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Thank you for stopping by to see this easy classic Southern Casserole, Creamy Poppy Seed Chicken.

I have been fixing this Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole for twenty years and I am going to teach you how to make it.

This Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole always receives rave reviews.  Probably because it is just delicious comfort food.

What is in this poppy seed chicken casserole?

This poppy seed chicken casserole includes chicken, garlic, pepper, sour cream, cream chicken soup, almonds, Ritz crackers, poppy seeds, and butter.
What is in this poppy seed chicken casserole? This poppy seed chicken casserole includes chicken, garlic, pepper, sour cream, cream chicken soup, almonds, Ritz crackers, poppy seeds and butter.

What is in this poppy seed chicken casserole? This poppy seed chicken casserole includes chicken, garlic, pepper, sour cream, cream chicken soup, almonds, Ritz crackers, poppy seeds and butter.This Poppy Seed Chicken recipe was adapted from Simple Southern Cookbook.  This cookbook was put together by Columbia Academy in Columbia, TN. in Oct. 1996.  1996, is the same year my twin boys, Casey and Caleb, were born.  We moved to Columbia, TN three months after their birth.

I will share a little bit of my story about the birth of my twins just in case you are new to my blog.

The Birth Of My Twin Boys

Casey and Caleb were born on August 28, 1996.  Casey was a healthy baby.  Caleb was breech.  After thirteen days of neonatal intensive care, the doctor did an ultrasound on Caleb’s head.  The ultrasound showed a bleed in his brain.  This was my worse nightmare.  Something was now seriously wrong with my baby.  Caleb started having seizures.  The neurosurgeon operated to get rid of the spinal fluid and blood that was building up in Caleb’s brain. Caleb’s bleed became critical and developed into the worst bleed that you could have.  The surgeon put a shunt in Caleb’s head that failed within a day.  Caleb had another surgery to remove that shunt and put in an external drain.   After this surgery, Caleb was given Morphine for his pain.  Caleb stopped breathing several times after surgery and after Morphine.   A couple of times the nurses had to bring him back to life while I was holding him.  Several days later we learned that Caleb had developed a staph infection in his brain.  Another nightmare!!!

My life was spinning out of control.

I was no longer working things out on my own.

We were in the process of moving to Tennessee.  Living in Tennessee would give my husband less travel, medical sales, where he could be home more to help with the babies.  Our house was for sale and being regularly shown.  It finally sold, but we were not ready to move.  Caleb was still critical.  On top of all this, Carly my oldest daughter started kindergarten a few days after the boys were born.  I was leaving my newborn baby, Casey, at home with his dad for six weeks and then my mother-in-law while spending all day at the hospital.  Casey was healthy and was released from the hospital four days after birth.  He was no longer allowed in NICU. Caleb was in the hospital for three months.   I pleaded with God to TAKE CALEB TO HEAVEN or HEAL HIM.  Continue story here…

Creamy Poppy Seed Chicken

Back to this Poppy Seed Chicken recipe.  I love my new cookbook at the time, and since this Poppy Seed Chicken was not only easy to make but delicious, it was on my hectic, crazy mother of twins weekly menu.  Caleb was awake every two hours in the hospital for all three months.  During the night, he had nightly lab work and C.T.’s. Plus everything else.  When we finally got him home, he was up all night long for a couple of years.  Caleb’s twin brother Casey was up during the day.  So, I was up what seemed like 24 hours a day for years.  I truly needed super easy recipes.

How easy is this poppy seed chicken to make?

The best part about this recipe is you just place the raw chicken in the bottom of the casserole add the soups and top it with the yummy crushed crackers and poppy seeds.  It always turns out delicious.

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole Freezes Well

This casserole is buttery and rich.  It doubles, triples, and quadruples well.  Take advantage of multiplying this Poppy Seed Chicken and prepare it ahead of time.  Toss the unbaked casserole in your freezer to enjoy anytime.  Do not add the crackers and butter until right before baking.

Creamy #Poppy Seed Chicken - Creamy Poppy Seed Chicken is a classic easy Southern casserole. I have been fixing this casserole for twenty years. It always receives rave reviews. Probably because it is just delicious comfort food.

Print Recipe
4.8 from 5 votes

Creamy Poppy Seed Chicken

Prep Time5 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time5 hrs 30 mins
Course: Entree/Chicken
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Recipes for our Daily Bread


  • Six whole chicken breast
  • One teaspoon granulated garlic
  • One teaspoon pepper
  • Two cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 8 ounces carton sour cream
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds - optional
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • One package about 30 Ritz crackers, crushed
  • One tablespoons poppy seeds
  • One stick butter melted


  • Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  • Place chicken in the bottom of it.
  • Season the chicken with granulated garlic and pepper.
  • Mix the cream of chicken soups, sour cream, and onion.
  • Add the soup mixture on top of the chicken.
  • Top with crushed crackers.
  • Sprinkle with poppy seeds and almonds.
  • Pour melted butter over the top of the crushed crackers.
  • Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • Serve over Rice

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  1. Diane, this is fabulous looking! I love the story of the twins, you do such a great job with your family AND recipes! Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

    • Teresa,

      Thank you so much for stopping by Recipes for our Daily Bread. This Creamy Poppy Seed Chicken is so popular all over the south. I am sure because it is not only easy to make but yummy!
      Going by to check out your Pepperoni Pizza Dip. Sounds like a winner.
      Diane Roark

  2. Diane, thank you for sharing Caleb’s story here again and this creamy poppy seed chicken recipe looks out of this world. Pinning and hugs to you!! 🙂

    • Janine,

      Thank you as always for supporting me. You are a blessing to me. This Creamy Poppy Seed Chicken is truly easy and delicious. I love it served over rice.
      Stay warm and have a great day!
      Many Blessings,
      Diane Roark


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