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Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

This creamy chicken casserole topped with buttery crackers is a family favorite and easy dinner recipe.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 826kcal
Author: Julie Evink


  • 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.



How to Cook Chicken Breasts for Casserole
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?
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.
How to Reheat
The easiest way to reheat a smaller portion is to put it on a microwave safe plate and reheat it in the microwave. We recommend starting with one minute and stirring after that. If it's not heated through microwave in 30 second increments until heated through.
If you have a large amount to reheat preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place the leftovers in an oven safe pan and warm in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until heated through. We recommend covering it with foil when you reheat it in the oven to keep the moisture in.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 826kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 66g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 283mg | Sodium: 1030mg | Potassium: 1241mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1195IU | Vitamin C: 5.8mg | Calcium: 165mg | Iron: 2.8mg