Ritzy Chicken Casserole

Ritzy chicken casserole in a baking dish
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
568 Calories
34g Fat
26g Carbs
39g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 568
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 43%
Saturated Fat 15g 73%
Cholesterol 147mg 49%
Sodium 425mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 88mg 7%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 382mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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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Ingredients

  • 2 sleeves Ritz crackers (about 60 crackers), divided in half

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) 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 regular or reduced-fat sour cream (about 1 cup)

  • 1/2 cup low-sodium or unsalted chicken broth

  • 1 1/2 pounds cooked boneless chicken breasts (4 medium), diced

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for chicken casserole made with Ritz crackers
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  2. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Lightly grease a 2-quart casserole dish.

  3. In a bowl, combine the soup, sour cream, chicken broth, and diced, cooked chicken.

    Ritzy Chicken Casserole

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  4. Crumble one sleeve of Ritz crackers into the bottom of the prepared casserole dish. Drizzle half of the melted butter over the crackers. 

    Crumbled Ritz crackers in a baking dish
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  5. Spoon the mixture over the Ritz cracker layer.

    Getting ready to top the casserole with Ritz cracker crumbs
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  6. 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.

    Ritzy chicken casserole ready to bake
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  7. Bake the casserole in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

    Ritzy chicken casserole ready to serve
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  8. Serve and enjoy.

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.

Recipe Variations

  • 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.