Thursday, November 1, 2012

Chicken Divan


3/4 cup milk
4 oz. cream cheese, cubed
1 box broccoli, thawed
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
French fried onions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Heat milk and cream cheese over low heat, stirring until melted and smooth.  Place broccoli in 10 x 6 baking dish sprayed with non-stick spray.  Top with 1/2 cup cheese and chicken.  Pour cream sauce over chicken.  Bake 25 minutes.  Remove from oven and top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and sprinkle with French fried onions.  Bake another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.  Serves 6

Comments:  I found a recipe for Chicken Divan in a Philadelphia Cream Cheese cookbook dated 1981.  It was sounded so simple to make that I couldn't pass it by.  I did make a few changes.  I increased the cream cheese, left out the Worcestershire sauce, used uncooked broccoli and added the French fried onions.  This dish is delicious!  And its even better the next day, if that's possible.  If you're a broccoli lover, increase the amount and if you want to try adding the Worcestershire sauce, the original recipe called for 1/2 tsp.  If you aren't a French fried onion lover, use Panko instead to give it that little crunch on top.
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