Creamy Crack Chicken Soup (slow cooker)

This creamy and easy, crack chicken soup with bacon, Ranch powder, chicken and potatoes is a great dump and go meal for the crockpot that the whole family will love! This crack chicken soup is similar to creamy potato soup, but with the tasty addition of Ranch and chicken. This hearty comfort food is great for toddlers/kids because the flavors are mild and the veggies are soft and easy for them to chew. Feel free to add or subtract your favorite veggies into the soup! See below the recipe for photos and notes.

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Creamy crack chicken soup Slow cooker

Creamy Crack Chicken soup (slow cooker)

Crack chicken soup with the name derived from cracked pepper, is an easy and hearty toss and go crockpot meal that is perfect for all ages!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 2-3 pounds boneless chicken thighs *see note
  • 4 medium potatoes cubed (peeling optional)
  • 3 large carrots peeled and cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups corn kernels (drained) or 15 oz. canned whole corn kernels
  • 3-4 cups chicken broth *see note
  • 12 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 oz. Ranch dressing packet
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/3 teaspoon onion powder (optional)


  • Cooked and crumbled bacon or bacon bits
  • Shredded cheddar cheese


  • Place potatoes, carrots, corn and chicken broth in the bottom of a 6-7 quart slow cooker/crockpot. Add chicken in a layer over the veggies, then season with Ranch powder, salt and onion powder. Dot the seasoned chicken with cubed cream cheese.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours, until the chicken shreds easily.
  • Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred, then return to the slow cooker and stir gently until the cream cheese is well incorporated and the soup is creamy.
  • Top the soup with shredded cheese and bacon and allow the cheese to melt, then cool slightly and enjoy! More photos and notes below.


Additional chicken broth can be added if the soup is too thick for your preference. 
Additional notes and step by step photos below. 
Keyword Crack chicken, soup, slow cooker,
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Ingredients needed for this crack chicken soup: Potatoes, corn, carrots, chicken broth, chicken, Ranch powder and seasonings, cream cheese, bacon and cheddar cheese.

Step 1: Prep and add veggies and then broth to a large slow cooker.

Can I add other veggies to this crack chicken soup?

Yes, you can also add green beans or peas instead of or along with the above veggies. If adding peas you will need to wait until the last hour (roughly) of slow cooking. Peas cook faster than corn, carrots, potatoes and other veggies in the slow cooker.

Do I have to peel the carrots and potatoes for this crack chicken soup?

Peeling the carrots and potatoes is optional. I prefer to simply scrub them and then chop them up and toss them in. A lot of nutrients are in the skins of these veggies, but they also don’t look quite as pretty when they are cooked with the skin left on.

Step 1 continued: Place chicken onto the veggies and season, then place the cubed cream cheese over the seasoned chicken.

Why should the veggies be placed on the bottom of the slow cooker?

Placing the veggies on the bottom of the slow cooker ensures the potatoes are covered to prevent them from getting spots due to being exposed. Be sure to allow plenty of time for the chicken to cook as it is further from the heat (the chicken should reach a temperature of at least 165 degrees). The cooking times may vary depending on crockpot/slow cooker size and strength.

Step 2-4: Cook until the chicken shreds easily. Shred chicken and then return to crockpot. Stir soup to ensure cream cheese is well combined, then top with shredded cheese and cooked bacon. Cool and enjoy!

Side ideas for this crack chicken soup:

One of my family’s favorite sides to this thick and hearty crack chicken soup is Apple sauce! My husband likes to have applesauce with any casserole or thick soup, and we also enjoy homemade bread as a side to soup. You could also try serving this soup with Amish 60 minute dinner rolls or veggie and mozzarella crostini.

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4 thoughts on “Creamy Crack Chicken Soup (slow cooker)”

  1. Cheryl Donnelly

    5 stars
    Oh my lanta. This soup is so insanely good. I had it in the crock pot on low for 4.5 hours and the chicken simply melts in my mouth, it has the perfect blend of seasonings and the perfect blend of ingredients!

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