Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

MK Hand Recipe

By MK Hand MSCookN

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.


Recipe Rating:
 3 Ratings
Serves:
6 - 8
Prep Time:
Cook Time:

Ingredients

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

Directions

1
Preheat oven to 375°F.
2
Prepare Rice-A-Roni according to package directions, except use 1 Tbsp. olive oil for browning rice mixture.
3
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.
4
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.
5
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.
6
Bake Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole 30 minutes or until bubbly, and topping is lightly browned. Serve immediately.