Poppy Seed Chicken

Poppy seed chicken is a classic comfort food recipe – so classic that every recipe I’ve ever seen for it calls for canned, condensed cream of chicken soup. While I’m not hyper-vigilant about never using convenient items, those soups are one thing that got banned from my kitchen years ago.

Honestly, I haven’t missed them at all! Making a homemade cream of… substitute is so easy. I think it tastes about 100 times better and it’s definitely healthier since I control the amount of salt.

This recipe is my version of Poppy Seed Chicken, minus the can! And it is delicious – rich and creamy and everything a comfort food should be.

Poppy Seed Chicken

  • 1/4 c. butter
  • 1 stalk celery or 1/4 onion, diced
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. paprika
  • 1/2 t. pepper
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. chicken stock
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 3 – 4 c. cubed, fully cooked chicken (about 1 lb.)
  • 1 T. poppy seeds
  • 1/3 c. crushed crackers (saltines or buttery crackers)
  • 2 T. butter, melted

1. Melt 1/4 c. butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add diced celery or onion. Cook for 2 minutes. Stir in salt, paprika, pepper and flour. Cook for another 2 minutes.

2. Slowly pour in milk and chicken stock. Whisk or stir continuously until it comes to a slow boil. Simmer until thickened to a condensed cream of soup consistency. Remove from heat. Stir in sour cream, cubed chicken and poppy seeds. Transfer to a small casserole dish.

3. In a small bowl, combine crushed cracker crumbs and 2 T. melted butter. Sprinkle over casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until bubbly.

This tastes great as a stand alone main course with side dishes, or served over rice or mashed potatoes.

8 thoughts on “Poppy Seed Chicken

  1. GREAT poppy seed chicken recipe! WOW! Beneficial info and excellent recipes on this site! I want to thank you for sharing your ideas and putting the time into the recipes you publish! Great work!

  2. we love this recipe in our house, even the 3 yr old. we just adjust the amount of poppy seeds based on who will be eating (some in the household love them, others dont!)

  3. This sounds incredible! I rely way too much on those cream of…soups because they’re so easy. I had no idea you could whip up the equivalent so easily.

  4. I am trying this recipe tonight! Love that I can make this without canned soup.

    Also, a nosy question: What kind of dinnerware/plates do you have? I have been looking for dark red, embellished-edge plates like the one pictured — for many months — and have come up short. If you don’t mind sharing, I’d love to know!

  5. Made this recipe tonight & it was a hit! Very delicious and super easy to throw together! The kids even ate it, which doesn’t happen too often! Definitely going in my recipe box as a keeper! Thanks! 🙂

  6. I have the original recipe which my family loves. I like this even better! It doesn’t taste “canned!” Thanks for a healthier version of a classic favorite.

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