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Whole30 Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

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September 22, 2020 | Author: Ashley McCrary

This creamy Whole30 Poppy Seed Casserole is the perfect family dinner that tastes almost identical to the the full fat version. Serve with a side salad or green beans and you have the perfect healthy comfort meal.

A large tray of chicken with poppyseeds, and crispy topping

I grew up with a mother that made the most delicious casseroles. They were so darn good because they were usually filled with a ton of butter and sour cream. I wanted to create one of her favorites, but in a healthy way. My new Whole30 Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole is filled with the same delectable flavor, but with healthy ingredients that are Keto, Whole30, Paleo and Dairy Free.

Ingredients needed for this Whole30 Poppy Seed Casserole:

A plate of the whole30 chicken poppyseed casserole

How to make this Whole30 Poppy Seed Casserole :

Preheat the oven to 350° F and grease a 9×13″ pan with non-stick spray.
In a large pot, combine the chicken broth, coconut milk, ghee, onion powder, garlic powder and xanthan gum. Heat over medium heat until the mixture becomes thick. Around 3-4 minutes.

 
Add the chopped chicken, sour cream and poppy seeds to the pot. Mix together until combined. Transfer this mixture to the prepared dish and spread into an even layer. Set aside.


In a separate bowl combine the almond flour, egg white, melted ghee and salt. Mix until crumbly.  Sprinkle this mixture over the top of the chicken mixture. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

A large tray of chicken with poppyseeds, and crispy topping

Is the Forager Sour Cream Considered Whole30 Compliant?

This is a question that is asked a lot by the Whole30 community. Below is Whole30 creator, Melissa Urban’s answer:

“Nut cheeses and dips ARE compliant on the program, with a strong caveat that these should be used with caution, especially if you know you rely on cheese as a comfort or stress-relieving food, OR if cheese is a trigger for other food cravings (like wine or crackers). As with Larabars or almond butter, Whole30 HQ and our Coaches all recommend that program participants use with caution, and think critically about whether including these foods in their Whole30 is a healthy choice, given their contexts and goals.”

All of the ingredients in the Forager Sour Cream is compliant and acceptable, including the pectin and loctus bean gum. Ingredients listed below:

Coconut & Cashewmilk (Filtered Water, Coconut Cream*, Cashews*), Tapioca Starch*, Sea Salt, Pectin, Distilled Vinegar*, Lactic Acid, Locust Bean Gum*, Tricalcium Phosphate, Agar, Live Active Cultures (S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus, L. Lactis, L. Plantarum).
*Organic

Allergens: Coconut, Cashews

A plate of the chicken poppyseed casserole

Can you make this casserole ahead of time?

Yes, absolutely. I suggest making everything but the topping. So you can do steps 1-4 in the instructions. Wrap the dish with foil or plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator. Right before heating, make the topping and add to the top. Pop it in the oven and cook. This would be a great dish to make at a family gathering or even Thanksgiving. Simply make the night before to save time on the big day!

A large tray of chicken with poppyseeds, and crispy topping

Can you freeze this casserole?

Yes, you certainly can. Be sure to freeze the poppy seed chicken casserole before baking. This includes the topping. Cover the pan tightly with foil and write down the directions on top of the container. Remove the casserole from the freezer and let it thaw in the refrigerator during the day before baking.

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A large tray of chicken with poppyseeds, and crispy topping

Whole30 Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

This creamy Whole30 Poppy Seed Casserole is the perfect family dinner that tastes almost identical to the the full fat version. Serve with a side salad or green beans and you have the perfect healthy comfort meal.

  • Total Time: 1 minute
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Ingredients

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Poppy Seed Casserole

  • 56 cups cooked chicken breast, cubed or shredded 
  • 1 cup Forager Dairy Free Sour Cream
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk, canned
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 (12 ounce) bag of cauliflower rice

Topping 

  • 1 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup ghee, room temp

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F and grease a 9×13″ pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Heat a large pot over medium heat and combine the chicken broth, coconut milk, ghee, onion powder, garlic powder and xanthan gum. Heat until the mixture becomes thick. Around 3-4 minutes. 
  3. Add the chopped chicken, sour cream, cauliflower rice and poppy seeds to the pot. Mix together with a wooden spoon until combined. 
  4. Transfer the chicken mixture to the prepared dish and spread into an even layer. Set aside.
  5. In a separate bowl combine the almond flour, egg white, ghee and salt. Mix until crumbly.  Sprinkle this mixture over the top of the chicken mixture. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Notes

