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Instant Pot Crack Chicken Casserole

This Instant Pot crack chicken casserole is one of the most amazing pressure cooker dinner recipes I have made thus far! Get ready for creamy cream cheese chicken with pasta.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Casserole

I made an easy Instant Pot crack chicken casserole that took a total of 20 minutes from start to finish and it was amazing!! On top of the list of favorite Instant Pot recipes amongst the 5 of us. (originally published 7/18, affiliate links present)

If you need easy Ninja Foodi recipes, you can use that pot instead.

Any brand works, we have them all and there isn’t much of a difference other than the names of a few of the buttons.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

star wars instant pot

It is the only way to do it during the summertime so you don’t have to turn the oven on.

We make this one year round because it’s a creamy hearty casserole with tender pieces of chicken thighs or breasts and diced vegetables.

Made in less than 20 minutes it’s always a winner for dinner!

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Here are a few questions you might have before you get started on this. If you have others just let us know below.

Why do they call it crack chicken?

Some people don’t appreciate the name, so you can call it whatever you want. It came about because of how addicting it is. When tried people just can’t get enough of it.

What types of casseroles are there?

Our favorite are Instant Pot casseroles. They’re made in no time at all using beef, chicken or pork. Incorporating noodles and vegetables makes it a one pot meal. Using the oven is another alternative.

What are the best casserole dishes?

The best quick and easy casseroles are ones that need the least amount of prep. To help you can use leftover chicken and skip the browning step, or rotisserie is great.

Instant Pot crack chicken pasta

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The basic ingredient to make this chicken and cream cheese dinner are those two ingredients. Everything is better with cheese and bacon too so we loaded up on the best bacon around.

  • Noodles are a given when it comes to making a casserole, and I feel like you have to throw some type of vegetable in so we used petite peas this time.

You could really use any type of small diced frozen veggie inside this and I think it would be great.

Gives it a little bit more texture, flavor, and incorporating veggies in every dish when you have kids gets them to appreciate the taste overall. That’s the way it worked in my house anyway.

  • I love one pot meals like this one and our pressure cooker chicken taco bowls. You just throw everything in, let it cook and do it’s thing and it’s ready!
  • Very little prep and you have your protein, starch and vegetables all pressure cooked in one pot.
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Crack chicken casserole

Typically crack chicken recipes call for chicken breasts, but honestly I am a huge fan of chicken thighs!!

  • For one thing they have SO much more flavor, are more tender, and are dirt cheap at the store…yes I am frugal, let’s be honest here.

So….I used thighs and I think it made for a tastier meal but that is totally up to you as well.

Here’s what you need to make our easy Instant Pot crack chicken

  • Pressure cooker
  • Chicken thighs
    • Could use chicken breasts if you’d rather
  • Cream cheese
  • Egg noodles
  • Chicken broth – can use water but it’s so much more flavorful with broth
  • Bacon – optional but we’re not counting calories on this dish, we’re going for uber flavor y’all
  • Ranch seasoning packet
  • Frozen peas – optional
  • Diced onion – optional but at least 1/2 cup is good

Here’s a video showing you how easy it is to make 

instant pot crack chicken

As noted in step 3 make sure you get all the small pcs. of cooked chicken off the bottom of your pot. If not it may trigger the burn message.

This has never happened to me but some pots are more sensitive than others and why I recommend this  non stick pot. You can remove the chicken to make sure everything is off.

  • Another tip is to make sure you quick pressure release. If not the noodles can get overdone and too soft.

If you’d like a crockpot crack chicken recipe we have that too!

slow cooker crack chicken

Then after you do try our other favorite Instant Pot chicken recipes

The cooking time is short so don’t go far away because you’ll need to cook on high and do a quick release right when it beeps.

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Time needed: 10 minutes.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Casserole

  1. Saute

    Set Instant Pot to saute and add olive oil and bacon. Cook for a few minutes until bacon is consistently sizzling and almost done. (add onion now if you want to add it)

    Add cubed chicken thigh pieces and cook until outsides of chicken are no longer pink. Turn Instant Pot off/cancel so it can cool a bit before turning it to high pressure. Deglaze your Instant Pot after sauteing any meat. how to deglaze your instant pot

  2. Add ingredients

    Sprinkle ranch seasoning packet on top of bacon and chicken and mix gently. Cut softened cream cheese into clumps and put on top of chicken mixture, followed by 1/2 cup of chicken broth.

  3. Cook

    Close lid and steam valve and set to high pressure for 5 minutes.
    Do a quick release, stir contents gently allowing cream cheese bits to become creamy and no longer clumped up.

