Ritz Chicken Casserole

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The whole family will love this easy one-dish ritz chicken casserole recipe with shredded chicken in a rich and creamy sauce topped with crunchy, buttery Ritz crackers.

Creamy chicken casserole topped with crushed ritz crackers.

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Creamy Chicken Casserole with Ritz Crackers

When it comes to quick and easy dinners, it doesn’t get much easier than this Ritzy chicken casserole.

The classic chicken casserole recipe is made with a short list of just 6 ingredients–some of which you likely have right now in your pantry.

It takes only 10 minutes to prep the chicken ritz casserole and then 30 minutes in the oven. You can’t beat that!

Creamy ritz chicken casserole served with green beans on white plate with ritz crackers and drink in the background.

This chicken casserole is creamy, comforting, hearty, and just plain yummy. Topped with crunchy Ritz crackers, this easy chicken casserole is one of my family’s favorite recipes!

The buttery Ritz cracker topping gives the dish the perfect bit of crunch to complement the creamy chicken. So freakin’ good!

What Readers Are Saying

I made this the first time for a pot luck and got rave reviews! I’m making it for us this week for dinner. Easy and delicious! – Joyce

If your family is anything like mine they will love it and ask you to make it again and again.

Ingredients for Ritz Cracker Chicken Casserole

This section includes ingredient notes and substitution options. Get all measurements, ingredients, and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this post.

Can of cream of chicken with herbs condensed soup, sour cream, Italian seasoning, melted butter, two sleeves of ritz crackers, and shredded chicken.

For this easy recipe you will need:

  • Chicken: I like to use crockpot shredded chicken breasts or poached chicken for casserole recipes but store-bought rotisserie chicken, canned chicken, leftover chicken, or any other pre-cooked chicken work also.
  • Cream of chicken soup: I prefer Cream of Chicken Soup with Herbs as it gives the dish some extra flavor but a regular can of cream of chicken soup or cream of mushroom soup can be used instead.
  • Sour cream
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Ritz Crackers: Two sleeves of Ritz crackers, roughly crushed. Bread crumbs or panko can be used in place of the cracker crumbs, but then it wouldn’t be a legit Ritz casserole. I have even heard of people who used potato chips!
  • Butter: Salted or unslated. I try to use unsalted butter if I have it on hand because I figure that the Ritz crackers are salty enough already.

How to Make Ritz Chicken Casserole

This section shows you how to make the recipe with step-by-step photos and instructions. For the full printable recipe, see the recipe card below. 

Four image collage. 1: chicken, sour cream, soup, and seasoning combined in mixing bowl. 2: Creamy chicken mixture in baking dish. 3: casserole topped with crushed crackers. 4: Golden brown ritz-topped chicken casserole after being baked.
  1. Combine: Stir casserole ingredients together
  2. Transfer: Spoon into prepared baking dish.
  3. Top: Sprinkle with crushed crackers and drizzle with melted butter.
  4. Bake: Bake at 350 F for 25-30 minutes.

Serve with your favorite vegetable or a salad and enjoy!

Serving spoon in rectangular ritz casserole with shredded chicken.

Storage

Refrigerator: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. To reheat, use the microwave for a quick warm-up or cover the casserole with aluminum foil and bake until heated through.

Freezer: Allow the casserole to cool fully. Wrap the cooled casserole tightly in several layers of plastic wrap followed by aluminum foil or a heavy-duty freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat covered with aluminum foil in a 350°F oven until hot and bubbly.

Tips for the Best Casserole

  • Even Butter: Drizzle melted butter evenly over Ritz crackers for a golden, crispy topping.
  • Check Doneness: Bake until crackers are golden brown and the center is hot and bubbly.
  • Customize Flavors: Experiment with different soup, seasoning, or veggie choices for a personalized twist.
Ritz Cracker Chicken Casserole in white casserole dish.

Additions and Variations

  • Cheese: Add a layer of shredded cheese between the chicken mixture and Ritz cracker topping for extra cheesy goodness.
  • Vegetables: Mix some broccoli florets, green beans, or peas and carrots.
  • Extra creamy: Combine some cottage cheese or cream cheese with the sour cream for added creaminess and flavor.
  • ​Poppy Seeds: Sprinkle poppy seeds generously over the Ritz cracker topping for a unique and slightly nutty flavor.
  • Garnish: Although the ultimate comfort food, casseroles aren’t the most attractive meal. Add some color and elevate the presentation by topping your casserole with chopped green onions or fresh parsley.
Ritz Chicken Casserole topped with crushed ritz crackers in white baking dish.

