Crack Chicken Pasta

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Crack Chicken Pasta is that creamy, comforting, meal that is crave-worthy. This easy, 30 minute recipe has so much flavor due to the crispy bacon, the pop of ranch seasoning and the cheesy sauce.

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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.

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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.
A wooden spoon scooping up some Crack Chicken Pasta.
5 from 17 votes

Crack Chicken Pasta

Yield: 6 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
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.
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Ingredients

  • 5 slices Bacon
  • 3 cups Boneless, skinless chicken breast, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon All purpose seasoning
  • 3 cups Cooked Pasta, Farfalle or Rotini work well
  • 1 Tablespoon Ranch Seasoning
  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 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 165 degrees F (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.
  • Add the chicken broth to the skillet. 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.
  • 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
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American

2 thoughts on “Crack Chicken Pasta”

  1. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing crack chicken pasta recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

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