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Ritz Cracker Chicken

With only a few ingredients but full of flavor, this easy Ritz Cracker Chicken is a great dinner time recipe that everyone always enjoys!

AN EASY CHICKEN DINNER RECIPE

I’m always looking for new and different ways to make chicken. This Ritz Cracker Chicken is one of my go-to easy recipes when I’m wanting something tasty with minimal effort. The whole family really enjoys this recipe and it makes enough for all of them. Of course, you could double if you are wanting to serve more people. Using simple ingredients, this recipe really comes together quickly and bakes up with a nice crispy, flavorful crust and tender chicken. If you are looking for a guaranteed winner, winner chicken dinner, then you need to add this Ritz Cracker Chicken recipe to your menu.

Ritz Cracker Chicken on plate with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Do I have to use Ritz crackers?

This is typically what I use for this recipe, but any butter crackers should essentially work. Club crackers are store-brand versions of Ritz crackers also work great!

What does the melted butter do for the top of the chicken?

It helps the chicken stay moist and adds that additional buttery flavor. But do not place it directly over the chicken, just around it. It helps to crisp it up just a bit more too.

What do I serve this Ritz Cracker Chicken?

There are so many different sides that you can serve with this recipe. We like mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables. But you can do a side salad, pasta salad or whatever you think would taste good with the chicken itself.

How do I know when chicken breast is cooked?

Use a kitchen thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken, when it read 165 degrees F, then the chicken is done and safe to eat.

How do I store leftovers?

Place cooled chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator where it will keep for up to 3-4 days. You can reheat in the oven or microwave.

Pinterest image of piece of Ritz Cracker Chicken with side dishes.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • eggs
  • Ritz crackers
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • paprika
  • salted butter (can use unsalted)
Ingredients needed: chicken breasts, kosher salt, pepper, eggs, Ritz crackers, garlic powder, onion powder, italian seasoning, paprika, unsalted butter and parsley.

HOW TO MAKE RITZ CRACKER CHICKEN:

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray, set aside. Season the chicken breasts on both sides with the salt and pepper, set aside. Place the eggs in a medium-sized shallow bowl and beat well with a fork, set aside. Place the crushed crackers, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, and paprika in a medium-sized shallow bowl and stir to combine.

Chicken in dish with salt and pepper, dish with beaten eggs and dish with crackers, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, and paprika mixed together.

Dip the chicken into the egg and coat it, let any excess egg drip off.

Chicken dipped in eggs.

Place the chicken into the cracker crumb mixture and press the crumbs in on both sides. 

Chicken coated in ritz cracker mixture.

Place the chicken into the baking dish. Repeat with the remaining chicken. Take ¼ cup of the leftover cracker mixture and sprinkle it on top of the chicken.

Chicken added to baking dish with extra cracker mixture.

Place the diced butter around the chicken, not directly on top.

Butter placed around chicken in baking dish.

Bake for 30 minutes, check for an internal temperature of 165°F, if it is not done, put it back in until an internal temperature reaches 165°F. Cook time will vary on how big the chicken is.

Finished Ritz Cracker Chicken in baking dish.

Garnish with parsley, optional, and serve immediately.

Cut piece of Ritz Cracker Chicken with fork going into it on plate.

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Ritz Cracker Chicken

With only a few ingredients but full of flavor, this easy Ritz Cracker Chicken is a great dinner time recipe that everyone always enjoys!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups crushed Ritz crackers
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ cup salted butter (1 stick) small diced

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray, set aside.
  • Season the chicken breasts on both sides with the salt and pepper, set aside.
  • Place the eggs in a medium-sized shallow bowl and beat well with a fork, set aside.
  • Place the crushed crackers, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, and paprika in a medium-sized shallow bowl and stir to combine.
  • Dip the chicken into the egg and coat it, let any excess egg drip off. Place the chicken into the cracker crumb mixture and press the crumbs in on both sides.
  • Place the chicken into the baking dish. Repeat with the remaining chicken.
  • Take ¼ cup of the leftover cracker mixture and sprinkle it on top of the chicken. Place the diced butter around the chicken, not directly on top.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, check for an internal temperature of 165°F, if it is not done, put it back in until an internal temperature reaches 165°F. Cook time will vary on how big the chicken breasts are.
  • Garnish with dried parsley, optional, and serve immediately.

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Notes

  • Any butter crackers should work fine.
  • If you are sensitive to salt, you can use unsalted butter and remove the additional salt in this recipe and use unsalted Ritz crackers.
  • Serve with your favorite side dishes.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 610kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 36g | Sodium: 787mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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