Crispy Baked Chicken

Crispy Baked Chicken recipe – Baked chicken coated in sour cream, cheese and ritz cracker crumbs and topped with a delicious, creamy sauce.

Crispy Cheddar Chicken with cheddar topped with sauce and a side of mashed potatoes

Crispy Baked Chicken

Do you gather with family for Easter? Now that we are back in Arizona, we do, and we always have a HUGE Easter dinner. We gather with the whole Luna clan and my mom and sisters get together for lunch weeks before to figure out the menu (similar to what they do for Thanksgiving). I tend to have different assignments each year, but this year I was assigned the chicken. Yes, we like to have a variety of meats served at the holiday dinner, and usually have ham, a roast, and a chicken dish.

We had recently tried a recipe for Crispy Baked Chicken that was loved by the whole family, so my mom requested that recipe. I was happy to make it because it was easy and really was so delicious. It may be because it’s smothered in sour cream, cheese and crushed crackers and then topped with a creamy sauce. The recipe actually calls for chicken breasts, but since I was trying to feed a lot I ended up using breast tenders. They are about the third or even a quarter the size of large chicken breast, but they worked perfectly for our Easter dinner!!

I was excited to see that the chicken was all gone in a matter of minutes and several family members asked for the recipe. We had gotten it from Just a Pinch, but we made a few adjustments that we think made the recipe even better!! Give it a try yourself and let us know what you think. 😉

4 chicken breasts covered in cheddar and ritz cracker crumbs

Slathered in sour cream and then with cheese and the crumb mixture.

Crispy Baked chicken coated with cheddar cheese and ritz cracker crumbs and topped with a creamy sauce

This chicken recipe is full of flavor!!

So excited to have another go-to chicken dish for the monthly menu. We eat chicken at least once a week, so it’s always nice to have good recipes for it!!

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crispy cheddar baked chicken with sauce on top

Crispy Baked Chicken Recipe

4.92 from 12 votes

This Crispy Cheddar Chicken is baked chicken coated in sour cream, cheese and ritz cracker crumbs and topped with a delicious, creamy sauce - it's our new go-to dinner recipe!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 7 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 269 kcal
Author Lil' Luna



  • 4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts cut in half
  • 2 sleeves Ritz crackers
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • fresh parsley for garnish


  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/8 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp milk


  1. Preheat oven to 375.

  2. Place crushed crackers in a shallow dish along with salt and pepper. Also place sour cream in a separate baking dish and cheese in another separate dish as well.
  3. Begin by dipping each breast half into sour cream, coating all sides and then place in cheese dish, coating with shredded cheese. Then, place each breast into cracker mixture until well coated.
  4. Place into a greased 9x13. Cover and bake for 50-55 minutes.

  5. Remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
  6. As chicken is finishing cooking, place sauce ingredients into a small pot and cook on medium high heat. Stir until well combined and serve over chicken along with fresh parsley. ENJOY!

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Recipe adapted from Just a Pinch.

Crispy Cheddar Chicken - Baked chicken coated in sour cream, cheese and ritz cracker crumbs and topped with a delicious, creamy sauce - it's our new go-to dinner recipe!

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. One great recipe after another. I can’t stop searching for new recipes from your site. You’ve got to stop-I’m gaining too much weight :)????

  2. Hi, This looks awesome! About slicing the chicken, is it in half lengthwise like making cutlets or keeping the thickness and cutting it in half? Thanks!

  3. Good morning,
    The Crispy Cheddar Chicken definitely looks great and I would truly like to make this for May family, however a few of the family members have some dietary issues.
    Is there anyway to make this in a Lactose and Gluten Free process? I’m wishing that you could help me make this dish for my family.

    1. You might want to ask your family what they are avoiding & maybe they can suggest what they use instead of certain ingredients. I wouldn’t know exactly, since I don’t have those diet restrictions in my family. I’m sorry I couldn’t be more help.

  4. Hi on your crispy baked cheddar chicken recipe you mentioned that you used chicken tenders (which is what I would prefer). How long would you bake them
    verses the chicken breasts. Sounds and looks so delicious. Thanks! Love your

    1. It really is so good!! They won’t be in too much less than the breasts. You could start at 40-45 min, then continue on. I always cook chicken longer than not..nothing like raw chicken.

  5. I have a question about the cheddar chicken recipe. I plan to try that tonight but I don’t have Cream of Chicken soup on hand. I do have Cream of Mushroom. Do you think that would work for the sauce? Would you combine that with the same sauce ingredients? Thank you!

    1. I’m new to using an Air Fryer and haven’t figured out how long to cook in air fryer as opposed to baking. So how did it turn out? How long did you end up cooking? Thanx!

  6. Holy [email protected]!!! That was amazing. Didn’t have the soup to make the sauce so we just had the chicken. My son doesn’t love chicken so I made his favorite potatoes on the side. Didn’t touch anything else on his plate until the chicken was gone. Super love!!! It’s a keeper!!!

  7. Made this last night and it was So good! My husband said it might be his new favorite! Really simple but the flavor was amazing. Chicken turned out perfectly crispy following the directions. Another hit! Thank you!

  8. So I made this with boneless pork sirloin chops and rice and my hubby loved it!!! I added fresh parmesan cheese to the sauce as well and it was a hit!!

  9. Probably a silly question, but I don’t have any foil and don’t have time to get any. Can I cover it with parchment paper instead? I’m super excited to try this but I’m more of a baker and less of a cook so I really want to do it right!