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Get ready to fall in love with every bite of this easy Crack Chicken recipe! This dish is a creamy, cheesy, and utterly satisfying meal that’s perfect for those times when you want something both comforting and easy to make.

Crack Chicken, typically known for its addictive combination of chicken, cheese, and bacon, is often a crowd-pleaser at gatherings. But here, we’ve adapted it for a single serving, making it ideal for a cozy evening in. We’ve taken a classic and scaled it down without losing any of its charm. Get ready to enjoy a dish that’s packed with flavor and just the right size!

Enjoy this deliciously baked small batch Crack Chicken served over smooth buttered noodles, fluffy white rice, nutty brown rice, or alongside warm, crusty French bread perfect for dipping.

Why You’ll Love This Baked Crack Chicken Recipe

  • Quick and Easy: This recipe bakes in about 25 minutes, making it a great choice for a fast yet satisfying meal.
  • Single Serving: No need to worry about leftovers! This recipe is perfectly portioned for one.
  • Flavorful: The creamy sauce and crispy bacon add a burst of flavor to the chicken.
  • Customizable: Feel free to add your favorite toppings, such as green onions, chopped tomatoes, or a sliced avocado.
  • Flavorful Homemade Seasoning: Ditching the packaged ranch seasoning which is traditionally found in many Crack Chicken recipes, we use a homemade blend that’s just as tasty.
a small batch of crack chicken in a square red baking dish.

What Is Crack Chicken?

Crack Chicken is a creamy, savory dish that combines chicken, cheese, and a mix of herbs and spices. It’s often served as a dip or a filling for sandwiches, but in our version, it’s perfect as a main course over noodles or rice. The name “Crack Chicken” is a playful reference to the dish’s addictive flavors.

Ingredients

crack chicken ingredients on a kitchen counter.

In this section, I’ll briefly explain why each ingredient is chosen for our single serving crack chicken recipe. For detailed measurements and step-by-step instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the end of this post.

  • Olive Oil: Extra virgin olive oil is used for its rich flavor and health benefits. For added richness, substitute with butter.
  • Chicken Breast: The star of the dish. Use a 4 to 5 ounce boneless, skinless chicken breast for this recipe. If preferred, substitute with a boneless, skinless chicken thigh. If you find yourself with leftover chicken, why not use it in other delicious dishes? Consider adding it to a Chicken and Rice Casserole, spicing it up in a Chicken Tagine, making savory Buffalo Chicken Tenders, or tossing it in a flavorful Cashew Chicken recipe.
  • Chopped Onions and Garlic Clove: We recommend sautéing chopped onions and a minced garlic clove in olive oil after cooking the chicken. These ingredients add a wonderful depth of flavor and a hint of sweetness to the dish.
  • Low Sodium Chicken Broth: Using low sodium chicken broth allows you to control the saltiness of the dish more effectively. If you choose regular chicken broth, consider reducing or eliminating any additional salt to maintain a balanced flavor. If you have leftover broth, it can be used in any of our soup recipes. Try using it in Zuppa Toscana, blend it into a comforting Potato Soup, or in our hearty Chicken Stew.
  • Seasonings (Dried Dill, Parsley Flakes, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder): Instead of the usual packaged ranch seasoning found in traditional Crack Chicken recipes, this version uses a homemade blend of dried dill, parsley flakes, garlic powder, and onion powder. This combination creates a fresh, herbaceous flavor profile that perfectly complements the chicken.
  • Heavy Cream: : Heavy cream adds a luxurious, velvety texture to the dish, making it indulgently creamy. As it cooks, heavy cream thickens naturally, helping to create a cohesive sauce that clings beautifully to the chicken and any accompanying sides, like noodles or rice. Half-and-half can be used for a lighter, less rich version. If you have extra cream, it can be creatively used in various recipes. Whip it into a Crustless Quiche Lorraine for added richness, stir into Cheesy Baked Eggs for a creamy texture, blend into Creamy Vegetable Soup for extra smoothness, or incorporate it into a Mini French Silk Pie for a decadent dessert!
  • Cream Cheese: Cream cheese is a key ingredient in Crack Chicken, providing a rich, velvety base to the sauce. Its mild tanginess complements the savory flavors of the chicken and spices, while its creamy texture helps to bind all the ingredients together, creating a luxurious sauce. Use any remaining cream cheese to make Jalapeño Poppers with a creamy filling or to make a delightful small batch of Oreo Balls.
  • Cheddar Cheese: For the best melt and flavor, we recommend shredding your own cheddar cheese. Pre-packaged shredded cheese often contains anti-clumping agents that can hinder smooth melting. Freshly shredded cheese ensures a creamier and more cohesive texture in your Crack Chicken. For leftover cheddar cheese, consider adding it to a Broccoli Casserole for extra cheesiness or use it in a small batch of Loaded Deviled Eggs for a flavorful twist.
  • Salt and Black Pepper: For even seasoning throughout the dish, we prefer using kosher salt with a clean flavor and excellent solubility. Its coarse texture allows for precise control, ensuring every bite is perfectly seasoned. Along with this, freshly ground black pepper is added, introducing a subtle heat and aromatic depth. This combination of spices balances the rich and creamy elements of the crack chicken beautifully. I like using Diamond Crystal brand of kosher salt and find it to be ideal for achieving this flavor balance.
  • Bacon: It brings a satisfying crunch and rich flavor to the dish. If you have extra bacon, it works wonderfully in a German Potato Salad, adds depth to Coq au Vin, or can be a hearty addition to Lentil Stew.
  • Green onions: These are optional but add a nice fresh flavor.

