Sunday, March 15, 2009

Poppy Seed Chicken recipe




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This is a Wessells family recipe and one of Kirk's favorite dishes. I don't make it very often - you will see why when I list the ingredients. This dish is a cure for the comfort food craving and is a good casserole to take when you need something for a potluck.
  • 5 to 6 skinless chicken breasts
  • salt
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 - 8oz can of cream of chicken soup
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 2 tbl of lemon juice
  • Ground pepper
  • Ritz crackers
  • 1 stick of butter
  • Poppy seeds
Boil the chicken breasts in salty water and a couple of celery stalks - boil, then simmerfor a couple of hours.

When the chicken breasts are ready you will want to take them out of the broth and into a large mixing bowl. While still hot - shred the chicken up. I have a shallow stainless steel mixing bowl that I love for this kind of mixing.

Once you have all the chicken shredded add the can of Cream of Chicken soup - mix in. Then add the sour cream and mix thoroughly.

Mix in the lemon juice and ground pepper - we do extra pepper because we like it! Once you have mixed, you can put in a casserole dish or my mother in law uses a 9" square pan.

Then take out two 'stacks' of Ritz crackers. We only use 1.5, but you may want more. Just crush a handful of crackers at a time in your hand and spread over the top.

Then sprinkle the poppy seeds over the top. As much or as little as you would like. While you are sprinkling melt one stick of butter. I do this in a glass measuring cup in the microwave. If you are making this ahead of time don't do the butter step- just put the cassarole in the refrigerator for later. Do the butter step when you are ready to cook.

Death by butter...pour the melted butter evenly over the top of the Ritz crackers.

You are ready to bake! 350 degrees for 30 minutes. If you refrigerated it will probably take about 45 to 50 minutes at 350 degrees.  I serve with brocolli or any kind of green vegetable...it looks nice. Enjoy!

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