Prepared in 40 minutes, this quick and easy make ahead dish is sure to make any weeknight or holiday gathering easier. This cheesy dish is similar to the potluck classic known as poppyseed chicken casserole, or Ritz cracker chicken casserole. For even more variations, experiment with adding your favorite veggies, substituting different cheeses, or swapping in low-fat sour cream to reduce the calorie load.
3 to 4 cooked chicken breasts, chopped
16-oz. pkg. wide egg noodles, cooked
24-oz. container sour cream
2 (10 3/4-oz.) cans cream of chicken soup
8-oz. pkg. shredded Cheddar cheese
8-oz. pkg. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 sleeve round buttery crackers, crushed
1/4 cup margarine, melted
2 tablespoons poppy seed
How to Make It
Combine chicken, noodles, sour cream, soup and cheeses in a large bowl. Pour into a lightly greased 13"x9" baking dish. Mix together cracker crumbs and margarine; sprinkle over top. Sprinkle poppy seed over cracker crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until crackers are crispy and golden and cheese is melted.
Casseroles are great dishes for experimenting. After all, you're just throwing a bunch of deliciousness into one dish and baking it. Get out of your casserole comfort zone with some different toppings this time. Try potato chips, corn flakes, Cheez Its, or something crunchy that you love.
No disrespect but I don't understand how a good number of reviewers said this recipe was too time consuming. It wasn't at all ... I'm used to making meals from scratch that sometimes keep me in the kitchen for a couple of hours. This took *maybe* 45 minutes from start to finish.
I chopped onions and sweated them with garlic in a large pot until just tender. I took those out, added water, salt and pepper to the same pot. I boiled 4 chicken breasts until half done and took them out of the water. I then added my noodles (corkscrew) to that same water. I used Herbed Crm. of Chicken, 16 oz. of sour cream and also added in 2 oz. of cream cheese (for added creaminess). As for the cracker crumb topping, I added in dry parsley flakes & a little grated parmesan before putting in on the top (for a little extra flavor).
This is a fantastic recipe and I will be copying it into my recipe book. Thank you for sharing this with all of us, Mandy!!
This was my first time making this recipe. My family liked it. Of course, I tweaked it a bit. I baked 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts. I seasoned the chicken breasts with poutry seasoning, garlic and pepper seasoning, and salt. I added the broth from the chicken to the noodle mixture. I also think 16 oz of sourcream would be better than 24 oz. I added some salt, freshly ground black pepper and smoked paprika to the noodle mixture before putting the cracker mixture on, otherwise it lacked flavor. We love Ritz crackers so 1 1/2 sleeves of crackers were better for us. It wasn't too time consuming because I baked the chicken breasts and boiled the noodles during the last 15 mins. of baking the chicken breasts. I hope this is helpful.
Delicious! I added about a cup of the broth from the chicken (cooked the noodles in the broth too). I added a little parsley, salt, pepper, and Herbes de Provence. Covered it with foil for a little while, so the crackers wouldn't burn. It was creamy, and so good! (halved the recipe) Thanks! I'll make it often
I've made this dish about 3 times and I am making it again tonight for supper. I make it exactly as shown (except I omit poppy seeds) and my family loves it. They would eat it once a week if I would let them.
I originally found this recipe on a blog that had zero reviews. This afternoon I see many reviews - after cooking it earlier today! I've got a huge bowl yet had to mix it in my colander & still didn't get it mixed as well as I would have liked. It also took almost an hour to bake, & so packed the cheese didn't melt properly. So I agree with the prevailing opinion that the recipe should be halved (except for the chicken). I also toasted Panko bread crumbs in lieu of Ritz crackers. I also recommend using poultry seasoning, pepper & garlic in some form. Next time I'll add a cup or so of chicken broth as another reviewer did. And I'll use a 9 x 9 pan!
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