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Ritz Cracker Chicken couldn’t be easier, or more delicious. With just a handful of ingredients, you’ll have dinner on the table in no time!

Ritz Cracker Chicken takes only a few minutes to prep for an easy weeknight dinner

It’s hard to believe that we are well over halfway through February, considering January lasted no less than 300 days.

Our basement flooded just a couple of days before New Years. This opened a whole Pandora’s box of issues that we’ve spent the last month and a half dealing with.

Plumbers, drywall repair guys, flooring dudes, they’ve all been in and out of my house for weeks.

I’m over it.

When I am spending big chunks of my day with strangers in my house, I don’t really want to put a lot of effort into dinner at the end of the day. We’ve been eating Ritz Cracker Chicken more often than I actually want to admit these days.

Luckily, it’s a favorite of everyone in my family, so no one around here is complaining.

Ritz Cracker Chicken is easy to make and delicious for a weeknight meal or a family dinner

RITZ CRACKER CHICKEN RECIPE

I’ve mentioned in the past that I have a very picky eater for a husband. The guy would gladly eat spaghetti with red sauce six days out of seven.

However, he’d happily rotate this Ritz Cracker Chicken with said spaghetti, or noodles and gravy, and be completely content for all of eternity.

Okay, maybe he’d throw pizza into the mix every once in a while, but you get my point. This chicken is his jam.

Ritz Cracker Chicken is perfectly golden and delicious thanks to crushed cracker crumbs

Not only is Ritz Cracker Chicken delicious and easy to make, it pairs really well with all sorts of side dishes. From buttered noodles and a fresh salad, to marinara with spaghetti, corn on the cob or mashed potatoes, this chicken recipe will most definitely become one of your go-to main dishes – especially on busy weeknights.

I mean, you can’t even order a pizza to be delivered in the time it takes this recipe to come together from start to finish.

Ritz Cracker Chicken couldn’t be easier, or more delicious. With just a handful of ingredients, you’ll have dinner on the table in no time!

Even though it’s not the fanciest of meals, I’ve served Ritz Cracker Chicken numerous times when we’ve had family over and everyone always falls in love with it immediately. Both my Dad and my mom’s boyfriend actually proclaimed it to be “the best chicken they’d ever tasted.”

That, my friends, is a pretty serious claim, because they can both be tough critics.

Make a quick and delicious weeknight dinner with Ritz Cracker Chicken

What I really enjoy is that I can take this base recipe and make it fit any sort of sides we want to have by switching up the spice profile. Think Italian seasoning, BBQ seasoning, Ranch dressing, or even Frank’s Red Hot.

The simple combination of Ritz Crackers and butter creates a wonderfully crispy outside, but an incredibly juicy and tender inside. It’s exactly what you want baked chicken to be. There’s nothing dried out or lacking in flavor here!

Ritz Cracker Chicken takes just a few ingredients to make the best baked chicken

HOW TO MAKE RITZ CRACKER BAKED CHICKEN

Ritz Cracker Chicken only takes about 5 minutes to prep and 30 minutes to cook. You can have dinner on the table in well under an hour with this recipe!

To make Ritz Cracker Chicken, start with two shallow bowls.

In one bowl, beat 2 eggs. In the other, mix together crushed Ritz Crackers and your desired seasonings.

Dip the chicken into the beaten eggs, then into the cracker mixture. Place the cracker-coated chicken into a large baking dish and arrange cubes of butter around each piece of chicken.

Baked Ritz Cracker Chicken is an easy-as-can-be weeknight meal

All that’s left to do now is bake! We like to use thin chicken breasts for Ritz Cracker Chicken. If you use larger pieces of chicken, they may take longer to cook through.

If you need an easy dinner in your back pocket for the picky eaters in your life, THIS is the recipe. Be sure to also check out my Instant Pot Pulled Pork, Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole, Homemade Sloppy Joes and this Creamy Garlic Chicken.

