Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken is a simple everyday meal, made with Ritz Crackers and butter! SO GOOD!!

This old fashioned Butter Chicken Recipe is nostalgic, simple and delicious made with buttery Ritz crackers!

Hey hi!

So I’m getting on to you guys with another dinner-meal.

I’ve decided that actual food needs to be a thing here. I mean, for the past 6 3/4 years (gasp!) I have given you all sweets all the time.

And while my sweet tooth is large and in charge I thought you guys might be interested in what I eat the other half-ish of the time?

So yeah. I’m doing Butter Chicken. Which is essentially chicken candy, if we’re being honest. So I guess I’m not deviating too far.

Baby steps.

Butter Chicken Ingredients

We love this recipe around here because it’s super yummy and quick-quick.

My Grandma made it for me when I was little from one of her recipe cards…that I now have today.

AND I usually have everything to make it in my kitchen at all times.

We’re Ritz people…all day errday.


Just crush up some Ritz and mix in some salt, pepper and garlic powder. You could easily get more creative with additional spices, but I’m keeping it simple here today.

Ritz cracker crushed

Coat your chicken breasts with beaten eggs and the cracker mixture and place them in a 9×13 baking dish.

Next grab your buttah…I used Challenge Butter..it’s my favorite lately!


Just randomly scatter it all over the chicken.

Also, FYI I bought the already trimmed chicken that is sliced thin. You don’t have to…BUT if you use thicker chicken breast, you’ll have to adjust the bake time.

The butter chicken right before it goes in the oven

See how pretty it looks when it’s done?

I wanna…

Butter Chicken.. a classic recipe made with Ritz crackers and baked with butter. SO so good!!

I usually serve it with a green veggie and some rice.

Easy everyday food.

Butter Chicken. Simple chicken breats coated in buttery Ritz crackers and baked in butter...OMG so good!

Dig in!

Butter Chicken, a simple and delicious weeknight meal!


5.0 from 3 reviews
Butter Chicken
serves 4
  • 1 - ¼ pounds lean boneless chicken breasts pounded or sliced thin (approx ½ inch)
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1 sleeve Ritz Butter round crackers (about 30), crushed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ cup butter, cut into cubes ( I used Challenge Butter)
  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. In medium bowl combine crushed crackers, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  3. Rinse and pat each chicken breast dry. Dip each breast into the whisked eggs and then into the cracker mixture, coating evenly.
  4. Place chicken into a 9x13 baking dish. Scatter the cubes of butter around the chicken in the baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear.
  5. Serve immediately, spooning extra butter on top of the chicken if desired.


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July 31, 2014 9:43 am

Chicken candy? Love it! The chicken looks so moist and crispy at the same time. Have to pin this:)

July 31, 2014 10:28 am

Agh, where has this been all mah life? Totally need to try — the kiddos will love it!

July 31, 2014 10:29 am

Um Yum!!!! This just moved to the top of my list of recipes to try! Thank ya ma’am :)

Sandra D
July 31, 2014 11:19 am

Been making this for over 20 years. Even easier is to forget the eggs and melt the butter. Dip chicken in butter then roll in crackers. Bake. Done.
That’s how my boys loved it. Still do and they are now men.

April 10, 2015 12:36 pm

so trying it your way Sandra D.

July 31, 2014 1:39 pm

I always have chicken, ritz and butter on hand. How have I not seen this recipe before?

July 31, 2014 3:17 pm

I can’t believe that I have never made or even had this before. Thanks so much for the recipe. It will be fun to try something new with chicken. It looks delicious! How could it not with all that butter, right?

July 31, 2014 3:48 pm

Cant wait to try this but I will have to use Town House. I have picky boys when it comes to their crackers :)

July 31, 2014 5:05 pm

Ha! We used to call this cracker chicken! I have totally forgotten all about this dinner. On the menu!

July 31, 2014 7:17 pm

wishing I had this for dinner right now, yum!

July 31, 2014 9:14 pm

This looks DELICIOUS. Can’t wait to try it, thanks for sharing.

August 1, 2014 1:50 pm

utterly butterly delicious butter chicken

August 2, 2014 11:53 am

I make this with potato chips. And sometimes using fish, instead. For a healthier version than chips, dried mashed potato flakes are a good substitute. Also good with some sesame oil and sesame seeds thrown on top. Versatile recipe!!

Valerie Hill
August 3, 2014 1:06 pm

I have made this chicken for a very long time. My friends and family just love it.

August 3, 2014 7:06 pm

This chicken is really delicious. I don’t tend to cook like this because I am usually watching what I eat. My family loved it!! It was really quick and easy and a delicious treat. Next I must make the marshmallow blondies – those have got to be deadly. Blondies are my favorite!

August 3, 2014 7:36 pm

Just made this tonight, and it was DELICIOUS! Definitely going into rotation!