If you have any ingredients leftover from this easy crack chicken recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder.

Recipe Variations

Enhance your crack chicken with these creative twists:

  • Spicy Version: Add a dash of red pepper flakes or a half-spoonful of chopped jalapeños to the dish for a spicy upgrade. It’s perfect for those who love a bit of heat in their meals.
  • Herb Lover’s Twist: Incorporate fresh herbs like basil, thyme, or rosemary for an aromatic touch. Fresh herbs can add a new dimension of flavor, making the dish more vibrant and fragrant.
  • Cheese Variety: Experiment with different cheese blends like mozzarella for stretchiness, Gouda for a smoky flavor, or a touch of blue cheese for a bold twist. Each cheese brings its unique taste and texture, adding complexity to the dish.
  • Bacon-Free: For a lighter alternative, leave out the bacon. You might add a dash of smoked paprika to maintain some of that smoky flavor.
  • Creamy Mushroom Addition: Sauté 1/4 cup of sliced mushrooms and add them to the mix. They contribute an earthy depth and additional texture, making the dish more substantial and flavorful.
  • Vegetable Boost: Stir in a handful of fresh spinach, diced bell peppers, or sun-dried tomatoes for added nutrition and a pop of color. Vegetables not only enhance the nutritional value but also add fresh flavors and textures.
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How To Make Crack Chicken

These step-by-step photos and instructions help you visualize how to make this small batch crack chicken recipe. See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

chicken pieces cooking in a skillet.
  1. Preparing the Chicken: Start by heating 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken pieces with salt and black pepper. Cook the chicken in the skillet for 2 minutes on one side, then flip and cook for another 2 minutes on the other side. Remove chicken and set aside – it doesn’t need to be fully cooked at this point.
chopped onions cooking in a skillet.
  1. Sautéing Onions: Add the remaining olive oil to the same pan. Add onions and sauté until they turn translucent, about 1 minute, stirring occasionally.
onions and garlic cooking together in a skillet.
  1. Adding Garlic: Stir in the garlic and continue cooking for an additional 30 seconds, stirring frequently to prevent burning.
chicken broth, onions, and garlic simmering in a pan on the stove.
  1. Simmering with Broth: Pour in the chicken broth, stirring occasionally, and bring the mixture to a simmer.
a crack chicken cream sauce simmering on the stove.
  1. Incorporating Cream: Add the heavy cream to the pan and bring the mixture back to a simmer. Once simmering, continue to cook for 1 minute, stirring often.
a creamy cream cheese sauce simmering on the stove.
  1. Adding Seasonings and Cheese: Remove the pan from heat. Stir in cream cheese, dried parsley flakes, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, and the remaining salt until well combined.
crack chicken in a skillet.
  1. Combining Chicken, Cheese, and Bacon: Mix in the chicken, half of the shredded cheese, and the bacon into the pan, ensuring everything is evenly distributed.
crack chicken in a small red baking dish.
  1. Baking Preparation: Transfer the mixture to a lightly buttered 5×5 inch baking dish, spreading it evenly.

Pro Tip: Place the baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet to catch any possible spills.

unbaked crack chicken topped with cheese on a rimmed baking sheet.
  1. Adding the Final Cheese Layer: Sprinkle the remaining cheese evenly over the top of the mixture in the baking dish. Cover the dish with foil to lock in moisture and ensure even baking.
a small batch of crack chicken topped with melted cheese and chopped green onions.
  1. Baking and Serving: Place the covered dish in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. After baking, remove the foil and garnish the crack chicken with sliced green onions.

Pro Tip: If the cheese hasn’t completely melted, return the dish to the oven without the foil and bake for an extra 5 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted. Then, top with the green onions.

This dish is now ready to be enjoyed! Serve it over your choice of pasta or rice, or pair it with a slice of French bread for a delightful meal.

