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Chicken Casserole with Ritz Crackers

This easy Chicken Casserole with Ritz Crackers is a cozy, family-friendly dinner with just 10 minutes of prep!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword chicken casserole, chicken casserole with ritz crackers, creamy chicken casserole, easy chicken casserole
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 569kcal
Author Blair Lonergan

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 (10.75 oz) can condensed cream of chicken soup, NOT diluted
  • 1 (10.75 oz) can condensed cream of mushroom soup, NOT diluted
  • 1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth (or homemade chicken broth)
  • 5-6 cups cooked, shredded chicken (about the amount of meat from 1 large rotisserie chicken or 2 smaller chickens)
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 sleeves Ritz crackers, coarsely crushed (about 60 crackers total)
  • 1 ½ sticks (12 tablespoons) butter, melted
  • Optional garnish: chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large bowl, whisk together sour cream, chicken soup, mushroom soup and chicken broth. Add the chicken and stir to combine.
  • Transfer the chicken mixture to a greased 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle cheese over top.
  • In a small bowl, combine the Ritz crackers and the melted butter.
  • Add the buttered cracker crumbs to the top of the casserole.
  • Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes, or until the filling is hot and bubbly, the cheese is melted, and the cracker topping is browned.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley and serve.

Notes

  • Use any flavor combination of condensed soups that you prefer: cream of chicken, cream of mushroom or cream of celery are all nice options.
  • For lighter options with less sodium, feel free to substitute with the Healthy Request or 98% fat-free varieties of condensed soups.
  • Try adding other vegetables to the dish. Steamed broccoli, frozen mixed vegetables, canned or frozen corn, frozen peas, or sautéed mushrooms would all be great additions!
  • Replace some of the chicken in the filling with cooked rice or cooked pasta.
  • Swap out the cheddar cheese for a different type of cheese. Any good melting variety will work, such as Monterey Jack, Colby, Pepper Jack, mozzarella or Gruyere.
  • Stir some herbs or other seasonings into the sauce. Try dried or fresh parsley, thyme, basil, oregano, chives or garlic.
  • Don't have Ritz crackers? Substitute with crushed potato chips, crushed Corn Flakes cereal mixed with melted butter, or other buttery crackers (like Keebler Club crackers).
  • Cooking for a smaller family? Cut all of the ingredients in half and bake the casserole in an 8-inch square dish. The rest of the cooking instructions remain the same.
  • Alternatively, you can divide the casserole ingredients between two 8-inch square baking dishes. Bake one now, and freeze the other for a later meal.
  • Use a store-bought rotisserie chicken (or two) for an easy, quick-prep solution. The rotisserie chicken also adds a lot of flavor to the dish.
  • Use full-fat sour cream for the best flavor and texture.
  • Bake the casserole just until it's heated through. All of the ingredients are already cooked, so you just want to warm it in the oven until bubbly. Don't bake it for too long or it may dry out or get burned on top.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/8 of the casserole | Calories: 569kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 153mg | Sodium: 952mg | Potassium: 553mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 994IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 189mg | Iron: 2mg