Monday, May 23, 2011

Guest Post: Poppyseed Chicken

Hello All! Becky here.  I am going to share a recipe while Tara is out of town and somewhat disinterested in food at the moment.  Unfortunately I am not a big fan of healthy foods, but Tara makes it a lot easier.  I have a two month old so these made over recipes are a great way to shed that baby weight!  

I asked Tara to make the substitutes for one of my favorite casseroles, poppyseed chicken.  I lived with my grandma for a while after college and she would always make this.  It is so simple and delicious!  The original recipe calls for sour cream and a lot of buttery goodness, but here are the ingredients for the new and improved version . . .

3 or 4 chicken breasts, cooked and cut into small pieces
16 oz plain no fat greek yogurt
2 cans healthy request cream of chicken
2 tablespoons of poppy seeds
whole wheat ritz crackers
1/2 stick of light butter

First things first, cooking the chicken.  You can boil and shred it, but I prefer using the crock pot.

I put 4 frozen chicken breasts in the crock pot, covered them with water, and cooked on high for 4 hours.  If you use this method, don't forget your handy dandy crock pot liner, aka the best invention ever.  When the chicken is done is just falls apart all by itself, so easy!  Now onto the casserole . . .

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Add the first four ingredients to a casserole dish, I used one that was 9x13.

*Reminder: greek yogurt usually comes in a 24 oz container, so don't forget to measure out the 16 ounces, I almost added the whole container on accident!

Next, mix all the ingredients together and it should look something like this . . .

For the topping, crunch up the Ritz crackers (I used one whole roll) and sprinkle them on top.  I was planning on putting them in a ziplock bag to crush them up, but then this little lady shimmied up to the bar demanding to be fed,

So I just crunched them up real quick in my hands over the dish.  Since I had to go tend to the little one, my husband, Michael, finished off the cooking for me.

The last step is to melt the butter, drizzle it over the top, and pop it in the oven for 20-30 minutes, and voila . . . 

Poppyseed Chicken!! This version was just as good as the original, and was even more delicious for lunch the next day. 

This was my first time to share a recipe so I hope I didn't miss anything!  I'm sure Tara will be back to posting recipes soon, but for now I am LOVING all the posts about my sweet niece or nephew!  I am sooooo excited to be an aunt and Cora cannot wait to meet her cousin :)  

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