Sunday, January 31, 2010

Day 31: Poppy Seed Chicken

I have to say, I overwhelmed by the response I have had to this blog. When I started I thought I would have my family and a few friends reading it. I never dreamed that so many people would be interested in what I'm doing. Thanks for every one's comments, I am learning a lot from all of you!
Today's recipe is my 7 year old daughter's favorite dinner. Whenever I ask her what she wants to eat, its poppy seed chicken. This recipe also comes from the Relief Society cookbook. It was served at a women's meeting at church, and it quickly became one of my favorites.

Poppy Seed Chicken
12" dutch oven

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cut up in pieces
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 1/2 cup sour cream
1 cylinder of Ritz crackers, crushed
4 Tbs. melted butter
1 1/2 Tbs. poppy seeds

I cut each chicken breast in thirds, and fried it in my DO using about 25 coals. Then mix the chicken, sour cream and soup and put it in the DO. In a separate bowl, mix crackers, melted butter and poppy seeds; sprinkle over the chicken mixture. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. I used 8 coals on the bottom and 16 on the top.

The Finished Product
What I Learned

This is a really easy recipe. The only way to mess it up is to over heat it--which I did. Usually my problem is too little heat, but today it was too much. The gravy separated and was lumpy instead of creamy and smooth. Next time I will use fewer coals, maybe 14 on top, and it will be much better.

The Review

Even with the gravy separating, it still tasted good. I should have checked it sooner and I could have adjusted the heat better. It worked really well in the DO. I'll give this recipe an A-.


  1. Hey, I just recently found your blog and wanted to let you know that you are now required reading for me. I am the President of the Arkansas Dutch oven society and really enjoy your posts. I have been "Dutching" for about 15 years now and I am always looking for new recipes to try. And now I know I have a new one coming every day. Keep It up!
    Doug...The Redneck Gourmet!

  2. Thanks! Tell all your friends about me too! I have the greatest readers in the world and I look forward to your comments and tips!

  3. Toni,

    One of our members, Prairie Dog Chapter of the Lone Star Dutch Oven Society posted a link to your Blog. What fun! I'm sure you're going to have several of our members following your daily recipes very closely. What a wonderful journey you're going to take this year. Have fun.



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