Posted by: shelleyjo's life beat | November 6, 2008

Shelley’s Chicken Divan

Shelley’s Chicken Divan serves: 6-8 people

Ingredients:
– 1 bunch broccoli, cut up
    or 1 (16 oz.) package frozen
    broccoli or broccoli/cauliflower
– 2-3 chicken breasts
– 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated

Sauce ingredients:
1. – 1 can cream of celery soup
2. – 1 cup mayonnaise
3. – 3 tsp. curry powder
4. -1 1/2 cups chicken broth
5. -1 tsp. lemon juice
 
Crumb Topping Ingredients:
 1. – 2 TBS. margarine, melted

 2. – 1 cup bread crumbs, dry

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Preparation:
Steam broccoli for 10 minutes.

Par boil chicken in enough water to cover breasts; remove breasts to plate, reserving broth.

Cool, De-bone and cut breasts into large chunks.

Place broccoli in bottom of a greased or Pam sprayed 10″ x 6″ baking dish.

Place chicken pieces over broccoli cuts.

Sauce:
(Note: the sauce ingredients may be halved and still have plenty. See note below for amounts needed.)

Combine soup, mayonnaise, curry powder, (reserved) chicken broth, and lemon juice. Mix well.
Pour sauce evenly over chicken layer.
Sprinkle cheese evenly over sauce.

Crumb Topping:
Melt margarine and combine with crumbs.
Sprinkle crumb topping evenly over cheese layer.

Bake, uncovered in preheated, 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Remove from oven when center is bubbly and heated through.

Let stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.
If you use the entire sauce quantity, then you may need to use an 11″ x 7″ baking dish.

Serving suggestion:
It will be very saucy, and the sauce is great over steamed rice, noodles or boiled potatoes.
I cook the rice in the leftover chicken broth from the cooking of the breasts, lemon pepper and fluff with parsley. I love to serve chilled fruit or fruit salad with this, also. It is a refreshing compliment to the sauce.

Yummy!

To halve the sauce recipe, use:
1/2 can cream soup
1/2 c. mayonnaise
1 1/2 tsp. curry powder
3/4 c. chicken broth
1/2 tsp. lemon juice

This is one of Gene’s favorite meals, and he HATES broccoli!

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