Chicken Divan....CASSEROLE


Did she say "casserole"?

Isn't a lasagne really a CASSEROLE? Isn't macaroni & cheese a CASSEROLE?

Anything baked with more than 4 ingredients layered in a baking dish is a casserole, you just didn't realize it because it has a fancy name.

Casseroles are homey, comforting and wonderful (well, not all of them).

They make us feel good and take us back to our youth.
They are great to serve a large group and a good way to use up leftovers, and I think they must have been invented in the 1950's.

Chicken Divan is a chicken & broccoli casserole. It was first created at the Divan Parisien restaurant in New York City. It consists of sliced chicken breast, spears of fresh cooked broccoli, covered with sauce Mornay and baked until the top is golden brown.

I recently had this at a baby shower and I loved it.
I asked the hostess what was in it, and she told me cream of celery soup.

Are you scared yet?

I made it, I ate it, I loved it, and I got over myself.
There, it's out.

This is comfort food at its best.

Chicken Divan:

2 cups of shredded cooked chicken breast (I cooked a 3lb. chicken in a pot and shredded the meat, I also got a great pot of chicken soup out of the deal!)

1 head fresh broccoli, cut into florets & steamed
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp curry powder
1 can of chicken broth (her recipe called for cream of celery soup, but I just couldn't do it)
2 cups Cheddar cheese
1 cup breadcrumbs (I used panko for an updated version)
4 tablespoons melted butter

Grease a 9 x 13 casserole dish.

Layer cooked broccoli on the bottom, then layer with the chicken.

Whisk mayo, broth and curry powder in a bowl and pour over chicken.

Top with the cheese and panko breadcrumbs. Drizzle the melted butter over the breadcrumbs.
Bake at 350F until bubbly. About 40 minutes.

Let rest 15 minutes before diving into this!

This was definitely a crowd pleaser!


Ciao Chow Linda said…
You are so funny. I remember making this back in the 70s when I was first married. You're bringing back memories Stacey.
Steve said…
I'm in. Much easier (and a bit different) from mine. I'm with you, however, on the soup. Nice crispy topping. Steve
I've always loved this dish. Mine calls for cream of chicken soup and quite a lot of freshly squeezed lemon juice added to the mayo. Yours looks like a nice variation and I know it was delicious if you made it. xo, Rosemary
I use to make this back in my youth when I first got married like Linda, it was a very popular dish. I like your updated version much better with the curry, panko and minus the Campbell's!
kat said…
I love a good casserole, or hotdish as we call it up here. I've even started making my own creamed soups to use in them.
The JR said…
I have to use the fancy names. If I call it lasagna or a casserole, then hubby turns up his nose.

It looks fantastic and love all the ingredients in it.
Lori Lynn said…
Who wouldn't love this?

Cream of Celery used to be my favorite as a kid. I think I might make it from scratch. Thanks for the inspiration, as always.
Maria said…
I am not a casserole fan, but you may have me sold on this one:)
George Gaston said…
Stacey, not long ago, I wrote a long post about casserole and I think my main point was "lets keep casseroles alive & new". You have done just that with this divine chicken divan casserole.

It looks like comfort food at its best!
Anonymous said…
So glad you made it without the cream of soup. I have avoided this becasue of the mystery can of glop! Now you have given me a fix!
Nancy said…
So funny - I was just thinking what could I do with leftover roasted chicken and dreaming of this casserole - which I haven't made in ages. It's what's for dinner! Thanks for the recipe - I don't have to hunt it down.
StaceyEsq said…
You copped to canned soup in a recipe?! If the next post requires something to be slow cooked in a crock pot, we're all going to know your blog was hacked and ghostwritten by Sandra Lee!
StaceyEsq said…
Clarification: Yes, I realize you didn't actually USE canned soup -- but you DID say you enjoyed eating the casserole at the baby shower, and that was made with canned soup! Besides, when I try this recipe, I'm going with Campbell's. : )
Dewi said…
I have never had this, sound pretty tempting. Maybe this is a good way to introduce broccoli the kid. I am sending this recipe to my sister who is living overseas right now. She has 2 kids, they love broccoli, but only if it is quickly blanch and still very crunchy. My sister need to let them know that cook broccoli can be good too.
dm said…
When I was a meat eater I made this alot. In fact I made it for a cousin and her husband when they came for a visit. They loved it but I had to cringe when the husband (an Aussie) poured ketchup over it.

Now that I'm a veggie I can substitute Quorn chunks for the chicken.
gbillson said…
so HAPPY I accidentally landed on your blog- you are inspiring and motivating for me in the kitchen~
I cannot wait to try this recipe..I LOVE casseroles-

I am Hispanic and grew up eating Mexican dishes for every meal 3x/day and so I was always fascinated when I stayed the night at my friends' homes and their mom's made casseroles...LOVE IT!
Foodiewife said…
You are too funny. I've fallen into a (bad) habit of dismissing anything made from canned soups. In secret, I do like them. LOL on the "you got over yourself". Still, if I can figure out how to make it from scratch, I'm always open to it. i would have loved this, too. Casseroles are good, as long as I don't think of the calories.