The Wooden Spoon Recipe: Chicken Broccoli Divan

(Always read the recipe twice, assemble, and prepare your ingredients before you begin to cook)

4 cups cooked broccoli florets
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
1 can (10 ½ oz.) condensed cream of chicken soup
1/3 cup milk
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 tbsp. plain dry bread crumbs
1 tbsp. butter, melted

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  • Place broccoli and chicken into a 9” pie plate
  • Combine the soup and milk with a whisk to blend
  • Pour the mixture over the broccoli and chicken
  • Sprinkle with the shredded cheese and set aside
  • Combine the bread crumbs and butter
  • Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over the cheese
  • Bake 20 minutes or until hot
  • Serves 4 – serve with a salad and biscuits

NOTES:

  • means a teaspoon and tbsp. means tablespoon – always use a measuring spoon not a piece of silverware
  • Canned soups are generally economical, and they can add richness to otherwise bland dishes. Cream soups, especially cream of chicken and cream of mushroom are especially versatile because of their flavors and consistency.  By mixing a can of undiluted cream soup with a few other ingredients, you can make a quick yet rich sauce that pairs well with poultry, fish, pasta and other dishes for a satisfying meal.  Because of a more health conscious society, many soup manufacturing companies now offer soups containing 25% less sodium as well as 98% fat free soups so there are many varieties to choose from today.

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Carol was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Jefferson Township with her husband in 1976. She initially joined the Garden Club of Milton, eventually serving as President. She was a co-founder of the ABC Mothers Group, active in the local PTAs, Girl Scouts, and Cub Scouts. She worked for AIM Newspapers as a reporter and eventually became its Editor. Currently, she is President of the Jefferson Arts Committee and the Recreation Program Coordinator in the Jefferson Township Recreation Department. She can be reached at carol.punturieri@thejeffersonchronicle.com.

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