Puttin on the Ritz

 

ritzy chicken When I was growing up we would go visit my grandparents each summer for several weeks, and every time we were at my Mammaw’s home she would always make this super special chicken dish.  It was so special that we were sure it took her all day to make it.  It was creamy, full of chicken and topped with crunchy stuff…plus it was so pretty it had to take her forever to make it!  We always felt so special that she would take all that time to make us one of our favorites…it was definitely a highlight of each trip.

When I went off to college I decided to go to Texas Tech, which was only about 1 1/2 hours from my Mammaw.  One weekend I was visiting her and I asked her if she could please show me how to make that super special chicken dish with the crunchy stuff on top.  She kinda laughed and then said sure, it would be her pleasure, plus it was so easy to make we could have it for dinner that night.  I must have had a confused look on my face because she laughed once again and then told me to go get the chicken and soup out of the pantry.  In my head I was so confused…chicken was in the pantry??  In a can??  Surely she didn’t use canned chicken, but yes she did…I never would have guessed!!

As I continued to grow up and develop my culinary style a little more I decided it was time to tackle this favorite childhood dish…only I was going to make it my way, and hope it worked.  The first thing was to deal with the canned chicken stuff.  I had a few options I could go with…I could roast a whole chicken, roast some chicken breasts or thighs or I could go to the store and buy a rotisserie chicken…the later was definitely my most favorite idea, and of course the easiest by far.  Plus it just makes it that much quicker for those busy weeknights.

 

Ritzy Chicken
Serves 12
A delicious chicken casserole with buttery crackers and a creamy filling...this is comfort food for sure
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups shredded cooked chicken (I used a rotisserie chicken with skin removed)
  2. 8 oz reduced fat sour cream
  3. 1 cup fat free Cream of Chicken Soup (check out my easy Homemade recipe posted below)
  4. 1 tbsp. pepper
  5. 2 tsp garlic powder
  6. 1 tsp salt
  7. 1 tbsp. poppy seed, divided
  8. 1 sleeve of Ritz crackers (30-32 crackers)
  9. 2 tbsp butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Spray a 9x13 casserole dish with nonstick spray, set aside
  3. In a large bowl combine chicken, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, pepper, garlic powder, salt and 1/2 tbsp. poppy seeds
  4. Pour chicken mixture into casserole dish
  5. Crumble a sleeve of crackers over the top of the chicken mixture
  6. Drizzle melted butter over the top of the crackers
  7. Bake, uncovered, for 40-45 minutes or until crackers begin to brown and edges are bubbly
  8. Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes before serving
  9. ENJOY!!
Each serving is 9 WW+ points
  1. Nutritional Info
  2. Calories 385 Calories from Fat 174 Total Fat 18.2g Saturated Fat 10.0g Trans Fat 0.0g Cholesterol 31mg Sodium 684mg Potassium 243mg Total Carbohydrates 35.5g Dietary Fiber 2.8g Sugars 6.0g Protein 10.9g
  3. Vitamin A 3% - Vitamin C 1% - Calcium 5% - Iron 75%
  4. Nutrition Grade D+
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Next came the canned soup, I cannot stand canned cream of chicken soup at all but I am a HUGE fan of my homemade cream of chicken soup.  The soup is full of flavor, creamy, rich and so easy you will never buy the canned stuff again.  To make it even better it is low in Weight Watcher points so it is definitely one of those recipes that you will want to keep in your recipe box.  I usually have some soup in my freezer, just in case I get a hankering for this casserole. 

 

Oh and by the way the crunchy stuff on top that was so good we couldn’t get enough of it was my favorite crackers, Ritz, crumbled up and then drizzled with butter…I mean can it get much better.  I knew I loved this casserole!!

Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup
Serves 8
An updated version of my original Homemade Cream of Chicken soup...it is just so good I had to do it again
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups Fat Free Chicken Stock
  2. 1 chicken bouillon cube, or 1 tsp chicken base
  3. 1 tsp. pepper
  4. 1 tsp. dried basil
  5. 1 tsp garlic powder
  6. 1 tsp onion powder
  7. 1 tsp dried parsley
  8. 2 cups fat free milk
  9. 1 cup flour
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan combine chicken stock, bouillon cube, pepper, basil, garlic powder, onion powder & parsley over medium heat to a simmer
  2. In a small bowl whisk together milk and flour until smooth
  3. Slowly add in milk mixture, whisking constantly
  4. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer and let cook for 10-15 minutes, or until desired consistency is reached, stirring often
  5. Let cool to room temperature and then either store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or freeze in smaller portions to use as needed
  6. ENJOY!
Each serving (1/2 cup) is 2 WW+ points
  1. Nutritional Info
  2. Calories 87 Calories from Fat 2 Total Fat 0.2g Trans Fat 0.0g Cholesterol 1mg Sodium 137mg Potassium 258mg Total Carbohydrates 16.1g Dietary Fiber 0.7g Sugars 3.3g Protein 4.4g
  3. Vitamin A 3% - Vitamin C 2% - Calcium 8% - Iron 6%
  4. Nutrition Grade A-
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The real test was going to come though when I let the Mammaw taste it.  I took some over to her, and made her taste it on the spot.  Being the funny Mammaw that she is she made a face like she didn’t like it and then smiled super big and said it was one of the best things she had ever eaten!  It is hard to believe that with just 2 simple changes this casserole was taken to a new level and it was even better then I remember as a kid…now that is a success in my book!!

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  Happy (half) Baked Day – MJ

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