Who's ready for a big bite of creamy comfort food? This easy Poppy Seed Chicken recipe is a made with tender chicken in a cheesy sauce then topped with crispy buttered Ritz cracker crumbs. Done in 30 minutes.
Mix the cream of chicken soup, sour cream, Pepper Jack, and poppy seeds until smooth.
Stir in the chicken.
Add the mixture to the casserole dish.
Mix the crumbs and the melted butter.
Spread over the chicken mixture.
Bake for 20 -30 minutes or until heated through.
Make it stretchIf you are out of something or you need to make it stretch for the budget here are some ways to do that -
Add cooked rice in with the chicken and use less chicken
Cut back on the cheese
Use chicken thighs instead of chicken breast, they're less expensive
Cut back on the amount of chicken and fill in with steamed cauliflower, broccoli, or asparagus
Use cooked turkey instead of chicken
Leave out the chicken and use cooked, white beans, rice, and broccoli. Use a cream of broccoli or cream of celery soup to make it vegetarian.
StorageNo matter how you are storing it always cover tightly with plastic wrap.Poppy seed chicken is one of those casseroles that freezes well but you'll want to leave the cracker crumbs off until you are ready to bake. Freeze for up to 3 months.You can also assemble it ahead of time (leave the cracker crumbs off until ready to bake) and keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.The finished casserole can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.Variations
Substitute Cheddar or Swiss for the Pepper Jack
Use Corn Flakes for the topping
Use cream of mushroom or cream of celery soup
Try adding in a can of drained chopped green chiles
Make it even quicker by using rotisserie chicken from the deli