Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Chicken Davenport

Chicken Divan ......port


 While going through the pantry on my daily quest of “what's for dinner”, slave came up with the idea of doing a take-off of a classic dish: Chicken Divan. Slave's version uses stuff you find in the pantry or can get at the store for around $1 each.

In other words a no-frills fancy budget cuisine for the fun of it. Has to be inexpensive, readily available and MUST taste fantastic. 

1 small “head” of broccoli (8-ounce) or frozen , thawed and chopped.
1 can 12 1/2oz chicken meat
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 Tbs mayonnaise
1 5oz. carton Greek style yogurt plain
1 pkg. Generic Mac & Cheese
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper
8oz fresh mushrooms
or 1 small jar bits and pieces mushrooms
½ cup finely minced onion
½ cup chopped celery
½ cup non-fat half and half
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan
½ cup soft bread crumbs
2 tablespoons butter, melted


Clean all vegetables in vinegar water bath.

Cut the stem on the broccoli as close to top as possible, then snap each “branch” down and put in pot and discard the stalk unless you want to make soup with it, then put it in a bag and freeze for latter.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a saute pan “sweat” the onions and celery bits. Sweating means not as hot a heat as frying, if it sizzles, it is too hot.

When onions turn transparent and limp, add drained chicken, mushrooms and broccoli. Cover and let warm while the pasta cooks.

If using frozen broccoli: Microwave on full power for 2 minutes, until thawed. Drain it well and add to pan along with drained contents from can of chicken meat.

In a large bowl: Mix the cheese powder into the half & half with lemon juice. Then combine with the condensed soup, mayonnaise, and yogurt. Whisk together to make a sauce. This can be heated over a low heat to blend the flavors but watch it so that it doesn't burn.

In large bowl: Place the cooked & drained pasta. Mix in the cooked chicken – broccoli then pour the sauce over with a slight fold.

Place the mixture into a 9 x 11-inch casserole dish that has been sprayed with vegetable oil cooking spray

Combine the Parmesan, bread crumbs and butter and sprinkle over the top. Bake for about 30 to 45 minutes.


Happy to Serve this to Master Indy

To satisfy and restore. 
To nourish, support and maintain. 
To gratify, spoil, 
comfort and please, 
to nurture, assist, and sustain
 …..I cook!

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