Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ritz Cracker Baked Chicken


  In keeping with this week's "freezer meals" theme, I have decided to prepare the best oven-baked chicken recipe I have ever had the pleasure of eating (thanks to my sister for introducing it to us). I typically prepare this dish the day I plan to serve it, but recently I got to thinking, "this would make a great frozen dinner recipe". Who needs frozen fish sticks (UGH!) when you could have delicious, healthy, homemade chicken strips (the recipe calls for chicken breasts; use chicken tenders if you plan to freeze them).

Ritz Cracker Chicken

4-5 chicken breasts
1 c. plain yogurt
1 wrapper Ritz crackers
¼ c. powdered parmesan
½ t. seasoned salt
dash garlic powder
¼ c. butter, melted

  Combine in a food processor; Ritz crackers, parmesan, seasoned salt, and garlic powder. Dip chicken breasts in yogurt, then coat in Ritz cracker mixture. Place chicken in a baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray and drizzle with melted butter. Bake at 350 degrees 45 minutes or until cooked through.

  To make this dish even healthier use low-fat yogurt, reduced-fat Ritz crackers and simply leave off the melted butter.

  To make this dish as a "freezer meal": Prepare chicken up to the point of placing in a baking dish; instead place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze. Once frozen, place chicken in a covered container or ziploc bag; store until ready to use.
  To bake: Follow remainder of above directions, except bake 1- 1 1/2 hours or until cooked through.
  Double or triple the recipe to cut the overall workload, then simply pull as many pieces from the freezer as you need at a time.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for reminding me of this. I need to make it again soon. We have tons of Ritz crackers and parmesan on hand.