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Cracker Chicken Recipe

This easy chicken recipe originated from a Pittsburgh Steeler's cookbook that my husband had when we met. The cookbook is full of favorite recipes from the “Steel Curtain” days. I do not have it readily available at the moment, but when I do find it, I will let you know which player's spouse had shared the original recipe of “Poppy Seed Chicken”.

I started making this recipe when the kids were young and soon found that poppy seeds are expensive! So, I tweeked the recipe a little. It is the most requested special birthday dinner from daughter and now son. When they see me putting this together, they always exclaim “YES! It's Cracker Chicken night!”.

Cracker Chicken

  • 2 Boneless Chicken Breast halves (cooked and cut in bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 can <a href="" target="_blank">Campbell's Cream of Chicken Soup</a>
  • 1 8 oz. container sour cream
  • 3 Tbsp. butter (melted)
  • 1 sleeve <a href="" target="_blank">Ritz Crackers</a> (Crushed (in sleeve))
  1. Cook chicken breast. If you have left over chicken, this works well too.
  2. Place cut chicken in bottom of 9×13′ pan.
  3. In separate bowl, combine soup and sour cream.
  4. Crush crackers in their sleeve (makes easy for clean up!).
  5. Pinch off about a 1/4 of the cracker sleeve (will use this as topping) and pour the remainder in the soup mixture.
  6. Melt butter and pour about 2 Tbsp. in the soup/cracker mixture (keep last Tbsp for top).
  7. Mix all together.
  8. Spoon mixture over the chicken and spread out to cover chicken.
  9. Top with remaining crushed crackers and melted butter.
  10. Bake in preheated 350′ oven for 30 minutes.
  11. Serve over rice or noodles.

** I have used many combinations with this versatile chicken recipe! If I do not have Crm. of Chicken soup, I have substituted Cream of Mushroom. No Ritz? I've used Town House or Club Crackers. No butter? I've used margarine. We like to eat this over rice, but you can also serve over egg noodles if you prefer that. We also like to have peas with it; but again, any vegetable will do.

Want to do more with chicken? I've shared a bunch of other yummy chicken recipes!

K Pugliano

Friday 19th of March 2010

Ooh, your recipe sounds good too!

I haven't made City Chicken in a long, long time! Maybe I'll dig out my mother-in-law's recipe!:)


Friday 19th of March 2010

OK, I improvised ingredients for lack of having anything on the list. I used tortilla chips, vegetable broth, sauteed onions and pablano peppers, and salsa instead of sour cream (trying to lighten the load here). This was fantastic! BTW my coal- cracker aunt used to make something like your recipe with pork chops and it was called CITY CHICKEN.