Poppy seed chicken is something I have been eating since I was a kid and It’s always been one of my favorite comfort food meals! There are so many variations that you can make to this recipe like adding in veggies, rice, or noodles, but it’s perfect even without any extras! The sauce is so rich and creamy and the Ritz cracker topping is so buttery and crunchy! I like to make it with rice in the bottom of the dish to soak up some of that sauce. This might be called poppy seed chicken, but the sauce is totally the star of this dish. (Sorry little poppy seeds) 🙂 My family goes crazy for this stuff!
A chicken casserole with a rich and creamy sauce and crispy buttery topping!
- 4 chicken breasts (Cut into bite sized pieces)
- 1 tsp each salt, pepper, garlic powder (divided)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 10.5 ounce cans of cream of chicken soup
- 24 ounces sour cream
- 2 cups ritz crackers (crushed)
- 6 tbsp melted butter
- 4 tsp poppy seeds (divided)
- 4 cups cooked rice (optional but super yummy)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
If you would like to add the rice to the bottom of the casserole, layer it on the bottom of your 9x13 casserole dish first. *You can use leftover rice or one of the quick microwavable bags of rice. No need to make it fancy!
Cut your chicken into bit size pieces and season with 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, and 1/2 tsp garlic powder.
Heat a large sauté pan and cook your chicken on medium heat until it's just cooked throughout. Make sure not to over cook since it's going back in the oven.
Add your chicken to the casserole pan on top of the rice (if you're making this with rice) or just add it to the bottom of the pan.
In a large bowl, mix together your sour cream and **cream of chicken soup, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, and 1/2 tsp, garlic powder and 2 tsp of poppy seeds. Once combined, spread this on top of the chicken. (This is why the rice is so great! It mixes with all that yummy sauce!)
In a small bowl, mix together your crushed ritz crackers, melted butter, and ***poppy seeds. Sprinkle this on the top of the casserole.
Place in the oven for 25 minutes until the top gets a little browned. I let it cool for about 15 minutes before serving. ENJOY!!
*The rice in this dish makes it a little heartier but I have made it plenty of times without the rice and it's still just as delicious!
**I have made this dish with low fat sour cream and it's still great. However, I would NOT make it with low fat or "heart healthy" cream of chicken soup. It makes the casserole watery and have less flavor.
***Also I know this is called "poppy seed" chicken but I've also make it quite often without the poppy seeds because I didn't have any on hand. It's still amazing! (And you won't have little black things stuck in your teeth hee hee)
(You can serve it with any kind of veggies you like too! The sauce is delicious on veggies!)