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Chicken Divan

 

In the Rare Bits : Unusual Origins of Popular... cookbook, 
Patricia Stevens explains the origin of Chicken Divan. 
The original dish takes its name from the Divan Parisienne in New York. 
Although the restaurant is gone, this dish continues to please families everywhere 
in various forms. It  is easy-to-make for company
and you can
serve the delicious creamy chicken and broccoli over rice. 

 

This is one of our favorites.

 

 

Chicken Filling


3 pounds chicken breast

1 medium yellow onion, sliced

3 carrots, unpeeled and sliced

2 bay leaves

2 cups sliced celery

 

4 cups fresh broccoli florets

 

Creamy Sauce


2 (10 3/4 ounce) cans cream of celery soup

1 1/2 cups mayonnaise

1 tablespoon mild curry powder

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground Tellicherry peppercorns

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

 

Topping


2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

 

Rice


2 cups long-grain rice

4 cups water

 

 

1.  Set out a 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish.


2.  Place chicken breast, onion, carrots, bay leaves and celery in a large stock pot.

     Cover with water and cook over high heat until water comes to a boil.

     Reduce heat to medium and then cook just until chicken is no longer pink

     inside. Remove chicken and discard vegetables and stock or save for making

     a soup recipe.


3.  Place broccoli in a large saucepan and cover with water. Cook over medium

     just until broccoli is tender but still bright green.


4.  Cut chicken up into bite size pieces for casserole. Place in baking dish.


5.  Top with broccoli.


6.  In a large bowl, mix the celery soup, mayonnaise, curry powder, pepper

     and garlic salt. Stir until well blended, then spread over chicken and broccoli.


7.  Top with cheddar cheese.


8.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. In the meantime, 
     make rice in your rice cooker or in a saucepan 

     according to package directions.

     

     Makes 6-8 servings over rice

 

 

 

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