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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

                                 I love those quick and easy go-to recipes.  Today I am sharing one of my family's favorite.  Actually, no matter what get-together we have with my family, I am asked to bring my Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole.  It's so easy to make, but it tastes so delicious.  The Ritz cracker & butter topping make it a richly, yummy dish.  

With my work schedule, I like to have main dishes that I can throw together quickly.  Since this is my daughter's favorite meal I make, I keep it on the menu frequently.  The best part is I can cook the chicken the night before, and then assemble it the next day.  This makes it a really fast meal.

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole Recipe     Life on Lakeshore Drive

When we lived in Texas, once a month the school where I taught had bring a dish along with copies of the recipe for everyone.   As I was putting this post together, I realized just how much I miss this fun idea.  Not only did we always get to try all kinds of new dishes and recipes, but we would have a collection of recipes to bring home at the end of the day, too!  I think I might need to bring this topic up where I teach now.  

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole Recipe     Life on Lakeshore Drive

I still have the original recipe, but I have no idea where she actually got the recipe from.   I do make a few adjustments when I make it.  I always double the recipe to have another meal for the week.  

The other adjustment I make is to add more crackers than the original recipe calls for.  Have you noticed just how much a sleeve of Ritz crackers has been reduced??  

                                 Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole Recipe     Life on Lakeshore Drive

                                      Here's is what you will need:

                                 shredded chicken-  I use chicken breast
                                 1 8oz. carton sour cream
                                 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
                                 1 pkg. crushed Ritz crackers
                                 1 stick melted butter
                                 2 Tbs. poppy seeds

1st Layer -     Spread the shredded chicken in the bottom of a 9 x 12 pan.                

        2nd Layer -   Mix the sour cream and Cream of Chicken together until                                                           smooth, and spread over the chicken.

       3rd Layer -   Melt the stick of butter, and mix with the crackers very well.                                                Stir in 2  tbsp. poppy seeds and layer on top.

                                         Bake at 350 degrees until hot.

                              *** I double everything in the recipe.***

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Shred chicken quickly in a Kitchenaid mixer    Life on Lakeshore Drive

I think the best tip I have ever seen on Pinterest was to use my Kitchenaid mixer to shred the chicken!  It is so quick and easy, and shreds the chicken perfectly.  I always cut the chicken breasts into 3 pieces before I toss them in the mixer.  In seconds, the chicken is ready to go!  The amount of time this saves is great.

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole Recipe     Life on Lakeshore Drive

I did manage to get one quick photo before my family dug in.  It never lasts very long around my house. 

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole Recipe     Life on Lakeshore Drive

That buttery, crunchy topping is definitely what makes this casserole so delicious!  It definitely is not on the list for a low-fat meal, but sometimes you just have to splurge!

So what is your favorite quick and easy go-to meal?  I am always looking for new dishes to try.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  Have a fantastic week!


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Kaeley said...

I love this recipe! My roommate in college used to make it. I've thought about making it on occasion, but my husband won't eat sour cream, or anything that has it in it.

Unknown said...

I am a big fan of chicken and this certainly looks very delicious Kathy. Thanks a lot for sharing on Creative Monday.

JP said...

Mmmm...this looks like an "I gotta try" chicken is on our menu all week long!

Hun.... WFD said...

This looks awesome and I bet tastes SO good!! Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

Doreen@foxdenrd said...

Chicken, sour cream, ritz crackers...sounds like a winning combo to me! I love recipes that can be made ahead, and yes, I've noticed everything is getting smaller (except my booty). ;)

Unknown said...

I was so excited to see this recipe - I used to make a casserole very similar and have not been able to find my recipe. Already pinned! Stopping by from Simple Supper Tuesday.

Unknown said...

I just drooled all over the keyboard. LOL

Thanks again for joining the Link Up this week!

Bright and Beautiful Life said...

Oh man... this recipe brings back memories ~ good ones. Many, many years ago a friend used to make this and gave me the recipe but I misplaced it and haven't made it for a number of years. I'm putting it on our menu soon. Thanks for your recipe. Do you think you could share this recipe and any other great ones you have over at our link party? Lori @ A Bright and Beautiful Life. http://www.abrightandbeautifullife.com/making-monday-link-party-8/

Helen's Decor said...

Kathy, I also love this recipe and I haven't made it in ages. Our church Wednesday night supper is where I first had it. It's always a hit and I searched and searched for it on the Internet several years ago. It's perfect anytime, but especially in fall!

lynn cockrell said...

Kathy, this chicken casserole looks so good. I have pinned it. Thanks for passing the tip along about shredding the chicken with the mixer!

thepaintedapron.com said...

Classic recipe! I haven't made it for years! Always loved, thanks so much for sharing your recipe and reminding me that the good old ones need remembering! Good ole Ritz crackers!!

JoAnn SweetPepperRose said...

Dear Kathy, what a scrumptious looking dish - I love poppy seed, never thought to add to chicken. It's gonna be make this weekend ;-)

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hi Kathy, this recipe looks and sounds so good! What a good idea to put the chicken in the mixer! Take care and have a good week! I saw this at the trivia tuesday party.

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The Causal Craftlete said...

Kathy, this poppy seed chicken looks amazing! I'm a big fan of casseroles. Can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks SO much for sharing at the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop. Have a great day!

Unknown said...

YUM! This sounds great!!! I'd love if you come link up over at Feed Me Friday!

Unknown said...

I LOVE poppyseed chicken! My mother-in-law makes it and now I do too. It's so delicious! The only thing I do differently than your recipe is that I use a homemade version of cream of chicken soup. Otherwise they're the same! Now I know what I want for dinner tomorrow ;)

Unknown said...

This is one of my favorite dishes and a casserole my husband actually likes too! Thanks for sharing it! Definitely delicious!

Cindy Eikenberg, Little Miss Celebration said...

Kathy, this sounds so delicious and definitely want to add this to my must-try list! :) Thanks for sharing and pinning! Hope you are having a happy Monday!

Nicole said...

That looks delicious! I'm pinning!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Looks so yummy Kathy. Pinning and will be trying. Thanks for sharing the recipe with SYC.

Kathy said...

Yum, Kathy - this looks and sounds delicious and so easy! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

Betsy Pool said...

Looks pretty good! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

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Stacey said...

Kathy, this sounds delicious! My husband will not eat any type of chicken casserole but I would devour this and my son would too. Thanks! Pinning. ;)

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Unknown said...

Kathy, this sounds delicious! My husband will not eat any type of chicken casserole but I would devour this and my son would too. Thanks! Pinning. ;)

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