Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

Creamy Chicken Poppy Seed Casserole – a classic dish! Seriously delicious. Our whole family cleaned their plate and asked for seconds! Chicken, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, poppy seeds, Ritz crackers, and butter. Great make-ahead weeknight meal!

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Classic Chicken Casserole

This Creamy Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole is comfort food at its best. I grew up eating this dish and I still love it as an adult. It is super easy to make and everyone loves it. Chicken, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, poppy seeds, and Ritz cracker topping. You can serve the casserole over noodles or rice. Heat up some green beans and rolls and dinner is done!

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How to Make Chicken Poppy Seed Casserole

As I said, this chicken casserole is super easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. In a large bowl, stir together cream of chicken soup, sour cream, and poppy seeds. Stir in cooked chopped chicken. Spread the chicken mixture in a baking dish sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. In a small bowl, combine crushed Ritz crackers and melted butter. Sprinkle the cracker crumbs over the casserole. Place the casserole dish in the oven. Bake uncovered in a preheated oven until bubbly.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • I use a rotisserie chicken for the cooked chicken in this casserole. Rotisserie chicken is a HUGE time saver. I always have some pulled rotisserie chicken in the freezer for casseroleslike this one.
    • You can use any cooked chicken that you have on hand. Boneless skinless chicken breasts, chicken thighs, or chicken tenderloins all work fine.
  • You can use any flavor of Cream of Condensed Soup. Cream of mushroom, cream of celery, or cream of chicken are all delicious.
  • For a gluten-free casserole, use gluten-free cream of chicken soup and top the casserole with crushed pork rinds for the cracker crumbs.
  • Feel free to add vegetables and/or cheese to the casserole mixture. Broccoli, green peas, corn, carrots, mushrooms are all great.
  • You can add any spices and seasonings to the dish that you enjoy. Oregano, basil, garlic, onion powder, and a splash of Worcestershire sauce all work great.
  • Can I make poppy seed chicken casserole in advance? Yes! You can make this casserole ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight. You may need to add a few minutes to the baking time if baking directly from the refrigerator.
  • Can I freeze poppy seed chicken casserole?Yes! You can make the casserole and freeze for a quick meal later. To bake after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed below. 
    • Tip: write the cooking directions directly on the foil covering the baking dish.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
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What to Serve with Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

This casserole was super delicious. The buttery Ritz cracker topping really puts this chicken casserole over the top! We both cleaned our plates and went back for seconds. If you have a bigger family, you probably want to double the recipe. 

We love to serve this over rice or egg noodles with a side of yummy green beans or a simple green salad. This is one of our go-to weeknight recipes. Easy and delicious! Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this easy chicken casserole:

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Creamy Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Creamy Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole – a classic dish! Seriously delicious. Our whole family cleaned their plate and asked for seconds! Chicken, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, poppy seeds, Ritz crackers, and butter. Use a rotisserie chicken and this is ready to bake in minutes. Serve with some green beans and biscuits. Great make-ahead weeknight meal!

Ingredients:

  • cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 (10.75-oz) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 (8-oz) container sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • cups crushed Ritz crackers
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly spray a 9-inch dish or 11×7-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • Combine first 4 ingredients, spoon into prepared baking dish.
  • Combine crushed crackers and butter, sprinkle over chicken mixture.
  • Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.

Notes:

I use a rotisserie chicken for the cooked chicken in this casserole. Rotisserie chicken is a HUGE time saver. I always have some pulled rotisserie chicken in the freezer for casseroles like this one.
You can make this casserole ahead of time and refrigerate overnight. You may need to add a few minutes to the baking time if baking directly from the refrigerator.
You can make the casserole and freeze for a quick meal later. To bake after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed below. Tip: write the cooking directions directly on the foil covering the baking dish.
Can use any cream of soup you prefer – chicken, mushroom, or celery are all good.
For a gluten-free casserole, use gluten-free cream of chicken soup and top the casserole with crushed pork rinds.

Steph

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