Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole
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|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|
|dash(es)||mrs. dash, or similar, unsalted seasoning (use liberally)|
|dash(es)||morton's nature seasoning salt|
|dash(es)||fresh ground pepper, to taste|
|36||ritz crackers (1 sleeve), finely crushed|
|6 Tbsp||unsalted butter, melted|
|3 Tbsp||poppy seeds|
|non-stick cooking spray|
Cooked to Perfection
San Antonio, TX (pop. 1.3M)
Member Since Jan 2010
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.
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.