The Best Cracker Barrel Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Copycat Recipe

Learn how to make a spot-on copycat version of Cracker Barrel broccoli cheddar chicken with this simple recipe.

A trip to Cracker Barrel for lunch or dinner is sure to please. With countless homestyle dishes on the menu (like this famous Hash Brown Casserole), everyone at the table will find something they love.

The broccoli cheddar chicken is one of the most popular items on the menu, and for good reason. But it’s also one of the weekly specials, meaning you can’t order it any day you please.

That’s why we created a copycat Cracker Barrel broccoli cheddar chicken recipe, so we can all indulge in this cheesy broccoli chicken delight any time the craving strikes!

Psst: For more broccoli-cheese goodness, try this Cheesy Broccoli Soup in a Bread Bowl.

How to Make Copycat Cracker Barrel Broccoli Cheddar Chicken

This recipe makes 4 servings.

Ingredients

Cracker Barrel Broccoli Cheddar Chicken ingredientsLauren Habermehl for Taste of Home

  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 pounds total)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup white onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can condensed cheddar cheese soup
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk (we used whole milk for extra creaminess)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 8 ounces broccoli florets, roughly chopped (fresh or frozen, thawed)
  • 2 cups Ritz crackers, coarsely crushed
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions

Step 1: Preheat

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 13-by-9-inch baking dish (it’s not the same thing as a baking pan) with butter or olive oil. Set aside.

Step 2: Saute

Cracker Barrel Broccoli Cheddar Chicken onionsLauren Habermehl for Taste of Home

In a saucepan over medium heat, saute the onions and minced garlic in 2 tablespoons of the butter until softened; about 4-6 minutes.

Step 3: Make the sauce

Cracker Barrel Broccoli Cheddar Chicken sauceLauren Habermehl for Taste of Home

Reduce the heat to low, then add the cheddar cheese soup, sour cream, milk and Parmesan cheese to the sauteed onions and garlic. Stir to combine, then bring the sauce to a gentle simmer. Remove from the heat.

Step 4: Layer

Cracker Barrel Broccoli Cheddar Chicken layersLauren Habermehl for Taste of Home

Season both sides of the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Then, add the chicken breasts to the prepared baking dish in a single layer. Mound the chopped broccoli florets on top of the chicken breasts and then top with the cheddar cheese sauce. Sprinkle the crushed Ritz crackers over the top of the cheese sauce, followed by 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.

Step 5: Bake

Cracker Barrel Broccoli Cheddar Chicken ready to bakeLauren Habermehl for Taste of Home

Bake for 35-45 minutes until the chicken breasts are cooked through. The chicken is ready to remove from the oven when an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken registers 160°.

Step 6: Rest

Cracker Barrel Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Lauren Habermehl for Taste of Home

Remove the baking dish from the oven and let stand for 5-10 minutes. During this time, the sauce will thicken slightly as it cools, and the chicken will finish cooking (and reach an internal temp of 165°). Serve warm.

Tips for Making Copycat Cracker Barrel Broccoli Cheddar Chicken

Cracker Barrel Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Lauren Habermehl for Taste of Home

Here are our top tips and tricks for making a broccoli cheddar chicken exactly like Cracker Barrel.

Can you use other cuts of chicken to make copycat Cracker Barrel broccoli cheddar chicken?

Sure! If you prefer dark meat, you can make this recipe with boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Prepare the recipe as directed, removing the baking dish from the oven when the chicken thighs reach 165°.

Editor’s Tip: Keep in mind that, generally, chicken thighs take a little longer to bake in the oven than chicken breasts. Keep a close eye on the chicken as it cooks and test it for doneness using an instant-read thermometer for best results.

How can you make the topping crunchier?

If you would like your Ritz cracker topping to be a little crispier (like on this best-ever mac and cheese recipe), toss the crushed crackers in 2 tablespoons of melted butter prior to topping the casserole. Then bake as directed.

How should you store broccoli cheddar chicken?

Cracker Barrel broccoli cheddar chicken can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days in an airtight container. You may also store leftovers of this broccoli cheddar chicken casserole for up to 3 months in the freezer. Let it defrost in the refrigerator overnight before baking.

How should you reheat broccoli cheddar chicken?

Cracker Barrel broccoli cheddar chicken can be reheated in the microwave, covered, until steaming. If you would like your leftovers to have a crispy topping, reheat in a 350° oven for 12-15 minutes until heated through.

What can you serve with copycat Cracker Barrel broccoli cheddar chicken?

Serve the chicken with old-fashioned side dishes from our collection of Cracker Barrel copycat recipes!

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Lauren Habermehl
Lauren Habermehl is a recipe developer, food photographer and creator of the blog, Frydae. She is a prolific quoter of FRIENDS, lover of weekend DIY projects and procrastinating fitness enthusiast who enjoys exploring the Milwaukee-area with her husband, daughter and ugly mutt named Tyson Doodles.