Poppy Seed Chicken

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This poppy seed chicken recipe is probably 40 years old. I had forgotten about the recipe until I spotted it today in an old cookbook. So many of the old recipes call for margarine, oh how I remember seeing margarine in the refrigerator growing up.

Now I only buy butter. I remember when I made the switch to “real” butter, I almost felt guilty. That changed very quickly. Butter is healthier and tastes so good on just about anything, right?

This recipe is actually called a casserole. When I raised my daughters, we made a lot of casseroles. Here’s the deal, this casserole has bite-size pieces of chicken, with sour cream gravy, a crunchy Ritz cracker topping that includes poppy seeds. It’s simple to make and both kids and adults love this recipe scooped over cooked rice or creamy mashed potatoes.

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Poppy Seed Chicken

Items You May Need In The Kitchen:

  • Cutting board
  • Good knife
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • 9-inch by 13-inch baking pan
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Garlic Roller and Mincer

Poppy Seed Chicken

Step One

Preheat your oven (350°F) = (176°C). Gather your ingredients so you’re ready to make the recipe.

Poppy Seed Chicken

Step Two

Grab a bowl and combine the cubed chicken, the 2 cans of soup, and sour cream.

Poppy Seed Chicken

Step Three

Now, add the Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, and lemon juice. Mix thoroughly.

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Poppy Seed Chicken

Step Four

Crush the Ritz crackers with a rolling pin in a bag, or use a food processor, if you have one.

Crush the Ritz Crackers
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Step Five

In another medium-sized bowl, combine the crushed Ritz crackers, the poppy seeds, and melted butter, mix until crackers are covered with butter. I only used 1-1/2 rolls of the Ritz crackers.

Poppy Seed Chicken

Step Six

Spray some vegetable spray in a 9-inch by 13-inch pan, spread the chicken mixture evenly over the bottom of the pan. Now spread the cracker mixture over the top of the chicken pieces. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 15-30 minutes. Remove the sheet of foil and bake another 15-20 minutes until cooked through.

Poppy Seed Chicken

Finished Product

We serve it with rice or mashed potatoes, enjoy!

Poppy Seed Chicken

Poppy Seed Chicken Recipe

Poppy Seed Chicken
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Author: Linda Loosli
Ingredients
  • 5-6 cups cooked chicken, shredded or cubed (I used rotisserie chicken)
  • 2 cans (10.75 ounces) cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 cups crushed Ritz crackers (approximately 1-1/2 rolls)
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 2 cups cooked rice
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven (350°F) = (176°C). Grab a bowl and combine the cubed chicken, the 2 cans of soup, and sour cream. Now, add the Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, and lemon juice. Mix thoroughly. In another medium-sized bowl, combine the crushed Ritz crackers, the poppy seeds, and melted butter, mix until crackers are covered with butter. Spray some vegetable spray in a 9-inch by 13-inch pan, spread the chicken mixture evenly over the bottom of the pan. Now spread the cracker mixture over the top of the chicken pieces. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove the sheet of foil and bake another 15 minutes until cooked through. We serve this over rice or mashed potatoes.

How do I store Poppy Seed Chicken after baking it?

I place the leftovers in a Tupperware-type container and place it in the refrigerator for 2-3 days at the most.

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Can I freeze this recipe after baking it?

It’s a great recipe to freeze in serving size portions, or in family size portions wrapped tightly in an airtight container and placed in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Can I substitute the cream of chicken soup with mushroom soup?

Yes, you can, but it will change the flavor from chicken to mushroom, but it would work.

Can I skip the Ritz crackers as the topping?

I wouldn’t skip the Ritz crackers, but then I like a little “crunchy” on top of casseroles.

Are poppy seeds safe for kids?

Poppy seeds may be given to babies after one year of age (ask your doctor to confirm). There is some controversy over poppy seeds, it may be best to consult with your medical professional. When in doubt, skip the poppy seeds. 6 Emerging Benefits of Poppy Seeds

What can I serve with Poppy Seed Chicken?

  • Cooked Rice
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Cooked Carrots
  • Steamed Broccoli
  • Green Beans
  • Cooked Frozen Corn
  • Baked Apples
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Asparagus

Final Word

Please let me know if you have a Poppy Seed Chicken recipe, is it similar? Or what do you add to yours? It’s all about cooking from scratch and teaching our kids and grandkids how to use a recipe. Please stock when you can find the things you need or want. May God Bless this world, Linda

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