Sunday, August 8, 2010

Poppy Seed Chicken for the 91st!

Yesterday we had our 91st family reunion! yep, you read correctly, my father's side of the family has been getting together every summer for 91 years now!! What a feat it will be at 100 years!!!

We always do potluck and I am always thinking weeks in advance of what I would like to make. And now because of this blog a few family members are looking forward to it. Ha! :) Well, I decided to make Poppy Seed Chicken. I got the recipe out of some magazine. I cannot remember which one though. It was really good and super simple to make. It would be perfect for a potluck dinner or to make for someone who has fallen ill or for your own family. It is quick too and so it should be a go-to dinner for your family on nights when you are beat but still want something hot and filling.

First you boil enough chicken for 7 cups. I used 6 good-sized boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I always boil my chicken when I'm using it in a casserole. It's just so much easier. Once it was cooled off I just diced it up. Well, actually it was more like pulling it apart than dicing. :)

While the chicken was boiling I sliced two 8-oz packages of Portabello mushrooms.

Cook the sliced mushrooms in a skillet with 1 tbsp. of butter until browned.

Add the sliced mushrooms to the chicken in a large bowl.

1 tbsp. of Poppy Seeds.

Next, to the bowl I added 2 cans of Cream of Chicken Soup.

2 cups of Sour Cream.

1 cup of Slivered Almonds.

Mix this all up really well and then put in a greased 9x13 baking dish.

Finally, mix together 2 tbsp. of melted butter with 1 cup of crushed butter crackers (like Ritz Crackers). Sprinkle these over the chicken dish. Cover with foil.

Bake in a 375 degree for 15 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 10 minutes until bubbling.

OMG!! Seriously this is really good and I cannot believe it doesn't have any cheese in it. I swear there is no good casserole without cheese, but I have proven myself wrong because here is one! It is so easy and quick. Your family will love it. I did have to add some salt to taste before eating.


  1. I love poppy seed chicken. It is one of my favorite recipes. You asked if I knew about Ocean Isle. Small world, that is where my daughter and son-in-law went for their beach vacation. It was about 45 minutes to an hour from where we were at Kure Beach. I went to Ocean Isle with a group of girlfriends one time. It is a nice beach. Have a nice week. Love & blessings from NC!

  2. Nina, thank you so much for stopping by and commenting on my blog. I used to teach kindergarten and first grades... I loved the beginning of a new year and all the possibilities. I wish you the best year as you head back to the classroom.

    Now, about this casserole... YUM-O!!! I'm going to post your link on my Facebook page. I can't wait to try it.

  3. Congrats on the 91st reunion. That is so cool! You had me until the mushrooms on this recipe though...Hmmm...not sure I could get those past the fam ;)