Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

This creamy Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole topped with a cheesy Ritz cracker topping is comfort food at its finest. Who doesn’t love a buttery Ritz cracker topping? Especially when there is some cheese mixed in. It’s the best part.

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole is a classic southern dish that you’ll find a recipe for in practically every community or church cookbook. And strangely enough, you’ll find little variation between recipes. Or maybe that’s not strange, because why tinker with something that tastes as good as Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole?

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

Shredded or diced chicken (I use a rotisserie chicken) is mixed with Cream of Chicken Condensed Soup and sour cream and topped with poppy seeds and a Ritz cracker topping. I also like to add just a little celery salt and some Cheddar cheese. It’s a super easy comfort meal that will appeal to the whole family. And make sure you get dibs on the leftovers. It reheats really well too.

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole


Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole
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Pure comfort food. Creamy chicken casserole topped with a cheesy Ritz cracker crumb mixture.
Recipe type: Casserole
Serves: 6
  • 4 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 can (10¾-ounce) cream of chicken condensed soup
  • 1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 sleeve Ritz crackers, crushed
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly coat a 2-quart baking dish with butter.
  2. In a large bowl, mix chicken, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, poppy seeds, celery salt, ½ of cheddar, ½ Ritz crackers.
  3. Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle remaining cheese and cracker crumbs on top. Drizzle butter over topping and sprinkle with paprika.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.


15 thoughts on “Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

  1. I substitute French onion dip for the sour cream and I add green peas., my seven girls love it. So does my only male companion, Gus, my male yellow lab.

  2. I made this the other night. It was delicious. Only problem was that I ate too much. The buttery cracker topping was so tasty on top of the creamy poppy seed chicken. I will be making this again. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Yay for poppy seeds! I don’t believe I’ve used them often with savoury dishes—certainly not a casserole. What a great idea though, and I had no idea it was a classic southern dish. Have a wonderful New Year, Christin 🙂

  4. Christin, this looks so delicious! I can’t believe I’ve never had a ritz cracker topping — it sounds great. I’m going to have to put that on my list for 2014!

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