Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Poppy Seed Chicken

Poppy Seed Chicken, it is a sure crowd pleasure. It is one that my family loves. I love it too because it is easy to prepare and takes little time to cook. I also like it it because it can be a basic dish that 's a yummy, creamy chicken casserole which can turn into an elegant dish when the chicken breasts are left whole. For a variation, use boneless chicken breasts, but do not dice them. Pour the soup mixture over all, but sprinkle the cracker and seed combination over the breasts only and bake as usual.

6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - diced
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
2 tablespoons dry sherry
salt and pepper to taste
8 ounces buttery round crackers, crushed
1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1/2 cup butter, melted

Preheat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Place the diced chicken breasts on the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish sprayed with a nonstick cooking spray. In a bowl combine the soup, sour cream and sherry. Pour or spoon mixture over the chicken. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top.
Mix the poppy seeds and crushed crackers and sprinkle mixture over the chicken, salt and pepper. Drizzle the melted butter or margarine over the cracker/poppyseed layer and bake covered in the preheated oven for 30 to 45 minutes (take cover off for the last 5 minutes). Let stand a few minutes before servings.

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