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Chicken Broccoli Casserole (Chicken Divan)


One of my favorite dinners is chicken broccoli casserole, also known as chicken divan.  Layers of broccoli, chicken, the most creamy, cheesy delicious sauce and then crunchy stuffing on the top make this dinner a treat!  My mum used to make this all the time when we were growing up so this is a handed down recipe that takes me back to my childhood.  There is something about hot, melted, creamy cheese over anything just makes my mouth happy.  Also, putting broccoli in it makes you feel like you served up something somewhat healthy, (but no-one complains because it's drenched in cheese.)

A couple of suggested shortcuts to make cooking dinner even easier:  

I love to use the meat off a rotisserie chicken to make this dinner come together even faster than it is, (but if I don't have that, I will season 2-3 good size chicken breasts with some salt and pepper, cut them in to cubes and then cook them until they just start to brown in a frying pan.)  

For the broccoli I usually just buy a bag of pre-cut fresh broccoli florets, (not frozen, it's not as nice), so use that shortcut to save chopping time.  

I have adapted the recipe to include double the topping from what my mom used to serve because it's our favorite part, so feel free to do one box of stuffing or 1-1/2 cups breadcrumbs or crackers with 3 Tbsp butter instead if you don't want as much crunchy goodness on there.  It works just great that way too. 

Ingredients:
12-16 oz fresh broccoli (cooked in boiling water for 1 minute, then submerged in iced water and drained)
2-3 chicken breasts, seasoned, cooked and cubed, (or use the meat off a a rotisserie chicken - my fav) 
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup mayo
1/2 cup sour cream
2 cups sharp cheese, shredded
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp curry powder
6 Tbsp butter, melted
2 boxes of dry chicken Stove Top stuffing mix, (or sub 2-3 cups panko breadcrumbs or crumbled Ritz crackers)

Preheat oven to 350.  Lightly spray a 9x13 casserole dish with non-stick spray.  Place cooked, drained broccoli in casserole dish, and then layer the cooked chicken on top.  Mix the cream of chicken, mayo, sour cream, sharp cheese, lemon juice and curry powder together and spoon then spread that mixture on top of the broccoli and chicken.  

Toss the melted butter with the dry stuffing mix, (or breadcrumbs or Ritz cracker crumbs.)  Sprinkle it all over the casserole.  Bake uncovered at 350 for 45 mins then serve!  

Photos updated March 2021




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