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 leftovers. Luckily for me, unfortunately, my husband left his lunch at home today so it’s all mine. 🙂
This is very 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!
After the chicken is in the pan, I just dumped the left over cheese & cracker crumbs on top of it. I love crust.
Baked Cheddar Chicken
Yield – 7 servings
Preparation Time – 15 minutes
Cooking Time – 40 minutes
- 5 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 sleeve Ritz crackers
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 14 oz. can cream of chicken soup
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 2 Tbsp sour cream
- Fresh veggies, as side dish
- Favorite side dish like rice, pasta, or mashed potatoes.
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- 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 salt and pepper into the cracker crumbs and stir the mixture around to combine.
- Prepare a 9×13 baking dish by spraying it with non-stick cooking spray.
- Dip each piece of chicken into the milk, cheese & crumbs in succession, and lay in the prepared pan.
- Sprinkle the dried parsley over the chicken in the pan.
- Cover the pan with foil and bake for 40 minutes, until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.
- Combine the cream of chicken soup, sour cream, and butter in a small sauce pan on the stove and heat until mixed together and warm. Spread the sauce over the chicken prior to serving.
- Prepare fresh veggies.
- Serve Baked Cheddar Chicken with fresh veggies.
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!
Kelly Hess says
Yum! Just bookmarked this one!
This looks so good.
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!!!
YUM! Excellent with mashed potatoes! and we love garlic, so added garlic/onion powders and a little paprika to the crumb mix – Tasty! Thanks.
Nicole @ Some Call It Natural 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… :/
Angie Atchley 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?
Nicole @ Some Call It Natural 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.
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.
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.
Carol Sawyer says
What a great idea…cannot wait to see more!
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
This is the Best Chicken we have had in awhile, Great Flavor & ready to make it again thanks for sharing the recipe
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!
Looking forward to trying this, got it in the oven 😃
Erin H says
This looks delicious! I think we might try this for dinner!
This is a delicious, economical, and easy recipe to feed a family of hungry growing boys. Thank you!
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!
I made this tonight! SO GOOD! I wasn’t a huge fan of the sauce, so I’ll omit that next time