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Chicken Divan
with broccoli / pasta

Active: 40 minTotal: 40 min

This community member request gets a Cook Smarts twist with chicken and broccoli baked in a light but creamy sauce.
Smarts: To give the simple flavors of this dish a boost, we've added a few aromatics and rich, nutty Gruyere cheese.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Chicken Divan:
  • Broccoli florets - 10 oz, chopped
  • Shallots - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Cheese, gruyere - 3 oz, shredded (sub Swiss cheese)
  • Green onions - 2 stalks, sliced, green and white parts combined
  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless - 1 lb, cubed
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp
  • Flour, any gluten-free - 3 Tbsp (sub almond meal)
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 2 tsp
  • Stock, any type - 2 cups
  • Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/4 tsp
  • Pasta, gluten-free fusilli or rotini - 8 oz
Seasoned Breadcrumbs:
  • Cheese, parmesan (opt) - 2 Tbsp, grated
  • Italian seasoning - 1/2 tsp
  • Panko breadcrumbs, gluten-free - 1/2 cup
  • Oil, olive - 2 Tbsp

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Broccoli / Shallots / Garlic / Cheese (for chicken and breadcrumbs) - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Green onions / Chicken - Prep as directed. Store separately. Tenderize chicken and season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

Make

  1. Heat oven to 350F / 177C. Fill a large pot with salted water and bring it to a boil while cooking chicken and broccoli.
  2. While oven heats / water boils, place broccoli florets in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with a damp paper towel and microwave on high for 1 1/2 minutes. (This should just get them started cooking before they continue cooking in the oven. If you like your broccoli more tender add an extra minute or two.)
  3. Heat an oven-safe skillet or Dutch oven with cooking oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and saute until chicken is lightly browned on the outside, but not cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Set chicken aside and return pan to heat.
  4. Reduce heat under the pan to medium and add butter and shallots, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan.
  5. When butter is melted, add flour and stir until no dry spots of flour remain. Add vinegar and stock while whisking. Bring to a simmer and simmer until stock thickens slightly, ~2 minutes. Remove pan from heat.
  6. Add chicken back to pan with broccoli, garlic, gruyere cheese, and red pepper flakes (if using). Stir everything to combine with sauce.
  7. Stir together parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, panko breadcrumbs, and olive oil. Season with some salt and pepper. Sprinkle breadcrumbs over the chicken and broccoli mixture.
  8. Bake, uncovered, until chicken is cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes (depending on size of chicken pieces).
  9. While chicken bakes, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  10. Serve chicken over pasta with green onions on top. Enjoy!

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Reviews

This meal has 44 reviews

This was good, I doubled the red pepper flakes and Italian seasoning. My sauce also didn't really thicken as I expected but it was actually perfect for going over pasta. My only complaint was that there was a lot of prep and dishes for a weeknight meal.

By: Marie
Posted: Mar 07, 2019
Diet: Original

The sauce didn't thicken as much as I wanted it to, might be a technique issue. Flavors were good!

By: Avila
Posted: Mar 07, 2019
Diet: Original

Fast, easy. My almost 3 year old loved it.

By: Kristine
Posted: Mar 07, 2019
Diet: Original

Increased seasoning and subbed wine for half the stock and still found the flavor to be lacking. Maybe a little Dijon would help the sauce?

By: Michelle
Posted: Mar 07, 2019
Diet: Original

The whole family liked this one! The sauce was really nice.

By: Becca
Posted: Mar 07, 2019
Diet: Paleo

Tasty, easy. Made a lot of dishes but oven time meant clean up time which was good. Used a bit more salt and a heaping tsp of Italian herbs after reading users thought this was bland. I thought it was flavorful comfort food - to turn it into a treat I'd double the cheese next time.

By: Mel
Posted: Mar 07, 2019
Diet: Original