Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

Creamy Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole topped with buttery ritz crackers. A comforting casserole with tons of flavor and made without any “cream of” soup! 

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

You guys it’s getting cold here. I am totally unprepared for fluffy white frozen stuff all over my yard and I know it’s on its way because I woke up to a thin blanket of frost covering the lawn. Not. Okay. The only good thing about the cooler weather is that it is a really good excuse to whip up every kind of comfort food imaginable. You don’t have to twist my arm….

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

Poppy seeds aren’t just for breakfast muffins, they are the shining star in this casserole dish. Poppy seed chicken casserole is usually made with cream of chicken soup but this version is creamy-yet-soup-free and it has sooo much more flavor than the canned soup versions.

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

Casseroles, they can be good, bad, sort of mediocre… but this casserole is different. This is the kind of secretly easy, insanely yummy comfort food you will want to serve to guests. Scratch that. You will want to invite guests over just so you can impress them with your creamy poppy seed chicken casserole making skills. Seriously, this dish is that good. Good enough that making a double batch in an extra large casserole dish so that you can guarantee yourself some leftovers for lunch tomorrow is really probably a genius idea.

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

What people are saying about this Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

“I made this tonight and it was delicious! I’ve never had Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole before. Yum! I’ll definitely be making this again. Thank you!!” – Foodgal

“Made this tonight!!! So yummy! Loved it!! Used sour cream and forgot to add Parmesan cheese but still delicious! Will be making many times! A little more work then the traditional recipes that just call for” – Samantha 

“Wow! I have never before been a lover of poppy seed chicken because I have disliked the gloopy tasteless mess most often made when using “cream of” soups. I wanted to make this for my husband…a favorite from his bachelor days…but wanted to find a recipe that didn’t use “cream of” soups. I LOVED IT, and importantly, he did too! He has requested this recipe, and not the original standby be added to our family repitiore!” – Holly

“I made this tonight…so good!! 🙂” – Tara

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole
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Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

Creamy chicken poppyseed casserole with tons of flavor and made without any "cream of" soup!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword casserole, Chicken, poppyseed
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Tiffany

Ingredients

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded (about 3-4 cups of shredded chicken)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 8 ounces plain greek yogurt OR sour cream
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 sleeve buttery round crackers (like Ritz), crushed - about 2/3 cup
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • optional: chopped parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Grease a casserole dish.

  2. Melt butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute until fragrant. Add flour and stir until mixture clumps together.

  3. Gradually whisk milk into sauce pan. Add chicken broth, greek yogurt (or sour cream), cream cheese, salt, and pepper. Simmer 5-10 minutes until cream cheese is melted (stir to combine).

  4. Add shredded chicken and poppy seeds to sauce mixture and stir. Transfer to casserole dish. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Top with cracker crumbs. Drizzle melted butter over crumbs. Bake for 15 minutes. Garnish with chopped parsley if desired and serve.

 

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This was one of my family’s favorite meals, and I loved using yogurt instead of soup. It’s so yummy. Now my daughter is making this for her family. Thank you for reminding me to make this again for me and my husband.

I have a confession. I LOVE casseroles! Even on occassion (gulp) the kind made with cream of whatever. BUT when it’s from scratch I can’t absolutely can’t so no. There’s just something so comforting on homey about them!

I have never heard of poppy seed chicken casserole before but this is definitely being added to the list of recipes to make for my meat-eating boyfriend!

Where do you add the flour? I think you added butter twice. Looks very yummy.

Mmm this looks soooo good! That creamy chicken is calling my name, and I love the Ritz topping! Pinned 🙂

Wow this chicken casserole looks delicious! I love that you used poppy seeds in it especially.. definitely a recipe I need to make as I definitely am craving some right now.

This looks divine! Great photography 🙂

I made this tonight and it was delicious! I’ve never had Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole before. Yum! I’ll definitely be making this again. Thank you!!

Made this tonight!!! So yummy! Loved it!! Used sour cream and forgot to add Parmesan cheese but still delicious! Will be making many times! A little more work then the traditional recipes that just call for

Condensed soup but so much better and still very simple! Thank you for this wonderful recipe! Glad I found it!!

One of our family favorites!
Also, in step 2, I think “add butter” is supposed to say “add flour.” :o)

When do you add the flour? I’m a beginner so I need specific instructions- haha. I’m assuming it’s with the butter and garlic at the beginning? Thanks!

I’m making this right now for my department’s Christmas potluck! Thanks for the recipe! Two things – in step two, you say to add butter to the garlic, but it’s already been added. I think you mean add flour.
In addition, you say to simmer for 5-10 minutes until the cream cheese is melted, but since there’s something cold in the pot, how do I even get it to a simmer? I’m just going to simmer a few minutes after the cream cheese is melted and hope for the best! 🙂

I made this tonight…so good!! 🙂

Girl, your photography skills are awesome! This looks great 🙂

    Amber thank you so much!!! I’m a little picky when it comes to casseroles but this one is a major winner in my book – can’t stop eating it!

Hi Tiffany!

I’d love to include your chicken casserole in a casserole round up I’m doing for Parade Magazine.

If you’re fine with that, could I use one of your gorgeous photos with a link back to your original post (https://www.lecremedelacrumb.com/2014/11/poppy-seed-chicken-casserole.html)?

Thanks so much!
felicia

    Sounds great, thanks Felicia!

I believe the second “add butter” should be the flour. Otherwise, this sounds great and I can’t wait to make it for the Firefighters Association dinner.

    Thanks for the catch, I’ll update that!

      Still needs an edit….

Wow! I have never before been a lover of poppy seed chicken because I have disliked the gloopy tasteless mess most often made when using “cream of” soups. I wanted to make this for my husband…a favorite from his bachelor days…but wanted to find a recipe that didn’t use “cream of” soups. I LOVED IT, and importantly, he did too! He has requested this recipe, and not the original standby be added to our family repitiore!


I made this last night, exactly like the recipe states-except I took a short cut & used rotisserie chicken.
It was Fantastic! My 2 boys (ages 5 & 7) gobbled it up! And also commented that it was super-great
because it didn’t have any vegetables in it!!!? I will be making this again, and will include a side salad
or a medley of veggies. Thanks for this new recipe that my family is loving!


Very good and sooo easy! I used an entire rotisserie chicken. it reheats well. i made a big dish and have been eating on it for lunch at work all week. Keeper!

I’m not a big fan of chicken, but my husband loves it. I’m really looking forward to trying this. Thanks!

    I hope that you both love this recipe!

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