Chicken Divan

I tend to forget about this recipe…but when I do pull it out, it’s always a favourite!

Sadly, last night we had a “goodbye” dinner with a good friend. Unfortunately, her partner is in the army and they are being re-posted!  This is the problem with living near an army base – making friends who are only around for 2 years.  But we are excited for her as she’s starting the next part of her adventure – but we’ll miss her.

We thought to make it simple, so no one was stuck in the kitchen all night instead of chatting, we’d each just bring a part of dinner and come with it already prepared. Since I’m off on a Monday I volunteered to do the main course. So I pulled out this handy recipe! Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture as we were in a bit of rush, and then when we go there it didn’t last very long before I had an empty pan! Next time, I’ll remember to take the time to snap up a picture!

This is a recipe I’ve learned from my mom. I can’t actually find the original recipe anymore…so this may not be exactly as she makes it, but close enough and it still tastes delicious!

Chicken Divan

Ingredients

-1kg Chicken Breasts, chopped into bite sized pieces
-1 Package frozen broccoli
-1 Can of Cream Soup (Chicken, Broccoli, Mushroom, Broccoli & Stilton, etc)
-1 Soup Can of Milk
-Cheese, Grated
-2 cups Bread Crumbs
-2 Tbsp Butter, melted

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 450F.
2. Cook chicken in a frying pan
3. Once cooked, put the chicken and frozen broccoli into a large oven safe dish. Make sure they are fairly evenly distributed.
4. Mix together Soup and Milk then add over the chicken and broccoli
5. Put grated cheese over the top (however much or little you like)
6. Mix the melted butter and the bread crumbs. Then add over the top of the dish.
7. Put into the oven for about 25 minutes – Done!

Notes

-I’ve only ever made this with Cream of Chicken or Broccoli & Stilton soup, but I’ve seen other recipes using other ones. As long as it’s a cream based soup, it will go fine!
-You can make your own bread crumbs…even if you’ve forgotten to leave them out long enough to harden up…by taking a few slices of bread and breaking it up and leaving it out for a few hours and/or pop into a slightly heated oven. When ready to use, pull them apart even more then add the butter. The cooking process will make them crispy!

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