later when you are ready to cook.
  • Marinate the chicken: If you prefer marinated chicken, you can season it with the seasonings and store it a day ahead. It adds so much flavor to the dish and makes the fillets tender and juicy.

Storage and reheating instructions

Storage

You can freeze the leftovers or eat them within 3-4 days.

  • Refrigerator: Transfer the leftover chicken to an airtight container or wrap it tightly in foil. Pop it into the refrigerator and store it for 3-4 days.
  • Freezer: For freezing, wrap individual portions of your leftovers tightly in plastic wrap or place them in freezer-safe containers. They’ll keep their keto-friendly deliciousness for around 2-3 months.

Reheating tips

  • Stovetop: Grab a non-stick pan and heat it over medium-low heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil or butter, transfer the leftovers to the pan, and warm it.
  • Microwave: Place the leftovers on a microwave-safe plate. Heat it for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Recipe wrap-up and conclusion

Our Keto Crack Chicken recipe is a breeze to whip up and won’t break the bank! This dish serves up the perfect blend of ooey-gooey cheese and high-quality chicken protein, resulting in a flavor profile that’s just downright heavenly.

Whether you’re planning a dinner party or just in for a quiet night at home, our Keto Crack Chicken recipe is the key to unlocking a world of flavor. So, put on that apron, gather your ingredients, and get ready for a culinary journey you’ll want to relive again and again!

Frequently asked questions

Crack means the flavor formed by the combination of cheese, ranch seasoning, and bacon in a dish that is addictive to your taste buds since this low-carb chicken dinner has chicken and “crack” flavors hence the name.

Certainly! You can shred or chop and proceed with the recipe by adding cream cheese and heavy cream.

Yes, you can use them, but keep in mind that the cooking time may vary.

If it turns out watery, it could be due to excess moisture from the meat or other ingredients. To avoid this, drain any excess liquid from the fillets before adding it to the recipe. Additionally, be cautious with the amount of liquid ingredients you add, such as chicken broth or cream. Start with smaller amounts and gradually add more if needed to achieve the desired consistency. If it still turns out watery, try thickening it by simmering it uncovered for a few minutes to allow the excess moisture to evaporate.

Typically, it is a low-carb dish. However, if you want to determine the exact carb count, it’s recommended to check the recipe card above.

For hand shredding, firmly grasp the fillets while using two forks to separate and shred the meat until achieving the preferred consistency. If using a stand mixer, place the warm cooked meat into the bowl, turn the mixer on low speed, and let the machine shred the meat within seconds. For the food processor method, chop the cooked meat into smaller pieces, place them in the processor, and pulse until shredded to your liking, but avoid over-processing to prevent the meat from turning into a paste.

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Our Keto Crack Chicken Recipe combines chicken, ranch seasoning, bacon, and a mix of cheeses, all cooked together.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword keto crack chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 657kcal

Ingredients

For the crack chicken

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup cream cheese grated
  • ¼ cup grated or shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup mozzarella
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup bacon sliced into cubes
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 4 spring onions chopped
  • 1 teaspoon herb mixture
  • 2 tablespoon ranch seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

For the ranch seasoning

  • cup protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried dill
  • ½ teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon herb mixture
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

Prepare the ranch

  • In a bowl, combine all the ranch seasoning ingredients.
  • Mix well until all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  • Transfer the mixture to an airtight container or jar. By storing it properly in an airtight container, you’ll preserve its freshness and maximize its flavor for future use.
  • Remember to store in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight.
  • When you’re ready to use it, simply give the container a shake to remix the ingredients.

For the crack chicken

  • Put the fillets in a cast iron pot. Season with ranch seasonings, onion powder, garlic powder, herb mixture, salt, and pepper.
  • Add chicken stock or broth to the pot. The liquid should just barely cover the meat.
  • Add the cream cheese and heavy cream to the pot. Close the lid and cook over medium-low heat for about 25-30 minutes or until it is cooked through and tender.
  • Once the meat is cooked, sear it in the same pot.
  • After searing, transfer the meat to a small cast-iron pan or continue with the same pot. Heat the pan or pot again after searing the meat. Remove it from the heat.
  • Add the cheese mixture of grated cheddar, mozzarella, and fried bacon pieces to the top of the chicken. Stir them until fully melted. The pan’s heat and meat will be enough to melt the cheese. But if you want a more melted consistency, you can heat it again a little more.
  • Sprinkle chopped spring onions on top.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 657kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 47.5g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17.5g | Trans Fat: 0.05g | Cholesterol: 198mg | Sodium: 1646mg | Potassium: 582.5mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1262.5IU | Vitamin C: 7.5mg | Calcium: 252mg | Iron: 4.5mg

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Our Keto Crack Chicken Recipe combines chicken, ranch seasoning, bacon, and a mix of cheeses, all cooked together.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword keto crack chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 657kcal

Ingredients

For the crack chicken

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup cream cheese grated
  • ¼ cup grated or shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup mozzarella
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup bacon sliced into cubes
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 4 spring onions chopped
  • 1 teaspoon herb mixture
  • 2 tablespoon ranch seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

For the ranch seasoning

  • cup protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried dill
  • ½ teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon herb mixture
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

Prepare the ranch

  • In a bowl, combine all the ranch seasoning ingredients.
  • Mix well until all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  • Transfer the mixture to an airtight container or jar. By storing it properly in an airtight container, you’ll preserve its freshness and maximize its flavor for future use.
  • Remember to store in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight.
  • When you’re ready to use it, simply give the container a shake to remix the ingredients.

For the crack chicken

  • Put the fillets in a cast iron pot. Season with ranch seasonings, onion powder, garlic powder, herb mixture, salt, and pepper.
  • Add chicken stock or broth to the pot. The liquid should just barely cover the meat.
  • Add the cream cheese and heavy cream to the pot. Close the lid and cook over medium-low heat for about 25-30 minutes or until it is cooked through and tender.
  • Once the meat is cooked, sear it in the same pot.
  • After searing, transfer the meat to a small cast-iron pan or continue with the same pot. Heat the pan or pot again after searing the meat. Remove it from the heat.
  • Add the cheese mixture of grated cheddar, mozzarella, and fried bacon pieces to the top of the chicken. Stir them until fully melted. The pan’s heat and meat will be enough to melt the cheese. But if you want a more melted consistency, you can heat it again a little more.
  • Sprinkle chopped spring onions on top.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Video

Nutrition

Calories: 657kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 47.5g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17.5g | Trans Fat: 0.05g | Cholesterol: 198mg | Sodium: 1646mg | Potassium: 582.5mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1262.5IU | Vitamin C: 7.5mg | Calcium: 252mg | Iron: 4.5mg

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