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Chicken Divan Recipe Without Canned Soup

abud Jan 23, 2008 06:33 AM

My man loves this dish--it's his favorite--and I got the recipe that his mother always made for him. But my heart breaks a little when I get to the add a can of creamed soup part.
Do you have a great recipe for this dish that doesn't call for anything from a can?

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    Mila RE: abud Jan 23, 2008 09:30 AM

    I would think a veloute, white sauce made with chicken stock, and pump up the spices add some onion and garlic.

    I know this recipe well (my non cooking friend loves to make it) and I feel your pain.

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      jencounter RE: abud Jan 23, 2008 09:37 AM

      While I am not a fan of Rachel Ray's, I have to admit that her chicken divan recipe is delicious. http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/cooki...

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        gsElsbeth RE: abud Jan 23, 2008 11:36 AM

        Cooks Illustrated had what sounded like a wonderful recipe. Try their website.

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          abud RE: abud Jan 23, 2008 12:48 PM

          Thanks all. I will give these a shot. I fear I will be making some version of this dish for life.

          1. vickib RE: abud Jan 23, 2008 01:05 PM

            Gourmet Cookbook has a great recipe that I made recently. Instead of the canned soups, you make a bechemel sauce. I riffed on it and added some reconstituted dried shitakes. Instead of the cheddar cheese that my mother used, I substituted Pecorino Romano. It was much lighter than the Chicken Divan of my youth. I bet you could find the recipe on epicurious.com

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              4Snisl RE: abud Jan 25, 2008 05:40 AM

              Washington Post ran this recipe this week- looks pretty tasty to me. Plus, you can just make him a single serving if you simply don't like Chicken Divan. ;)


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                abud RE: 4Snisl Jan 25, 2008 06:13 AM

                Wow this looks Great! Thanks! Mila, I don't think the recipe I had called for curry powder or lemon juice. I will try it. Thanks for the tip!

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                Mila RE: abud Jan 25, 2008 05:47 AM

                I'm thinking that the thing that really makes Chicken Divan for me is the curry powder and lemon juice. I'm noticing that most of these recipes don't include these ingredients. I wondering if I've been making some crazy version all these years that really isn't Chicken Divan.

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                  jencounter RE: Mila Jan 25, 2008 06:41 AM

                  You know, I always add lemon juice to my individual dish of divan. But I add lemon to everything, so it's hard to say if I'm normal or not.

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                    kwe730 RE: jencounter Jan 25, 2008 06:55 AM

                    I have had a love of Chicken Divan since I was a kid. I use Gourmet's recipe, but for the sauce I use half chicken stock, half whole (or 2%) milk and white wine instead of sherry. Skip the step about whipping the cream into stiff peaks. I layer the mixture as the recipe calls for then bake at 350 until brown and bubbly.


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                      chef chicklet RE: kwe730 Jan 25, 2008 07:40 AM

                      This seems to be closer to what I make, minus the parn and whipped cream into peaks?
                      I've always used dry mustard. And a healthy glog of good sherry is always~ always in there too!!
                      Fresh broccoli, and I use a bit of cheddar at the end...never ever canned soup...

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                    Mila RE: Mila Jan 25, 2008 10:27 AM

                    Eeeek ! Did a search on recipes and found the closest to my recipe was from Paula Deen. Serves me right for being a food snob.


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                      Krislady RE: Mila Nov 10, 2010 08:44 AM

                      Mine has the curry and lemon, too - and I always thought it was a little nuts, too - like a surprise secret ingredient or something. I love it.

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                      ginnyhw RE: abud Jan 25, 2008 07:00 AM

                      I have always made it with cheese sauce (made from scratch) pured over chicken and broccoli.

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                        phoenikia RE: abud Nov 10, 2010 06:55 AM

                        Thinking about making a turkey divan from scratch tonight, using these suggestions (+ sherry, old cheddar, cremini). Has anyone found a from scratch recipe/version/variation they love?

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                          jencounter RE: phoenikia Nov 10, 2010 07:13 AM

                          Yes, the one I linked above (Rachael Ray's recipe) is very good. :)

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                            phoenikia RE: jencounter Nov 15, 2010 06:48 AM

                            Thanks, jencounter! Ended up making something else last week, but will try something along the lines of Rachel Ray's recipe tonight.

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