When I was a kid my mom used to make chicken divan a lot. I remember disliking the exotic taste of the curry at first, but over time it grew on me. Now I consider it comfort food. I was craving some comfort the other day and decided to make some. After my visit to the Costco to pick up a rotisserie chicken I realized I didn't have any cream of chicken soup to start the base of my sauce. DAMN!!! Lightening fast thinking...make my own cream of chicken! And that is just what I did. I don't think I will EVER use cream of chicken again.
Chicken Divan - made up style:
1/2 Rotisserie Chicken - I always get mine at Costco and they are GIANORMOUS so I only used half.
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon corn starch
2 cups whole milk
2 teaspoons curry powder
salt and pepper to taste
3/4 cup cheese
2 cups broccoli - frozen or fresh
Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
Cut up half a rotisserie chicken into small bite sized pieces and set aside.
Cook for 25 minutes.
When I type the recipe out it sounds all thought out and professional, but it couldn't be farther from the truth! When I realized I didn't have the cream of chicken I went to making a roux. I was only going to add one cup of milk because I was going to make a smaller batch, but then thought better of it when I saw how much sauce that would give me. I decided that AFTER I had added the milk. I was worried that making more roux would mess up the recipe at that point so I opted to add cornstarch to thicken it up. BINGO!!! I REALLY liked the taste of the sauce. Canned sauces are handy when you need them, but if you can avoid them...DO!!!