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Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

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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 casserole 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 casserole 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 casserole: 

  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 Casserole Recipe? 

Yes, quite easily! Halve the ingredients and bake the chicken casserole 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 casserole. 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

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Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8
This easy, creamy Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole is made with just 6 simple ingredients and comes together in no time! 


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


  • Preheat Oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Mix soup, sour cream and chicken together.
  • 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.
  • Sprinkle over the chicken mixture and place in oven.
  • Bake for 30 minutes and serve over rice.


refrigerate left overs for 3-4 days
Nutrition Facts
Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 409 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 91mg30%
Sodium 657mg29%
Potassium 888mg25%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 730IU15%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 118mg12%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • This is a favorite at my house. Total comfort food. I don’t use cream of’s anymore though… I just make a roux and add chicken broth and poultry seasoning until desired thicknesses. Yummy without stuff you don’t need and still quick!

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  • That's funny, I was just thinking of how I haven't made this in awhile. It is so good.

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  • Annika, I only have creamy potato soups, but not cream of chicken etc. I'll have to start looking though

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  • lol. yes, I should spell “throw” and not “through.” I'm tired. We have a great cream of potato soup recipe, Carrian and I will plan to make it & post it sometime soon.

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  • Looks yummy! Thanks for posting. Do you ever make cream soup from scratch? I have a recipe but I'm not too thrilled with it.

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  • good tip and you should spell throw like I just did. Haha it's ok if you can't spell! and I wouldn't have told you, but you're my sister so I get to.

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  • Mmmm, classic. I have one tip to share. Season your chicken really well when you cook it. It will make a big difference in the end. I like to through some chicken in the crock pot in the morning & dump some powdered Italian dressing on top. It keeps things moving fast b/c you don't have to attend to it, but it's ready when you are.

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  • MMmm buttery cracker topping. This chicken looks amazing!

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