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Ritz Cracker Chicken Casserole Recipe

Ritz Cracker Chicken Casserole combines the comfort of tender chicken and creamy sauce with a buttery Ritz cracker topping, featuring simple ingredients for a family favorite that’s perfect as an easy weeknight dinner recipe.

The recipe is comfort food at its best.

An Easy Chicken Casserole

Ritz cracker chicken on a fork

Ritz Cracker Chicken Casserole Recipe is a super easy dinner and can be partially made in advance to make mealtime a snap. The combination of chicken, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, and buttery Ritz Crackers is sure to please.

It’s one of our favorite recipes; the kids come running whenever they smell the Ritz chicken casserole cooking.

Ritz Cracker Chicken on a wooden spoon

Easy Chicken Prep

We love chicken dinners around here, and I especially love dinners that are easy to make.

We tend to run around a lot from school to tutoring to after-school activities, so dinner doesn’t always get its fair share of the allotted time.

I love being able to share recipes that are easy, and we don’t have to spend a lot of time on–and this is one of them.

I cooked this Ritz Cracker chicken ahead of time and shredded it with my Kitchenaid stand mixer, which made life pretty easy.

I will bake the chicken while the kids are at school or on an evening when things are a little quieter, and shred it and either put it in the refrigerator or freezer and pull it out when I am ready to prep and bake the meal.

This is one of those recipes that will work for leftover chicken or shredded pork, as well. Or, you can use store-bought rotisserie chicken if you’re in more of a time crunch.

The chicken with Ritz Crackers crumbs on top makes a tender, juicy dinner with a crunchy topping, and the flavors in the dish are out of this world.

Ritz Cracker chicken on a plate with broccoli

What Ingredients Do I Need for the Chicken and Ritz Cracker Casserole?

Full printable recipe card with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post

  • 4 cooked chicken breasts, shredded
  • Condensed cream of chicken soup
  • Sour cream
  • Dried minced onion
  • Garlic salt
  • Salt and pepper
  • Ritz Crackers
  • Butter, melted
Ritz Cracker chicken on a plate with broccoli

Step-by-Step Instructions for Creamy Chicken Casserole

Shredded chicken in a glass bowl

Cook the chicken breasts and allow them to cool. Once they’ve cooled, you can shred them with a fork, your hand mixer, or the Kitchenaid mixer–it will really make things go fast.

Place the shredded chicken in a large glass bowl.

Shredded chicken and cream of chicken soup in a glass bowl

Secondly, add the condensed cream of chicken soup.

I have a great version of homemade cream of chicken soup that is a super delicious and easy recipe to make.

Shredded chicken, cream of chicken soup, and sour cream in a glass bowl

Thirdly, add the sour cream to the bowl.

Shredded chicken, sour cream, cream of chicken soup. and seasonings in a glass bowl

Fourthly, add the dried minced onions, garlic salt, salt, and pepper to the bowl and mix everything.

Chicken Ritz Casserole in a baking dish

Press the chicken mixture into a casserole dish. I would suggest an 8″ x 8″ dish or an oblong dish that is a few inches deep. This dish looks a little smaller in the picture than it really is.

Crushed Ritz Crackers on top of shredded chicken

Sprinkle the crushed Ritz Crackers over the top of the chicken mixture.

I took one sleeve of crackers, placed them into a large Ziplock bag, and crushed them.

Pouring melted butter over crushed Ritz Crackers

Finally, pour the melted butter over the top of the crackers.

Cooked Ritz Cracker chicken casserole in a baking dish

Bake the Ritz Cracker chicken casserole for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the crackers are nice and toasty brown and the casserole is hot all the way through.

If the chicken isn’t quite hot in the middle, but the crackers are getting brown, you can place some aluminum foil over the top and allow the chicken to cook longer.

How To Store the Chicken Casserole

Store any leftovers in an airtight container, cover them with plastic wrap, and refrigerate.

Optional Ingredients to Give the Dish Variety

It’s always fun to add different ingredients to change things up now and again. Here are a few ideas the whole family will love:

  • Cream of mushroom soup or cheese soup instead of chicken soup.
  • Onion powder
  • Fresh parsley
  • Roasted minced garlic
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Green onions for garnishing.

Delicious Side Dishes to Go with Dinner

More Delicious Chicken Casseroles

Baked Ritz Cracker chicken casserole on a plate.

Recipe for Chicken Ritz Cracker Casserole

Finish your next comforting meal with this Ritzy Chicken Casserole, a delicious dinner that combines crunchy Ritz crackers, creamy filling, and a blend of simple ingredients, making it the perfect easy weeknight dinner recipe to enjoy tonight.

Ritz cracker chicken on a fork

Ritz Cracker Chicken Casserole Recipe

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ritz Cracker Chicken Casserole Recipe is a super easy dinner and can be made mostly in advance to make mealtime a snap. The combination of chicken, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, and buttery Ritz Crackers is sure to please.

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 1 - 10.75 oz. can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. dried minced onion
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 8 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 sleeve Ritz Crackers

Instructions

  1. Cook the chicken breasts and shred them (I always make my chicken ahead of time so it's easy to throw together at dinner time).
  2. Keep the oven preheated to 350-degrees.
  3. Add the shredded chicken breasts to a large bowl.
  4. Next, add the cream of chicken soup, sour cream, minced onion, garlic salt, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  5. Place the chicken mixture in a greased casserole dish.
  6. Crush the Ritz Crackers in a large Ziplock bag and pour over the chicken.
  7. Melt the butter and pour over the crackers.
  8. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the crackers are golden brown and the chicken is hot.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 392Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 135mgSodium: 822mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 27g

Nutrition is approximate.

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Valerie

Thursday 20th of July 2023

This is a great recipe & will again. Leftovers were just as good. I did use 1/2 can cream of chicken & 1/2 can broccoli cheese soup (no milk) & added fresh chopped broccoli . So good.

Julie Pollitt

Friday 21st of July 2023

So glad you liked it!

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Shirley

Monday 15th of March 2021

I learned this as "Poppy Seed Chicken", as it has poppy seed sprinkled on top, and without the seasonings. You can also use a whole chicken, so there is some dark meat. Either way, it is to die for.

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Monday 15th of March 2021

That sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

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