Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

MK Hand Recipe

By MK Hand MSCookN

6 - 8
30 Min
30 Min

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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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

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May 19, 2011 - MK Hand shared this recipe with discussion group: TRIED & TRUE RECIPES
May 20, 2011 - Debi Hisel shared this recipe with discussion group: Casseroles and One Pot Dishes
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.
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!!
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.
Hope Lathrop mshope72
Jun 20, 2011
This turned out fabulous!! Thanks for sharing your recipe!! YUM
Penny Hall FantasyFaery54
Sep 9, 2011
my version of this recipe:Poppyseed Chicken
Dec 2, 2011 - Karla Everett shared this recipe with discussion group: Rice is Nice Group
Memory Nichols MemoryDawn
Jan 25, 2012
Loved this recipe, thanks so much for sharing it!
Lora DiGs ansky714
Jul 15, 2012
This made a delicious meal....i had no poppy seeds n i used 3/4 of a can of evaporated milk...next time i will add some mushrooms...great recipe Melissa!
Lora DiGs ansky714
Jul 15, 2012
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
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