Chicken Divan


Chicken Divan

Η συνταγή και στα ελληνικά στο τέλος της ανάρτησης!

Weather has started showing its teeth lately and heavy rains and thunderstorms came so sudden that caught everyone unguarded here in Greece. This past weekend has been quite rainy and windy around here and the need for a casserole came urgently to our home. Weekends are ideal for warm, hearty meals that need some time and preparation. I always pick dishes that require extra time and effort to make during the weekends, because these are the only two days of the week I do not work.
I love cooking and baking in my warm, cozy home when outside is cold, windy and rainy and that was the case last weekend. The first time I ate this meal was the first time I met my husband.

Chicken Divan
In 2000 I was just out of a big relationship and I was all alone. A friendly couple called me and invited me for dinner saying to me that a friend of theirs would come as well. I suspected that they were trying to fix me up with someone, but I wasn’t really sure. Anyway, I said why not, if the guy wasn’t good enough, I could always enjoy my dinner and then leave quietly. So, I went there and the second person I saw as I entered the house was my husband who was there smiley and calm as he always is. They got us introduced and he started talking about his recent business trip to Paris.
What I really liked about him was his solemnity, his steadiness, his calmness and that feeling he gave you, that you really can count on this guy when you have a problem. The girl from that couple who invited us was a friend of mine from high school and her husband was a friend of my husband’s from university. So, everybody knew everybody and that made that night less awkward and weird. She made chicken divan and that was the first time I’ve heard or read about this dish. I don’t know if it was the fact that I met my soon to be husband or it was really that good, but I always had the best memories of that dish.

Chicken Divan
As the anniversary of our first acquaintance is approaching, we’ve been together for 15 years now, I thought of remaking it and see if my memory was correct.
Chicken Divan is a chicken casserole usually served with broccoli, almonds, and Mornay sauce. It was first served in the Divan Parisiennne Restaurant in the New York Chatham Hotel in the early twentieth century. Its creator was a chef named Lagasi. This dish became their signature dish from then on and the chef won a small amount of money as a prize. In French, the word divan means a meeting place or great hall.
It was really delicious and so perfect for a hearty, filling warm weekend lunch. I totally recommend it plus you get to it your broccoli too.

Chicken Divan

 

4.9 from 15 reviews
Chicken Divan
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Main Course
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: American
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 700 gr. / 24 oz. chicken breasts cut lengthwise
  • 700 gr. / 24 oz. broccoli florets
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup milk, full fat
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 5 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp sherry
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ⅔ cup parmigiano reggiano
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Put the broccoli into your steamer and steam for about seven minutes.
  2. If the broccoli is fresh it will need about ten minutes.
  3. Remove, rinse under the faucet to stop it from continuing to cook and set aside.
  4. In a skillet pour about 4 tbsp of olive oil and in medium heat sauté the chicken until golden brown.
  5. Remove and set aside.
  6. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F.
  7. In a pot add the butter over medium heat.
  8. Throw the flour and whisk for about a minute.
  9. Slowly, slowly pour first the stock and then the milk while whisking constantly.
  10. Continue to whisk until the batter starts to thicken.
  11. Add the nutmeg, salt and pepper, the sherry, and ½ cup of the cheese.
  12. Stir everything until the cheese is completely melted.
  13. Remove and set aside.
  14. Take a pyrex or a casserole dish and butter it really well.
  15. Add the broccoli in one layer covering the bottom of the dish.
  16. Throw the rest of the cheese on top of it.
  17. Arrange the chicken breasts above and sprinkle the almonds on top of them.
  18. In your stand mixer beat the heavy cream until it makes soft peaks and then fold it into the cheese sauce.
  19. Pour the sauce on top of the chicken and bake for about 30 minutes or until it takes a beautiful golden brown color on top.
Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Inspired by Saveur