Expert Tips

  • Before starting, it’s important to read the entire recipe and the detailed Ingredient Notes section. We’ve included comprehensive information to guarantee your crack chicken turns out perfectly every time. Since this dish is quick to prepare, it’s essential to familiarize yourself with the recipe and have all ingredients prepped and ready to go before beginning.
  • Even Cooking: Ensure the chicken pieces are of uniform size for even cooking.
  • Cheese Mixture: Mix the cheeses well to avoid lumps and achieve a smooth texture.
  • Baking Dish: Use a 5×5 inch baking dish for the perfect portion and even baking.
  • Herb Balance: Adjust the herb quantities to suit your flavor preferences.

What To Serve With Crack Chicken

Enjoy this versatile dish in a variety of ways:

  • Over Buttered Noodles: A classic pairing that highlights the creamy texture.
  • With Rice: A great way to soak up all the creamy goodness.
  • As a Dip: Use French bread for dipping and savor the rich flavors.
  • In a Sandwich: Stuff it between bread slices for a hearty meal.
  • With Green Beans: Serve alongside roasted brussels sprouts or sautéed green beans for a balanced meal.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I store leftover crack chicken?

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days, though it’s best enjoyed fresh.

Can I use pre-cooked chicken in this crack chicken recipe?

Absolutely, it can save time and works well with the recipe.

Can I make crack chicken ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare this crack chicken in advance. Assemble the dish up to the point of baking, cover it, and refrigerate. When ready to eat, let the dish come to room temperature and bake as instructed.

Can I double this crack chicken recipe?

Yes, just double the ingredient amounts and use a 6.5×6.5 inch baking dish, a 6×8 inch baking dish, or two 5×5 inch baking dishes.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder or you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

If you’ve made this oven-baked crack chicken recipe, I’d love to hear how it turned out for you. Please rate the recipe and share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Crack Chicken For One

4.91 from 10 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Discover how to make single serving Crack Chicken in minutes! Creamy, cheesy, and perfect for a quick meal. Enjoy over noodles, rice, or bread.

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt , divided
  • teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 (4 to 5 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast , cut into ½ inch pieces
  • ¼ cup chopped onions
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon dried dill
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese , divided
  • 2 strips bacon , cooked and crumbled
  • 1 green onion , sliced for topping

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Heat 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat.
    Season chicken pieces with ⅛ teaspoon salt and the black pepper. Cook the chicken in the skillet for 2 minutes on one side, then flip and cook for another 2 minutes on the other side.
    Remove chicken and set aside – it doesn’t need to be fully cooked at this point.
  • Add the remaining olive oil to the same pan. Add onions and sauté until they turn translucent, about 1 minute, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in the garlic and continue cooking for an additional 30 seconds, stirring frequently to prevent burning.
  • Pour in the chicken broth, stirring occasionally, and bring the mixture to a simmer.
  • Add the heavy cream to the pan and bring the mixture back to a simmer. Once simmering, continue to cook for 1 minute, stirring often.
  • Remove the pan from heat. Stir in cream cheese, dried parsley flakes, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, and the remaining salt until well combined.
  • Mix in the chicken, half of the shredded cheese, and the bacon into the pan, ensuring everything is evenly distributed.
  • Transfer the mixture to a lightly buttered 5×5 inch baking dish, spreading it evenly.
    Pro Tip: Place the baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet to catch any possible spills.
  • Sprinkle the remaining cheese evenly over the top of the mixture in the baking dish. Cover the dish with foil to lock in moisture and ensure even baking.
  • Place the covered dish in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. After baking, remove the foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes if the cheese has not fully melted.
    Garnish the Crack Chicken with sliced green onions. Serve it over your choice of pasta or rice, or pair it with a slice of French bread for a delightful meal.

Notes

  • Before starting, it’s important to read the entire recipe and the detailed Ingredient Notes section. We’ve included comprehensive information to guarantee your crack chicken turns out perfectly every time. Since this dish is quick to prepare, it’s essential to familiarize yourself with the recipe and have all ingredients prepped and ready to go before beginning.
  • Even Cooking: Ensure the chicken pieces are of uniform size for even cooking.
  • Cheese Mixture: Mix the cheeses well to avoid lumps and achieve a smooth texture.
  • Baking Dish: Use a 5×5 inch baking dish for the perfect portion and even baking.
  • Herb Balance: Adjust the herb quantities to suit your flavor preferences.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 881kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 49g, Fat: 78g, Saturated Fat: 34g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 27g, Cholesterol: 170mg, Sodium: 1008mg, Potassium: 375mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 2007IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 505mg, Iron: 1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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  1. This is a good dish. Maybe a little less dill would be better. I ate it over noodles,, which I rarely eat but it was good. I will probably cook it again & try adjusting the seasonings. It’s way more than one serving so will have it again in a day or so. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  2. Made the dish last night. Excellent!! It was sooooo good and easy to make. The only thing was, I couldn’t find the temperature to bake it at. I did it at 375 degrees. I have made other recipes from you and have not been disappointed! Thank you so much for the delicious recipes!!!