Doesn't that name sound fancy? Chicken divan...
If you're from the South, you grew up with your share of casseroles. Made with cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup, is there any other kind of casserole? You see the 1984 church cookbook above that came out of my Pastor dad's church at the time. The Women's Ministry ladies decided they needed to do a cookbook for a couple of years and I'm so glad I snagged them. It is full of well-loved Southern recipes, good ole' down home cooking and many of them have the above-mentioned creamy soup as a main ingredient. I'm quite sure there are probably some major differences between a church cookbook in the North and the South.
I'm just sayin'. So, are you ready for this Chicken Divan? I have no idea where the name came from, if anyone knows, please let me know. I can see this on a Southern restaurant menu where little ladies go to lunch and chat up a storm. Have any of my Yankee friends (sorry, we just still call ya'll that, old habits die hard you know!) heard of this recipe?
This recipe was contributed by my sister, Renee. I've made it quite a bit over the years. Main ingredient, chicken of course. And cream of chicken soup mixed with mayo. My hubby is not a casserole lover, but he does like this one a lot.
Broccoli layer goes first. Shredded chicken on top of that
Creamy mixture next
Sprinkled with shredded cheddar cheese and bread crumbs mixed with butter.
I serve mine with brown rice cooked in chicken broth.
And it's a cheesy, yummy meal. Your kids would probably like it too. Comfort food at its best.
Here's the official recipe:
1 pkg. frozen broccoli spears (I used fresh broccoli & steamed it lightly first)
3 chicken breasts, cooked & shredded
1 can cream of chicken soup ( I added a bit of the chicken broth the chicken cooked in to this)
1/2 cup mayo
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup bread crumbs, soaked in 1 T. melted butter (I used Italian breadcrumbs)
Cook broccoli and drain. Arrange in a baking dish. Place chicken on top. Mix together soup, mayo, and lemon juice. Pour over chicken. Sprinkle with cheese. Combine bread crumbs & butter; sprinkle over chicken. Bake at 350* for 25 minutes covered, 5 minutes uncovered.
Eat and enjoy!