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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Chicken Divan: Creamy, Dairy-free Deliciousness

This dish provided a  huge breakthrough for my veggie-resistant picky, dairy-free son.  The broccoli is very tender, the sauce is very creamy and it is all very yummy.  Alas, it does require a ridiculous number of steps and way too many pots and pans. 

We typically serve this dish over rice. 

Chicken Divan
1 lb chicken breasts
1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
1/8-1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8-1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/2lb - 1 lb fresh broccoli (we go heavy on the broccoli)
Chicken Sauce (see below)
Milk-Free Bread Crumbs 
Italian seasoning (to taste)
Paprika (to taste)

1) Begin rice if you wish to serve this over rice.

2) Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

3)  Steam broccoli.  (We do this in a double boiler). 

4)  Cut chicken breasts into 1 inch cubes.  Sauté in a little olive oil over medium heat.  Season with garlic and onion powder (I just sprinkle this willy-nilly, so I'm guessing on the measurements).

5)  Prepare Chicken Sauce (see below).  

6)   Assemble the dish:  Arrange broccoli in an 8 x 11 inch casserole dish and pour half of the Chicken Sauce over it.  Cover with chicken pieces.  Pour remaining sauce over chicken and top with a heavy sprinkling of breadcrumbs.  Sprinkle breadcrumbs with paprika and Italian herb seasoning.   

7)  Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.   

Yield: 4 servings

Chicken Sauce
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons flour
2 Cups chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste
1 egg yolk
2 Tablespoon sherry

1)  Heat the olive oil in a saucepan and add flour.  Blend well.   

2)  Slowly pour in 2 cups chicken broth.  Add salt and pepper, stirring constantly.   

3)  When the mixture boils, spoon out 2 tablespoons of the broth mixture and whisk with the egg yolk.  Add the egg mixture to the broth mixture and stir constantly until well blended.  

4)   Add the sherry and cook on low heat, stirring constantly for 10 minutes.

Convinced your kids that broccoli is okay?  Check out this spin on a kid-friendly nugget:  Broccoli Beef Bites.  

This post shared at Allergy Free Wednesdays.


  1. On the menu for next week, pinned! thanks for sharing at Allergy free Wednesdays!

  2. fyi I would like to feature your recipe this week, but there is no link back to the party...let me know if get link back so I can!

  3. Oh my goodness! I'm so embarrassed that I neglected to link up! Adding one right now. :)