Ranch Ritz Cracker Chicken

Ranch Ritz Cracker Chicken

August 20, 2022 1 Comment

There are only 3 ingredients to this delicious Ranch Ritz Cracker Chicken. Its so simple to make and always a hit!

Ranch Ritz Cracker Chicken

From the recipe collection of Tara Ippolito

Ranch Ritz cracker chicken may be the craziest food combo that just makes sense that I’ve ever posted.

ranch ritz cracker chicken cover

I mean, I love Ritz Cracker and I love Ranch dressing so why not combine the two?

The ranch acts as the perfect binder to hold the cracker “bread crumbs” onto the chicken.

These two ingredients together create a incredibly delicious experience.

ranch ritz cracker chicken tenders plated

The rich flavors from the ranch and the saltiness from the crackers are chefs kiss.

My whole family and my kids especially loved this dinner.

My son Dominic is always hesitant to try new things.

breaded chicken on the wire wrack

But that’s to be expected since he’s only 4 and anyone who has a kid around that age knows how that goes.

Once I convinced him to take a bite and “just try it for me” he was hooked!

This recipe is only 3 ingredients and so easy to make.

plated ritz cracker chicken

It’s perfect for a quick and easy dinner or an afternoon snack.

I know if you give this recipe a try that you’re going to love it, too.

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fast simple delicious book cover

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Ranch/ Cracker Options

If you want to change this recipe a little bit of course you can.

As far as swap outs go, I’d just like to stick with the ranch and ritz combination.

rit crackers in a bag

Once we start changing the dressing flavor ir brand of cracker it becomes a whole different recipe in my opinion.

I just wanted to mention that I’d you’d like to use a fat free ranch or spicy ranch dressing they would both work.

ranch dressing in a bowl

Ritz has some different flavors of crackers that would all be okay to swap out, too.

Other Chicken Recipes

If you’re looking for some other great ways to jazz up your chicken dinners here are some other recipes that you’ll love.

zesty Italian chicken thighs
BBQ chicken drumsticks

What kind of chicken should I use?

I used tenderloins for this ranch Ritz Cracker chicken recipe.

If you’d like to use chicken breast or even chicken thighs they would both work fine.

chicken tenderloins

Just be aware that cooking times will more then likely need to be adjusted.

Make sure whatever piece of meat you choose that the internal temperature reaches 165° to be sure the chicken is cooked all the way through and safe to eat.

What brand ranch dressing should I use?

I used Hidden Valley Ranch for this recipe but use whatever your favorite brand is.

hidden valley ranch

They all work just fine.

Can this Ranch Ritz Cracker Chicken be air fried?

Yes this recipe can absolutely work in the air fryer.

Just make it according to the instructions and instead of baking them in the oven, pop it into the air fryer.

air fryer

Preheat the air fryer to 400° and cook the check tenders for about 5-6 minutes on each side.

As always be sure the internal temperature of the meat reaches 165° and safe to eat before serving.

What should I serve with this Ranch Ritz Cracker Chicken?

I always like to say that serving options are always up to you completely.

Whatever you’re in the mood for enjoy it!

roasted frozen green beans

There are no food rules here.

But If you are in need of a little inspo I’ve got you covered.

Lemon and dill roasted potatoes

Any combination of these two would work very will with this chicken recipe:

Mexican street corn casserole

Ranch Ritz Cracker Chicken Ingredients

ranch ritz cracker chicken ingredients
  • Chicken tenderloins
  • Ritz crackers
  • Ranch dressing
  • Salt and pepper


First crush up the ritz crackers in either a food processor or by placing them in a plastic bag and hitting them with rolling pin like I did.

crushed ritz crackers

Now in one bowl add the crushed crackers and in another add the ranch dressing.

bowl of ranch bowl of crushed crackers

Then evenly season the chicken tenderloins with salt and pepper.

seasoned chicken tenderloins

Now dip the seasoned chicken into the ranch dressing until it’s coated in it.

dipping chicken into ranch

Next add the chicken to the crushed crackers and roll them around until they’re evenly coated.

dipping chicken into ritz crackers

Then add the chicken to a wire rack over a baking sheet.

chicken on wire wrack

Place them in a 350° for about 25/30 minutes or until the chicken reaches 165°.

ranch ritz cracker chicken about to go into the oven

Let them cool slightly and serve! The breading is delicate so handle gently!

ranch ritz cracker chicken on wire rack

Ranch Ritz Cracker Chicken Recipe Video

Ranch Ritz Cracker Chicken

There's only 3 ingredients to this delicious Ranch Ritz Cracker Chicken
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ranch Ritz Cracker Chicken, Ritz Cracker Chicken


  • wire baking rack


  • 1 lb chicken tenderloins
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 1 sleeve Ritz crackers (crushed into small bread crumb like pieces)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 350.
  • In two separate bowls, add the crushed crackers and the ranch
  • Season the tenderloins with salt and pepper on both sides
  • Dip the chicken into the ranch and completely coat it. Then roll it around into the crushed crackers until they are covering the chicken completely.
  • Add the beaded chicken to a wire rack over a baking sheet. Bake for 25-30. minutes or until the chicken is cooked all the way through.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!
Tara Ippolito

About Al Dente Diva

Tara Ippolito is a self taught home cook from New Jersey and cookbook author of Fast, Simple, Delicious. Better known as “T” across social media, she makes easy to follow recipes using familiar ingredients. T uses her Tik Tok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest channels to share recipes and cooking tips for everyday people. Her motivation to share with her followers is simple. To inspire people to cook and become more comfortable in the kitchen.

As a wife and busy mother of two little boys she she’s always cooking fast family friendly meals. Sharing her kitchen with others that want to learn is a true passion of hers. As her social media platforms continue to grow she is committed to delivering consistently delicious content to her followers.

Al Dente Diva

Hello there! My name is T & I’m a home cook from New Jersey. I love to share easy to make recipes, cooking tips & kitchen hacks with people who love to cook like I do. My recipes are all easy to follow & use ingredients most people are familiar with. Being a busy stay at home mother of two, I have to cook delicious budget friendly meals that are fast to make. I hope you find something helpful here. Thanks for coming by.

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