Ritz Cracker Chicken with shredded cheddar cheese, crushed Ritz crackers and a delicious creamy sour cream sauce is a perfect kid friendly dish that tastes great for little work.
Complementary to just about any side, this is a chicken dinner recipe you MUST try!
Why you will love making Cheesy Ritz Chicken!
Everyone will love it – Every weekday, we have the same conversation: What’s for dinner, MOM?
This Ritz cracker chicken made with boneless, skinless chicken breasts tastes like a super fancy chicken nugget – kid friendly, easy, and baked up with the crackers, keeps the chicken super moist and juicy.
A new chicken recipe – I am fine with eating chicken most nights of the week. I don’t want to eat the same chicken recipe EVERY time.
Totally kid friendly, spouse friendly, and keeps your dinner calm and without complaints, chicken breasts smothered in cracker crumbs and a creamy sauce has become a family favorite.
If you are in the same boat and are just perusing new recipes, I know you will love this.
- boneless chicken breasts
- Ritz Crackers, crushed
- kosher salt and black pepper
- cheddar cheese
How to make Ritz Cracker Chicken with Cheddar Cheese
- Preheat oven to 400 and grease a cast iron pan or baking dish (casserole dish) with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- Add crushed buttery crackers, salt and pepper together and mix well in a shallow bowl. Add milk to a separate bowl and cheese to a separate bowl.
- If desired, cut your chicken into smaller pieces. If you have large chicken breasts and want to leave large pieces, its best to slice down the middle so the chicken is thin and quick to cook.
- Dip chicken pieces into milk and coat both sides. Dip chicken into cheese and press the cheese into the chicken on both sides. Dip cheesy chicken into crackers and press the crackers into both sides. If some of the cheese falls off into the crackers, that is okay.
- Place piece of chicken into prepared pan. Repeat until all chicken is covered. Cover with foil and bake in preheated oven for a cooking time of about 35 minutes.
- Remove foil and discard and return to the oven for ten more minutes until crispy and golden brown. The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165 degrees and can be measured with a meat thermometer for safety.
- Move on to creating the sauce below for tender chicken before serving.
Ritz Cracker Cream of Chicken Sauce
- Cream of chicken soup
- sour cream
- unsalted butter
- To make the sauce, add cream of chicken soup, sour cream and butter to a small saucepan.
- Heat over low heat, occasionally stirring until blended well and hot.
- Drizzle cream sauce on each juicy chicken breast and sprinkle with fresh parsley (and optionally some black pepper) before serving.
Tips for Ritz Cracker Chicken Breasts!
No eggs, no mayo is needed for a perfect baked chicken breast every time.
But you may want to change the flavors by adding onion powder, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder.
This crispy cheddar chicken dish can also be made with other cuts of chicken, like chicken thighs. Time cooking may change depending on the size and thickness of the chicken.
How to easily crush Ritz Crackers.
Recently I actually found that the company that makes Ritz Crackers created a chicken coating made from their own Ritz Crackers.
I have only seen it at Publix, so this Ritz chicken is a variation without that. However, if you do have a Publix locally, you may be able to cut a step out by buying them already crushed.
If you want to use straight up Ritz Crackers, you can put your crackers in a bowl, and either smash with your hands, a rolling pin, or the bottom of a glass cup does well.
Side Dishes for Chicken
All great chicken recipes need a delicious side dish or two. If you are looking for something healthy and unique to balance out this recipe, try Spinach Casserole – it really is fantastic despite poor spinach getting a bad rap.
Simple veggies always do the trick, and if you have a pressure cooker, try this quick and easy pressure cooker corn on the cob (with husks on) or these pressure cooker Parmesan red potatoes (my favorite).
I also love diced green beans , which pair well in color and flavor with comfort food.