Recipe: Chicken Divan

Finally, the real thing: Chicken Divan. Apparently, I’d copied down the wrong recipe from my mom and had been making some crude imitation. I’d thought it wasn’t as good as I’d remembered.

But this tasted right. Serve with or over rice.

  • 16 oz. frozen broccoli
  • 1/4 c. butter
  • 1/3 c. flour
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1 c. light cream or milk
  • 1 c. chicken broth
  • 1/4 c. dry white wine
  • 1/3 c. Swiss cheese
  • 10 oz. sliced cooked chicken
  • 1/4 c. Parmesan
  • Paprika

Cook broccoli and arrange in 12×7 baking dish. For sauce, in a saucepan melt butter; stir in flour, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Add cream and chicken broth all at once. Cook and stir until bubbly; continue cooking 1 to 2 minutes more. Stir in wine. Add Swiss cheese; stir until melted. Pour half of the sauce over broccoli. Top with chicken. Pour remaining sauce over all. Sprinkle on Parmesan and paprika. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until heated through. Broil 3 or 4 inches from heat for 1 to 2 minutes until golden. Serves 6.

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