POPPYSEED CHICKEN CASSEROLE, MOMMA STYLE!
Today’s Made With Love recipe is Poppy Seed Chicken! This recipe is a favorite with my husband and it is all thanks to my Mom. She started making this a few years ago and we all loved it! Once she made it for my husband when we were over for a visit he was hooked. It is fairly easy depending on what type of chicken you choose to use.
What you will need:
1 Rotisserie Chicken (be sure to check that it is not lemon pepper, some flavor is okay, but the lemon pepper will be too much)
If you don’t like to do the already cooked chicken you will need to cook 3 cups of your choice chicken
8 oz sour cream
3 Tbls Poppy Seeds
1 Can Cream of chicken
2 Sleeves of Ritz Buttery crackers
1 sticks of butter
What to do with it:
First off you will need to turn the oven on 350 degrees so it can be heating up.
Then if you are preparing your own chicken you will need to cook it first and have a cup ready to go. If you are working with pre-cooked pull it off the bone or do whatever preparation is needed to have at least three cups. You can add more. Usually when my Mom makes it she uses about the whole rotisserie chicken (minus the dark meat, she doesn’t like that part).
After chicken prep is done get a large bowl out and mix together your sour cream, cream of chicken, chicken and poppy seeds. Keep out your poppyseeds so you can sprinkle them on top after it is all in the dish.
Set the mix aside while you get the crackers ready. Crush both sleeves of crackers. I do this by either crunching them in the sleeve or you can put them in a ziploc bag and smash them. Get some frustration out, haha!
Once the crackers are smased melt your butter then mix the two together. We do two because we line the bottom and the top with crackers. If you do not want so many crackers you can cut the recipe to one pack.
Take the crumble mix and pack it on the bottom of a sprayed 9×13 casserole dish.
Next, pour in the chicken mixture. Top with leftover cracker butter mix and some extra poppy seeds for decoration.
Cover with foil and put in a pre-heated oven for 40-45 minutes.
Once it is done, take it out and let it cool for a minute because it will be pipping hot in the middle.
We usually do green beans or corn or both as a side for this dish, but you can serve it alone.
Enjoy and let me know how you liked it!
Discovering Joy in God
My final thought for our Discovering Joy series is to find joy in being with God. It sounds so simple and if you have had a relationship with God for a long time you probably feel like this is easy.
Nothing could be further from the truth in my opinion.,
We as Christians and especially those who have had a personal relationship with Christ for a long time, think we find joy in God all the time. We think this is a daily thing. In truth, it’s not. We do have joy in life and a lot of times that flows from God’s interaction in our lives, but how often do we find joy in just being still with God?
Discovering joy in God is deeper than just saying a quick thank you and going on with your day. Discovering joy in God means stopping to take the time to be with Him. Stopping in his presence and really feeling his peace wash over you.
Life gets crazy so I understand that stopping everything is not easy to do, believe me I understand. I still try though. For me when I can pause is when Eleanor is sleeping. During her first morning nap is usually when I try to quiet everything and just sit in God’s presence. It is during this time that it feels like God hugs me. It’s like he says, “You got this!”
This quiet time doesn’t always happen, which is sad, but I try my best and I believe God knows that. It’s not always about a rigorous schedule with God it’s about a seeking heart. If your day is thrown off by something unexpected and your time with God doesn’t happen as it “normally” would don’t let that stop you from doing it later. Even if it’s the last thing you do before you close your eyes to sleep God will be there.