Monday, June 20, 2011

Poppy Seed Chicken

"And now my beauties, something with poison in it I think, with poison in it... attractive to the eye and soothing to the smell. Poppies, poppies, poppies will put them to sleep, sleep. Now they'll sleep"

Do you know what famous movie this line is from? I will give you a hint. Growing up it was my favorite movie. I had a friend that I often slept over with and she had this movie, and I would ask her to watch it every time I spent the night. I know that she got tired of it, but she was kind enough to humor me. Okay, I guess if you don't know me that well that isn't a very good hint. So, I'll just tell you. I am sure most of you know exactly what movie that is from. If you guessed The Wizard of Oz, ding, ding, ding, you are right!

I can assure you this recipe doesn't have poison it, just deliciousness. This is another one of my go-to recipes. My entire family loves this one so much that I usually double the recipe. It is also freezer friendly meaning you can assemble, and then freeze before baking. When ready to use, simply thaw and bake according to directions.

Here are a few tips:

This recipe calls for 4 to 6 chicken breasts. I like to use a whole chicken. It is cheaper than boneless skinless chicken breasts and adds more flavor. I like to put the chicken in the crockpot overnight on low, and when I wake up it is done. You can add water if you like, but it is not necessary since the chicken will make its own juices. I just let it cool, and then pull it apart.

This recipe calls for one stick of melted butter. I don't know about you, but I would rather not take the chance of all that butter going straight to my thighs! So, I cut the butter in thin slices and place on the casserole. It melts and works just as well.

When crushing the crackers, keep them in the sleeve unopened. Place ends of the sleeve in each palm and press palms together.  This is an easy way to crush the crackers. Then just open the bag and pour over the dish.

Warning! Poppy seeds can show positive for opium on a drug test. I have to make half the casserole with no seeds since the Navy does random drug testing. It wouldn't look good if the head pharmacist on base tests positive for drugs. That is one hassle he would like to avoid.

I hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do! I would love to hear the results.

Poppy Seed Chicken

4 to 6 chicken breasts (I use a whole chicken)
2 cans of cream of chicken soup
1 pkg. roll crushed Ritz crackers
1 cup sour cream
2 T. poppy seeds
1 stick of butter, melted

Cook chicken and cut into bite-sized pieces. Mix chicken, soup, and sour cream. Put into a casserole dish. Mix crackers and poppy seeds. Spread over top of chicken mixture. Pour melted butter over top. Bake 30 minutes at 350°.