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November 4, 2010

Chicken Divan

My dear blogging friend and inspiration, Krista, never ceases to amaze me. Her recipes never let me down. I knew when I saw this one that I would love it. And boy was I right! I mean, we love all of these ingredients. It has been a little while since we made this, and I am craving it again! This baby may make it's way into one of my meal plans very soon....

Yes. It is Chicken Divan. And it is divine. 

I used two boneless skinless chicken breasts specifically. The original recipe calls for 4 cups but I just used two breasts without measuring them in cups. I boiled the chickens because I knew I would be shredding it once finished cooking, and I knew baking might make it too hard to shred. I like the method of boiling chicken whenever I need to shred it, so I will stick to that.

While those chickens were boiling, I microwaved my bag of broccoli. I buy the kind that comes in a bag already rinsed, and you can microwave the broccoli right in the bag! So easy and quick! So I microwave steamed the broccoli and then chopped it all up into smaller pieces. Then I spread some vegetable oil on the bottom of my glass baking dish to prevent sticking. You can use cooking spray if desired, I just didn't have any at the time. Once the oil was on the bottom of the dish, I sprinkled all of the chopped broccoli on the bottom layer and spread evenly. Then I seasoned that broccoli with some salt.

Once the chickens were finished boiling, I shredded them with a fork and then seasoned it with some garlic powder. Then I added the shredded chicken to the baking dish, covering the broccoli and then spreading evenly.

For the mixture, I combined the soup, mayo, lime juice, curry powder, and 1/2 tsp garlic powder in a bowl and mixed well. I used cream of mushroom soup rather than chicken soup like the original recipe called for. I also used lime juice rather than lemon juice because that's what I had at the moment. Then I poured the mixture on top of the chicken in the dish and spread evenly.

And of course any casserole wouldn't be complete without some cheese on top. So I sprinkled 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese on top of the soup/mayo mixture. Then I tossed the bread crumbs with the melted butter and sprinkled on top of the cheese....

and baked at 350° for 30 minutes...

and out popped deliciousness!

Chicken Divan adapted from Krista's Kitchen
  • 12 oz. package of pre-rinsed broccoli
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder, plus a bit more
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • vegetable oil or cooking spray
Boil chickens for about 20-30 minutes until cooked through.  Once finished cooking, shred them with a fork and season with garlic powder.

Cook broccoli - (I microwaved mine in the bag, but you can steam it if you like). Cut up into small pieces. Spray a casserole or baking dish and then cover evenly with the broccoli pieces. Season the broccoli with salt. Then spread the shredded chicken evenly over the broccoli.
In a bowl, combine soup, mayo, lime juice, curry powder, and 1/2 tsp garlic powder and mix well. Then pour the mixture evenly over the chicken. Sprinkle cheese on top. Then toss bread crumbs with the melted butter and sprinkle on top of the cheese.

Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.

*Note: I liked the addition of curry powder, but I think that next time I would use less. That 1/2 teaspoon goes a lonnnnnng way!

We served this with some delicious and flavorful Corn, Avocado, and Tomato Salad.

I am linking this Chicken Divan recipe to Foodie Friday.

I decided I need to link to more blog hops, so I am stepping outside of my normal Foodie Fridays and Martha Mondays to link up to some others  :) Linking up to...

Recipe Swap Thursday 
Family Friendly Fridays
Friday Potluck 
Seasonal Sunday
Can you say DELISH?

I did!


Candi said...

I've been begging my mom for her recipe of chicken divan...this looks really similar...looks delish!!! YUM!

Cheerful said...

yes, it looks delish...great! thanks for sharing your recipe! happy weekend! :)

Krista said...

Woman, I SO appreciate your kind words! Thanks again for the shout out and I'm so glad that you liked this. I can't remember what I wrote about it originally, but Chicken Divan has been my favorite since I was a kid!

That corn, tomato, and avocado salad looks wonderful too. You're rockin' it out in the kitchen! I hope you have a great weekend!

Donna-FFW said...

What an absolutely fabulous dish, and so easy to make.. I have got to try this!

Lisa said...

This is one of my family's favorite dinners and yours looks every bit as good as ours. It takes a while to make, but it's always worth it. We like eating it with roasted potatoes on the side. By the way, I'm holding a CSN giveaway on my blog and you're welcome to come by and enter.

Karen said...

That cheesy, crunchy topping looks incredible! I can only imagine how yummy this dish is. Looks like perfect comfort food!

Desi said...

Thanks everyone for the nice comments. This really is a good dish, thanks Krista :)

Hey Donna, I am a follower of your blog - love it! You crack me up :)

I am going to check out everyone elses' blogs now, thanks for stopping by!!