During a recent family get-together, my aunt Eileen shared her great recipe for chicken divan. This is a perfect casserole for using up leftovers – it can be prepared with either chicken or turkey, the latter being a great dish for the day after Thanksgiving! This is a family recipe, so the preparation is very much “To taste” and amounts adaptable to what you have on hand.
Aunt Eileen’s Chicken Divan
Broccoli – fresh or 1 bag frozen
Leftover chicken or turkey
Cheese (To taste)
Toasted breadcrumbs – about 1/4 cup of crushed crackers, browned with 1 tablespoon butter
Mayonnaise – about 1/2 cup
1 can Cream of Chicken soup
1/2 tsp lemon juice
Layer broccoli in a microwave-safe casserole dish for about 4 minutes to soften. Take dish out of microwave, and layer leftover chicken on top of broccoli.
In a separate bowl, mix mayonnaise, soup, and lemon juice. Spread mixture on top of chicken and broccoli. Cover with a generous amount of cheese (As desired).
On a cutting board, crush up crackers with a rolling pin, then brown in pan with butter. Sprinkle on top of casserole, and bake at 350 until done – about 20-30 minutes.
Serve with rice.