The Chicken Casserole with Ritz Crackers is a favorite in most homes. Home cooks like to make it because it is not only delicious and wholesome, but also quick to make. Everyone who shares the casserole loves it because it is yummy. The flavors of the dish are soothing and quite enjoyable.
Planning your meals in advance makes grocery shopping simple. It also ensures that you have all the ingredients you will need for all the recipes you intend to make during the week. Here are some reasons why you should add the Chicken Casserole with Ritz Crackers to your weekly menu.
Timing is Everything
With a prep time of about fifteen minutes and cooking time of half an hour, the casserole is perfect for busy weekdays, and weekends too. To keep cooking time down, it is best to use cooked and shredded chicken. You can opt for a store bought grilled or rotisserie chicken, or use leftover chicken.
Lucky Number Six
For the casserole, you will only need six basic ingredients. This includes the chicken, Ritz crackers, cream of chicken soup, sour cream and butter. You will need salt and pepper for seasoning, and some dry or fresh herbs to add flavor to the dish. A tablespoon of Italian seasoning or mixed herbs is ideal. Some cooks also like to add onion powder and garlic powder to their list of ingredients.
Set the oven to preheat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl mix together the cooked and shredded chicken, cream of chicken soup, sour cream and seasoning. Transfer this mix to a greased baking tray. Next, crush the Ritz Crackers in the bowl and drizzle with melted butter. Top the chicken mix with the Ritz crackers and bake uncovered for about 25-30 minutes. Serve hot with steamed or stir fried veggies.
Personalize the Recipe
One of the best things about this recipe is that you can add your own twist and personalize it. You could add a cup of mixed vegetables such as broccoli, carrots and peas to the casserole. If you do not have cream of chicken soup, you can replace it with mushroom soup.
Ritz crackers are available in many flavors including original, garlic butter and roasted vegetables. You can also opt for whole wheat or reduced fat crackers. If you want to use the crackers for a base as well as a topping, you would need two sleeves of Ritz crackers instead of one. You may also wish to sprinkle some shredded mozzarella cheese over your cracker topping.