Angie’s Baked Cheddar Chicken with Sauce

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College students, want to impress your parents? Husbands, your wives? Anyone want to impress company?? Then THIS is for you.

Oh, yeah, I guess you can feed it to the kiddos too!

I am eating the baked cheddar chicken right now as leftovers. And I do not eat left overs.  Luckily for me, unfortunately, my husband left his lunch at home today so it’s all mine. :)

This is a very pretty easy to prepare, but get ready for all the compliments afterwords.  I would say it’s definitely a “need to make dinner for company recipe!” It even looks like you spent a lot of time on it!

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After the chicken is in the pan, I just dumped the left over cheese & cracker crumbs on top of it. I love crust.

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Baked Cheddar Chicken

Yield – 7 servings

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 40 minutes


  • 5 large chicken breasts
  • 1 sleeve Ritz crackers
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/8 t pepper
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 3 C cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 t dried parsley


  • 1 14 ounce can cream of chicken soup
  • 2 T butter
  • 2 T sour cream


  • Cut each chicken breast into 3 large chunks.
  • In a gallon size baggie, smash ritz crackers into crumbs. (The kids love this part)
  • Pour the milk, cheese and cracker crumbs into 3 separate small pans. Toss the 1/4 t salt and 1/8 t pepper into the cracker crumbs and stir the mixture around to combine.
  • Dip each piece of chicken into the milk, cheese & crumbs in succession.
  • Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray and lay the chicken inside the pan.
  • Sprinkle the dried parsley over the chicken.
  • Cover the pan with tin foil and bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes.
  • Combine the sauce ingredients (soup, sour cream & butter) into a microwaveable safe dish, and cook until it’s stir-able melty and warm.
  • Spread the sauce over the chicken once it’s been served. And WOW them!

Cost $ 9.55

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  1. says

    I am really looking forward to making this. My family of 8 eats lots of cheese and love chicken. thank you for creating such a simple yet yummy dish!

  2. says

    Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!!!!! This was AMAZING!!! We all loved it. I did however, not cover it the entire baking time. I did 20 min. covered and 20 uncovered. Thanks, this will be on the dinner rotation!!!

  3. says

    YUM! Excellent with mashed potatoes! and we love garlic, so added garlic/onion powders and a little paprika to the crumb mix – Tasty! Thanks.

  4. says

    Mine are in the oven! It’s too late for this meal, but how do you get the cheese and crackers to stick to the chicken?? I dipped it in the milk, then cheese, then crackers as the directions stated, but I ended up having to place more cheese and crackers on each piece after it was in the dish. And I definitely did not use all the cracker and cheese because of that… :/

  5. says

    Nicole, I used the finely shredded cheese. I can see how it would be harder to stick if you used the thicker cheese. Then just dump the unused cheese & crackers on top!

    How did it turn out?

    • says

      Thanks. I will try the finely shredded cheese next time.

      It turned out great, but not quite right… I’m ready to try it again! :)

      P.S… Sorry this took me so long to reply… I didn’t see your comment until just now.

  6. Randie says

    What the heck! I thought this was “5 Dollar Dinners”??? The amount above says $9.55. Almost twice as much…how misleading and a waist of my time.

  7. Angie says

    Randie, so sorry to confuse you. There are several of us who post on Thursdays who have large families and we do recipes for 10.00 and under. If you look at the number of servings, it’s always larger than the average family. Just go ahead and half the recipe and you will have the dinner for under 5.00.

  8. kim says

    A couple of thoughts because I do make this often.

    1. I like to use buttermilk; or, a mix of 1 small egg and milk. Milk I find, especially reduced fat, just doesn’t work for me. It does work … just not as well.

    2. Make sure to use finely grated cheese. It makes a huge difference. Also I do find ground the breading/crackers to make a fine coating. Very important.

    3. Make sure to let most of the coating drain off. TOO much will cause the coating to slip off.

    4. Let the chicken rest on the pan, at least 10 minutes before baking.

    5. Also, make sure that the chicken, and milk mixture are room temp. NOT cold

  9. Beth says

    This is the Best Chicken we have had in awhile, Great Flavor & ready to make it again thanks for sharing the recipe

  10. says

    I was wanting to do this for a crowd of women. Would this freeze or do you have any suggestions? I have tried the recipe and it was great!

  11. eleftheria says

    This is a delicious, economical, and easy recipe to feed a family of hungry growing boys. Thank you!

  12. Terry says

    If you’re having trouble getting the coating to stick, try dipping the chicken in mayonnaise or something similar rather than milk. Works like a charm.

    Angie, I’m gonna give this recipe a try!

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