Butter Chicken With Ritz Crackers

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Welcome to the Butter Chicken with Ritz Crackers recipe page. Here, you can find easy step-by-step instructions on how to make butter chicken with Ritz crackers and your slow cooker too.

I’m quite the fan of ritz cracker chicken. This is a super easy dish that tastes great. You can adjust the spice level and it goes great with garlic naan. You don’t have to use ritz crackers, but that is what I had available in my cupboard. This article also offers a crispy butter chicken recipe with the health benefits of eating chicken.

Ritz Cracker Chicken

In this Ritz Cracker Chicken recipe, tender baked chicken is dipped in egg and coated with crushed buttery Ritz crackers and spices.

ritz cracker chicken with green beans on the side

If you’re looking for a super easy chicken recipe for tonight’s dinner, this is it. Or if you’re just looking for new chicken recipes in general, consider adding this one to your “must try” list along with my Salsa Chicken and Chicken Fried Chicken. This is a family-friendly recipe, the chicken turns out nice and tender, and it’s delicious!

ingredients displayed for making ritz cracker chicken

Ingredients needed:

  • chicken breasts
  • Ritz crackers
  • Italian seasoning
  • garlic salt
  • black pepper
  • eggs
  • butter
ritz cracker chicken on baking sheet just out of the oven

How to make Ritz Cracker Chicken:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Before starting this recipe, make sure the chicken breasts are similar in thickness so they’ll cook evenly. If not, pound them to an even thickness.

In one bowl, combine Ritz cracker crumbs with Italian seasoning, garlic salt and black pepper. In a second bowl, whisk the eggs.

Pat the chicken dry. Then dip the chicken first in the egg mixture and then in the Ritz crumb mixture to coat the whole chicken breast. Set the coated chicken in a 9×13-inch pan. 

Drizzle all of the chicken breasts with melted butter. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden and cooked through.

ritz cracker chicken on white plate with green beans

Can you use other crackers for Ritz Cracker chicken?

Well, the short answer to that question is “yes.” Ritz crackers are wonderful in this recipe because they have good flavor and are slightly buttery tasting. So I definitely wouldn’t use water crackers or any kind of cracker that doesn’t have a lot of good flavor on its own. But if there is another buttery sort of cracker you like to buy, then definitely try it out to use in this Ritz Cracker chicken. You might just find a new use for your favorite crackers!

ritz cracker chicken on white plate

Let’s face it: the butter drizzled onto this chicken is what helps make it so amazing as it bakes in the oven. I have tried just spraying the coated chicken with nonstick spray before to see if that works well since I’m always trying to cut calories. It does work that way, but the butter drizzle is definitely way more delicious. Serve Ritz cracker chicken with your favorite side dishes. I like roasted green beans and Greek potatoes with lemon vinaigrette. Enjoy!

Butter Chicken with Ritz Crackers

FAMOUS BUTTER CHICKEN (AKA, RITZ CRACKER CHICKEN):

Ingredients :

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup crushed Ritz crackers or similar butter crackers
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • pepper to taste

Directions :

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Place crushed crackers in a medium size shallow bowl, add garlic salt and pepper – mix. Place eggs (beaten) in another separate medium size shallow bowl. Dip one chicken breast at a time in the eggs coating well, then dredge in the cracker crumbs, coating well on all sides. Place chicken breasts side-by-side in baking dish. *Top chicken evenly with pieces of butter.

Bake on middle rack of oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until chicken is ready and internal temperature has reached a safe minimum 165 degree F internal temperature.

Serve with your favorite veggies, rice, potatoes, salad and more. Enjoy!

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*The recipe calls for placing the butter around the chicken, but I opted to place the butter on top of the chicken – it turned out wonderful! Add your favorite poultry seasonings for extra flavor (garlic/onion powder and more).

Crispy Butter Chicken Recipe

Crispy butter chicken is an easy oven baked fried chicken with just a few ingredients in 30 minutes that your kids will LOVE!

There’s more than one way to fry a chicken. I’ve done Crispy Fried Chicken, Pioneer Take-Out Fried Chicken and Oven Fried Chicken, and crispy butter chicken is next in line.

Crispy Butter Chicken in white baking dish

CRISPY BUTTER CHICKEN

This is an easy recipe to make on weeknights or when you don’t want to spend a lot of time cooking. Crunchy, crispy and with a rich taste you’d swear comes from a fancy restaurant, butter chicken is sure to be one of your new favorite recipes.

The thing I love about this recipe is the quick and easy dinner it makes. We keep the cracker crumbs ready ahead of time. If you want to crush a box of Ritz crackers ahead of time and keep them in your pantry, this recipe will take you less time to prepare than it takes for your oven to heat up!

I also use 6 ounce chicken breasts for this recipe, so if your chicken is much larger you may need to increase your cooking time. Some grocery stores sell chicken breasts that can weigh over 10 ounces each, so just be aware that you need to cook to doneness versus only following the time listed.

