The name of the recipe is Chicken With Ritz Cracker Recipe. This recipe is so nice and so simple, that I am surprised that more people have not tried it before. The truth is that Chicken With Ritz Cracker Recipe taste great, and if you love it, then we should definitely try it together sometime soon.
Ritz Cracker Chicken Recipe
Ritz Cracker Chicken is the perfect easy weeknight meal! This kid-approved meal is topped with crushed buttery Ritz crackers, and then the chicken is baked to juicy perfection.
Ritz Cracker Chicken
If you love snacking on Ritz crackers as much as I do, you’ll be completely in love with this family favorite recipe.
I love dipping it in a bit of warm marinara, this Instant Pot Tomato Sauce, or in some homemade honey mustard sauce. It’s also so delicious served with Raising Cane’s Sauce. I bet it would also taste amazing with some warm cheese sauce or some homemade gravy.
Try serving ritzy chicken with a side dish of salad, some roasted broccoli, or your favorite noodles.
My favorite part about this dish is how truly crispy the coating is, while the chicken stays perfectly juicy and tender. It’s really just the best combination, and I’m sure you’ll love it!
Eggs: Whisk the eggs together to make an egg wash. This helps the Ritz cracker coating stick to the chicken while it bakes.
Crushed Ritz Crackers: This is what we’re using to make the delicious crispy coating. It’s a great replacement for bread crumbs to coat chicken.
Spices: Italian seasoning, garlic powder, fine sea salt, and ground black pepper add tons of flavor to the crushed Ritz crackers! You could also use part of a ranch seasoning packet if you’d like to incorporate that ranch flavor.
Chicken: Boneless skinless chicken breasts are the best cut for this recipe, but you could swap them for boneless skinless chicken thighs if that’s all you have on hand. I do recommend using air chilled chicken, because it releases less liquid while it bakes and has a better texture after it’s cooked.
Butter: Adding slices of butter on top of the Ritz crackers help keep this chicken juicy and makes the crackers perfectly crispy without burning them.
How To Make Ritz Cracker Chicken Breasts
Start by whisking the eggs together in one shallow bowl, then mix together the crushed Ritz crackers with the spices in another shallow bowl. Dip one side of the chicken in the egg wash, then in the cracker mixture, then place the chicken coated side up in a casserole dish or on a rimmed baking sheet. (See the recipe card below for the full printable recipe.)
Add slices of cold butter on top of the crushed Ritz crackers layer.
Bake uncovered in a preheated oven until the chicken is cooked through and the crushed Ritz crackers are golden brown. See the recipe card below for the full written instructions, including ingredient amounts, cooking times, and helpful tips, etc.
Can I Use Ritz Crackers Instead Of Breadcrumbs?
Yes! Ritz crackers are a great substitute for breadcrumbs. They’re the perfect substitute in a dish like this, and in meatballs or meatloaf.
Can I Make It Without Eggs?
Yes, you can. If you want to make it without eggs because you don’t have eggs on hand, I’d recommend using mayonnaise instead of the egg wash. If you want to make it without eggs because of an allergy, I’d recommend using sour cream instead of the egg wash.
What Temperature Should You Bake Chicken At?
I prefer baking chicken breasts at a higher temperature for a shorter amount of time. This locks in the juices and makes perfectly tender chicken. I normally bake chicken breasts at 450 F, but since we don’t want to burn the crackers in this recipe, 400 F is better for this dish.
Ritz Cracker Chicken
Ritz Cracker Chicken uses crushed buttery crackers instead of bread crumbs for a delicious coating. This Easy dinner recipe takes 30 minutes to bake and is super kid friendly!
Looking for a quick and easy chicken recipe tonight? Coat chicken breasts in crushed Ritz crackers, toss in some butter, bake, and you’ve got a delicious dinner the whole family will love!
If you want to bake chicken breasts that are not dry, this is the recipe for you. The last time I made this baked chicken, it was practically fork tender — seriously!
