Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

MK Hand


I have been making casseroles for most of my life, but this one HAS to be the most-requested! My husband, daughters and granddaughters beg for it almost weekly. I have taken it to sick friends and to gatherings and have served it to guests for dinner and I always gets raves and requests for the recipe. This chicken casserole is unique and elegant, but so simple to make. It is truly top-notch in terms of taste, texture and satiety.

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6 - 8


30 Min


30 Min


1 pkg
(6.2 oz.) rice-a-roni, fried rice flavor
1 Tbsp
olive oil
4 c
shredded cooked chicken (that is approximately 4 small or 2 large boneless half breasts or about 1 lb.)
1 c
sour cream
1 can(s)
(10.75 oz.) campbell's healthy request cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1 small
jar diced pimientos, well-drained
1/3 c
half & half or evaporated milk
mrs. dash, or similar, unsalted seasoning (use liberally)
morton's nature seasoning salt
fresh ground pepper, to taste
ritz crackers (1 sleeve), finely crushed
6 Tbsp
unsalted butter, melted
3 Tbsp
poppy seeds
non-stick cooking spray

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 375°F.
Prepare Rice-A-Roni according to package directions, except use 1 Tbsp. olive oil for browning rice mixture.
Spray bottom and sides of a 13" x 9" x 2" glass or ceramic baking dish with non-stick spray. Spread prepared Rice-A-Roni evenly on bottom of dish.
Combine shredded chicken, sour cream, chicken soup, pimientos, evaporated milk, Mrs. Dash, salt and pepper in a medium-size bowl. Stir well to blend all ingredients. Spoon chicken mixture evenly over top of Rice-A-Roni in baking dish.
In a small bowl, combine crushed Ritz crackers and melted butter; add poppy seeds. Mix well with a fork. Sprinkle evenly on top of casserole.
Bake Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole 30 minutes or until bubbly, and topping is lightly browned. Serve immediately.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken, Casseroles
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #Casserole, #Entree