Make-ahead Chicken Broccoli Divan

I don’t post a lot of recipes on here because I don’t cook very adventurous meals. In fact, it seems most of my recipes are desserts or bread-related items (that’s where I tend to shine).

But I’ve been meaning to share this one because it’s one of my favourites. My mother-in-law made this many times and I loved, loved, loved it but never thought I’d be able to make it myself — despite her insistence that it was easy. When I finally tried it, I realized she was right. IT IS EASY. Easy enough that I can make it, and that says a lot.

What I really love about it is that you can make the whole thing in advance and stick it in the fridge until you’re ready to cook it. I am ALL ABOUT making dinner early and then not having to do much at 4 p.m. when I’m still drowning in work and everyone is cranky (mainly me).

So here we go …

Make-ahead Chicken Broccoli Divan

Start by dumping a bunch of steamed broccoli (and cauliflower, if you’d like) into a casserole dish sprayed with oil. (All classy recipes include the word “dumping,” right?)

Add a bunch of cooked boneless chicken chunks. (The recipe calls for three breasts, but I have used more and I have used less. I’m not so good with the recipe-following.)

Pour “the sauce” over the top, which is the following all mixed together …

  • 1 can Cream of Chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup of chicken broth (this is roughly half the can, so I’ll freeze the remaining half in a baggie to use the next time I make this)
  • 1 tsp. curry powder (this recipe = the only reason I own curry because I’m lame)
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice

Cover the top with 1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Cover the whole shebang in plastic wrap and stick it in the fridge until you’re ready to cook it, or …

Bake it uncovered at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes until the cheese is golden and bubbly. (Really, you’re just warming it up and melting the cheese because the chicken and the veggies are already cooked.)

It’s super delicious served over rice, and then you’ve got a complete meal — meat, veggies, carbs — in no time at all. Plus CHEESE, which makes everything better.

Let me know if you try it!


Non-dinner, carb-heavy recipes you might like … 

Best-ever banana chocolate-chip muffins

No-knead, four-ingredient bread

Chocolate brownies + frosting

Insanely good vanilla buttercream frosting

Our go-to pancake recipe

Homemade chocolate crack candy

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