We had this growing up, but I changed a few things. Actually, this is such a versatile recipe that you can easily change it up to suit your tastes. Best of all, you probably have all of the ingredients in your pantry and fridge to make it!
How to Make Ritz Cracker Chicken
First, crush up a sleeve of Ritz or any buttery type of cracker. I like to crush them in a freezer bag and use that to bread the chicken.
Kids can help with this part. Mine love crushing crackers with a rolling pin! Then, season the cracker crumbs for extra flavor.
Dip the chicken in a beaten egg. This will help the crackers stick to the chicken.
If you don’t want to use an egg, you can substitute a little mayo for the egg. I do this sometimes — it also works well with baked breaded pork chops!
Dip each chicken breast into the crumbs in the bag. Then, place the breaded chicken into a casserole dish.
Next, add cut-up butter. Mom used to dip the chicken into melted butter, but I like adding it on top of and around the chicken.
As the chicken cooks, the butter melts and makes an awesome sauce. You can spoon some over the chicken when you serve it if you want!
Bake the chicken for about 30 minutes. I usually try to get smaller chicken breasts, but if your chicken is large, it may take a little longer to bake.
Ritz cracker chicken has a gorgeous golden brown crust. It’s tender, juicy, super flavorful and absolutely delicious!
It’s also picky eater approved. My family gobbled this chicken dinner right up without one single complaint!
Ritzy Chicken Casserole
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Once you taste this comforting chicken casserole you will understand why it’s so popular. The buttery Ritz cracker top and bottom crusts offer surprising flavor and texture, and the rich and creamy sauce is unbelievably easy to make, featuring canned cream of chicken soup and sour cream. You may omit the bottom layer of crackers if you’d like to lighten the recipe a bit.
Perfect for weeknight dinners, the chicken casserole takes no more than 15 minutes to put together and bakes to perfection in about 30 to 40 minutes. Make sure to cook the chicken before adding to the sauce. Serve with roasted or steamed broccoli or a simple salad on the side.
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- 60 Ritz crackers (about 2 sleeves), divided in half
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and divided in half
- 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup, or cream of mushroom soup
- 1 (8-ounce) container sour cream regular or low-fat, about 1 cup
- 1/2 cup chicken broth, low-sodium or unsalted
- 1 1/2 pounds cooked boneless chicken breasts, diced
Steps to Make It
- Gather the ingredients.
- Preheat the oven to 325 F. Lightly grease a 2-quart casserole dish.
- In a bowl, combine the soup, sour cream, chicken broth, and diced, cooked chicken.
- Crumble 1 sleeve of Ritz crackers into the bottom of the prepared casserole dish. Drizzle half of the melted butter over the crackers.
- Spoon the mixture over the Ritz cracker layer.
- Crush the remaining sleeve of crackers and toss them in a bowl with the remaining melted butter. Sprinkle the buttered cracker crumbs over the chicken mixture.
- Bake the casserole in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
Can I Use Canned Chicken in This Casserole?
For quicker preparation, you can use canned chicken instead of cooking raw chicken breasts, substituting about 24 ounces of drained canned chicken breast chunks. Fully cooked roasted or grilled chicken breast strips or rotisserie chicken meat are also great options when time is a factor.
- To make it more colorful and nutritious, feel free to add other ingredients such as pimientos or 1 to 1 1/2 cups of lightly steamed frozen peas, green beans, or mixed vegetables to the chicken and sauce mixture. Steamed asparagus or broccoli are good options as well.
- Add a few tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley to the filling for color.
- Sauté 6 to 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms in 2 tablespoons of butter until tender and browned; fold the mushrooms into the chicken mixture.
- Substitute diced cooked turkey or ham for the chicken.
- Add cooked bacon to the chicken mixture.
- Use one of the flavor varieties of Ritz crackers, including whole wheat, bacon, garlic butter, and low sodium.