Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole is a delicious combination of shredded or chopped chicken combined with a creamy sauce, some poppy seeds, and topped with a crisp, buttery Ritz cracker topping! It’s a quick and easy chicken dinner that you can put together any day of the week.
Quick Note: This post contains affiliate links. Please read my disclosure statement for details. Thank you.
Welcome to My Kitchen Serenity! Poppy seed chicken casserole is a classic southern meal. It’s been popular for many years. Why? Because it’s delicious, that’s why! It’s creamy comfort food that’s packed with flavor.
This is one of those recipes that makes getting supper on the table quick and easy. Take some shredded rotisserie chicken, add the creamy soup mixture, and top with crushed Ritz crackers. Tada!
Poppy seed chicken is a family-friendly dinner meal. My children loved it and still do now that they’re grown. From start to finish, it’s ready in 30 minutes. It’s also a delicious meal to bake and take to someone in need of a meal such as the birth of a new baby, or that office get together where everyone brings a dish.
This poppy seed chicken with cream of mushroom soup, cream of celery soup, and sour cream makes it super creamy and flavorful. It’s so creamy you can serve it over rice or any kind of pasta (egg noodles or linguine).
Honestly, at our house, we usually eat it as-is unless I’m trying to stretch the meal out for extra company at the table.
The Poppy Seeds
Poppy seeds add a slightly nutty flavor and a little crunch to any recipe you add them to. They’re the perfect little addition to muffins, bagels, and cakes, too.
Poppy seeds can be a nuisance if they get stuck in your teeth, but did you know there are health benefits to this tiny black seed? Poppy seeds contain B vitamins, several minerals, and fiber. Who knew!
please scroll down to the recipe card for the printable version
Cream of Mushroom Soup
Cream of Celery Soup
- You can use cooked turkey instead of chicken.
- Add 1 cup sliced mushrooms in Step 2 of the recipe card.
- Sprinkle with thinly sliced almonds just before baking.
STEP 1: Preheat oven to 350. Place shredded or chopped rotisserie chicken into a large casserole dish.
STEP 2: In a separate bowl, combine soups, sour cream, poppy seeds, minced garlic, and black pepper.
STEP 3: Pour soup and sour cream mixture into the casserole dish with the chicken. Mix well.
STEP 4: Crush the crackers and sprinkle them on top of the casserole. Melt the butter and drizzle on top of the crushed crackers.
STEP 5: Bake in a preheated 350 oven, uncovered, for about 20-25 minutes.
Note: The recipe uses a whole Rotisserie chicken and, to me, it adds an extra nice flavor to the casserole. But you can use 3-4 large chicken breasts instead. Just cook the chicken breasts then shred or chop them.
Such a golden, buttery, crispy topping!
Side Dish Suggestions
This casserole is perfect eaten as is, however, it’s wonderful served over rice. Baby lima beans, green beans, corn, and broccoli are nice side dishes. Try my Roasted Brussels Sprouts with this casserole. A simple side salad of cucumbers and tomatoes goes well. Quick rolls or french bread add a great finishing touch.
More Casserole Recipes
If so, be sure to check out my Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Pasta recipe. It’s made with chicken breasts, broccoli florets, penne pasta, and an easy homemade alfredo sauce.
Another favorite is my Rotel Chicken Spaghetti. It’s a quick and easy dinner recipe that uses rotisserie chicken, Rotel tomatoes, and Velveeta cheese.
A classic southern chicken casserole is my Southern Chicken Divan Casserole. Made with chicken and broccoli in a creamy sauce topped with cheddar cheese and breadcrumbs.
If a beef noodle casserole is on your mind, try my Beef Noodle Casserole recipe. It’s filled with ground beef, egg noodles, robust tomato sauce, and a creamy cheesy sauce.
Storing Leftovers in the Refrigerator
Store any leftovers in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I prefer to use BPA-free glass containers with locking lids. Check out this 18-piece set of glass food storage containers with locking lids from Bayco, available now on Amazon.
Storing Leftovers in the Freezer
You can freeze leftover poppy seed chicken casserole for up to 3 months. Allow the casserole to completely cool. Try to remove most of the cracker topping as it may get soggy when it thaws. Be sure to freeze in an airtight container to prevent ice crystals from forming. When you’re ready to eat, thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours, then heat in a 350F oven (or heat in the microwave) until piping hot.
Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole
- 1 Rotisserie chicken deboned, shredded or chopped
- 1 10.5 oz can cream of celery soup
- 1 10.5 oz can cream of mushroom soup
- 8 oz sour cream
- 1 tbsp poppy seeds
- 1/2 tsp minced garlic
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 tube Ritz crackers
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- Preheat oven to 350. Place shredded or chopped chicken into a large casserole dish.
- In a separate bowl, combine soups, sour cream, poppy seeds, minced garlic, and black pepper.
- Pour soup and sour cream mixture into the casserole dish with the chicken. Mix well.
- Crush the crackers and sprinkle them on top of the casserole. Melt the butter and drizzle on top of the crushed crackers.
- Bake in a preheated 350 oven, uncovered, for about 20-25 minutes.
A few of the items used for this recipe include:
Here are some other recipes you may like.