Saturday, February 16, 2019

Chicken Divan #Recipe @PegCochran

One thing I really hate is wasting food.  I try very hard to make use of everything.  It doesn't always work--I still occasionally find that half an avocado turning all shades of brown in the bottom of the produce drawer or a lemon that looks more like a lime or lettuce that's turning to slime.  But I do try.

One day I found myself with a miscellaneous assortment of things I wanted to use up--some cooked chicken, a bit of cheddar cheese that wasn't going to last much longer, a bit of broccoli left because the whole head was too much for two people and a can of mushroom soup I bought for...???

Chicken Divan to the rescue!  I actually found the recipe on the Campbell's Soup site.  Yes, seriously.  Of course I did tweak it.  After all, I had that little bit of cream that needed to be used up.  The amounts below are what was listed in the recipe--I didn't measure, I simply used what I had. The Campbell soup recipe called for bread crumbs on top but I skipped that.  And bonus--this comes together in no time at all!  I think you could easily tweak this--have mushrooms?  Throw them in!  No broccoli but you have peas?  Go with it! Turkey instead of chicken? No problem!

4 cups broccoli florets
2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
1 can of cream of mushroom soup or cream of chicken soup
1/3 cup milk (I used heavy cream)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

Arrange chicken and broccoli in a baking dish.

Mix soup and milk or cream and pour over chicken and broccoli.

Top with cheddar cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes or until slightly golden on top.


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    1. This is one of a few ways I can get people to eat broccoli! My recipe includes mayo.

      1. My husband actually ate the broccoli in this and he doesn't like broccoli unless it comes with hollandaise!

    2. I remember when my college roommate first introduced me to this dish. It is comfort food and, as you say, a good way to use leftovers. And for those who need to make it healthyish, it only takes a bit more effort to make something to substitute the canned cream of mushroom. This really brings back memories of a fun and busy time in my life.

    3. My father would not eat casseroles so my mother never made anything like this. I love discovering these delicious comfort foods I never had growing up.

    4. I love how necessity gives way to creativity.
      Well done.

    5. I still have a Campbell Soup cookbook from the 70s a friend gave me. I think she saved labels and wound up with 2 cookbooks for her efforts! I'll bet this recipe is in there.