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A Dish to Share
post by Lunches + Littles
This time of year always makes me think just a little more about family, love, and of course thankfulness. And November, perhaps more than any other month, always has me looking for opportunities to share and help others around me, in both big and small ways. This probably comes as no surprise, but one of my favorite ways to love on people is through food. Preparing and hosting; sharing a meal with others in our home, or preparing a meal for someone else to enjoy in their own home, are both simple acts that I find a great deal of joy in. And, now that the weather is changing, I’m particularly excited to start cooking up some of my favorite warm and comforting meals for both my family and others.
This Chicken Divan recipe is a simple one that was actually shared with me for the first time over ten years ago. My best friend introduced me to this dish and, well, it was love at first taste! After eating this meal a few times in her home with her family, she shared the recipe with me so I could re-create it myself down the road, in a home with a family of my own. And, that is exactly what I’ve done. This Cheesy Chicken Divan is a dish I share with my own family and occasionally prepare and bring to others who could just use a nice, hot meal, without all the fuss. See the full recipe below, and if you do choose to make this delicious dish, try doubling the recipe to make two; one for you and one to share. Kindness doesn’t belong to a certain month, but November is the perfect month to spread some extra love and help to others around us, and sometimes a meal brought to a busy mama, a sick family member, or a family who just welcomed a new baby, etc. really is the perfect gift (also great for potlucks, Holiday gatherings, etc.)
WHAT YOU NEED:
+ 2 bunches of fresh broccoli (steamed), 4-5 chicken breasts (cooked and cut into bite size pieces), 2 (small/ regular) cans Cream of Chicken Soup, 2/3 cup mayonnaise or Miracle Whip, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, 6-8 slices of thick bread or rolls if you prefer (buttered and cut into small pieces), 1 additional tbsp butter, and salt and pepper
HOW YOU MAKE IT:
+ *Please note: these directions assume you have already prepped chicken, broccoli, and cheese as stated in ingredient list above.
+ Preheat oven to 350°F and then prepare your pan by buttering it on bottom and along the sides. Then, set aside.
+ Next, in a large bowl combine the following: soup, mayonnaise or Miracle Whip and lemon juice. Still until well-combined.
+ Then, place broccoli in pan and even out so that it covers the entire bottom.
+ Next, top the broccoli with your chicken pieces. Again, even them out to ensure that they are spread evenly across the bottom. I usually sprinkle a little salt and pepper on the chicken at this point too. + Sprinkle with cheese, ensuring even coverage.
+ Then lastly, take buttered bread pieces and place them on top of cheese, working from one side of the pan to the other.
+ Bake for approximately 40 minutes, until bread on top is lightly browned and cheese is bubbly. + Remove from oven, allow to slightly cool and serve immediately!
+ *If making this dish for someone who may not be eating it immediately, prepare as stated above, but do not add bread topping. Instead, you could just bring the bread cubes in a bag for them to top dish with when they are ready to cook/ eat it.
Share love and kindness this season… Food too! This dish was made for sharing and it is an easy one to make and bring to someone who could use a little break in the kitchen, etc. And be sure to let your little one who helped in the kitchen, help you with the food delivery. Teaching children at a young age about kindness and gratitude is so important, and it is truly never too early to start! Happy November!
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