Bread chicken in Ritz crackers and spices for perfectly golden Ritz Cracker Chicken

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Ritz Cracker Chicken

By: Jamie
4.46 from 441 ratings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Ritz Cracker Chicken couldn’t be easier, or more delicious. With just a handful of ingredients, you’ll have dinner on the table in no time!

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 sleeve of Ritz Crackers crushed into crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning optional
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • cup butter cut into cubes

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Place beaten eggs and cracker crumbs into two separate shallow bowls.
  • Add garlic salt, black pepper and Italian seasoning to the cracker crumbs and stir to combine.
  • Dip each chicken breast into the eggs and then into the crumb mixture to completely coat the chicken.
  • Arrange chicken in a 9x13-inch baking dish and arrange cubes of butter around each breast.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F.

Notes

We use thin cut chicken breasts for this recipe. The thicker your chicken breasts the longer they will take to cook.
This recipe is slightly adapted from allrecipes Famous Butter Chicken.

Nutrition

Serving: 1chicken breast, Calories: 447kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 31g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 123mg, Sodium: 940mg, Potassium: 113mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 601IU, Vitamin C: 0.01mg, Calcium: 112mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

4.46 from 441 votes (441 ratings without comment)

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87 Comments

  1. Pam says:

    I cannot even begin to say how much we absolutely LOVE this chicken!! My husband and I could eat this every week ut is just so good! We have never had chicken this tasty! I make this exactly as the recipe instructs and wouldn’t change anything! It’s perfect! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!

    1. Jamie says:

      So glad to hear you enjoy the recipe. Even though I have been making it for years, it’s still one of my very fave weeknight dinner recipes.

  2. Jenn says:

    Great recipe! I used a sleeve of ‘everything’ ritz crackers and a sleeve of ‘roasted vegetable’. Kept everything else the same and it was AMAZING. Must try, thanks for the recipe! 

  3. Teresa Luton says:

    My Grandson Gabriel calls this Granny Gay’s Legendary Chicken. It is at the top of his list of favorite foods.
    We have never dipped our chicken in beaten eggs, we dip in melted butter, roll in seasoned crushed Ritz crackers and then pour the remaining butter over the chicken in pan and bake.

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Teresa! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking!
      -Jamie

  4. Lorraine says:

    I see it was adapted from butter chicken haha I was going to say looks like butter chicken by the photo ! MmMMmm

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Lorraine! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking!
      -Jamie

  5. James says:

    Absolutely delicious 

    1. Jamie says:

      So happy to hear you enjoyed the chicken, James! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback!
      -Jamie

  6. Mort eagleston says:

    I miss my mom but she oven fried chicken with ritz cracker crumbs but she did the whole chicken not just the Brest but she skinned the chicken miss my mom and her cooking thanks for the recipe going to try myself
     

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Mort! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking!
      -Jamie

  7. Jeannie says:

    This Ritz chicken recipe looks sooo good that I am making it for dinner. Thank you.

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Jeannie! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking!
      -Jamie

  8. Sharon says:

    This is my favorite chicken recipe!!  I eat the  chicken with honey mustard and loved it!!! 

    1. Jamie says:

      So happy to hear you enjoyed the chicken, Sharon! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback!
      -Jamie

  9. Rob Robertson says:

    I went one step further. Chopped mushrooms, spinach and mixed with ricotta cheese and stuffed the chicken breasts. The family said the best chicken breasts they’ve ever had.

    1. Jamie says:

      So happy to hear you enjoyed the chicken, Rob! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback!
      -Jamie

  10. Monica says:

    I do this, but, instead of dipping in egg, I have put the breasts and a ton of ranch dressing in a gallon size bag and let it sit in the fridge for at least an hour, normally a few, as a marinade.

    I dip the chicken into the spiced cracker mixture, as indicated. I use the Ritz garden vegetable crackers, and add salt, pepper, and paprika. Sometimes I might sprinkle in some Parmesan.

    I bake at 350, covered with aluminum foil, for 45 minutes, and then uncover for the last 15 min.

    My breasts are always tender and juicy after I do it this way.

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Monica! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking!
      -Jamie