This easy, creamy Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole is made with just 6 simple ingredients and comes together in no time!

poppy seed chicken casserole on a white plate

Creamy Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

This poppy seed chicken casserole with Ritz crackers is a really quick dish. We usually serve this creamy chicken dish over brown rice, but you could use white if you prefer. It’s easy to put together and perfect if you need to drop a little something off at someone’s house who’s just had a baby, is sick, or just in need of a meal. My favorite part is that buttery cracker topping. YUM!

It’s a busy week over at our house. We have so much going on and I am teaching coupon classes up in Salt Lake. I thought this would be a good week for quick meals. They don’t always look the best and they aren’t anything amazing, but they are quick and yummy for those nights you don’t have time or just don’t have things pulled together.

So, here is to our first crazy busy day and not spending time in the kitchen when I need to be doing other things!

scooping poppy seed chicken casserole out of a glass baking dish

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole Ingredients

This sour cream chicken recipe uses just six simple ingredients:

  • Cooked chicken breasts
  • Cream of Chicken soup
  • Sour cream
  • Poppy seeds
  • Ritz crackers
  • Butter

How to Make Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

What I love most about this poppy seed chicken recipe is that it takes almost no time to prep. Here are the basic instructions for making this ultra creamy chicken dish:

  1. Mix together the canned soup, sour cream, and diced chicken.
  2. Turn into a greased 9×13-inch baking dish.
  3. Break up Ritz crackers and mix together with melted butter. Sprinkle evenly over casserole.
  4. Bake until warmed through and golden on top.

creamy chicken casserole with ritz crackers piled on top of white plate

Can I Use a Sour Cream Substitute?

Yes, plain Greek yogurt is a good substitute for sour cream. I recommend using full-fat Greek yogurt for the best flavor and texture.

Can I Halve This Chicken Recipe?

Yes, quite easily! Halve the ingredients and bake the chicken dish with Ritz crackers in an 8- or 9-inch square baking dish instead of a 9×13-inch dish.

Tips for Making Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

To save yourself even more time, shred part of a store-bought rotisserie chicken to make this poppy seed chicken recipe. You can use the leftover rotisserie chicken in more recipes throughout the week, or freeze it for later.

We typically prefer making meals totally from scratch, but in this case Cream of Chicken soup is essential in this recipe. I’m not sure what substitute you can use for the soup!

We like serving this creamy chicken casserole over rice, but you can also serve it over noodles. Or enjoy it plain alongside steamed veggies or a side salad.


Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

5 from 4 votes
Servings: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


This easy, creamy Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole is made with just 6 simple ingredients and comes together in no time! 


  • 2 Cans Cream of Chicken soup
  • 16 Oz Sour Cream
  • 3 Chicken Breasts, cooked and diced
  • 1 Package Ritz Crackers
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter, melted
  • 1/2-1 Tablespoon Poppy Seeds


  • Preheat Oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Mix soup, sour cream and chicken together.
    2 Cans Cream of Chicken soup, 16 Oz Sour Cream, 3 Chicken Breasts
  • Pour into a 9x13-inch pan.
  • Break up the crackers (I like them broken, not ground up) and mix with the melted butter and poppy seeds.
    1 Package Ritz Crackers, 1 Tablespoon Butter, 1/2-1 Tablespoon Poppy Seeds
  • Sprinkle over the chicken mixture and place in oven.
  • Bake for 30 minutes and serve over rice.


refrigerate left overs for 3-4 days


Serving: 1cupCalories: 409kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 23gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 657mgPotassium: 888mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 730IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 118mgIron: 2mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: 60+ Family Friendly Easy Casserole Recipes
Cuisine: American

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