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Chicken Poppy Seed Casserole is a super easy classic dish the whole family will love! It’s creamy chicken topped with a buttery ritz poppy seed topping. This hearty meal is comfort food perfect for a simple weeknight dinner.

It’s hard to beat a good casserole on a busy night!

I cannot quite remember who first made this recipe for me. I am pretty sure it was when I had one of my kids (that was a long time aga y’all)! There were so many amazing people in my life who blessed us with meals after the birth of our children. Do they do that where you live? It’s a Godsend for sure!

This poppy seed chicken is so family-friendly and perfect for sharing with others whether it be a potluck, for a family in need of a meal, or around your dinner table.

Ingredients Needed

  • Chicken breasts
  • Butter
  • Cream of chicken soup
  • Sour cream
  • Ritz crackers
  • Poppy Seeds

How to make Chicken Poppy Seed Casserole

Be sure to see the recipe card below for exact ingredients and full recipe instructions!

  • Prepare Chicken: You can either cook chicken, use leftover chicken or use a rotisserie chicken. I often make mine with this Instant Pot Chicken Recipe.
  • Combine Filling: In a large bowl mix together cream of chicken soup and sour cream. Add in chicken and stir together. Pour into baking dish.
  • Butter Cracker Poppy Seed Topping: In a small bowl melt combine melted butter, crushed crackers, and poppy seeds. Spread evenly over the creamy chicken mixture.
  • Bake: Place baking dish in a preheated 350° oven and bake for 30 minutes or until the filling is bubbly and the top is golden brown.

Tips

  • Cook chicken ahead of time or use a rotisserie chicken for easy preperation.

Freaquently Asked Questions

How to cook chicken breasts for a casserole.

If you do not have leftover chicken or want to purchase a rotisserie, there are a couple of ways to prepare chicken breasts for this casserole.

Saute: Place in a saute pan with 2 tablespoons of butter and saute until chicken is cooked through, juices run clear but not overcooked. The cook time can depend on the size of chicken breasts but a good rule of thumb is 5 to 7 minutes.

Boil: Place chicken in boiling water for 20 minutes.

Bake: Bake on a sheet pan at 400° for 20 minutes or until juices run clear.

Instant Pot Chicken Breasts (fresh and frozen): Cooking chicken in the IP is quick and makes the chicken so flavorful. It is great for food prep.

Storage and Reheating

Storage:

  • Leftovers: Cover with foil or plastic wrap or place in an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
  • Make-Ahead: This meal is a perfect make-ahead meal. Simply put together uncooked ahead of time (day before or morning of) and refrigerate. Remove and bake.

Freeze:

  • Freeze Ahead Uncooked: Cover tightly with plastic wrap and foil and place in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you are ready to use it, remove it from the freezer and place it in the refrigerator overnight to thaw. Bake according to directions adding about 10 to 15 minutes to cook time as you will be baking from a cold state.
  • You can also freeze cooked leftovers the same way.

Reheat:

  • To reheat a small portion, place desired amount on a microwave-safe dish and reheat. Start with 1 minute and stir. Then add 30-second intervals until heated to your liking.
  • Reheating a large portion in the oven. Cover with foil (so as not to dry out and burn the topping) and place in an oven-safe dish. Cook in a preheated 350° oven for 20 minutes or until heated through.

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Chicken Poppy Seed Casserole

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Nikki Lee
Chicken Poppy Seed Casserole is a super easy classic dish the whole family will love! It's creamy chicken topped with a buttery ritz poppy seed topping. This hearty meal is comfort food perfect for a simple weeknight dinner.
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Ingredients 

  • 3 to 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cans (10 ounce) cream of chicken soup
  • 16 ounces sour cream

Topping

  • 2 sleeves Ritz crackers, (You can use just 1 sleeve if desired)
  • 1 tablespoon poppy-seeds
  • ½ cup butter, melted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350° degrees and spray 9 X 13 dish with cooking spray.
  • Season chicken with salt, pepper & garlic to taste. Saute in pan on stove top in 2 tablespoons of butter until done or juices run clear.
  • In a bowl mix cream of chicken soup and sour cream until comblined. Add chicken and stir together.
  • Place mixture in baking dish.
  • Crush crackers and then combine with poppy seeds and butter.  You can crush crackers directly in the sleeve and then pour into bowl to combine. Then spread cracker mixture evenly on top of casserole.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving Calories: 409kcal (20%) Carbohydrates: 8g (3%) Protein: 21g (42%) Fat: 33g (51%) Saturated Fat: 17g (106%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Monounsaturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 128mg (43%) Sodium: 808mg (35%) Potassium: 444mg (13%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 2g (2%) Vitamin A: 959IU (19%) Vitamin C: 2mg (2%) Calcium: 98mg (10%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

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Soulfully Made is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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13 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    We love this comfort food classic! Just like mom used to make! The crunch from the poppy seeds is the best!

  2. 5 stars
    I haven’t seen this recipe in years and once I saw it I had to make it again! I love the poppy seeds and it’s so much better than my mom used to make! Don’t tell on me please!

  3. 5 stars
    Yes, this is one of our favorite recipes and I too had a dear friend bring it to me when we had one of our boys. Love that this is simpler and comes together quickly, it was so delicious!

  4. 5 stars
    This was so easy and my family loved it!! Thanks for another “keeper” of a recipe! I will be making this one again and again.

  5. 5 stars
    I made this in an Instant Pot and it came out great. So quick and easy and my whole family loved it!

  6. Chicken and poppy seed – what a neat combo! And I always have rotisserie chicken left over – this would be perfect for that! Thanks so much for taking the time to link up with us over at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again on Friday 🙂 Feel free to bring a friend or two!