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bacon ranch cream cheese chicken in a skillet

Ranch Cream Cheese Chicken (Crack Chicken)

This ranch cream cheese chicken recipe has an irresistible topping with bacon and melty cheddar cheese that's baked to perfection!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon ranch chicken, crack chicken, cream cheese chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 717kcal


  • 6 strips bacon cut into small pieces
  • 4 large chicken breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pepper to taste
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 tablespoon ranch seasoning I used Hidden Valley
  • 1/3 cup scallions chopped
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese grated


  • Preheat your oven to 375F and move the rack to the top third of the oven.
  • Cook the bacon in a large oven-proof skillet until crispy (I cut it up quickly using kitchen shears). Transfer the bacon to a paper towel lined plate, and leave about 2 tablespoons of bacon fat in the skillet.
  • Season the chicken breasts with the garlic powder and pepper, then add them to the skillet and sear for 5 minutes/side over medium-high heat.
  • Meanwhile, add the cream cheese (microwave it for 30 seconds or until soft if it's straight out of the fridge), ranch seasoning, scallions, and about half of the cooked bacon to a bowl. Stir until smooth.
  • Once the chicken has been seared, take the skillet off the heat. Spread the cream cheese mixture equally over the top of each piece of chicken, then sprinkle the cheddar over top, followed by the rest of the bacon. If you don't have an oven-proof skillet, transfer the chicken to a baking dish for this step.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes. If your chicken breasts are on the smaller side, try 15 minutes then test for doneness (chicken is cooked at 165F).
  • Let the chicken rest for a few minutes prior to serving so it's nice and juicy.


  • I don't add extra salt to the chicken because bacon and ranch seasoning are quite salty. Before adding salt to this dish, be sure to taste it first.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 717kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 63g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 258mg | Sodium: 1121mg | Potassium: 1035mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1208IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 278mg | Iron: 2mg