Poppy Seed Chicken and Asparagus

Poppy Seed Chicken and Asparagus

A creamy chicken and asparagus casserole with rice

Yield: 

8 servings

Ingredients: 

4 cups fresh asparagus (trim and cut into inch-long pieces)
1/2 onion, diced
1 tablespoon oil
1 1/2 cups rice, cooked according to package instructions (should be about 4 1/2 cups of cooked rice)
5 cups (loosely packed) cooked cubed chicken
3 cups homemade cream of chicken soup*
1 cup milk
1 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 sleeve of Ritz crackers and 1/4 cup melted butter, optional

Instructions: 

1. Saute asparagus and onion in oil until crisp-tender.

2. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish. Spread cooked rice in the bottom. Top with the cooked asparagus.

3. In a large bowl** combine chicken, cream of chicken soup, milk, sour cream, and poppy seeds. Pour evenly over the asparagus and rice.

4. Optional: Crush 1 sleeve of Ritz crackers and sprinkle over top of chicken. Drizzle with melted butter.***

5. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, until hot and bubbly.

 

Poppy Seed Chicken and Asparagus

 

Additional Notes: 

*Can substitute two 15-ounce cans of cream of chicken soup, but I like homemade best!

Here is how to make the homemade cream of chicken soup. It's easy!

In a large stock pot, whisk together:

1 1/2 cups chicken broth or water
1 1/4 cups milk
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon parsley
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1-2 teaspoons salt

After whisking (to remove flour lumps), bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, and boil for a minute or two until thick. Makes 3 cups.

**I use the pan I made my homemade cream of chicken soup in.

***I skip the crackers and butter part, since it's expensive and unhealthy, and I don't particularly care for the taste, anyway. I think prepared chicken-flavor stuffing might be a good substitute, though with the rice, it's not necessary.

 

Poppy Seed Chicken
This is how the casserole looked the first time I made it,
with crackers on top, and no asparagus

 

Preparation Time: 

45 minutes (includes making the soup from scratch)

Cooking Time: 

30 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

This is a delicious, healthy casserole! I started with this recipe for Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole from Monica's blog, and altered it slightly. The second time I made it, I added asparagus. My husband and I both loved it with asparagus, and agreed that we preferred it that way! We also like brown rise, for added nutrition and substance. Really yummy, healthy, and filling! My rating: 10/10

Comments

I made this for dinner tonight and it was very good.Everyone must try this one!

I made it with the ritz crackers and butter.I also did not use poppy seeds since I don't care to pick them out of my teeth two hours after dinner.I do like them just not the bother later.I added some salt,pepper and garlic poweder.I gave it a 8 because I didn't follow the recipe with the poppy seeds.

Thanks for shraring it.

Rating: 
4

I made this casserole for my family tonight, and they all enjoyed it! I didn't have enough chicken or asparagus, so ended up making a little more rice so there'd be enough to fill everyone up...and I didn't have any sour cream so had to leave that out, too. But it still turned out delicious and I had fun making it. I'm sure it'd be much better yet with all the proper incredients. :-)

Rating: 
4

We really liked this recipe alot. I used canned cream of celery soup; added paprika, garlic powder, and a seasoned salt blend. It was easy to put together and I really thought the asparagus made it unique - it stayed crisp and we liked it better than the usual "bag of mixed veggies" in most casseroles. This will be a welcome addition to our staple "easy dinner menu" list. :) Oh - served it with spinach and mandarin orange salad.

Rating: 
5

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