HOW TO MAKE CRISPY BUTTER CHICKEN

  • Start by preheating the oven.
  • Whisk your eggs in a shallow bowl and put your cracker crumbs into a separate bowl.
  • Dry the chicken with a paper towel and then dip it into the eggs.
  • Once covered, dredge the chicken in the breadcrumb mixture until it is thoroughly covered.
  • Put the chicken in a baking dish in a single layer.
  • Cut pieces of butter and put them in the pan around the chicken.
  • Put the whole thing in the oven and let it cook until it’s golden brown.

FLAVOR VARIATIONS

  • Seasoning: if you want a specific flavor, you can add Cajun or Italian seasoning into the breadcrumb mixture to infuse it with a different splash of flavor.
  • Garlic butter: melt pieces of butter in the microwave and mix in a healthy portion of garlic powder. You can either freeze it into a solid for the next time you make crispy chicken or pour the melted butter onto the chicken before you bake it.
  • Cheese: mix parmesan in the breadcrumbs to give the chicken a richer, cheesy flavor. Keep in mind that the cheese can make the chicken fuse to the glass baking pan, so you will want to grease it first with cooking spray or olive oil.

What to serve with Crispy Butter Chicken:

  • Rainbow Roasted Vegetables: veggies never looked so good. This is a fun one to make, since you get to arrange a mini rainbow on a baking sheet.
  • Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes: mashed potatoes with fried chicken is an American classic, and these potatoes are rich, creamy and full of flavor.
  • Baked Mac and Cheese: this Mac and cheese is gourmet and the cheese is crispy, which makes it a side that may make a fight break out when it’s time for seconds (if you’re feeling nice, you might share. Maybe.)
  • Easy Cole Slaw: Cole Slaw is so tasty and easy to make that you’ll wonder why you don’t have it every night (after trying this recipe, you may want to.)

FRIED CHICKEN TRIVIA

  • July 6th is National Fried Chicken Day in the United States. Celebrate appropriately by making this recipe!
  • Shockingly, fried chicken didn’t come from Kentucky (and the first KFC was actually in Salt Lake City, Utah.) The first version of fried chicken was called chicken fritters, and comes from Europe (specifically Scotland) during the Middle Ages.
  • It takes a special kind of chicken. No, really, you can’t just pick up any old chicken and deep fry it (please don’t do that anyway.) Chickens suitable for frying are called “broilers,” and are the majority of chickens you find at your grocery store.

Chicken Cooking Safety

According to the USDA’s official site, chicken is considered cooked through when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F (73.8 degrees C).

Don’t serve undercooked chicken or it may be a while before your dinner guests call you back.

HOW LONG IS CRISPY BUTTER CHICKEN GOOD?

  • Serve: don’t leave cooked chicken out for longer than 2 hours at room temperature. If you left the leftovers out last night, I’m sorry but it’s time to say goodbye.
  • Store: this chicken recipe is good in the fridge for about 3 days before it goes bad.
  • Freeze: cooked chicken can stay frozen in an airtight container for about 4 months.

Health Benefits of Eating Chicken

Chicken is a great source of protein. Get to know the various health benefits of eating chicken as well as how to cook in a healthy way.

Chicken is one of the most valued foods among people of all ages, throughout the world. Not only it forms a crucial part of various culinary traditions but it is also highly nutritious and delicious to taste. A great source of protein, chicken has been linked to a long list of health benefits. Here are 7 amazing health benefits of eating chicken.

1. Helps build muscles

Chicken is one of the best non-vegetarian sources of protein. It is lean meat, which means that it contains more amount of proteins and less amount of fat. A 100g serving of roasted chicken offers you 31g of protein, making it great for those who want to bulk up and build muscles.

2. Keeps your bones healthy

Apart from protein, chicken is rich in several minerals like phosphorus and calcium, that helps keeps bones in mint condition. Also, it has selenium which has been known to cut risk of arthritis.

3. Relieves stress

Chicken has two nutrients that are great for reducing stress tryptophan and Vitamin B5. Both of them have a calming effect on your body and this makes chicken an excellent option after a stressful day. Also, it tastes great and that too adds to its stress releasing, happiness inducing properties. Read our mega guide on how to deal with stress.

4. Reduces PMS symptoms

Magnesium, a nutrient present in chicken helps soothe symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome and fight the various mood changes that a woman might experience during her periods. Here are more tips on dealing with PMS.

5. Helps boost testosterone levels

Men should consume foods rich in zinc as it helps regulate testosterone levels as well as boost sperm production.

6. Boosts immunity

Chicken soup has long been used as a home remedy for relieving cold, flu and other common respiratory infections. The hot steam of chicken soup helps clear nasal and throat congestion while the thick fluid coats the throat to prevent invasion of respiratory linings by microbes to cause infection. A study evaluating this effect suggested that chicken soup inhibits migration of neutrophils, a type of immune cells, thereby preventing inflammation during common infections and boosting immunity.

7. Promotes heart health

Chicken, being rich in vitamin B6, plays an important role in preventing heart attack. Vitamin B6 helps by lowering the levels of homocysteine, one of the key components linked to an increased risk of heart attack. Besides, chicken is also a good source of niacin that helps lower cholesterol, a risk factor for heart disease development. The American Heart Association also recommends consumption of chicken over red meat since it contains less amount of saturated fats and is also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids that exhibit beneficial cardiovascular effects.

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