Ritz Chicken Recipe

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Ritz chicken is a great recipe to have kids help cook while teaching them about basic cooking and cleaning skills. They get to experience a variety of textures while having fun mashing up crackers!

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 60-70 min

Ritz Chicken Ingredients

  • 1 lb. boneless chicken tenderloins
  • 1 box Ritz crackers
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (Tip: fine shredded is best)


Trim fat off of chicken, cut chicken into strips with a width of 1-1.5,” and place into 9×13 baking pan. Now it’s time to mash up the Ritz crackers. It is easy to do in the sleeve (careful not to puncture) or place in a bowl and break them up into breadcrumb size pieces. Make 1 cup crushed crackers and then add one cup shredded cheese. (Tip: keep equal parts cheese to cracker if extra is needed). Mix the cheese and crackers together into a bowl. Melt 5 tablespoons of butter in microwave (be sure to cover with paper towel). Now roll chicken strips in melted butter then roll in cheese cracker mixture. Make sure to cover entire chicken. (Tip: if you need extra crackers/cheese make another half cup to cup of cheese and crackers). Drizzle remaining butter over top.

Finally, bake in preheated oven at 200˚ F for 60-70 minutes. Check to make sure chicken is cooked thoroughly before eating.

Tricks to engage children: Have them help mash crackers, mix cheese and crackers together, roll buttered chicken in cracker cheese mixture, wash or place dishes in dishwasher, and set table. Then, enjoy Ritz crackers on the side as a snack or reward for helping! For more ideas on how to help get your kids cooking, check out Cooking with Kids Part 1 and Part 2.