Friday, February 8, 2013

Ritz Cracker Chicken Casserole

Ritz Cracker Chicken Casserole

I don't go into this a lot but...I've had really awful experiences with roommates (not including Michael, he's an angel <3). They always have ended in ruined friendships, panic attacks, crying, and me hiding in my bedroom from roommates who hate me (I swear I didn't do anything!). Anyway, details aside, they didn't go so well. The first real incident I had of this was in my first (non-dorm) NYC apartment, in Brooklyn. It ended very badly. I have very few fond memories of my time there or of the people I lived with. Especially of one roommate (who I hadn't really liked to begin with)--probably the only thing about her that I liked was a poppy seed chicken casserole she made. Prior to the fallout she made it and shared with all of us-and it was delicious! It tasted fattening and bad... but oh sooo good. Then, post fallout, she would still make this casserole frequently...and oh how I wished I could have some. Anyway, since I moved out, I haven't thought much about it. Until I saw a recipe for just this casserole online!

Ritz Cracker Chicken Casserole

Now, I made a few adaptations. I didn't have poppy seeds, and really didn't think they'd make much of a difference (they didn't seem to). I also thought I'd try to somewhat healthify the recipe by using homemade cream of chicken soup (good choice), subbing in Greek yogurt for sour cream (altered the flavor slightly, but not in a bad way), and using homemade Ritz crackers (BAD CHOICE--they just weren't crisp enough. Stick with the store bought for that one). Of course you can completely disregard my adaptations and make this the original way, but now you have options :).

It's delicious. It's rich and buttery and really unforgettable.
 After all that roomie drama this casserole stuck with me. 
And I'm sure you'll find it just as memorable and addictive!

Ritz Cracker Chicken Casserole

Ritz Cracker Chicken Casserole

  • 5 cups chicken breast, cooked and cubed
  • 1 cup sour cream and/or room temperature Greek yogurt
  • 2 cans (or 2 batches of homemade) cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups Ritz crackers, crushed
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • Optional- 1 tbsp. poppy seeds
                    Garlic/garlic powder, other seasonings, to taste
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • To cook chicken: boil with salt and pepper and any other desired seasonings (ie. an onion) until cooked all the way through. Cool slightly then cut into 1 in. cubes. Place cubes in a greased 9 x 13 casserole dish.
  • Stir together cream of chicken and sour cream/yogurt. Stir in any other desired seasonings. Pour over chicken.
  • In a bowl stir crackers, butter (and poppy seeds, if using). Sprinkle over casserole.
  • Bake 30 minutes, until browned and bubbly.
Ritz Cracker Chicken Casserole

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