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This Ritz Cracker Chicken Recipe uses buttery Ritz crackers instead of bread crumbs for a crispy coating. Juicy baked chicken in 30 minutes! Your whole family will love this delicious chicken dinner.

ritz cracker chicken coated with cracker crumbs on a plate

Looking for a quick and easy recipe tonight? Coat chicken breasts in crushed Ritz crackers, toss in some butter, bake, and you’ve got a delicious dinner and a new family favorite!

If you want to bake tender chicken breasts that are not dry, this crispy Ritz cracker chicken is the recipe for you. The last time I made this flavorful baked chicken, it was practically fork tender — seriously!

We had Ritz chicken growing up. It’s one of my favorite chicken recipes. My kids love buttery Ritz crackers — actually their favorite cracker! So even my picky eater loves this easy dinner recipe as much as I do.

Serve this chicken dinner with a simple salad or rice, green beans or mixed veggies! My son even likes it with cheese sauce!


You probably have all of the simple ingredients needed to make this crispy baked chicken recipe. If not, you can find them in your grocery store.

  • Skinless chicken breasts — or chicken tenders
  • Ritz crackers — or any round butter cracker
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Ground black pepper
  • Beaten egg — to help the cracker crumbs stick to the chicken
  • Butter — an essential ingredient for this recipe. I use salted butter, but you can use unsalted butter as well.

Note — You can add salt if you like, but it’s not essential because there is plenty of salt in the butter crackers.

How to Make Ritz Cracker Chicken

First, preheat your oven to 375 degrees f. This is the best temperature to bake chicken without burning the coating.

Next, crush up a sleeve of Ritz crackers or any buttery type of cracker. Kids can help with this part. Mine love crushing crackers with a rolling pin in a plastic bag!

I like to crush buttery crackers in a freezer bag and use that to bread the chicken — kind of like Shake and Bake!

Then, season the cracker crumbs with the seasonings for extra flavor.

coat chicken breast in cracker crumbs in freezer bag

Whisk the eggs in a shallow bowl or dish. Then, dip the chicken in a beaten egg. This will help the crackers stick to the chicken.

If you don’t want to use an egg, you can substitute a little mayo for the egg. I do this sometimes — it also works well with baked breaded pork chops!

Use a dry hand or kitchen tongs to dip each chicken breast into the crumbs in the bag. Then, place the breaded chicken into a casserole dish or baking dish.

Technically, you don’t have to coat the baking dish because of the melted butter. But, I usually spray the dish with nonstick spray anyway. You can also use a little olive oil if you want.

breaded chicken breasts in casserole dish with butter on top

Next, add cut-up butter. Mom used to dip the chicken into melted butter, but I like adding it around the sides of the chicken and on top of the chicken.

As the chicken cooks, the butter melts and makes an awesome sauce. You can spoon some sauce over the coated chicken when you serve it.

Cook Time

So, how long do you cook Ritz cracker chicken? Bake the chicken for about 30 minutes or until the internal temperature is 165 degrees f according to a meat thermometer.

I usually try to get smaller chicken breasts, but if your chicken is large, it may take a little longer to bake.

Total cooking time depends upon the size and thickness of the chicken and your oven.

ritz cracker baked chicken breast on a white plate with salad

Baked Ritz cracker chicken has a gorgeous golden brown crust. It’s tender, juicy, super flavorful and absolutely delicious chicken!

Seriously, this is some of the best chicken ever, right here.

This simple recipe is also picky eater approved. My family gobbled this chicken dinner right up without one single complaint!

baked ritz chicken with butter in baking dish


Can you use Ritz crackers instead of breadcrumbs?

Yes. You can use crushed Ritz cracker crumbs or any cracker crumbs in place of dried breadcrumbs for almost any recipe. I use them in meatloaf, to top casseroles and bread chicken, pork chops and fish.

Can you make it without egg?

Yes, you can make Ritz cracker chicken without eggs. Use a thin layer of mayonnaise or sour cream to coat your chicken instead of eggs. Then, press the cracker crumbs onto the chicken.

Variations and Substitutions

This is such a versatile chicken recipe that you can easily change it up to suit your tastes. Use chicken tenders, chicken thighs or chicken legs instead of chicken breasts.

To make Ritz chicken with cheese, add about 1/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese or Parmesan cheese to the cracker crumbs.

For extra flavor, add a little Italian seasoning to the cracker crumbs. You can also add smoked paprika for color and flavor. Or use a different flavor Ritz.

How to Store and Reheat

Store leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will last for 3 to 4 days.

You can freeze the chicken for longer storage — up to 3 months for best taste.

Reheat leftover cooked chicken in an air fryer, in the oven or in the microwave.

5 from 21 votes

Ritz Cracker Chicken

By: Dee
Ritz Cracker Chicken uses crushed buttery crackers instead of bread crumbs for a delicious coating. This Easy dinner recipe takes 30 minutes to bake and is tender, juicy and super kid friendly!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 chicken breasts about 1 pound
  • 1 sleeve Ritz crackers
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt optional
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • ½ cup butter 1 stick, cubed
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  • Preheat oven to 375°
  • Remove crackers from sleeve, place in large zip top freezer bag, and crush with rolling pin. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder
  • Dip the chicken into the beaten egg, place in zip top bag, and coat each piece well with the cracker crumbs
  • Place chicken into lightly greased 13×9 casserole dish ( I use non stick cooking spray ) and place cubes of butter around and on top of chicken
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until internal temperature is 165° according to a meat thermometer


If chicken breasts are large, you may need 2 eggs.
You can use mayo to coat the chicken instead of eggs.


Calories: 151kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 119mg, Sodium: 298mg, Potassium: 435mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 101IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 1mg

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

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: American
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  1. Dawn says:

    Made this for dinner last night! So easy and yummy! Kids loved it too!5 stars

  2. Emily says:

    Thank you for being the first recipe I’ve pulled up where I don’t feel like I have an inept kitchen! When you say: “You probably have all these things” – I did! I appreciate the jump to links. The chicken is in the oven successfully thanks to you! This millennial who didn’t grow up cooking thanks you!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you so much for the sweet comment, Emily. So glad you liked the chicken!

  3. Susan Barber says:

    Very delicious! I made recipe as is and I am not a chicken lover, but love this recipe. Very easy !5 stars

  4. Lisa says:

    The best chicken I Ever had!!! My New favorite I’ll be making this all the time!!! DEEEEEEELIIIICCCIOUUUSSSSS5 stars

  5. Emily Vallescorbo says:

    This recipe was so easy to make and so delicious. Kids and husband all loved it, and I am adding it to my favorites! I’ll try it again with sour cream next time just for a variation on the dish but it is lovely as is! Thank you!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you for the wonderful review. I’m glad you liked it!

  6. Lauren says:

    Do you have to flip the chicken breasts while cooking or no? I am just wondering if it will be crispy all around or just on top. It’s my oven now 🙂

    1. Dee says:

      No need to flip the chicken. The top will be crispier, and the sides and bottom will be a little softer since they cook in the buttery sauce.

  7. Leah says:

    Just made this & it’s super delicious! My picky little girl ate it up! I used the garlic butter Ritz!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      I’ll have to try that next time. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Gwen says:

    Thank you for this easy recipe. The family loved it.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you for taking the time to review it! So glad you liked the chicken!

  9. Dawn says:

    Can you make this and fry it in butter on the stove top? My poor oven is on the outs.

    1. Dee says:

      You probably can, but I haven’t tried it before. Let me know how it goes.