Who doesn’t love a good, creamy chicken casserole for dinner? It’s an easy, quick, and comforting meal. Plus, when you top it off with crunchy Ritz crackers, it combines the most delicious textures and flavors that make it irresistible.
With a prep time of just 10 minutes, this chicken casserole recipe is perfect for easy weeknight dinners and may become your favorite recipe.
This recipe has some updated images from when I made it last, so there will be two separate dishes in the images – the Ritz Cracker Chicken Recipe remains the same!
Why This Ritz Cracker Chicken Casserole is a Must-Try!
Easy to Make: The Ultimate Weeknight Meal
This casserole takes convenient weeknight dinners to the next level. Using pre-cooked or rotisserie chicken, you’re looking at just 10 minutes of prep time.
Mix the cooked chicken (chicken breasts work great) and cream of chicken sauce mixture, top with a crunchy topping, and pop it in the oven.
You’ll be amazed at how quickly this family dinner comes together!
Make It Your Own
While this recipe is perfect with Ritz crackers, don’t worry if you don’t have them on hand. You can easily substitute the buttery crackers with saltines, club crackers, potato chips, cereal flakes, or even panko crumbs.
The creamy filling will still blend with these alternatives, offering the perfect recipe for family meals.
Family-Favorite: Picky Eater-Approved
One of the best things about this casserole is its universal appeal. It’s creamy, crunchy, and delicious — a complete meal combination that’s hard to resist.
The savory flavor kids (and adults) love makes it an easy win for those difficult family dinner decisions. Even if you have a picky eater at the table, this comfort food will likely win them over.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Cooked, shredded chicken (rotisserie chicken works great!)
- Sour cream
- Condensed cream of chicken soup
- Unsalted butter
- Italian seasoning
- Salt and black pepper
- Grated Colby Jack cheese
- One sleeve of Ritz crackers, crushed
How to Prep Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
While you can cook your chicken any way you like, using a store-bought rotisserie chicken is a fantastic time-saving option. A pressure cooker is an efficient method if you prefer to cook your own chicken.
>>>>>>>>This recipe assumes you are using cooked, diced, or shredded chicken.
How to make Creamy Chicken Casserole.
- Preheat the Oven: Start by preheating your oven to 350°F. Grease a 3-quart baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Mix the Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine your shredded chicken, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, and 1/4 cup of melted butter. Add in Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to distribute the creamy sauce evenly. Stir in the grated Colby Jack cheese.
- Prepare the Casserole: Pour the mixture into the greased prepared baking dish, spreading it evenly.
- Top with Ritz Crackers: Crush your Ritz crackers and evenly sprinkle them over the top of your casserole. Drizzle the remaining 1/4 cup of melted butter on top. This helps the Ritz cracker topping turn a beautiful golden brown.
- Bake: Cook uncovered in the preheated oven for 25–30 minutes or until the center of the casserole is hot and bubbling.
Store leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate.
The casserole is perfect for reheating and makes for an excellent leftover chicken meal!
Commonly Asked Questions
How long does Chicken Casserole last in the Fridge?
Stored in an airtight container, this easy chicken casserole recipe can last up to 3–4 days in the refrigerator.
Variations: Customize Ritz Cracker Chicken Casserole
One of the beautiful things about casserole recipes is their adaptability.
Here are some creative twists that still capture the essence of this comforting, delicious dinner:
Picky Eater Meals: Sneak in the Veggies
The creamy sauce and cheesy goodness can help mask the veggies, and it’s a great way to add some nutrients.
Buttery Cracker Topping: Mix and Match
While Ritz crackers offer a classic buttery crunch, don’t hesitate to mix them with other topping options for a unique texture.
Combine Ritz with panko crumbs, breadcrumb topping, or some grated Parmesan cheese for an extra flavorful crust.
Spice It Up: For the Heat Lovers
Red pepper flakes can be an excellent addition for those who like a little heat. Sprinkle them into the sauce mixture or on top of the crackers for a kick before serving to the dinner table.
Suggested Side Dishes: Complement Your Casserole
Add a few simple side dishes to round out your meal and complement the creamy, crunchy Chicken Casserole with Ritz Crackers.
If you’re in the mood for something smoky, bacon-wrapped asparagus is a flavorful choice.
For a bit of color and sweetness on your dinner plate, this air fryer sweet potato recipe is a great choice.