  4. Add more time

    Add your frozen peas, then 5 measuring cups full of uncooked small egg noodles, and then your remaining 1.5 c. of chicken broth on top of your noodles. Gently stir just a bit.

    Close lid and steam valve and set to high pressure for 3 minutes. Do a quick release, stir and serve!!

  5. Thicken

    If you want sauce a bit thicker turn IP to saute again to have liquid bubble for 1-2 minutes and stir gently while bubbling. Allow to sit and the longer it sits the thicker it will get.

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Instant Pot Crack Chicken Casserole

This Instant Pot crack chicken casserole is one of the most amazing pressure cooker dinner recipes I have made thus far! Get ready for creamy goodness. 
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword casserole, chicken, crack, cream cheese, easy, instant pot, pressure cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 707kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Set Instant Pot to saute and add olive oil and bacon.
  • Cook for a few minutes until bacon is consistently sizzling and almost done. (add onion now if you want to add it)
  • Add cubed chicken thigh pieces and cook until outsides of chicken are no longer pink. Turn Instant Pot off/cancel so it can cool a bit before turning it to high pressure. Scrape remaining bits of meat off bottom of pot.
  • Sprinkle ranch seasoning packet on top of bacon and chicken and mix gently.
  • Cut softened cream cheese into clumps and put on top of chicken mixture, followed by 1/2 cup of chicken broth.
  • Close lid and steam valve and set to high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • Do a quick release, stir contents gently allowing cream cheese bits to become creamy and no longer clumped up.
  • Add your frozen peas, then 5 measuring cups full of uncooked small egg noodles, and then your remaining 1.5 c. of chicken broth on top of your noodles.
  • Gently stir just a bit.
  • Close lid and steam valve and set to high pressure for 3 minutes.
  • Do a quick release, stir and serve!!
  • If you want sauce a bit thicker turn IP to saute again to have liquid bubble for 1-2 minutes and stir gently while bubbling. Allow to sit and the longer it sits the thicker it will get.

Video

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Crack Chicken Casserole
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 707 Calories from Fat 459
% Daily Value*
Fat 51g78%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 223mg74%
Sodium 605mg26%
Potassium 566mg16%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 740IU15%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I have not made this meal in the crock pot yet but I am sure you could precook the chicken or use a rotisserie. If you’re shredding the chicken off an already cooked bird then you could skip the initial cooking step of that. 

If you make it I’d love to hear at what temp. you turn the pot to, and how long you cooked it for.

  • The noodles wouldn’t take long and would need to be added at the very end submerged in liquid. I would think 30 minutes would soften them well.
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Marvis Wilson

Tuesday 13th of April 2021

Amazing! Thank you!

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 13th of April 2021

Glad you loved it

hometechie

Thursday 21st of January 2021

This is a great recipe and such a crowd pleaser! I don't have or use ranch packets so I always substitute it with some ground black pepper and garlic salt. I also try to make it a little healthier, skipping the bacon and including frozen carrots. My family loves it, thank you for this recipe!

The Typical Mom

Friday 22nd of January 2021

Great substitutes

Sheyona

Saturday 25th of January 2020

Made this tonight and it was great. Hubby loved it. I am over 60 and could not bring myself to sauté in the foodi. I used my 100+ year old cast iron fry pan, I have been using it since I was 6. I thought the recipe look rather bland so I added my holy trinity, onions, celery, leeks and added garlic for the fun of it. Sautéed every thing an took it to the next cooking instructions. But put everything in the fridge till hubby called to say he was on his way home from work. It was ready by the time he got home. I had no trouble with the cream cheese, I used a whisk to stir it

Shelby P.

Monday 2nd of March 2020

Super excited to make this tonight! Can this be doubled?

Melanie B

Monday 18th of November 2019

I made this tonight. It was delicious. The only problem was that some of the noodles were not completely done. I will cook for 5 minutes next time. My cream cheese did great!

GeorgiaLady31

Thursday 14th of January 2021

I have made this recipe three times now, and the noodles have to be cooked for 6 minutes. Anything less than that and they will still be a bit crunchy. This applies to regular, wide. or extra wide egg noodles.

Once that adjustment is made, the recipe is great. I even made it once with no seasoning, and even that one was delicious. It's a hit with the whole family.

Kris A.

Friday 1st of November 2019

We enjoyed the recipe with it kids for dinner at their house. I didn’t have egg noodles so I substituted cavatappi, cooked for 3 minutes, released pressure, put in some chopped asparagus, covered and let it finish during the 10 minutes drive. It was a perfect speedy and easy dinner. Thanks!

lena m craig

Monday 11th of November 2019

ive made this b4 and it was yummy, but can this be doubled?

The Typical Mom

Saturday 2nd of November 2019

Yay glad it was a hit!

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