Friday, October 10, 2014

Chicken Divan

I can still remember the first time I tried this meal at my good friend Steph's house- I wanted to get thirds and fourths (obviously I had seconds) but I could hear my mother's voice in my head saying that would be rude. It was just the perfect cold weather casserole and tasted like heaven! That was back in grade school and I still make Madre Sue's recipe to this day. Thank you Calabreses for sharing this family recipe with me- it's now a part of my family!! 

I will admit- this is NOT the paleo, gluten free, vegan, over-the-top healthy meal. It's comfort food. It's the kind of casserole that warms the soul. It's old school and I love it. I have already eaten it for three meals this week. It's just that good!! 

And kids really love this! Besides the kids I work for now devouring it (see photos below), all my past families have loved it too. Green family- I'm talking to you!! It's a happy family meal! 

Don't be a health freak judgy person- no one likes that person- just make it and you'll thank me later!!

Chicken Divan 

1 1/2 lbs (about 3-4 chicken breasts) boneless chicken breasts, cooked and cubed 
3/4 cup mayonnaise 
3 cups of broccoli, chopped to bite size pieces 
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter 
1 1/2 cups mild cheddar, shredded 
1/4 cup milk 

1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs, panko or regular (italian or plain) 
2 cans cream of chicken soup 
1/4 tsp salt
Few cracks of pepper 
Cranberry sauce to serve (optional) 

Casserole dish
Large bowl 
Mixing spoon 
Measuring cups/spoons 
Sauté pan 
Cutting board
Chopping knife 
Aluminum foil 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

In large bowl add cream of chicken soups, mayonnaise, milk, cheddar cheese, salt and pepper. Mix well. 

Heat the sauté pan over medium heat. Add the butter and allow to melt. Pour the breadcrumbs over the butter and toast them until golden brown, while stirring. Be careful because they can burn easily. 

Add the cubed chicken and broccoli pieces to the casserole dish. Cover with the soup mixture. Sprinkle the toasted butter breadcrumbs over the top. Cover casserole dish with aluminum foil and put into the oven. 

Bake for 45 minutes to an hour- once the center is bubbling out of the breadcrumbs. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving. 

Serve with cranberry sauce on the side. It's seriously heaven in your mouth. I wish I had more leftovers right now!!  Xo

Before and after baking

Allie wanted hers served over egg noodles! She cleaned her plate! 

Charlie love it- especially with the cranberry sauce mixed into it. His first time trying cranberry sauce! 

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