The Very Best Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

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Poppy seed 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 casserole that you ever make!

Casseroles are some of my family’s very favorite dinners! There are so many different options and they are usually quick and easy to make. Not to mention delicious! Try out some more of my casserole recipes like this easy taco casserole, this delicious tuna noodle casserole, or this yummy breakfast casserole.

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

A Reader’s Review

Another winner! My family loved it!
-Tammi

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole Recipe

If you have been searching for the most delicious casserole of all time… well, you just found it! I am not kidding when I tell you that this casserole is so good that your family will devour it. In fact, you may want to double it because it will get eaten so quickly! This casserole is topped with buttery Ritz crackers that provide a stark contrast to the deliciously creamy chicken.

You know you’ve made a good dinner when even your kids eat it without any complaints. And even better than that, when they ask for it weekly! Not only does this poppy seed casserole taste delicious, but it’s super easy to make too. It takes less than 35 minutes from start to finish! We served this up with some delicious green beans and on top of some rice. Add in some dinner rolls, and you have yourself a meal to remember!

Ingredients in this Casserole

The ingredients that you need to make this poppy seed chicken casserole recipe are simple and easy, and the best part… You probably already have everything on hand in your kitchen! Check out the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact measurements.

  • Cooked Chicken: To make things super easy, I grab a cooked rotisserie chicken from Costo and shred it up. It saves me so much time! Or, I quickly cook some frozen chicken breasts in my instant pot with this recipe!
  • Sour Cream: This gives that delightful and delicious creamy texture.
  • Cream of Chicken Soup: You can buy this at the store or make some at home with this recipe!
  • Parmesan Cheese: This sprinkled throughout the casserole brings a delicious flavor.
  • Poppy Seeds: Once you make this casserole, you will always make sure that you have some of these on hand! You will want to make it all the time.
  • Ritz Crackers: Crush these up and use them to top the casserole. They will get brown and crispy as they cook.
  • Butter: I used unsalted butter in this recipe.

How Do You Make Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole?

This recipe doesn’t require much more than mixing everything together in one bowl and then cooking it for a few minutes. It’s so easy, and the best part… You don’t have very many dishes to wash afterward! I love a delicious dinner and an easy cleanup!

  1. Combine: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Add cooked chicken, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, shredded parmesan cheese, and poppy seeds in a large bowl. Mix until incorporated. Spread along the bottom of a 2-quart casserole dish or 9×9 inch pan.
  2. Bake: Crush the Ritz crackers, 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.

Variations

I love casseroles so much because you can easily change them up or add to them to fit your needs. This poppy seed chicken casserole is no exception! Here are a few more ideas that you can try!

  • Vegetables: You can easily add in a few vegetables! I have tried it with broccoli and carrots and thought it was absolutely delicious!
  • Rice: I like to serve this dish on top of some cooked rice to make it a little bit heartier and more filling. You can use brown or white rice (or even cauliflower rice), depending on what you prefer!
Poppyseed Chicken Casserole in a white platter with a metal spoon.

Can I Freeze Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole?

If you want to make this ahead, you can easily freeze it! Make sure to freeze this poppy seed chicken casserole before baking and without the cracker topping. Cover the pan tightly with foil and place it in your freezer. It will last about 3 months. When you are ready to cook it, remove the casserole from the freezer and let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Mix the Ritz topping mixture and add it to your casserole before putting it into the oven.

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

The Very Best Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

4.60 from 10 votes
Poppy seed 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 casserole that 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, shredded chicken (about 2-3 cups)
  • (1) 8 ounce container sour cream
  • (1) 10.75 ounce can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 1 sleeve Ritz Crackers (about 1 cup crushed)
  • 1/2 cup butter melted

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Add cooked chicken, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, shredded parmesan cheese, and poppy seeds in a large bowl. Mix until incorporated. Spread along the bottom of a 2-quart casserole or 9×9 inch pan.
  • Crush the Ritz crackers, 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

Originally Posted on September 9, 2018
Updated on October 3, 2022

Nutrition

Serves: 5

Calories361kcal (18%)Carbohydrates1gProtein27g (54%)Fat28g (43%)Saturated Fat15g (75%)Polyunsaturated Fat2gMonounsaturated Fat8gTrans Fat1gCholesterol124mg (41%)Sodium378mg (16%)Potassium232mg (7%)Fiber0.2g (1%)Sugar0.2gVitamin A684IU (14%)Vitamin C0.01mgCalcium153mg (15%)Iron1mg (6%)

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.

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Easy Casserole, Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole, Poppyseed Casserole
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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. 3 stars
    I’ve been making this dish since a stay w. a great aunt in the gulf of Mississippi (forgot the town’s name).
    Anyway, I learned w. chicken breasts left whole, no need to cut up.
    Don’t remember adding sour cream. I just made it today w. easy dump into casserole dish. Will do a dollop of sour cream on the side when dished up. It seems like cutting the breasts up will make it too dog’s dinner as an old feller once called mixed up casseroles. Oh yes, I mix the crackers a bit more down into the dish. It would be if you would like it juicy rather than crunchy.

  2. Has anyone ever tried making this with actual Poppyseed dressing? I have a hat I need to use up and want to make this casserole. It’d probably be too thin though

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