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Jan 23, 2008 06:33 AM

Chicken Divan Recipe Without Canned Soup

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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  1. 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.

    1. While I am not a fan of Rachel Ray's, I have to admit that her chicken divan recipe is delicious.

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

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

          1. 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