There are no casseroles that cannot be improved upon over time, and the chicken casserole with Ritz crackers is proof of that. The standard casserole is a mainstay of family gatherings, and is great to bring when you have no idea of what else to bring; it is simple to make, and the sheer amount of carbs and cheese ensures that it will be at least liked. This recipe takes your standard chicken casserole and adds a nice little crunch to it, making it just that much nicer; with the variations allowable, it can be quickly modified to fit any situation.
The basic casserole follows a basic recipe: 3 cups of chicken breast meat, cooked and shredded, a 10.75 ounce can of sort of cream soup, 1 cup of sour cream or Greek yogurt, and a stick of butter. All of this combined and placed in a casserole dish for thirty minutes at 350 degrees. You can add on two tablespoons of poppy seeds if desired. Make sure that you oil the casserole dish before cooking and you should be fine. The particular variation we are discussing here adds two sleeves of chicken casserole with Ritz crackers that have been crumbled and placed on top. Once the dish is golden brown, the casserole is ready to be enjoyed.
Of course, like any good recipe there are plenty of variations. You can add two cups of shredded cheese to the mix for something that is gooey. You can also add pasta to the mix for additional carbs, making this great for someone training for a major event. You can also add vegetables to the casserole, usually canned; the best vegetables for this are peas as they are sweet and add just the right color to the mix. The cream soup is up to you; while cream of chicken is best for flavor, some people prefer cream of mushroom or even cream of celery. Of course, if you want something a little more vegetarian, you can omit the chicken entirely. Just let your imagination be your guide and you should do fine.
This is a great little dish and is great for when you need a quick meal. It is also good for those situations where you need to bring something but do not want to spend too much time worrying about the food, such as a party or a funeral. Have some fun with it, and you will find that this is a great go-to meal.