This recipe uses the magic of the slow cooker to give you a no-fuss meal that’s an easy chicken dinner by definition but is so creamy and cheesy and crave-worthy that it feels almost sinful. It features a (mostly) dump-and-run kind of preparation and a number of hard to resist ingredients – like cream cheese, ranch seasoning, plenty of cheddar, and bacon.
2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts, trimmed of excess fat
1 oz packet ranch seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder
16 oz cream cheese
8 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 cup green onions, sliced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Add chicken to slow cooker insert. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with ranch seasoning and garlic powder.
Chop cream cheese into quarters and place over chicken.
Cover and cook on low for 7 hours or high for 4 hours without lifting lid.
Shred chicken with two forks. Add most of the bacon and stir mixture together to break up cream cheese.
Spread back out into an even layer, top with cheddar cheese and remaining bacon. Cover and cook until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.
Serve with green onions and enjoy!