Makeover Poppy Seed Chicken Recipe
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Makeover Poppy Seed Chicken Recipe

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This revised recipe is comforting and homey, but with fewer calories and much less fat and cholesterol than the original. We think you'll love the results! —Carolyn Keese, Seneca, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 3 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) reduced-fat reduced-sodium condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 1 cup crushed reduced-fat butter-flavored crackers (about 25 crackers)
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-fat butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 332 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 87mg cholesterol, 705mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (5g sugars, trace fiber), 27g protein


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine chicken, soup, sour cream and poppy seeds. In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and butter; set aside 1/2 cup for topping. Stir remaining crumbs into chicken mixture.
  2. Transfer to an 11x7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with reserved crumbs; sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, 30-35 minutes or until bubbly. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Makeover Poppy Seed Chicken in Healthy Cooking August/September 2009, p21

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Reviewed Mar. 11, 2015

"This is really good and simple to prepare! Everyone likes it!"

Reviewed Mar. 19, 2014

"I thought the sauce was too thick. It was more like a dip than a sauce. I might prefer using half the amount of sour cream and add 1/4 c. broth to make it "saucier" Also I think it would be better with sautéed celery and/or onion. And I would use fewer crackers and only put them on the top. Apparently Ritz are classic to this recipe, but I think breadcrumbs on top would work fine, if not better."

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2013

"Awesome...loved it : )"

Reviewed Oct. 30, 2012

"We're not big poppy seed fans so I left those out. This is so, so good! My husband said if I would let him he would eat the whole dish!"

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

"Great dish! Very easy too! Mine turned out soupy, so I cooked some noodles, enough for six people, to serve the chicken mixture over. It was excellent! I will definitely make it again!"

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