Chicken with Ritz Crackers and Sour Cream recipe is one that my grandmother always made. This dish is not an authentic Spanish recipe, of course, but a fun and delicious way to use extra chicken. I love how the sour cream and grated cheese just melt right into the meat and create such a creamy sauce! You can’t go wrong with this simple meal, which you can make in no time flat.
Sour Cream Chicken
This Sour Cream Chicken recipe is a new family favorite! Boneless skinless chicken is covered in a seasoned sour cream and topped with crushed buttery Ritz crackers. It comes together fast and is sure to make weeknight meal planning a cinch!
A couple of weeks ago I stopped by the drug store to grab face wash or mascara or something, and I noticed right away that the seasonal items in the middle of the store no longer consist of foam pool noodles, goggles, and citronella.
The middle of the drug store is FULL OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES!
So I came right home to tell Andrew about the piles of notebooks, loose leaf paper, colored pencils, and Crayola crayons.
This was his response: “Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.”
And then he stomped into his room without bending his knees like Frankenstein and face-planted into the bed.
I don’t know what his problem is. School is exciting!
School means my kids have to read BOOKS. And get out of bed in the morning! It means they have to go to bed at 10 p.m.
IT MEANS I GET THE T.V. BACK.
Priorities, you guys.
So anyway, with school around the corner I thought it was high time we started pulling together some actual dinner recipes. Soon, Grilled Meatloaf at 8:30 pm because I wasn’t paying attention since the sun is definitely still shining will be a logistical impossibility.
And while that is definitely sort of sad, I am also looking forward to schedules. Sitting at the dinner table. Crunchy fall leaves. The Walking Dead.
I’m getting ahead of myself.
What do I need to make Sour Cream Chicken?
Okay so you are DEFINITELY going to already have some of these things handy. Hopefully most of them? One less trip to the store is always preferable for me. Here’s what you need:
- boneless skinless chicken breasts
- salt & pepper
- SOUR CREAM!
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- Ritz crackers
- melted butter
Sour Cream Chicken is a super simple weeknight meal. Seasoned sour cream is spread over boneless skinless chicken, and then topped with buttery crunchy crushed Ritz crackers. With a salad or some veggies this will easily become part of your dinner rotation.
This Heavenly Chicken recipe makes flavorful baked chicken that tastes divine! Made with Ritz crackers and bakes in 30 minutes!
You know those family recipes that don’t really have names? This is one of them.
A friend served us this and we quickly fell in love and asked what it was.
“That one chicken with the Ritz crackers,” is what they always called it.
She gave me her recipe, which we made just a couple days later (hey, it is GOOD), and then I did a little googling and came across a few various names for this heavenly chicken recipe – Sour Cream Chicken, Ritz Cracker Chicken, and a few people calling it Heavenly Chicken.
We’re calling ours Heavenly Chicken because yeah. It really is heavenly. So moist and buttery with a delicious cracker crust coating the chicken breasts.
Chicken – Our family prefers chicken breasts, but this recipew will also work with thighs.
Sour Cream – Makes the chicken so moist and heavenly! 😉
Seasoning – Garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika add a bit of flavor.
Ritz Crackers – A heavenly chicken recipe with Ritz Crackers is definitely the way to go! Bread crumbs would also work, but we love Ritz crackers here.
Melted Butter – This gets drizzled right over the chicken.
What We Love About This Recipe!
This chicken is so moist thanks to the sour cream! The Ritz cracker breading is buttery and flavorful and the chicken turns out tender. We make this one about once a week – it’s so good you won’t get tired of it!
How to Make:
Coating: Stir together the sour cream and all of the seasonings in a shallow dish. This is what makes the heavenly chicken so heavenly as it really packs in the moisture!
Add the crushed Ritz crackers to a second shallow dish.
Chicken: Dredge the chicken first in the sour cream and then in the crushed crackers. Make sure the crackers are fully coating your chicken.
Pound your chicken out with a meat mallet between a couple of sheets of plastic wrap to get them an even thickness. This will help them to bake evenly, so you won’t end up with bits that overdone while you wait for the thicker parts to cook.
Drizzle: Melt some butter in a small bowl and drizzle it right over the tops of the chicken breasts.
Bake: We’re baking this sour cream chicken at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes or until a meat thermometer reaches 165 degrees. We like to let our chicken rest a few minutes before we serve.
My Favorite Thermometer!
I love using this meat thermometer for making sure the meat is fully cooked! Easy for beginners & absolutely worth the low cost.
