Take-out Tuesday, Comfort Chicken and Gravy Dinner

I love something cozy and comforting for dinner after a busy day…

How about some old fashioned chicken and gravy

with green beans and rice

AND!

Guess what?

It’s easy peasy breezy to put together!

There are many versions of this baked chicken dish floating around,

also known as Cracker Chicken or Ritz Cracker Chicken

The chicken is coated with cheese and crushed Ritz cracker crumbs

The secret in my version is coating the chicken with mayonnaise

before covering with cheese and crackers

The mayonnaise makes the chicken soooo tender and moist

and don’t worry, mayonnaise haters won’t even know it’s there

It also acts as a glue to hold the cheese and cracker coating on

After coating the chicken with mayonnaise,

roll it in the grated cheese and then the seasoned cracker crumbs

Place the pieces side by side in a prepared casserole dish

and top with any remaining coating

You can make the gravy in advance too

Melt butter in a large measuring cup and stir in the soup,

buttermilk, and sour cream

Cut butter into small pieces and distribute over top of chicken

The chicken and gravy can be refrigerated at this point

for baking and heating later if desired

Bake the chicken covered in a 350 oven for 30 minutes

and then uncover and continue baking for 15 minutes

until chicken is cooked through and golden and crispy

You can heat the gravy right in the measuring cup in the microwave,

in minute intervals, stirring, until it is hot

or you can heat it in sauce pan on the stove top if preferred

Top chicken with gravy and serve with rice and green beans

for a hearty and comforting meal

To keep it extra easy I used Ready Rice and frozen green beans

that only take minutes to cook in the microwave

Comfort Chicken and Gravy

Chicken baked with a cheese and cracker crumb coating until crispy then topped with a creamy chicken gravy~ serve it with rice and green beans for an ultimate comfort food meal!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

Chicken

  • 2 lbs chicken tenders or boneless breasts cut into tenders
  • Ritz crackers
  • Salt and pepper
  • garlic powder to taste
  • mayonnaise I recommend Duke's or Hellman's
  • 3 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • butter for topping

Gravy

  • 1 can Cream of Chicken soup
  • 2 T sour cream
  • 2 T butter
  • 1/4 c buttermilk

Instructions
 

Chicken

  • Crush crackers and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder
  • Coat chicken with mayo, then cheese, pressing cheese onto chicken.
  • Dip in crackers and press to coat.
  • Grease baking dish and put chicken in pan.
  • Top with small butter pieces.
  • Chicken can be refrigerated at this point for cooking later if desired
  • Bake covered at 350 for 30 min. Uncover and bake another 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and golden.

Gravy

  • Melt butter and combine with chicken soup, buttermilk and sour cream
  • Refrigerate at this point if making ahead if desired
  • Heat gravy at the end of chicken baking time, either in the microwave in one minute intervals, stirring or in a sauce pan on the stove top
  • Put hot gravy over chicken and serve
Keyword baked chicken, cheesy cracker chicken, chicken casserole, comfort food, easy dinner, oven fried chicken

Enjoy!

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Comments
45 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Comfort Chicken and Gravy Dinner”
  1. Cyndi Raines says:

    Oh my gosh does this ever sound wonderful! Pinning and printing for sure. This is the time of year when these type of dishes really sustain you for all the fall yard work! Lol Thank you Jenna. Yum!

  2. What a GREAT idea of using mayonnaise instead of egg to hold the coating together! They look fanfreakingtastic, Jenna.

  3. thefrenchhutch says:

    I think I’ve tried a little of everything to coat chicken but I’ve never tried mayo. Your recipe sounds delicious Jenna, the meal is perfect comfort food! I can’t wait to make it.

  4. BERNADETTE says:

    Thanks for the recipe Jena. I will have to try it. I have never tried the mayo idea.

  5. Rita C. says:

    Yes, please and thank you. Pinned!

  6. Chicken and gravy will always be a hit at our house. It is the time of the year when comfort food is perfect for cooler evenings. Thank you, Jenna for sharing and Happy Tuesday!

  7. Oh, yum! I’ll never catch up to your posts but I’m glad I saw this one!

  8. lulu says:

    I’m wanting some biscuits, too!

  9. Thanks, Jenna. I just pinned it!

  10. This looks delightful! Mayonnaise is such a good glue!

  11. Chicken and gravy . . . making me very hungry!

  12. Barbara at Mantel and Table says:

    Oh my! Delicious!!!

  13. Kari says:

    Yummy Jenna…this is going on my menu next week. thanks

  14. Nancy says:

    Oh what a delicious and comforting meal!
    This is the perfect time of year for this meal. I’ve used Mayo before on chicken but not cracker crumbs. So I will be trying this soon!
    Thank you for sharing!

  15. Thanks Jenna. I have tried mayo and it works wonderfully. The ritz crackers sounds great. It’s time for comfort food. It has finally cooled off.

  16. Julie says:

    This looks like a great weeknight meal to make during the cold months Jenna. Thanks for the recipe to make this chicken dishl

  17. Kitty says:

    I’d love to make your comfort chicken and gravy, Jenna. I always need a comforting dish and I appreciate all your wonderful recipes that you share.

  18. Yum, sounds perfect for a cool autumn day!!

  19. Mary says:

    Sounds so comforting and tasty too Jenna! I know your son appreciates your meal prep and planning on busy school and work days. ♥

  20. Kim says:

    Yum Jenna. This looks so good and I am so making it tomorrow night! And I’m going to double the gravy!! It is so cold here today – only 8 degrees – and this is the perfect comfort food. Thanks for sharing and I’m pinning too! Happy Monday!

  21. Tammy says:

    This looks like such a wonderful meal to make once the temps cool down. It’s so comforting and hearty. The family will love this!

  22. Connie Cover says:

    I made this for our dinner and it was fantastic! So simple yet so delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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