Poppy Seed Chicken

Poppy Seed Chicken is a chicken casserole recipe everyone loves. It is so easy to make, but have you tried it with a twist?

poppy seed chicken casserole in a white baking dish

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Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

Poppy seed chicken is a casserole recipe everyone loves. It’s so easy to make, but have you tried it with a twist? The twist is a perfect crispy, crunchy topping made from buttery crackers. This is the ideal dish to use up leftover chicken and to bring to a potluck. It’s full of rich flavor and sure to please even picky eaters.

How to Cook the Chicken for this Casserole

If you don’t have leftover chicken, you can simply simmer three or four chicken breasts in a pot of salted water for about twenty minutes. I love to remove them from the pot, let them continue cooking for a bit, and then shred them in my mixer. In fact, you can mix the whole casserole up in your mixer bowl.

About Poppy Seeds

These tiny black poppy seeds have a pleasant nutty flavor and are nutritious besides. The seeds come from the dry fruit pods of the poppy plant, a biennial herb that originated in some Eastern Mediterranean countries and Asia Minor. Store your poppy seeds in a cool, dry, dark place, in an airtight container, and they’ll stay fresh for up to six months. See below for a couple of copykat poppy seed muffin recipes.

Cuisines Around the World Use Poppy Seeds

The unique nutty flavor of poppy seeds makes them a favorite ingredient in many cuisines. Their flavor can be enhanced by roasting under mild heat. And, gentle frying releases aromatic essential oils and gives the seeds extra crunchiness. The seeds can be used as-is or they can be ground up to form a thick or thin paste. Here are some examples from around the world.

  • In India and Pakistan, a thin paste of ground white poppy seeds is used as a thickener in curries, dips, and desserts.
  • In South India, a poppy seed paste is combined with milk, coconut milk, raisins, cardamom, and sugar to make sweets.
  • In parts of Europe, especially in Hungary and Austria, poppy seeds are used in sweet pastries like strudel and germknodel.

Variations on Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

Who doesn’t love a recipe that you can customize? You can swap out the cream of mushroom soup for cream of chicken soup, or even cream of Cheddar cheese soup. Love cheese crackers? You can make that swap as well. If you like, you could even add in some frozen peas for a little variety. And, it’s a good dish to sneak in some other veggies for your kids to eat – a few carrots or broccoli pieces that they won’t even notice.

Poppy seed chicken casserole in a baking dish

Variations of this poppy seed chicken

Who doesn’t love a recipe that you can customize? You can swap out the cream of mushroom soup for cream of chicken, or even cream of Cheddar cheese soup. Love cheese crackers? You can make that swap as well. If you like you could even add in some frozen peas for some variety.

crushed cheese crackers on top of poppy seed chicken casserole

Love Chicken Casseroles?

Be sure to try these copykat chicken recipes.

And, wondering what to do with your leftover poppy seeds? Use them to make these delicious copykat muffins.

Poppy Seed Chicken

You are going to love this super easy to make casserole. Serve up this comfort food with a healthy side with a different texture – a big green salad is perfect.

poppy seed chicken casserole in a white baking dish

Poppy Seed Chicken

You are going to love this easy to make casserole, poppy seed chicken. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Casserole, Poppy Seed Chicken
Servings: 6
Calories: 241kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breast shredded
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup cream of chicken is ok
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 cup crushed crackers
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  • In a large bowl combine shredded chicken, soup, sour cream, poppy seeds. Pour chicken mixture into a greased casserole dish.
  • In another bowl combine cracker crumbs and butter.  Stir until the crackers are well coated. 
  • Place buttered cracker crumbs on the chicken mixture.  Bake casserole for about 35 minutes. 

Nutrition

Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 515mg | Potassium: 419mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 380IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 1mg
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About Stephanie

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Liz

    5 stars
    This reminds me of my mom’s chicken casserole that I grew up with, I can remember growing up and enjoying this dish with all of my family. Loved this. I can’t wait to share it with my family.

  2. Samantha

    5 stars
    Poppy Seed Chicken is a superb clean casserole to make, you will love just how smooth it’s far to place dinner together very quickly at all. This is the perfect dish to convey to a potluck.

  3. Debi Hill

    5 stars
    I made this about 20 years ago and I have seen it on every recipe site since. My kids called it chicken with baby gravy. I guess I should have published it then. You can also put broccoli in it or carrots great way together kids veggies down.

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