Chicken Divan is a throwback recipe from my childhood. It was one of my favorite meals that my mom made. I’m not sure whether she’d remember where she got the recipe. In searching chicken divan on Google it seems to be from the back of a Campbell’s soup can. But no matter who authored it originally it is a recipe I credit to my mom.
It’s hard to beat your mom’s cooking isn’t it? I consider myself a pretty decent maker of pancakes but one of my daughter’s friends insists I have to try her mom’s recipe. On our first date my husband cooked his mom’s recipe for chicken tarragon for me. When asked his favorite pizza my son always responds, “My mom’s”. And if you ask my mom, HER mom was an excellent baker of pies that she still misses.
So I had to post this recipe for Chicken Divan because it’s mom’s cooking. Comfort food. Because among other things as we limp to the finish line of this election season I have been craving ALL the comfort food lately! What is one of your favorite recipes that YOUR mom used to make for you?
- 1 rotisserie chicken
- 3 c. broccoli florets
- 1 (10 oz.) can Campbell's cream of broccoli soup
- 1/2 c. mayonnaise
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 t. salt
- 2 c. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/3 Panko bread crumbs
- 2 T. butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place fresh broccoli florets in a microwave safe bowl with about 1/2 c. water. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and microwave for 8 minutes stirring halfway through cooking time. Drain the broccoli.
- Skin and shred the white and dark meat from the rotisserie chicken.
- In a large bowl mix together the shredded chicken, steamed broccoli, cream of broccoli soup, mayonnaise, lemon juice and one cup of the shredded cheese.
- Spray a baking dish with cooking spray and spread the chicken and broccoli mixture evenly in the pan.
- Top the chicken divan with the remaining one cup of cheddar cheese. Sprinkle the Panko bread crumbs evenly over the top and drizzle with the melted butter.
- Bake, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove cover and bake an additional 15 minutes.