Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

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Poppy seed chicken casserole is a tangy, filling meal that the whole family will love! Tender chicken, crispy crust, and a sauce to die for. Perfect for busy weeknights.

Serving of Poppy Seed Chicken on a plate next to broccoli. Parsley on the side.
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This poppy seed chicken casserole is in regular rotation around our house, partly because it’s delicious and the kids love it, and also because it’s really easy to throw together on those busy nights when dinner seems impossible. I don’t know about you, but between kids’ sports schedules, my husband’s work schedule, homework, business meetings, and general life chaos, dinnertime sometimes sneaks up on me.

This casserole is made with ingredients I always have in the pantry and it comes together in a snap. Pair it with a simple green salad and a side of steamed rice and you have a well-balanced, tasty dinner that makes you seem like you have it all together even when you don’t feel like it.

Classic Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole Ingredients

Creamy chicken casserole is the best comfort food that is filled with warmth and all things deliciousness! The ingredients are simple and easy to combine to bake in the oven. This poppy seed chicken casserole recipe is a great addition to any weeknight dinner menu!

  • Chicken breasts – Boneless skinless chicken breast does not need to be cooked before baking. Cut the chicken into cube bite-sized pieces.
  • Ritz crackers – Crumble the crackers and sprinkle over top the chicken mixture for a crunchy and buttery baked topping.
  • Butter – This is melted and poured over the crackers to give the crackers that crunchy taste and texture.
  • Poppy seeds – These are miniature black balls or seeds that have a nutty taste to them but when baked they are a bit fruity.
  • Cream of chicken – Try using our Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup recipe instead of a store-bought canned version. You can make this in just a few minutes and it tastes so much better and has much less sodium than the canned stuff.
  • Sour cream – This is a light and creamy condiment that blends well with and creates a creamy dressing overtop the chicken.
  • Parmesan cheese – Melted cheese gives this chicken an extra boost of flavor.
Ingredients to make Poppy Seed Chicken including Ritz crackers, cream of chicken soup, chicken, butter, sour cream, poppy seeds and grated parmesan cheese.


Tips For a Tasty Casserole

Casseroles can sometimes get a bad rap, as being dull, bland, or boring. But this poppy seed casserole turns all those stereotypes around. Casseroles can be tasty, full of fresh ingredients and flavors and that’s what I love about this dinner.

  • Fresh ingredients – Use fresh ingredients as much as you can. Add fresh veggies even if the recipe doesn’t call for them. For example, you could add peas, green beans, or shredded carrots to this mixture and bake them right in the casserole. Bear in mind that adding veggies can add unwanted liquid to the casserole so make sure to squeeze any moisture out of the vegetables before assembling your casserole. And steer clear of frozen veggies, as they have a lot of excess water.
  • Substitute – If you don’t have the cream of chicken soup on hand, you can substitute cream of celery for a vegetarian twist or cream of mushroom soup for a different flavor.
  • Leftovers – Casseroles are a delicious way to use up leftovers. If you have a roast chicken for Sunday dinner, use the leftover chicken for this casserole.
  • Save time – You can also use canned chicken or a pre-cooked chicken like a rotisserie chicken in this recipe. This will save even more time!
  • Crumble topping – We love using buttery Ritz crackers as the topping for this chicken casserole. But if you don’t have any on hand, you can substitute other types of crackers or corn flakes, or bread crumbs.
Spoon resting in a casserole dish of Poppy Seed Chicken.

“Somebody made this and brought this over to me after I had my first baby. Ever since I have been almost obsessed with this! It is so stinking delicious! Great week night meal, great give away meal/potluck meal!”

-Betsy

Frequently Asked Questions

What flavors go well with poppy seeds?

Sour cream is known to be the best flavor that goes well with poppy seeds. Butter is also another great combination.

What spices go with poppy seed?

Sesame seeds, thyme, rosemary, cumin, ginger, and turmeric are other spices that blend well with poppy seeds.

What is poppy seed chicken casserole?

Poppy seed chicken casserole is a dinner that is baked in a baking dish all together in the oven. The chicken is smothered in sour cream and other seasonings, and sprinkled with crushed buttery crackers.

What is the flavor of poppy seeds?

Poppy seeds have a nutty moist taste to them as well as a fruitiness flavor when paired with the right ingredients. You have to be careful with them getting stuck in your teeth. They are good for having magnesium, calcium, and fiber in them.

Plate with Poppy Seed Chicken, broccoli and a fork with a piece of Poppy Seed Chicken.

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Having a few delicious casserole recipes in your arsenal will save you lots of time and headaches around dinnertime. Here are a few of our favorites!

How to Make Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

Plate with Poppy Seed Chicken, broccoli and a fork with a piece of Poppy Seed Chicken.

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

5 from 7 votes
Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole is a tangy, filling meal that the whole family will love! Tender chicken, crispy crust and a sauce to die for. Perfect for busy weeknights.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Crush the 2 sleeves of Ritz crackers (about 2 ½ cups).
    Ziplock back of crushed Ritz crackers with a rolling pin for Poppy Seed Chicken.
  • Stir melted butter, 1 ½ cups crushed Ritz crackers and poppy seeds together in a bowl.
    Bowl of butter, poppy seed and crushed Ritz crackers mixture. Wooden spoon on the side.
  • Fold in chicken, cream of chicken soup, and sour cream until well blended.
    Glass bowl with combined mixture of cup up chicken breasts, sour cream, cream of chicken, crushed Ritz crackers and poppy seeds. Wooden spoon on the side.
  • Pour mixture into a 9×13 inch pan.
    Baking dish with Poppy Seed Chicken mixture.
  • In a separate bowl, mix remaining 1 cup of Ritz crackers and Parmesan cheese.
    Glass bowl of Ritz crackers mixed with parmesan cheese for Poppy Seed Chicken.
  • Spread Ritz cracker topping evenly over casserole.
    Baking dish with Poppy Seed Chicken topped with crushed Ritz and Parmesan mixture.
  • Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees.
    Baking dish with Poppy Seed Chicken. Poppyseeds, parsley and a spoon on the side.

Notes

  • Substitute – If you don’t have the cream of chicken soup on hand, you can substitute cream of celery for a vegetarian twist or cream of mushroom soup for a different flavor.
  • Leftovers – Casseroles are a delicious way to use up leftovers. If you have a roast chicken for Sunday dinner, use the leftover chicken for this casserole.
  • Save time – You can also use canned chicken or a pre-cooked chicken like a rotisserie chicken in this recipe. This will save even more time!
  • Crumble topping – We love using buttery Ritz crackers as the topping for this chicken casserole. But if you don’t have any on hand, you can substitute other types of crackers or corn flakes, or bread crumbs.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 426kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 39gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 166mgSodium: 626mgPotassium: 716mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 753IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 102mgIron: 1mg

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Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. 5 stars
    Somebody made this and brought this over to me after I had my first baby. Ever since I have been almost obsessed with this! It is so stinking delicious! Great week night meal, great give away meal/potluck meal!