Chicken Divan is a simple chicken casserole dish. Because casserole is a Utah tradition it seems only appropriate to begin my recipe throw down with a nod to the culture I live in. Prepare to be amazed, this casserole is yummy, filling, cheap and easy to make. Let’s begin…
1 bag (16 oz) frozen broccoli florets
1 lb. chicken breast, thawed
1 Tbs. fresh ground black pepper, plus some for the chicken
1 Cup Mayonnaise (use real mayonnaise and skip the low-fat)
1 can Cream of Mushroom soup (use reduced sodium)
1 can Cream of Broccoli soup (use reduced sodium)
1 Tbs. lemon juice
1 Tbs. garlic powder
2 Cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 bag (16 oz) croutons
non-stick cooking spray
350 degree oven
2-quart sauce pan
Medium sized mixing bowl
Wooden cutting board
9″ x 13″ casserole dish
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Place the frozen broccoli in a 2-quart sauce pan and cover it with hot water. This allows the broccoli to thaw as you prepare the other casserole layers.
Rub the chicken with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. Both sides should be evenly spiced. On your stove top warm the skillet over medium heat. Place the chicken with the smooth side down on the heated skillet. This makes it brown more evenly and is easier for turning. Let the chicken cook on one side for 5-7 minutes.
While the chicken is sizzling, use your rubber spatula to mix together the mayonnaise, cream of mushroom, cream of broccoli, cheese, lemon juice, garlic powder and pepper in a medium sized mixing bowl. Continue folding and stirring until the mixture is well-blended.
Using the metal spatula flip the chicken. Continue to let the chicken grill for another 5-7 minutes. As with any protein the less you touch it the more tender it will be in the end. So let it grill away in peace.
Now spray your 9″ x 13″ casserole dish with a non-stick cooking spray. Next add the bag of croutons to the mayonnaise mixture. I like a little bit more crunch to my casserole so I add the croutons just before I put the casserole together. (For softer croutons, add them to the mayonnaise mixture sooner.)
Remove the cooked chicken from the skillet and place on a wooden cutting board. Using your chef’s knife carefully slice the chicken into 1-inch cubes. Evenly spread the chicken across the bottom of your greased casserole dish.
Next strain the thawed broccoli. Evenly spread the broccoli over the chicken.
Now take your mayonnaise mixture and spread it on top of the broccoli and chicken. Use the remaining cup of sharp cheddar and sprinkle it evenly across the top of the divan.
Let the casserole bake in your 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and the edges are beginning to brown. Carefully remove the hot dish from the oven, serve alone or with your favorite sides and dig in.
Yumminess is only a casserole away!