Ritzy Chicken Casserole

Ritzy chicken casserole in a baking dish
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  • Total: 45 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
793 Calories
58g Fat
29g Carbs
37g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 793
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 58g 75%
Saturated Fat 28g 142%
Cholesterol 209mg 70%
Sodium 633mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 37g
Calcium 116mg 9%
*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 or cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (8-ounce) container sour cream (about 1 cup, regular or reduced fat)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth (low sodium or unsalted)
  • 1 1/2 pounds (4 medium) boneless chicken breasts (cooked and 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. 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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  4. In a bowl, combine the soup, sour cream, chicken broth, and diced, cooked chicken.

    Diced chicken with sour cream and broth
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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.