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Poppy seed chicken is something I've been eating since I was a kid and it's always been one of my favorite comfort food meals. There are so many variations you can make to this recipe, like adding vegetables, rice, or noodles, but it's perfect even with no extras! The sauce is so rich and creamy and the Ritz cookie topping is so buttery and crispy! I like to make it with rice at the bottom of the plate to absorb a little of that sauce. This could be called poppy seed chicken, but the sauce is totally the star of this dish. (Sorry, little poppy seeds) 🙂 My family is crazy about these things!
I did this last week and am already looking forward to looking at these photos again. However, I don't think anyone will care if I do it soon. 🙂
Chicken with poppy seeds
A chicken casserole with a rich, creamy sauce and crispy buttery butter!
Preparation time 10 minutes
Cook time 35 minutes
Total time 45 minutes
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- 4 chicken breasts (cut into small pieces)
- 1 teaspoon of salt, pepper, garlic powder (divided)
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 cans of 10.5-ounce chicken cream
- 24 ounces sour cream
- 2 cups of ritz cookies (crushed)
- 6 tablespoons butter, melted
- 4 teaspoons poppy seeds (divided)
- 4 cups of cooked rice (optional but super rich)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
If you want to add the rice to the bottom of the saucepan, place it first in the bottom of your 9 × 13 saucepan. * You can use leftover rice or one of the microwave fast rice bags. There is no need to make it luxurious!
Cut the chicken into small pieces and season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder.
Heat a large skillet to sauté and cook the chicken over medium heat until fully cooked. Make sure you don't overcook as it will go back to the oven.
Add your chicken to the pan over the rice (if you're doing this with rice) or just add it to the bottom of the pan.
In a large bowl, mix sour cream and ** cream of chicken soup, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder and 2 teaspoons of poppy seeds. Once combined, spread this over the chicken. (That's why rice is so good! It mixes with all that delicious sauce!)
In a small bowl, mix together your crushed ritz cookies, melted butter, and poppy seeds ***. Sprinkle this on top of the saucepan.
Place in the oven for 25 minutes until the top is slightly browned. I let it cool for about 15 minutes before serving. ENJOY!!
* The rice in this dish makes it a little more filling, but I've made it many times without the rice and it's still just as delicious! ** I have prepared this dish with low fat sour cream and it is still excellent. However, you would NOT do this with low-fat or "heart-healthy" chicken cream. Makes the saucepan watery and has less flavor. *** I also know this is called “poppy seed” chicken, but I've also done it quite often without the poppy seeds because I didn't have any on hand. It's still amazing! (And you won't have little black things trapped in your teeth hee hee) (You can also serve it with any kind of vegetables you like! The sauce is delicious for vegetables!)