How to store baked chicken?
This heavenly chicken recipe will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator if kept in a covered container or wrapped well with plastic wrap.
Can I make this in an air fryer?
To make this heavenly chicken in the air fryer, cook at 380 degrees for 10 minutes or until a thermometer reaches 165 degrees.
Why is it called heavenly chicken?
Because it tastes divine! The seasoned sour cream mix and the crushed Ritz Cracker breading turn regular baked chicken into something extra moist and flavorful that practically melts in your mouth.
Does this taste like sour cream?
Nope – you’ll have no idea the chicken was coated in sour cream once it’s baked. It just adds loads of moisture and helps keep the meat tender.
SOUR CREAM CHICKEN
Your family will love this baked sour cream chicken! Tender and juicy chicken breasts, marinated in a seasoned sour cream sauce, are topped with buttery Ritz cracker crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Baked until golden brown, the easy dinner goes well with rice, biscuits, or cornbread, as well as a simple green salad, broccoli, or sauteed zucchini.
HOW TO MAKE SOUR CREAM CHICKEN | 1-MINUTE VIDEO
Sour Cream Chicken
SOUR CREAM CHICKEN MARINADE
Most busy home cooks will likely appreciate some new, quick and easy chicken recipes for dinner. This sour cream chicken is a perfect prep-ahead dish that appeals to even the pickiest little eaters. The sour cream marinade adds flavor and helps tenderize the meat, while the buttery cracker crumbs and Parmesan cheese give the chicken a crisp, rich finish. It’s an ideal weeknight meal!
WHAT SHOULD I MAKE FOR DINNER TONIGHT?
Sour cream chicken is the answer! With only 10 minutes of hands-on prep, the oven does almost all of the work here. The chicken is best when you allow time for the meat to marinate in the sour cream sauce, but you can certainly skip that step if you’re running short on time.
The chicken breasts are smothered in a seasoned sour cream marinade, topped with buttered Ritz cracker crumbs, and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. Bake the breaded meat until it’s tender and juicy on the inside and crisp and golden brown on the outside. This is an easy dinner that you need to make tonight
Garlic and Herb Salmon Marinade
This is just a quick overview of the ingredients that you’ll need for our favorite sour cream chicken. As always, specific measurements and step-by-step cooking instructions are included in the printable recipe box at the bottom of the post.
- Sour cream: the acid in the sour cream tenderizes the chicken.
- Mayonnaise: adds flavor to the marinade.
- Lemon juice: even more bright, acidic flavor for the chicken marinade.
- Worcestershire sauce: adds salty, umami flavor to the marinade.
- Kosher salt, paprika, garlic powder, and ground black pepper: the seasoning that adds flavor to the sour cream chicken marinade.
- Boneless skinless chicken breasts: you can also use boneless skinless chicken thighs for this recipe, but you’ll need to adjust the total baking time. Thighs tend to cook faster than the larger white meat pieces.
- Ritz crackers and butter: come together to create the buttery, crunchy crumb topping that coats the top of the chicken.
- Parmesan cheese: for even more flavor on top!
DOES SOUR CREAM TENDERIZE CHICKEN?
Yes! The sour cream sauce serves a few different purposes in this recipe. First, the slightly acidic nature of the sour cream helps to tenderize the meat. The fat adds rich taste to the chicken, and the thick texture of the marinade helps the cracker crumbs and cheese adhere to the meat.
HOW TO MAKE SOUR CREAM CHICKEN
This chicken with sour cream sauce and buttery, cheesy crumb topping is an easy dinner that the whole family can agree on!
- Prepare Sour Cream Chicken Marinade. In a small bowl, make the sour cream marinade by whisking together the sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt, paprika, garlic powder, and pepper.
- Marinate Chicken. Add the chicken to the marinade and refrigerate for about 1 hour (or overnight).
- Add Toppings. Remove the chicken from the marinade, place in a baking dish, and top with buttered Ritz cracker crumbs and grated Parmesan cheese.
- Bake. Bake the chicken (uncovered) on a baking sheet or in a casserole dish in a 375°F oven for 35-45 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Garnish with fresh herbs, if you like, and serve!
WHAT TO SERVE WITH SOUR CREAM CHICKEN
One reason boneless, skinless chicken breast recipe ideas are so popular is because they’re versatile! When you’re tired of chicken casseroles, pair this protein with your family’s favorite sides and you have a kid-friendly meal ready in no time.