Sunday, April 7, 2013

Chicken Divan #SundaySupper #BudgetFriendly

For Sunday Supper this week we are sharing Budget Friendly dishes.  Chicken Divan is one of my favorite dishes for several reasons.  I grew up eating this dish but we did not know it by this fancy name.  We called it Chicken and Broccoli with Miracle Whip.  I was a kid of the 70s/80s and Miracle Whip was a big deal at our house.  In fact it was an us against them issue often: the mayonnaise lovers against the Miracle Whip die hards.  

The issue was constant, especially when it came time to make tuna fish, sandwiches of any kind or casseroles.

I kind of got off track...oops!

The other reason this dish is a favorite is because I can easily use up the extra chicken from a previous meal and the extra crown of broccoli I always over buy.  It never fails. I know that my family will eat one crown but I always buy two.  Someday I will learn.

I have to be honest and get this off my chest.  Orange cheese and yellow curry sauce do not photograph well. I have tried on numerous occasions with this casserole and have been a bit disappointed with the results.  Today I am just going for it and hoping that you can see beyond the "color" scare that is staring back you in the pictures.

I know that someone will ask me if they can substitute something else for the Miracle Whip.  I am going to say no if you want it to taste like mine.  I have tried.  I have tried in the past to make something that tasted similar and not use the Miracle Whip.  It just is not the same.  If you have any suggestions that have worked for you, I would love to hear them.

You will notice that I make my own creamy "soup" mix instead of using the standard 2 cans of cream of chicken soup.  This is a personal preference and you can make the switch if you don't want to try the homemade version.  Please do what is easiest for you and your family.

The recipes that we are sharing for Sunday Supper can be found at the end of this post along with some information about a conference that is being held in July.  It will be our first gathering with lots of speakers and fun!  Check out the link.

Recipe:  Chicken Divan

2 cans of Cream of Chicken Soup or recipe for Creamy soup (recipe below)
3 medium sized chicken breast, cooked and diced
1 large crown of broccoli, steamed
1 cup of Miracle Whip
pinch of salt
3 teaspoons of lemon juice
1 tablespoon of yellow Curry powder
1 cup of cheddar cheese, shredded

Recipe for Creamy Chicken Soup
Makes about 2 cups

1/4 cup of butter
1/4 cup of flour or rice flour
1 cup of whole milk
1 cup of chicken broth

Melt Butter, add flour.  Cook for one minute.  Add milk and broth.  Cook and stir until thickened.

Remove from stove and let cool.  Use this whole recipe in the Chicken Divan recipe.

Store in fridge for one week.

To make Casserole:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a 9X13 baking dish or equivalent, add cooked chicken pieces.  Add broccoli florets.

In a medium size bowl combine soup (canned or homemade), lemon juice, Miracle Whip, pinch of salt and curry powder.  Stir well.

Add the sauce to the top of the broccoli.

Top the casserole with shredded cheese.

If you would like to add a breadcrumb or panko topping you may.  Take 1/2 cup panko or bread crumbs and combine with 2 teaspoons of butter. Sprinkle over shredded cheese.

Bake casserole for 30 minutes.  Remove and serve.  Sometimes we serve this with rice.

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  1. The colors of cheese certainly catch my eye, Sherron. And your recipe whets my appetite...Although I love my Japanese mayonnaise, I'm open to Miracle Whip. Especially if it's going to produce a divine Simply Gourmet Chicken Divan!

  2. I completely understand those meals you want to share, but don't photograph well. It sounds delicious and I love that you used homemade cream of chicken soup

  3. And I'm a mayo gal. It's so funny how people are either Miracle Whip or mayo. Anyway, I like the bright color of your dish. It certainly catches the eye. Lots better than brown food.

  4. Yummy, creamy, and delicious? Sign me up!

  5. What a wonderful chicken dish! It looks so creamy and delicious!

  6. I love that you make your own creamy soup mixture instead of using canned. I need to make more casseroles... great inspiration!

  7. I can relate to the challenge of a dish not photographing well...It does look fantastic :)

    This sounds and looks like a wonderful recipe! Thank you so much for sharing ~ Bea @ The Not So Cheesy Kitchen

  8. Ok I've seen this recipe several times and I keep saying I'm going to make it but this time I really am! It sounds totally like my type of meal.

  9. What a fun post! And yes... Miracle Whip lovers unite! ;-) Thanks for this awesome recipe, this is going on my list ASAP to try!!!

  10. Easy, delicious and budget friendly! Love it!!

  11. You can't lose with chicken and broccoli!

  12. I too prefer to make a quick home made soup instead of cans. I actually don't like either mayo or miracle whip but hubby loves both of them and I have heard that it does wonderful things to chicken dishes so I think I might give this a try.

  13. I haven't made Chicken Divan in so long - thanks for the recipe, I'm inspired! :)

  14. So THAT'S what Chicken Divan is!

  15. Mmmm...this looks yummy! Any dish that puts broccoli and cheese together is automatically good :)

  16. Oh yeah, I'm a mayo person - which is probably why I've never tried this!

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  20. Sharon, I love that someone else has a Miracle Whip vs. Mayonnaise war. My mother only bought Miracle Whip and would never fess up that there was another spread. I'd go to someone else's house and really wonder why their sandwiches tasted better than the ones at my house!! My mom's mom would only buy mayonnaise! So, it was my mother's little act of rebellion. The recipe looks amazing. Can't wait to try!

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