Don’t be a Chicken
This was the first meal that I was afraid I might not like. I was wrong.
The reason for my concern can best be summed up in one green, cruciferous word: Broccoli. I am not a fan of broccoli and in fact my acceptance of green food in general has been a slow and stubborn process. I think I was scarred early in life by limp overcooked broccoli and an abundance of mushy brussel sprouts. Late in life I have come to accept and even enjoy some green things. Why just today I was trying to convince Kira that the mold on some bread was probably not going to kill us. Really though, how bad could a little mold be – it can’t taste worse than brussel sprouts.
I digress. The Chicken Divan called for 40 oz of broccoli along with the chicken, cheese , bread crumbs and creamy Campbell’s sponsored chicken-based sauce. I probably put in about 10 – 15 oz. I just couldn’t bring myself to add more broccoli than chicken. We had my BIL and SIL over for dinner tonight to help us eat all the food and they were of the opinion that more broccoli would have been a good thing. I thought it was just enough and Kira graciously agreed with me. Either way the dish turned out to be quite delicious. Much like the Chicken and Noodles dish I made a few weeks ago the thing that made this dish for me was the addition of the spices. The recipe called for a teaspoon of homemade curry powder and a scant amount of cayenne. It gave the sauce a slight zip, but it was not really hot.
Chicken Divan was one of the simpler meals I’ve cooked so far. There were two sub-recipes, but one was mayonnaise which I almost have memorized and the other was the curry which was just plain fun to make. It didn’t present very well after being scooped into the bowls, but that did not hurt the flavor.
Recipe #42: 1960’s-style Chicken Divan
Damn Good Food Quote of the Day: The original recipe for this dish came from Better Homes and Gardens, but over the years and decades, mom has continued to amend and refine the recipe.
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