Most home cooks say that it is difficult for them to plan meals that the whole family loves. A little bit of planning can help resolve this trying situation and tantalize all palates. The Chicken Casserole with Ritz Crackers is a dish that the whole family will love to eat and share. And best of all, you can customize it to your specific preferences. Here are some ideas for you to consider.
The Classic Chicken Casserole with Ritz Crackers, there is nothing quite like the comforting taste of the chicken casserole made with Ritz Crackers. It can be made in less than an hour. This includes the preparation and cooking time. All you need is cooked or leftover boneless chicken, two sleeves of Ritz Crackers, a can of cream of chicken soup or mushroom soup, butter, chicken broth and sour cream.
It is a good idea to avoid using raw chicken for this recipe as it will greatly increase cooking time. Roasted, grilled and rotisserie chicken are convenient options to consider. In a pinch you could also use canned chicken.
While you preheat the oven, you will need to grease a baking dish and line it with a sleeve of crushed crackers. Drizzle the crushed crackers with melted butter. Mix all the other ingredients in a large bowl and transfer to the baking dish. Top the chicken mix with the second sleeve of crushed crackers and drizzle with some melted butter. You will need to bake the dish for about half an hour.
Add a Little Color
The chicken casserole looks and tastes great. To add to its nutritive value and to make it look a little more colorful, you can include some blanched or steamed veggies. Chopped carrots, broccoli and green beans are great choices. You can also consider adding asparagus and peas. You may also like to add some finely chopped parsley to the chicken mix.
Add a Special Twist
To give some special flavor to the casserole you can cook some chopped mushrooms in butter until they are tender and brown. Fold the mushrooms gently into the chicken. Another great way to add a subtle flavor to the dish is by using garlic butter Ritz Crackers or the roasted vegetable flavor.
For a healthier casserole, you could consider using whole wheat crackers or the reduced fat version. Check your pantry and refrigerator for additional ingredients that you may want to add. Cooked bacon, ham and turkey are some excellent choices.