Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

Fran Miller


We eat so much chicken at my house that it's a wonder we don't sprout feathers! So what do you do with the leftover chicken?

Well, this quick and easy casserole uses ingredients you probably already have on hand and will have your family crowding around the dinner table within the hour. If not, you will probably keep the ingredients on hand after you taste this. It's a keeper!

No leftover chicken on hand and no time to cook some? Buy a rotisserie chicken or turkey breast from the market. We'll keep your secret. =^..^=


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4-6, depending on serving size
10 Min
25 Min


  • 2 1/2 lb
    chicken, cooked (4 large breasts would work)
  • 8 oz
    sour cream
  • 1 can(s)
    (10 3/4 oz.) condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 Tbsp
    poppy seeds
  • 12
    ritz crackers
  • 1/2 to 1 stick
    of butter or margarine

How to Make Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole


  1. Tear or cut the cooked* chicken into pieces.

    *If you need to cook the chicken, put it in a pot with 2-3 inches of water. (See photo.) Cover and simmer on medium for about 45 minutes, until the chicken is done. Cool a little before tearing into pieces.

    *Or buy a rotisserie chicken from the store and tear it into pieces. Turkey breast (or leftover Thanksgiving turkey) would work well, too.

    Set the chicken pieces aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

    In a large bowl, stir together the sour cream, cream of chicken soup, and poppy seeds.
  3. Add the chicken pieces to the sour cream mixture and mix well.
  4. Mist a casserole dish or an 11 x 7" baking dish with cooking spray. Pour the chicken mixture into the dish and spread evenly.
  5. Crush the Ritz crackers. (I just put them into a baggie and roll them lightly with a rolling pin.) Your way is also perfect.
  6. Sprinkle the crumbled Ritz crackers over the chicken mixture.
  7. About the butter... The original recipe from the 1970s called for 1 stick of butter, but I've made it with just half a stick and thought it was delicious. Feel free to play with this or use 3/4 of a stick, if you're hesitant about a big change to a recipe.

    Melt the butter (or margarine) in a microwave-proof cup for about 30 seconds. Pour over the cracker crumbs.
  8. Bake the casserole in the preheated 350 degrees F. oven for approximately 25-30 minutes, until the casserole is bubbly and the cracker topping is lightly browned. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes.
  9. Serve with your favorite vegetable or salad. Refrigerate any leftovers.

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About Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

Course/Dish: Chicken Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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