Bariatric Friendly “Crack Chicken”

Steph Wagner

October 12, 2020

Bariatric Friendly “Crack Chicken”

Bariatric Friendly Crack Chicken recipe on bariatric food coach

A “recipe redux” makeover for creamy pulled chicken, often called Crack Chicken

Have you seen recipes for “Crack Chicken” on Pinterest?

What a great name. Who doesn’t want to click on that and find out what it is?

This recipe often calls for cream cheese and bacon which of course makes it desirable enough to be called Crack Chicken. However, for a weight loss surgery patient, those high fat ingredients could not only mean falling off plan, it could also end with a lot of digestive discomfort!

High fat and high sugar foods may cause dumping syndrome or even just an upset pouch. No fun.

Wondering what I did to make it more bariatric friendly?

Just a few standard tricks to keep the fat content down. You could certainly dress it up with more of your favorite toppings like green onions or even some cooked turkey bacon crumbles. Mostly I opted for a lower fat cheddar and substituted The Laughing Cow™ Cheese for the cream cheese.

It still provided great flavor and a creamy texture for a very enjoyable change of pace to chicken breast at dinner. I served ours with steamed carrots!

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Bariatric Friendly Crack Chicken recipe on bariatric food coach

Bariatric Friendly "Crack Chicken"

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Slow Cooker
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 202kcal
Author: Steph Wagner
A recipe makeover for "Crack Chicken" using bariatric friendly ingredients to take down the fat but keep up the flavor.
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  • 1/2 cup chicken broth low sodium
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning
  • 1 lb chicken breast boneless, skinless
  • 4 triangles spreadable cheese ex: The Laughing Cow™ Lite Swiss
  • 1 cup 2% cheddar cheese shredded


  • In the bottom of a slow cooker add chicken broth and ranch season. Stir.
  • Nestle chicken breast into the seasoned broth. Cover with lid and cook on low for four hours.
  • Remove lid and shred chicken. Add cheese wedges and shredded cheese. Stir in until cheese is melting in. May need to use the back of a spoon to break up the spreadable cheese.
  • Remove and serve. Optional toppings: chopped green onion or turkey bacon


Serve with steamed veggies such as these microwave steamed baby carrots. 


Serving: 4oz | Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 947mg | Potassium: 462mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 92IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Facts
Bariatric Friendly "Crack Chicken"
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 202 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 79mg26%
Sodium 947mg41%
Potassium 462mg13%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 92IU2%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 127mg13%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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