  1. Place this on the bottom rack so the topping does not burn.
  2. Arrowroot or Tapioca Flour will work as subs for xanthan gum. 1 tsp dissolved in 1 tbsp water. 
  3. Store any extras in an air-tight container. It will last in the fridge for up to 4 days. 
  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30-35 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 429
  • Sugar: 1
  • Sodium: 765
  • Fat: 27
  • Carbohydrates: 8
  • Fiber: 2
  • Protein: 21
  • Cholesterol: 95

Keywords: Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole, Poppy Seed Chicken, Whole30, Keto, Paleo, Dairy Free

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26 thoughts on "Whole30 Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole"

  1. Tessa says:

    This sounds wonderful and I have all of the ingredients except ghee- can I substitute butter? 🧐

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Yes

  2. Samantha says:

    I can’t wait to try this! Just put all the items in my grocery cart. 🙂

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      I hope you love it

  3. Erin says:

    Oh my Ashley I made this tonight and it is so so so good!! My family ate it too which is a miracle! Thank you for all you do to provide healthy comfort food!!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      I’m so so happy to hear this. Thank you for taking time to let me know!!!

  4. Olivia says:

    Made this last night and it was a hit! We are not keto so I used regular rice and it was great. We are having leftovers today and it’s had just gotten better on day two! So yum!

  5. Abi says:

    Made this for dinner last night and it was delicious! I’m doing Sept Whole30, and it was a great comfort food dish. All of it is delicious, but that toping is fantastic! It’s buttery and definitely tastes like a cracker. So glad I tried this. I think it’ll be a regular in my rotation!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      So happy to hear this Abi! Thank you

  6. Lindsey says:

    I was skeptical that this could be as good as regular poppyseed chicken- but it was! My husband and I gobbled it up. It reheats great. I’ve shared this link with all my friends. We’ll be making this regularly

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      This really just made my day. Thank you

  7. Rachel says:

    I’m assuming the cauliflower rice is pre cooked?

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      It doesn’t have to be. You are cooking it in oven, so it cooks perfect in the casserole. I add mine frozen. Feel free to add it in however you like.

  8. Mon says:

    Make this! This was a hit… I even burned the topping (my own fault as I left too long under the broiler), and it was still so good! Subbed regular sour cream and butter because that’s what I had on hand and added onions. Everyone loved it and was shocked it had coconut milk and was low carb. Definitely making again!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      This makes me so happy. Thank you

  9. Ashley G says:

    Fantastic! Halved the recipe for my family of 3, but I won’t make that mistake again because we didn’t have any leftovers! Such a great comfort food and very different from my usual Whole30 recipes. Thank you for creating this!

  10. Alyssa D says:

    So so good! One of the few meals I make that all three kids love. We have it about every other week!

  11. Lisa says:

    My family LOVED this dish! I grew up eating the not so healthy original recipe, and this healthier version is just as creamy and comforting as the original! One of my kiddos went on and on about how good it was. Not only is this dish delicious, it’s very easy to make. Already looking forward to leftovers for lunch tomorrow 😊

  12. Alyssa says:

    My husband literally gave me a high five while shoveling this into his mouth. 5 year old cleared her plate. Absolute win all around!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      This makes me so happy to hear. Thank you

  13. Ashley says:

    I have made this recipe twice now and it is a hit with my whole family including my 7,6&2 year old. Which is saying a ton because my family LOVES the original poppyseed chicken casserole recipe, I have been making it for years. The two times I have made this they have literally ate almost the entire thing. We’ve hardly had any leftovers! It’s incredible and soooo easy. This will be on repeat in our house along with soo many other Healthylittlepeach recipes!!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      This comment just made my night. Thank you for trying and loving my recipes.

  14. Mandy says:

    This is in the oven as I type this! Poppy Seed Chicken is one of my favorite comfort foods from childhood. I am so happy to have a Whole 30/healthier version!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      YAY~! This makes me so happy. Thank you

  15. Tomassina Baker says:

    Excited to try this!

    Do you recommend a specific way to cook/season the chicken before chopping?

  16. Krista Volkman says:

    This was so delicious! Just moved to my “keeper” file! I was not familiar with poppyseed casserole prior to finding this version…. But it’s a winner! Made exactly per the recipe and instructions… ate for lunch all week. Thanks!


 

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