Chicken and broccoli are smothered with a rich and delicious curry cheese sauce that’s topped with buttery toasted cubed bread. Curry Chicken Divan is a perfect weeknight meal that even tastes great the next day for leftovers.
After the birth of our children, our family would come visit and help us around the house while we were getting acquainted to the idea of becoming new parents. It’s a time that I cherish more than they probably know. You can read as many baby books as you can imagine, but nothing prepares you for the real thing. I remember the day the nurse said we were ready to leave with our first born and we looked at her with a look of fright. In the car we said “He’s our responsibility, I don’t know if I can do this.” Leaving that parking lot was incredibly difficult, but exciting at the same time.
My mother-in-law made Curry Chicken Divan for us after my son was born. I could not get enough of it. The flavor is unreal, the curry mixed with the cheese sauce is heavenly, and the the toasted breadcrumbs have the perfect amount of butter soaked into the bread. I sort of became obsessed with curry after having this meal, and if you’ve never tried curry mayo you should try it. I’ll have to make a future blog post of it. Next time you’re in the mood for a turkey sandwich, sprinkle some curry on your mayo and you’ll get an idea of what i’m talking about. You’ll thank me later. 🙂
Cut 2 chicken breasts in half, making 4 breasts. Take a meat mallet and pound till an even thickness. Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper and cook on an oiled skillet (I prefer) medium high 5 minutes on one side and 3 minutes on the other (Or until done.)
While chicken cooks, steam broccoli on the stove. I take a medium pan and filled it 1/4 of the way with water. Place broccoli in a metal colander and put in pan. Place a lid over the top and steam until dark green in color and fork tender. Remove from pan and put broccoli on the bottom of a 9×13
While chicken and broccoli cook, make cheese sauce. mix cream of chicken broth, mayonnaise, and cheese in a pan. Once fully combined add cooking sherry and curry.
Add cubed chicken on top of broccoli
Pour cheese sauce over the chicken and broccoli
Melt 1/2 stick of butter on a skillet. Cube 8 slices of bread and add to the butter in the skillet. Toast until golden and slightly browned. All the butter should be absorbed.
Add the toasted bread on top of the cheese mixture. Sprinkle the remaining 4 oz of cheese on top of the cubed bread. Bake in 350 degree oven for 25 minutes.
I couldn’t resist showing you this photo. It seems like spring will never come, and I made this on one of the few nice days we’ve had this spring. The family was relaxing while the food was cooking. Love them so much!
Finished Curry Chicken Divan. So yummy and I hope you enjoy it!
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Curried Chicken Divan
Chicken and broccoli are smothered with a rich and delicious curry cheese sauce that's topped with buttery toasted cubed bread. This is a perfect weeknight meal that even tastes great the next day for leftovers.
- 2 chicken breasts, split making 4 breasts total
- 2 brocolli crowns, stems removoved
- 1 can cream of chicken broth
- 1/2 c mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp cooking sherry
- 8 oz shredded chedder cheese
- 8 slices bread, cubed
- 1/2 butter
Cut 2 chicken breasts in half, making 4 chicken breasts. Flatten with a meat mallet in order to cook evenly.
Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Cook on an oiled skillet till cooked through. About 5 minutes on one side, and 3 minutes on the other. Remove and set aside on a cutting board until cool enough to touch. Cube chicken.
in a medium pan, steam broccoli while chicken cools. Remove from pan, and set aside
On low heat, heat cream of chicken soup, 4 oz of cheese, mayonnaise, and chicken broth. Cook until well blended and then add curry powder and cooking sherry.
In a 9x13 Pyrex dish layer broccoli, and chicken. Pour curried cheese sauce over the chicken.
Heat butter in a large pan, cut the slices of bread into little squares. Toast the bread cubes in the butter until golden and slightly browned absorbing all the butter.
Place the toasted bread over the cheese sauce, and then sprinkled the bread with the remaining 4 oz of cheese.
Heat in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. Serve warm.