Crack Chicken Pasta

This post may contain affiliate links.  For more information, read my disclosure policy here  

No ratings yet
Crack Chicken Pasta is that creamy, comforting, meal that you sometimes just crave. This recipe has so much flavor due to the crispy bacon, the pop of ranch seasoning and the cheesy sauce.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
A wooden spoon scooping up some Crack Chicken Pasta.

Crack Chicken Pasta is that creamy, comforting, meal that is crave-worthy. This recipe has so much flavor due to the crispy bacon, the pop of ranch seasoning and the cheesy sauce.

A wooden spoon scooping up some Crack Chicken Pasta.

This Crack Chicken recipe has it all. It is so rich, creamy and satisfying. Plus if you add a vegetable either in it or on the side, you will be in heaven.

If you love quick and easy comfort foods, check these recipes out.


MORE CHICKEN AND PASTA RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad | Chicken Spaghetti Casserole| Penne Gorgonzola with Chicken


What makes this recipe great? It is that meal that you want that hits all the right buttons. It is creamy, savory, carby perfection. This recipe owes some of it’s creaminess to cream cheese. Find out more here.

  • 30 Minute Meal: This recipe comes together quick for a busy weeknight.
  • Easy Ingredients: All easy ingredients and add a great prep meal.
  • Family Friendly: this is so creamy and good kids love it.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb or reduced calorie
  • Make it Many Ways: Try cooking in the instant pot or slow cooker.
Top shot of a white bowl of the crack chicken pasta.

What You Need to Make Crack Chicken Pasta

Ingredients

Chicken, pasta, cheese butter, cream and milk to make crack chicken.

Equipment

How to Make Crack Chicken Pasta- Step by Step

A pan making the sauce for the crack chicken pasta.
  • Bacon: First, in a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon then remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Chicken: Second, season the chopped chicken with salt and pepper, then add to the hot bacon grease and cook until done and remove. Meanwhile cook pasta following directions. Drain.
  • Sauce: Next, wipe out the skillet and add the chicken broth. Bring to a simmer, then add the sour cream and cream cheese and stir as the cream cheese melts. Add a bit more broth or milk to achieve a smooth consistency that coats the back of a spoon. Season with ranch seasoning, to taste.
  • Combine: Then, chop the bacon and add all but a couple tablespoons to the skillet, along with 3/4 cup of the cheddar cheese and chicken. Stir to combine and next, add the pasta and stir to coat.
  • Finish: Finally, sprinkle on remaining cheese, bacon and the green onions before serving.
Rest of the ingredients, bacon, cheese and pasta. etc to pan.

Common Questions About Crack Chicken

WHY DO THEY CALL IT CRACK CHICKEN?

Because it is so addictively good.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE SOMETHING FOR THE CHICKEN?

Indeed, seafood would be great! Try shrimp, crab or lobster.

RECIPE BE FROZEN?

Of course, however sometimes that does change the consistency or texture, use an airtight container for up to three months.

HOW CAN I TELL WHEN CHICKEN IS DONE?

Chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165F. Really it is best to invest in a meat thermometer.

MAKE AHEAD OF TIME?

It is easy to make components ahead of time and assemble later. Use leftover or precooked chicken and pre cook your pasta and bacon and hen store in the fridge until you are ready to assemble.

Side view close up of a white plate of crack chicken pasta.

Expert Tips for Making Chicken Recipe

  • Add Vegetales: Spring peas, spinach, broccoli or mushroom really add a kick.
  • Short cut tip: Feel free to use rotisserie chicken or pre cooked meat.
  • Variation tip: Cheeses. Try a parmesan or your other favorite cheese.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Feel free to use your crock pot or instant pot. They make this crack chicken pasta so easy, saute your bacon and then dump it all including uncooked pasta and cook.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Use protein or gluten free pasta, lighten up the recipe with reduced fat dairy or fat free versions.

⭐⭐⭐ RATE THIS RECIPE ⭐⭐⭐

If you’ve tried this recipe, please rate it in the comment section below.

A wooden spoon scooping up some Crack Chicken Pasta.

Crack Chicken Pasta

No ratings yet
Crack Chicken Pasta is that creamy, comforting, meal that you sometimes just crave. This recipe has so much flavor due to the crispy bacon, the pop of ranch seasoning and the cheesy sauce.
Print Pin Rate
Servings: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 slices Bacon
  • 3 cups Chicken chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 3 cups Cooked Pasta Bowtie/Farfalle
  • 1 Tablespoon Ranch Seasoning
  • 4-8 oz Cream Cheese softened
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup Milk as desired (optional)
  • 1-2 cups Chicken Broth as needed
  • 5 slices Bacon Cooked and Chopped
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Green Onion sliced thin

Instructions

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon to your preferred level of doneness.
  • Remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Season the chopped chicken with salt and pepper, then add to the hot bacon grease and cook until browned all over and chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165F (approximately 6-8 minutes).
  • Meanwhile, prepare the pasta according to package directions. Drain but do not rinse.
  • Remove the chicken to a clean plate as you prepare the ranch sauce.
  • Wipe out the skillet and add the chicken broth. Bring to a simmer, then add the sour cream and cream cheese and stir as the cream cheese melts. Add a bit more broth or milk to achieve a smooth consistency that coats the back of a spoon.
  • Season with ranch seasoning, to taste.
  • Chop the bacon and add all but a couple tablespoons to the skillet, along with 3/4 cup of the cheddar cheese and chicken. Stir to combine.
  • Add the pasta and stir to coat.
  • Sprinkle on remaining cheese, bacon and the green onions before serving.

Expert Tips

  • Add Vegetales: Spring peas, broccoli or mushroom really add a kick.
  • Short cut tip: Feel free to use rotisserie chicken or pre cooked meat.
  • Variation tip: Mix up your cheeses. Try a parmesan or your other favorite cheese.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Feel free to use your crock pot or instant pot. They make this recipe so easy, saute your bacon and then dump it all including uncooked pasta and cook.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Use protein or gluten free pasta, lighten up the recipe with reduced fat dairy or fat free versions.
 

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 604kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 831mg | Potassium: 368mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 828IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 235mg | Iron: 2mg

The nutritional information provided are estimates. To learn more about how I calculate this information go to www.itisakeeper.com/about-its-a-keeper/privacy-disclosure-policies/

PIN THIS RECIPE FOR LATER!Follow Me: @ItsAKeeperBlog or tag #itisakeeper

RECIPES YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

Leave a Comment

Rate this Recipe