Ritzy Chicken Casserole

Ritzy chicken casserole in a baking dish
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  • Total: 45 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 1 casserole (6 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
793 Calories
58g Fat
29g Carbs
37g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 casserole (6 servings)
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.)

One taste of this chicken casserole will tell you why it's so popular. And it doesn't hurt that you only need six ingredients. The buttery Ritz cracker top and bottom crust offer surprising flavor and texture, and the rich and creamy sauce is unbelievably easy. You may omit the bottom layer of crackers if you'd like to lighten it a bit.

Ritz crackers, a buttery alternative to saltines, were introduced by Nabisco in 1934. Today, there are many varieties, including whole wheat, bacon, garlic butter, and low sodium.

The chicken casserole takes no more than 15 minutes to put together, and it bakes to perfection in about 30 to 40 minutes. To make it more colorful, feel free to add other ingredients, such as pimientos or frozen peas. Or serve it with fresh sliced tomatoes or a simple side salad

Feel free to make the casserole with two 9-ounce bags of fully cooked roasted or grilled chicken breast strips. Using frozen chicken makes the recipe prep even faster and easier. A plump rotisserie chicken from your local deli is another great option.

The chicken casserole is excellent on its own and can also be served with noodles or rice. Your family will ask for this dish again and again.

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Ingredients

  • 4 ounces melted butter (1 stick, divided in half), plus extra for buttering the dish
  • 7 ounces Ritz crackers (about 2 sleeves or 60 crackers), divided
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup (or cream of mushroom)
  • 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 boneless chicken breasts (4 medium 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 in 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 casserole mixture.

    Ritzy chicken casserole ready to bake
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  7. Bake the Ritzy chicken 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.

Recipe Variations

  • Add a 2-ounce jar of diced pimientos (drained) for added color and flavor.
  • Serve vegetables on the side or add some to your casserole. Feel free to add 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 for the chicken.
  • Replace some of the chicken with diced ham or add some diced, cooked bacon to the chicken mixture.