How yummy! I like ritz crackers, and I’m sure I’d like them even more as a breading. They are so salty and crisp!

August 4, 2014 9:48 am

Ohmigerd… all that butter is making me swoon!

August 7, 2014 7:43 am

I wanted to stop in and let you know that I made this last night and it was delicious. Loved it. And I’m not a chicken breast fan. Thanks for sharing a great recipe.

Areeg Samir
August 9, 2014 10:17 am

Thank you I love it

April Miles
August 9, 2014 1:50 pm

I am trying this tonite but with Club crackers and turkey breast, since they are my favorite…but for an added twist I am going to roll the turkey in milk, then shredded cheese first, then the club crackers and bake….

Sharon Markey
August 10, 2014 4:17 pm

Wow…I have lots of chicken recipes, but this is one I have missed!! Thanks for sharing, and I love your site!!

Marie Flanigan
August 11, 2014 3:05 am

Luv the recipe. I take care of 91 yr old n she looves her buttah! Usually dip cutlets in low-fat ranch dressing then low salt Ritz. My son’s absolute favorite. I serve w potato cheddar perogies n sour cream. Super Yum

Andrea Jorgensen
August 13, 2014 6:15 pm

Hi! Just wanted to let you know I made this last night and it was a HUGE success! I have 6 kids (ages 1 – 11) and every single one of them loved it! I doubled everything, except the butter and it turned out great! They were clamoring to finish their first helping, so they wouldn’t miss out on seconds. (Survival of the fittest around here!) 😉 Thanks for the EASY and DELICIOUS recipe!!

Connie Bost
August 14, 2014 4:56 pm

Ladies…one of my variations to this recipe is to squeeze lemon all over the chicken after putting the butter on……….yummy!!

August 18, 2014 11:54 am

The rice in the background looks yummy too, do you have the recipe?

August 19, 2014 11:23 am

LOL, I’ve been there too, especially with a 17 month old lol

August 23, 2014 1:34 pm

Going to try this tonight, I bought a box of garlic butter ritz crackers, and my family loves fried garlic chicken.

September 7, 2014 11:04 am

Hi! I’m Italian and we do a lot of these breadcrumbs coated dishes. i couldn’t help but notice that you used the same amount of butter i use in a month…also ritz are pretty unhealthy so I wanted to suggest you ladies an alternative recipe: i’t basically the same thing but with actual breadcrumbs mixed with garlic, salt, pepper and parsley. you can add a little bit of salt on the eggs if you want. you can cook it in a pan with a little bit of olive oil or (waaay better) grill it in a oven with some fresh… Read more »

October 15, 2014 6:49 am

Curious.. Will this recipe work with original ritz crackers not the buttered flavour? It’s all I have :(

October 16, 2014 6:10 am

Thanks Shelly. I made these buttery babies tonight and my oh my were they delicious! I have never seen my toddler polish so much chicken in one sitting 😀 I didn’t have any garlic powder either so I opted for fresh garlic instead.. I just squashed a few & scattered them next to the butter :)

A definite keeper, thanks for sharing!

Ian "Mr Coffee" George
October 27, 2014 5:02 am

Greetings from Australia, came across this recipe and gathered all the ingredients easily except that I used a Tasmanian Butter instead. The chicken cooked to perfection and the creamy Ritz crackers worked to perfection with the butter. This worked so well I was picking at the crumbs in the pan until it was almost picked clean. The Chicken stayed moist and tender which is something I like as I often use a Sous Vide water bath machine for cooking chicken and the overall flavor was fantastic. another 10/10 for this recipe one meal I will be certain to have again.… Read more »

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March 26, 2015 9:43 am

Made this for my family last night & it was a HIT!!! (It was a hit w/ me, too, ‘cuz it was SO EASY!!) My picky eater who turned her nose up & said, “Ugh chicken again!” when I told her what I was making, had seconds! That’s unheard of ’round here! Thanks so much Shelly!

April 17, 2015 4:40 am

my kids would love this. To be honest, I’ve never heard of this kind of butter chicken before. Only the Indian butter chicken which is in a delicious creamy tomato sauce. Will have to try your version for dinner tonight!

April 18, 2015 2:38 pm

Thank you, it was great and easy to do! And very tasty)

Jennifer taylor
April 28, 2015 7:10 pm

amazing????????I have 5 children and 3 have celiacs disease. I made your version and then just used gluten free crackers to make it gluten free. Was a big hit at our dinner table. My husband even loved it.

May 8, 2015 5:45 pm

Looks delicious, want to make this very soon. My question is, do you need to spray he bottom of the pan with Pam so the chicken doesn’t stick ?

August 30, 2015 11:40 am

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Heidi in NC
September 13, 2015 3:15 pm

This is great! I make it with thin boneless pork chops and everyone loves them!