A delicious, classic casserole recipe that has it all! This Poppy Seed Chicken recipe is a simple, hearty dish that will have you reaching for more. Creamy chicken that is topped with an amazing buttery Ritz cracker mixture! This will be your new favorite dinner recipe that the entire family will love. Perfect for an easy weeknight dinner recipe!
I’ve come to the conclusion you guys all like recipes with interesting titles. Maybe I should rename this Poppy Seed Chicken recipe just to get your attention… It’s a creamy chicken casserole topped with a buttery cracker topping and poppy seeds.
Do you want to know how I came to this conclusion? It’s because the famous “Crack Dip” that I just posted a few weeks ago has the most page views of any recipe on this blog.
So yes it is a pretty amazing recipe but I’ve made other pretty amazing recipes like my Meatball Sub Casserole, Barbecue Baked Chicken Drumsticks and my Lasagna Casserole that haven’t got nearly that much attention. It’s all in a name right? So I’m going to rename this recipe “Heroin Chicken”…just kidding! I don’t think that would go over quite as well somehow.
It was pretty easy to whip up after work and it made plenty so we had leftovers. I love leftovers. In fact I’m eating this for lunch right now.
- chicken breasts
- sour cream
- cream of chicken soup
- Ritz crackers
- poppy seeds
- Worcestershire sauce
- celery salt
- lemon juice
How to make Poppy Seed Chicken
- Prepare Chicken – You can either cook the chicken and use that or simply use leftover or rotisserie chicken for this recipe.
- Combine Filling – In a greased 9×13 inch casserole dish spread out chicken. In a mixing bowl stir together condensed soup and sour cream. Add Worcestershire, celery salt, garlic, lemon juice and pepper and stir. Spread over the chicken in casserole dish.
- Buttery Cracker Topping – In a small bowl combine crushed crackers, poppy seeds and melted butter. Spread over chicken and sauce.
- Bake – Place the casserole dish in the oven at 350 degrees F. Bake for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown and filling is bubbling. You can serve plain or over rice.
Tips for the Chicken
I like to use leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken, but if you don’t have that I simply place 4 boneless chicken breasts in boiling water and let it boil 20 minutes and then cube. You can also bake at 20 minutes on a sheet pan at 400 degrees F or until the juices run clear.
Can I freeze this casserole?
Yes, you can!
Simply cover tightly with foil and place in the freezer for up to three months. When you are ready to use it, remove from freezer and place in fridge to thaw the day before using. Bake according to directions. It may take 10-15 minutes extra time because it is starting from cold.
What can I serve with Poppy Seed Chicken?
More great Hot Dish recipes to enjoy!
- Baked Spaghetti Casserole
- Mexican Chicken Casserole
- Easy Chicken Pot Pie Casserole
- Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole
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Poppy Seed Chicken Recipe
- 5 c. chicken breasts cooked and cubed
- 1 c. sour cream
- 2 10.5 oz cans condensed cream of chicken soup
- 2 cups crushed Ritz crackers about 1 1/2 rolls of crackers
- 1/2 c. melted butter
- 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 tsp celery salt
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Boil raw chicken breasts for 20 minutes. Let chicken cool slightly and cut into one inch cubes. You can also use leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken. Place cubed chicken in a greased 9×13 casserole dish.
- In a bowl stir together the condensed soup and sour cream. Add the Worcestershire, celery salt, garlic, lemon juice, and pepper to the soup and sour cream mixture. Pour over the chicken.
- In a separate bowl, stir together the crushed crackers, poppy seeds and melted butter. Sprinkle over the chicken and sauce.
- Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top of the casserole is browned and the sauce is bubbly. Serve plain or over rice.