Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Easy 3-Ingredient Ritz Cracker Chicken

Easy 3-Ingredient Ritz Cracker Chicken |

Alright ya’ll… this recipe is one from way back in the archives┬á(circa 2009). It’s an oldie, but a GOODIE… and needed some serious photo re-vamping! ­čśë

When I recently asked you guys what type of recipes you all wanted to see in 2013, I had an overwhelming response of “Easy, Kid-Friendly, & Can be easily adjust to serve just 1-2 people.”

Well, today is your day…

Easy 3-Ingredient Ritz Cracker Chicken |

I’m all about making things homemade when possible, but sometimes I just want a quick & simple dinner that uses pantry ingredients! This dinner meets all of the aforementioned criteria!

PLUS it only requires 3 (THREE) ingredients!!!

Easy 3-Ingredient Ritz Cracker Chicken |

3 ingredients, ya’ll!!!

  1. Chicken tenderloins (plus a little salt & pepper which do NOT count!)
  2. Ranch Dressing
  3. Ritz Crackers

It does NOT get much easier than that!

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Easy 3-Ingredient Ritz Cracker Chicken

Yield: 3-4 servings

Prep Time: 10 mintues

Cook Time: 25-35 minutes

Total Time: 35-45 minutes

Easy 3-ingredient chicken dish that the kids will LOVE!


1 pound chicken tenderloins*
1/2 Ranch dressing
1 sleeve of Ritz Crackers, crushed
salt & pepper


Preheat oven to 350. Place a oven-safe cooling rack inside of a cookie sheet, and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Note: you can definitely bake this in a regular baking dish (or on a cookie sheet), it just won't have the same crisp underside like it would when cooked over a cooling rack.

Line up an assembly line of 3 dishes: The 1st with chicken tenderloins (You could also use regular boneless skinless chicken breasts- you'll want to pound them out - or butterfly them- first), the 2nd with Ranch Dressing, and the 3rd with the crushed up Ritz Crackers.

Season the chicken tenderloins with a pinch of salt & pepper then coat them in ranch dressing, immediately followed by the Ritz Crackers. Make sure they are coated well!

Place on prepared baking sheet and bake in preheated oven until a minimum internal temperature of 165┬║F (check with meat thermometer after 25 minutes).

Serve hot with a side of veggies (or a side salad) and additional Ranch for dipping!

Easy 3-Ingredient Ritz Cracker Chicken |

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29 Responses to “Easy 3-Ingredient Ritz Cracker Chicken”

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    Bree {Skinny Mommy} — January 9, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    I love this recipe—sooo easy!

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    Leslie — January 9, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

    Ohhh I have made this before, but not with the ranch! I am LOVING your version!!!!

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    Laura — January 9, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

    I made this a while back and it was sooo delicious! the second time I made it I mixed in shredded colby jack cheese in with the crackers, YUM!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — January 9, 2013 @ 4:32 pm

    these look amazing!!

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    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — January 9, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

    I love looking at the old vs new photos! Breading chicken and giving it a nice oven fry always impresses the folks I feed (e.g. my boyfriend & parents!), and I can only imagine how great this tastes with the ranch dressing :)

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    Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama — January 9, 2013 @ 9:55 pm

    Love looking back at old posts! Gives me hope :)

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    Brandi @ new 30 something — January 9, 2013 @ 11:33 pm

    OMG! This looks so good. You would post this again right in the middle of my sugar (and processed food) detox.

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — January 10, 2013 @ 6:48 am

    I have to laugh, it must be a breaded chicken day! Love the idea of you Ritz Crackers!!

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    shellyjaronsky — January 10, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

    Love this! So simple…I need to go back and revamp some of my first posts.. the pictures are ridiculously embarrassing.

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    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — January 10, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

    Ha! Forget kid-friendly, this is husband friendly! I might use a jalapeno or spicy cracker to give it some kick. I have to start going back and revamping some pictures.

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    kelley {mountain mama cooks} — January 11, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    Love the simplicity of these and I KNOW everyone in my family would love these!

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — January 11, 2013 @ 9:50 am

    My mom used to make this for us growing up. It was one of our favorites!!! I need to try it again! :)

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    Katie — January 12, 2013 @ 11:41 am

    This sounds awesome! I’m all for baked chicken strips and I know the buttery flavor in the ritz cracker makes these chicken strips taste delish! I too am starting to give my old blog post new life again!

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    Megan — January 13, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

    i have chicken. I have wheat ritz. I have no ranch so I’m trying it with your honey mustard recipe. It’s in the oven and I’m pretty excited.

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — January 14, 2013 @ 12:26 am

    I will never get tired of new ways to make chicken fingers – I love this! I like dipping my chicken in ranch anyway, so it just makes sense to use it pre-bake too! I cant wait to try this!

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    Mandy — January 30, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

    I’m making this for dinner tonight. I’ve never had it but it sounded so good!

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    Sarah — February 5, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

    Do you happen to have nutrition facts for these? Serving size and calories possibly? Thank you! :)

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    Jennifer — April 12, 2013 @ 7:34 pm

    I’m a college student and was looking forward to making this the next time I came home. My mom and I just made it tonight and the chicken was so delicious! And so easy!
    Two of my favorite things – ranch and ritz crackers. You can’t go wrong.
    Four thumbs up from us!

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    heatheranne — April 29, 2013 @ 8:49 pm

    Making these for the second time in 2 weeks! Its a winner chicken dinner to my toddlers! SO good! Every recipe I have made from this site has turned out perfect! Thank you!

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    Simone — May 7, 2013 @ 4:39 pm

    I made this last night. My error was trying to do this on the stovetop – a lot of the “breading” came off HOWEVER the flavor was still in the chicken. Instead of doing ranch dressing, my husband and I took plain greek yogurt and added ranch seasoning [to avoid the mayo base]. The flavor was great and I love Ritz[we used Whole Wheat]. Will try again – but baking them next time!!

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    Jenny — July 16, 2013 @ 8:28 pm

    I’ve made these a few times but for some reason the ranch is really wet making the crackers slide around on the chicken. Any ideas of what I’m doing wrong?

    • Tina replied: — July 16th, 2013 @ 8:57 pm

      Make sure you shake off the excess…

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    savanna — October 11, 2014 @ 11:56 am

    can I make this using club crackers instead of ritz?

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    Jen — January 18, 2015 @ 12:39 am

    Savanna, I would think you could use club cracker … pretty similar. Something neat I’m thinking of doing with this recipe is making homemade ranch dressing for the dip. It will taste different from the bottle and only seem to complement each other! If this turns out well, I’ve got a winner for future get-togethers! (Thank you!)

    • Tina replied: — January 28th, 2015 @ 9:02 am

      It’s delicious with homemade ranch – i do this often. The development of this 3 ingredient recipe was intended to make it as easy as possible for those that don’t have time to make a homemade dip – but obviously the homemade ranch jazzes it up a bit :) You could use club crackers – i just prefer how buttery Ritz crackers are! Personal preference. Happy cooking!

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    Michelle — February 10, 2015 @ 10:22 am

    This was so easy to make and tasted great! Perfect for a weeknight meal. Thanks for sharing!

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    Claudette roller — June 18, 2015 @ 5:40 pm

    does anyone know the nutritional values of this dish?

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