Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

Recipe Rating:
 3 Ratings
Serves: 6 - 8
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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

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MK Hand Recipe
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San Antonio, TX (pop. 1.3M)
Member Since Jan 2010
MK's notes for this recipe:
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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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.

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user MK Hand MSCookN - May 19, 2011
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user Debi Hisel DebiK - May 20, 2011
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user Heather Paddock lioncubmama - Jun 7, 2011
I grew up with this recipe and I also have several people that request it when I make it.
user Hope Lathrop mshope72 - Jun 7, 2011
My Mother in Law fixes this recipe although slightly different, it is a dish I truely love and is easy to prepare. I'm cooking this tonight for some friends and I can't wait to try it the way you have shared teh recipe!!
user Ed Mayfield manofpans - Jun 20, 2011
Had this for supper tonight and it was great! I used a rotisserie chicken that was on sale and it worked perfectly. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

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