FAQ: Ritz Cracker Chicken Casserole Recipe

Can I use any other type of soup instead of cream of chicken with herbs?

Absolutely! You can substitute cream of mushroom, cream of celery, or any other creamy soup you prefer.

Is it possible to make this casserole ahead of time?

Definitely! You can prepare the casserole ahead of time, cover it tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate it until you’re ready to bake. Just add a few extra minutes to the cooking time if it’s cold from the fridge.

What’s the best way to crush Ritz crackers for this casserole?

You can crush them easily by placing the crackers in a zip-top bag and rolling over them with a rolling pin or using a food processor for quick results.

What can I use instead of Italian seasoning if I don’t have it on hand?

You can use some salt and pepper and a mix of dried basil or parsley, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, and thyme—just about 1/8 of a teaspoon each. But if you don’t have some of the seasonings on hand I wouldn’t worry about it, it will taste delicious regardless!

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Fork taking fokfull of creamy ritz cracker chicken casserole off of plate.
Recipe
Ritzy Chicken Casserole
Recipe
4.48 from 205 votes

Ritz Chicken Casserole

Author: Jaclyn
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
A comforting one-dish chicken casserole recipe with shredded chicken in a rich and creamy sauce topped with buttery Ritz crackers.

Ingredients
 

  • 10.5 ounce cream of chicken soup with herbs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 3 cups cooked chicken shredded or diced
  • 2 sleeves Ritz crackers crushed
  • ½ cup butter melted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350℉ and coat a 2 quart (or 8 in. baking dish) with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, stir to combine cream of chicken soup, sour cream, and Italian seasoning. Stir in chicken. Transfer to the casserole dish.
  • Sprinkle with crushed Ritz crackers and drizzle with melted butter.
  • Bake uncovered for 25-30 mins, or until crackers are golden and center is hot and bubbly.

Notes

  • You can use Cream of Mushroom Soup or regular Cream of Chicken Soup in place of Cream of Chicken Soup with Herbs.
  • While the recipe calls for Ritz crackers, you can use 1 cup of regular bread crumbs or panko bread crumbs instead.
  • Add 1-2 cups broccoli florets, peas, or mixed veggies to the casserole for more of a balanced meal, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 537mg | Potassium: 248mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 845IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 2mg
Ritzy Chicken Casserole

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Originally published April 17, 2020. Updated on May 13, 2024 with new photos (including step-by-step photos) and added recipe tips and freezing instructions. Below are some of the original photos.

Spoonful of Ritzy Chicken Casserole being scooped from casserole dish.
Chicken Casserole with Ritz Crackers.

This recipe was shared on Meal Plan Monday and The Weekend Potluck!

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32 Comments

  1. I {mostly} had the ingredients for this so it was supper tonight using 1.5 cups of leftover rotisserie chicken, 3/4 cup sour cream so I added a little over 2 cups of almost cooked broccoli florets to fill out the dish. I did add some garlic and onion powders & black pepper. And I only needed 1 sleeve of crackers and 1/2 stick butter to fully cover the top of my 8 x 8 casserole dish It was DELICIOUS! Thank you for this very easy, tasty and forgiving recipe. I will make this again!

  2. This was easy and delicious!! I think
    Next time I will use 1/2 stick butter and 1
    Sleeve of crackers. Definitely making again.

  3. I made this last night and it was very good. I added bacon bits and a variety of seasoning but even as is this is a solid recipe. Will definitely make again.

  4. I didn’t pre cook the chicken, i just cubed it and am cooking it for 45min. I hope it works out!

  5. This is made frequently in our house & everyone loves it! I always layer white rice at the bottom of mine & tend to use garlic & onion powder as well. Tonight I used the leftovers of a rotisserie chicken & it was so easy and quick to make!

  6. Made this today. Was so tasty. Think it could’ve used a second can of soup. I only used 1 sleeve of crackers. Family loved it…none left…lol

  7. I’ve been making this Ritz Chicken Casserole for several years & I always use a can of cream of mushroom & a can of cream of chicken &1 8oz sour cream, 2 sleeves ritz & butter & sprinkle bottom & top with the ritz. Use white meat chicken. 1 1/2 sticks of butter. Everyone loves it.

  8. Thank you for the recipe!I layer two sleeves of crushed crackers on the bottom,use spray butter to coat crackers. Can of cream of chicken and can of cream of mushroom with garlic sour cream and shredded chicken mixed together spread mixture on top of crackers. Add two more sleeves crackers on top, spray with butter.

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