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Freezer-Friendly Chicken Poppy Seed Casserole

Freezer-Friendly Chicken Poppy Seed Casserole
Freezer-Friendly Chicken Poppy Seed Casserole
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Everyone loves a homemade dinner, but on busy weeknights it's not always possible. However, thanks to this Freezer-Friendly Chicken Poppy Seed Casserole, you can pull a ready-made meal out of the freezer and bake it whenever you want.

This creamy casserole recipe has everything you could want - chicken, cheese, buttery crackers, and sour cream. It is truly the perfect comfort food recipe. If you'd like to make this a full meal, you can mix in some green peas for added color and flavor. This make ahead casserole recipe will be a lifesaver on busy nights and it's so good you'll want to return to it again and again.

If you've never made a freezer-friendly casserole before, refer to the step-by-step photos for help. In no time at all, you will have a delicious casserole that can either be baked right away or stored in the freezer for later.

Yields6 servings

Preparation Time25 min

Cooking Time30 min

Cooking Vessel Size9 x 13-inch baking dish

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked wild rice
  • 1 (10-1/2-ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup (Do not dilute)
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 cups cooked and shredded boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup frozen peans (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup crushed butter crackers
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted

Instructions

To Make the Casserole

  1. Lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. Spread the cooked rice over the bottom of the baking dish.

  3. In a large mixing bowl combine the soup, sour cream, pecans, chicken, peas (if using), Worcestershire sauce, and garlic. Spread over the rice.

  4. Top with cheese.

  5. In a medium bowl, mix the cracker crumbs and butter. Add in the poppy seeds. Sprinkle over the cheese.

  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or prepare for the freezer. (See below for freezing instructions.)

To Prepare for the Freezer

  1. Cover the baking dish with heavy duty foil and press firmly to seal.

  2. With a marker, write the name of the casserole and the date.

  3. Place in freezer until ready to eat.

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I couldn't help myself - I had to go back for seconds of this recipe! It had a really great flavor that was comforting without being to heavy. I liked the addition of the crackers and thought it gave the dish a nice texture. This would be an ideal weeknight casserole for when you need a family-friendly meal!

This was really good! Definite comfort food. ) Next time I'd probably add less crackers up top as it was a little too overwhelming, but I'd definitely make it again!

I'm supposed to be low carb, that didn't last with this casserole. My plate was cleared in 3 or 4 bites. It's the ultimate comfort casserole.

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