Many families love chicken. It is a great source of protein, and both children and adults like to eat it. The right chicken recipe can even provide leftovers for a couple days. One of the best ways to eat chicken is in a casserole. A casserole that will fill you up and please every palate is chicken divan.
Chicken divan was first made by Chef Lagasi at the Chatham Hotel in New York City. It soon became the signature dish at the hotel's restaurant, the Divan Parisien. Made with a combination of chicken, broccoli, almonds and Mornay, a type of cheese sauce, this dish was heavy yet delicious. People came from all over the world to try it, and soon other restaurants started to serve it as well.
This is a perfect dish for busy households as it reheats well out of the refrigerator, and it can be frozen to enjoy in the days and the weeks ahead. This is also a very easy recipe to make as you don't need any special skills or ingredients to make it. In fact, you likely have most of the ingredients for chicken divan on hand right now. If not, you can easily find them at any supermarket.
These days, there are a number of variations of chicken divan from the simple, made with pre-cooked chicken breast and canned cheese soup, to the flamboyant, made with exotic cheeses. You will also find vegetarian versions, lower calorie versions and even non-dairy versions of the recipe. If you want to experience the original chicken divan, however, try the easy, modern recipe found below.
Chicken Divan Recipe
12 oz of chopped up fresh or frozen broccoli, cooked
2 cups of chopped, bite-size pieces of cooked chicken
1 can of cream of chicken soup, condensed
1/2 cup of mayonnaise
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
2 tablespoons of butter, softened
1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup of soft bread crumbs or crushed corn flakes for topping
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and grease a two-quart baking dish.
Step 2: Arrange the broccoli on the bottom of the baking dish. Top the broccoli with the chopped chicken. In a small bowl, mix the soup, lemon juice and mayonnaise. Pour the mixture over the chicken and broccoli. Top the chicken, broccoli and soup mixture with the shredded cheddar cheese.
Step 3: Mix the breadcrumbs or crushed corn flakes and the butter until it crumbles. Sprinkle this over the top of the cheese.
Step 4: Place the baking dish in the hot oven and cook for 30 to 35 minutes. The cheese should be melted, and the breadcrumbs or corn flakes should be golden brown. Allow to cool, and then serve.