The Very Best Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

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Poppyseed Chicken Casserole is such a classic dish that is incredibly easy to make! A creamy chicken casserole topped with a buttery ritz topping. This will be the best you ever make! 

Poppyseed Chicken Casserole in a white platter with a metal spoon.

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

My neighbor brought me this casserole after I had my last baby and oh man, the family DEVOURED it. I know a recipe is good in my book if the entire family eats it and it is picky eater approved. This casserole is so simple, but yet so good and flavorful. Our favorite part of this meal is the buttery ritz crackers on top. This is one of those delicious easy meals. I like how fast it is ready. We served ours over rice with a side of green beans. I know that your family will love this just as much as we did.

How do you make Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole?

  • In a large bowl, add cooked chicken, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, shredded parmesan cheese, and poppyseeds. Mix until incorporated. Spread along the bottom of a 2 quart casserole or 9×9 inch pan.
  • Crush ritz cracker and add melted butter and toss to coat in the butter. Sprinkle on top of the chicken mixture. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly.

Close up of Poppyseed Chicken Casserole in a white platter.

Can I freeze Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole?

If freezing, freeze the poppy seed chicken casserole before baking. Cover the pan tightly with foil and write down the directions on top of the container. Remove the casserole from the freezer and let it thaw in the refrigerator during the day before baking.

 

Poppyseed Chicken Casserole in a white platter with a metal spoon.

What to serve with Poppyseed Chicken Casserole

Poppyseed Chicken Casserole on a white plate with green beens on the side.

 

The Very Best Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

4.78 from 9 votes
Poppyseed Chicken Casserole is such a classic dish that is incredibly easy to make! A creamy chicken casserole topped with a buttery ritz topping. This will be the best you ever make!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 5 Servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound cooked chicken diced (about 2-3 cups)*
  • 1 container sour cream 8 ounce
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup 10.75 ounce
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 1 sleeve buttery round crackers about 1 cup crushed (like Ritz)
  • 1/2 cup butter melted

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, add cooked chicken, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, shredded parmesan cheese, and poppyseeds. Mix until incorporated. Spread along the bottom of a 2 quart casserole or 9x9 inch pan.
  • Crush ritz cracker and add melted butter and toss to coat in the butter. Sprinkle on top of the chicken mixture. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly.

Notes

*I use rotisserie

Nutrition

Serves: 5

Calories463kcal (23%)Carbohydrates6g (2%)Protein26g (52%)Fat37g (57%)Saturated Fat20g (100%)Cholesterol145mg (48%)Sodium696mg (29%)Potassium310mg (9%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar2g (2%)Vitamin A997IU (20%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium92mg (9%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Dear Alyssa,
    I love your recipes and like to print them for later. My printer works for other places but not your. Any ideas?

    1. HMM! I am bummed it is not working for you. I will look into this and see what I can do. It is an extra step but you can always copy and paste the recipe into a word document in the mean time if needed and print from there. Thanks so much for letting me know! XOXO

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you so much. I’ve been making quite afew of your recipes lately. They are fabulous. My 3 boys love them.

  3. This recipe looks very tasty. I was reading through the ingredients and noticed it calls for 1/2 shredded parmesan cheese. What is the unit of measure?

  4. How long can you keep dish frozen? I know a lot of people say cream based dishes aren’t the best frozen too long.

  5. This dish looks delicious, and I am anxious to try it. My question is what way do cook your chicken, do you just brown the cubes or how do you cook it to begin with. Thanks so much.

    1. You can do either! I like to cook the whole chicken at once and then cut it into cubes or you can prepare the chicken and cut it cubbed and then add it to the dish. Either way will be great! Enjoy your chicken casserole!

  6. One of the pictures shows rice in this dish. Do you have another recipe that has rice in it? Think that might be good too.

  7. 4 stars
    Very good, very typical ingredients. I’m wondering why bother with poppy seeds that have no flavor and get stuck in your teeth? Are they for looks only?

  8. 5 stars
    Been making this for years but I add a pkg out frozen broccoli and 2 cups out cheddar cheese. Leave out the poppy seeds as my daughter doesn’t like them to get stuck in her teeth lol

  9. 5 stars
    This is the exact recipe and exbf showed me and I fell in love, however he cooked his chicken in carrots and celery, he threw it out but I added the veggies. Both are delicious. I LOVE THIS RECIPE!

  10. 5 stars
    Sometimes I put in cheese, sometimes I don’t. I like it both ways. I like to add some poultry seasoning, black pepper, and a couple shakes or so of Mrs. Dash Table Blend. Since I’m cooking for just myself, I vacuum seal and freeze individual servings for later use, keeping out just two servings (one for immediate use, and one for the next day). I microwave the frozen casserole in the freezer bag for 3-4 minutes. It’s fun, watching the bag puff up as the casserole cooks. If the vacuum seal pops, I know to check it to see if it is done cooking. It takes just like fresh-baked.

  11. Hi. Your recipe for The Very Best Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole calls for 1/2 shredded parmesan cheese.
    Is that 1/2 tablespoon, 1/2 cup? 1/2 8 oz bag?
    Thank you!

  12. What can I use instead of sour cream or cream cheese in this recipe? Would it change it too much if I left it out?

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