Saturday, March 31, 2012

Chicken Divan

Spring is here which means the craziness of baseball and softball season. Specifically it means that this mom is running kids around from practice to practice. All this running around means I need some quick make ahead meals that I can stick into the oven to bake while we are at practice. A lot of times that means some type of casserole but casseroles are hard to make PINK friendly. One of my favorite casseroles to make is Chicken Divan which is a chicken and broccoli casserole covered in a creamy sauce. I know not healthy, especially the sauce made of cream of mushroom soup and a ton of mayonnaise.  I set out to recreate this casserole and PINKify it. As far as the results, my husband came home late and heated up some dinner and without being told what it was, knew what I was trying to recreate and said it was really good. While not as creamy and decadent as the original, it is something we will be eating again.

Chicken Divan
8 ounces cubed chicken
3-4 chopped mushrooms
4 cups chopped broccoli
1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
3/4 cup plain almond milk
1 tsp curry powder
1/2 tbsp arrowroot powder
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
dash of salt and pepper
2 tbsp. Almonds (optional, I like to use slivered almonds but I didn't have any so I ended up using some almond meal)

Brown the chicken in a pan misted with olive oil.

While the chicken is browning, chop your mushrooms and broccoli.
When the chicken is brown, remove the chicken from the pan and add in the chopped mushrooms. Saute until the mushrooms start to release their liquid then add in the chicken broth and continue to cook the mushrooms until the liquid reduces slightly.
Mix the almond milk, arrowroot powder, garlic and curry in a bowl, stir until combined.
Add in the milk/curry mixture to the mushroom mixture, cook until it thickens slightly.

When thickened, turn off the heat and add in the Greek Yogurt. Stir until the yogurt melts into the sauce. Taste sauce and season with salt and pepper if you feel it needs it.
Add your chicken and broccoli into a baking dish, pour over sauce over the broccoli/chicken and stir to combine.
Sprinkle almonds over the broccoli and bake at 375 degrees until the broccoli is tender. I baked mine for about 35 minutes, the broccoli was soft but not mushy, just how I like it but if you like softer broccoli, cook for longer.
This would be really good served over brown rice or quinoa!

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