Creamy Poppy Seed Chicken

This creamy Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole recipe is going to become a HIT! The classic casserole loaded with shredded cooked chicken in a delicious sauce with poppy seed, topped with crunchy parmesan buttery crackers.

This recipe is similar to our Creamy Chicken Casserole (most popular recipe on our blog) but so much quicker to make.

Poppy seed chicken in a casserole dish next to crackers and spoons.

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poppy seed chicken-

This classic poppy seed chicken casserole recipe is da BOMB and uses ingredients you most likely already have in your pantry. Here’s what you need for poppy seed chicken.

  • CHICKEN- Cooked chicken. You can use leftover chicken, Rotisserie chicken or cook chicken breast yourself (what we’ll do in this recipe).
  • SAUCE- Though you can use store-bought cream of chicken with the recipe, we will make the sauce from scratch and mix in poppy seeds.
  • CRUNCHY TOPPING- To top the chicken off, use a butter parmesan cracker topping. They’ll become crispy as the casserole is baked

Poppy seed chicken in a casserole dish with a spatula, topped with greens.

how to make poppy seed chicken-

This recipe is SOOO easy to make and comes together so quickly. We used an oval dish for this recipe, you can use something similar in size. 

Prepare the chicken:

  1. COOK CHICKEN- Completely cover 2 chicken breasts with water and lightly season with salt. Bring to a boil and cook 10-12 minutes.
  2. SHRED CHICKEN- Remove the chicken from the water and shred with two forks.

Prepare cream:

  1. In a saucepan, saute butter with garlic until fragrant, whisk in flour.
  2. Add broth, cream cheese, paprika, cheese, salt, pepper, milk, sour cream, and poppy seed.
  3. Whisk until sauce comes to a light boil. Remove from heat.

Prepare crunchy topping:

  1. Crumble crackers.
  2. Melt butter.

Photo collage how to cook chicken, shred chicken and how to prepare the creamy poppy seed sauce.

Assemble the chicken casserole:

  1. Add the chicken to a casserole dish (we used an oval baking dish).
  2. Pour the poppy seed cream over the chicken. Add the shredded cheese.
  3. Mix everything to combine.
  4. Top casserole with crackers and pour melted butter or crackers.
  5. BAKE and Enjoy!

Collage how to make and assemble poppy seed chicken in a casserole dish.

what to serve with poppy seed chicken casserole-

Poppy seed chicken is most traditionally served with rice. However, you can serve it over mashed potatoes or even pasta.

Serve with an easy side salad and homemade dinner rolls to complete the meal.

how to freeze poppy seed chicken casserole-

  • Prepare chicken casserole per instructions (allow the sauce to cool before adding to chicken and combining with cheese).
  • Cover and freeze in a baking dish for up to 2 months.
  • To REHEAT chicken casserole, thaw overnight in the refrigerator or the morning of and bake per instructions.

NOTE: If this recipe is too large for you, prepare casserole in 2 baking dishes and use once, freeze the other.

Creamy poppy seed chicken in a casserole dish topped with crackers and fresh greens.

I can’t for you to give this chicken casserole a recipe a try. You are going to fall in love with the added poppy seeds in a creamy sauce and crunchy topping.

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5 from 6 votes

Creamy Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole Recipe

Easy recipe for creamy poppy seed chicken casserole. Cooked shredded chicken in a delicious cheesy sauce with poppy seed and topped with crunchy parmesan buttery crackers.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: poppy seed chicken
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 602kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner



  • In a saucepan, add chicken breast and enough water to completely cover the chicken, lightly season with salt. Cook about 10-12 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked.
  • Remove chicken from water and shred chicken with two forks.
  • In a saucepan, saute together 4 tbsp butter and garlic, until garlic is fragrant.
  • Quickly whisk in flour.
  • Add in milk, broth, cream cheese, sour cream, cheese, poppy seeds, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Cook on medium heat, until sauce comes to a soft boil, stirring continuously.
  • Spread the shredded cooked chicken on the bottom of a casserole dish.
  • Pour the creamy mixture over the chicken. 
  • Top with parmesan cheese and crushed crackers. Pour 4 Tbsp of melted butter over the crackers.
  • Bake at 350°F for 20-30 minutes, or until sauce bubbles and the crackers are golden and crispy.
  • Serve immediately. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 602 Calories from Fat 468
% Daily Value*
Fat 52g80%
Saturated Fat 27g169%
Cholesterol 169mg56%
Sodium 651mg28%
Potassium 319mg9%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 1465IU29%
Vitamin C 3.2mg4%
Calcium 348mg35%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Show 12 Comments
  • Becky Hardin 04/29/2019, 11:33 am Link Reply

    This looks so good. I love that you can freeze it.

    • Valentina's Corner 04/29/2019, 6:47 pm Link Reply

      Thanks so much, Becky. I hope you enjoy the casserole.

  • Allyson Z. 04/29/2019, 11:19 am Link Reply


    • Valentina's Corner 04/29/2019, 6:47 pm Link Reply

      Thanks, Allyson. I hope you give the recipe a try and enjoy it. 🙂

  • Aimee S. 04/29/2019, 11:10 am Link Reply

    LOVE this chicken dish. My kids gobbled it up too!

    • Valentina's Corner 04/29/2019, 6:48 pm Link Reply

      That’s wonderful feedback, Aimee. I’m so glad to hear that. 🙂

  • Rachael Yerkes 04/29/2019, 11:04 am Link Reply

    One of my favorite ways to cook chicken! This recipe is great!

    • Valentina's Corner 04/29/2019, 6:48 pm Link Reply

      Totally, agree. Comfort food at its finest. 🙂

  • lauren kelly 04/29/2019, 10:52 am Link Reply

    I love an easy casserole for busy nights! Great flavors in here!

    • Valentina's Corner 04/29/2019, 6:49 pm Link Reply

      Yes, this surely is a wonderful dish for busy evening that call for quick dinners.

  • Hal 04/26/2019, 2:49 pm Link Reply

    At first, it looked like a lot of cornflakes, then I focused and realized it is something very different and unique. That made me read the whole recipe, which was quite well explained.

    • Valentina's Corner 04/26/2019, 3:18 pm Link Reply

      Thanks, Hal. I hope you try and enjoy the dish.

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