How Can It Be So Easy Chicken Divan

The phone rings at 5:00 and it’s your husband informing you that his sales team is coming home for dinner. They are in town for this last evening, and this is the only opening they have available.

Your mouth starts foaming, your hands sweat profusely, and the thought of getting the house in order, let alone feeding company, leaves you numb. But then, a glimmer of sunlight peeks through your dark clouds as you remember this Easy Chicken Divan recipe that you pinned. A slight calm takes control and a sigh of relief is expelled knowing that this meal will be whipped up in minutes, taste like you slaved all day and the presentation – restaurant style.

Yes, you can now focus on picking up the house and brainstorming retaliation.

This scenario is completely fiction. My husband would have total faith that a great meal could be pulled together in that amount of time, but the house? Hmm, that’s another matter all together.

With an amazing recipe like this, why wait for special guests? Who better to make it for than the best company of all – your sweet family.

I’m a sucker for a rich, creamy sauce and yes, homemade tops the list, but too often that’s not a reality.

No one will ever guess that you used canned soup if you don’t tell them. (Shh, our little secret. Pinky promise.)

Part of my 10 minute dinner manifesto demands that I keep certain products stockpiled at all times. Chicken, frozen veggies and canned soup are definitely part of that list, and when you have a well stocked pantry, creating these masterpieces on a limited schedule is so very manageable.

Won’t you join me?

Pamper your family tonight with this classic. Don’t forget to light the candles!

10 Minute Tips:

Part of working quickly in the kitchen is by learning to work with what you have. If you’re looking at what to make for dinner, don’t glance at a list of ingredients and cross a recipe of your list if you don’t have them all on hand.

Use what you have. Most of the time, you can improvise.

For instance, take this Easy Chicken Divan.

The only packages of broccoli that I had stocked in my freezer were a combination of spears, crowns and crowns mixed with cheese, so I used what I had on hand.  I also mixed the kinds of soups that I used, and went with low fat to help the calorie count, but even if I was short one can of soup, I would probably add a bit of cream cheese or sour cream to the mixture as a substitute.

Since this meal was for my kids,  I didn’t want to take the time to crush up my breadcrumbs, so I didn’t, plus I left off the extra butter, again calorie count. It still tasted amazing, but I’d surely do those steps for company.

If you don’t have breadcrumbs on hand, scour your pantry. Do you have crackers or potato chips? Those both make great substitutions in a pinch.

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  1. Why do you precook the broccoli if it bakes for 40 minutes? See like that would over cook the borccoli? I’m anxious to try this recipe. It looks so yummy!

    • Anna- I make a similar recipe like this and I never precook the broccoli— it is fine for 40 minutes in the oven. I love this with baby broccoli florets. I also usually make it without melting the sauce (though that does sound better) I mix the soup, mayo and curry, and then mix that in w the broccoli and chicken. Then I top with shredded cheese. I do think melting the shredded cheese into the sauce would be nice, but I never make it that way. Will have to try it next time!
      If you do just top with cheese and don’t melt, then cover the dish with foil so the cheese doesn’t brown.

      And don’t be shy with the curry…. I do a a whole tablespoon and it is delicious!

      I also started cutting my chicken into smaller pieces to make this an easier kid dish. My children all love this ! We serve it over rice.

      • Thanks for replying to that. I missed her question.
        Yep, you don’t have to precook it. I think it’s just a texture thing, but that does eliminate one more step. :) Since I used the frozen bags of broccoli that come right in the steamer bag, I just threw that in without it being fully cooked. :)

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