 
4.9 from 15 reviews
Κοτόπουλο Ντιβάν
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Κυρίως Πιάτο
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Βόρεια Αμερική
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 700 γρ. κοτόπουλο στήθος κομμένο κατά μήκος
  • 700 γρ. μπρόκολο
  • 1 φλ. ζωμό κότας
  • 1 φλ. γάλα, πλήρες
  • 4 κ.σ. αλεύρι
  • 5 κ.σ. βούτυρο
  • 4 κ.σ. σέρι
  • ¼ κ.γ. μοσχοκάρυδο
  • ⅔ φλ. parmigiano reggiano
  • ½ φλ. κρέμα γάλακτος
  • Αλάτι και πιπέρι
  • Ελαιόλαδο
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Βάλτε το μπρόκολο στον ατμομάγειρα για περίπου επτά λεπτά.
  2. Αν το μπρόκολο είναι φρέσκο θα χρειαστεί περίπου δέκα λεπτά.
  3. Αφαιρέστε, ξεπλύνετε κάτω από τη βρύση για να σταματήσει ο βρασμός και βάλτε το στην άκρη.
  4. Σε μια κατσαρόλα προσθέστε περίπου 4 κουταλιές της σούπας ελαιόλαδο και σε μέτρια φωτιά σοτάρετε το κοτόπουλο μέχρι να ροδίσει.
  5. Αφαιρέστε και βάλτε το στην άκρη.
  6. Προθερμάνετε το φούρνο στους 180° C.
  7. Σε μια κατσαρόλα προσθέστε το βούτυρο σε μέτρια φωτιά.
  8. Ρίξτε το αλεύρι και ανακατέψτε για περίπου ένα λεπτό.
  9. Σιγά-σιγά, ρίξτε πρώτα το ζωμό και, στη συνέχεια, το γάλα, ανακατεύοντας συνεχώς.
  10. Συνεχίστε το ανακάτεμα μέχρι το μίγμα να αρχίσει να πήζει.
  11. Προσθέστε το μοσχοκάρυδο, το αλάτι και το πιπέρι, το sherry, και ½ φλιτζάνι από το τυρί.
  12. Ανακατέψτε τα πάντα μέχρι το τυρί έχει λιώσει εντελώς.
  13. Αφαιρέστε και βάλτε στην άκρη.
  14. Πάρτε ένα πυρέξ και βουτυρώστε το καλά.
  15. Προσθέστε το μπρόκολο σε ένα στρώμα που να καλύπτει το κάτω μέρος του pyrex.
  16. Ρίξτε το υπόλοιπο τυρί από πάνω.
  17. Τακτοποιήστε τα στήθη κοτόπουλου και πασπαλίστε τα αμύγδαλα στην κορυφή τους.
  18. Στο μίξερ σας χτυπήστε την κρέμα γάλακτος μέχρι να γίνει σαν γιαούρτι και στη συνέχεια, ρίξτε τη στη σάλτσα τυρί και ανακατέψτε απαλά.
  19. Ρίξτε τη σάλτσα πάνω από το κοτόπουλο και ψήστε για περίπου 30 λεπτά ή μέχρι να πάρει ένα όμορφο χρυσό χρώμα στην κορυφή.
Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Έμπνευση από το Saveur

 

58 Responses to Chicken Divan

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  1. Miz Helen says:

    Congratulations!
    Your recipe was a Top Ten on Full Plate Thursday! Hope you enjoy your new Red Plate and have a great day.
    Miz Helen

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  3. Katerina, this is great. I would love you to stop by Food on Friday: Chicken over at Carole’s Chatter to add this to the recipe collection! Cheers!

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  5. A fave! Yours looks delish!

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  7. Heidy says:

    Chicken Devine looks as wonderful as its name sounds. I would love this I bet!

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  9. This looks divine! I love that creamy sauce and that crusty top! Awesome!

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  11. Diane says:

    That sauce! Oh i want to eat some of this right now. That top looks so good too! yum!!!

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  14. Miz Helen says:

    I just love Chicken Divan and your recipe looks delicious. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  16. What a wonderful meal for chilly, wet weather!

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  18. Elizabeth says:

    Aww what a lovely story! Sounds like a lovely recipe too! :)

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  20. This looks like a great, weeknight meal!

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  22. I haven’t tasted Chicken Divan yet. But now want to this a try. Looks so delicious!!

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  24. Sounds like you got two great things from that first meeting…a wonderful man and a delicious dish! 😉 WINNING!!

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  26. What a sweet story! And a delicious recipe too :) Pinning this for upcoming chilly nights in Chicago.

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  28. Luce fantástico muy sabroso,feliz aniversario mucho éxito,abrazos

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  31. This is a wonderful recipe. It’s one of my favorites, and I love the history that you have with this delicious dish. Pinning!

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  33. mia xara says:

    What a flavorful dish to celebrate your “meeting for the first time” anniversary, Katerina!!!It looks delicious, I hope you had a great time reminiscing…XOXO

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  35. Happy anniversary! Definitely a special dish to remember and make again and again..

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  37. Elena says:

    Happy Anniversary! :) This chicken looks so tasty, I will definitely try it soon!

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  39. Sissi says:

    Happy Anniversary, dear Katerina! Thank you so much for sharing your memories with us. Very touching… and the chicken looks fantastic.

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  41. Camilla says:

    Love this dish and the addition of sherry is a great touch:-)

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  43. I love chicken divan and it’s been years since I last made it. I’m not even sure if I still have my recipe for it so I’m printing off yours. Happy 15th anniversary! Such a cute story on how you met. I saw this at Maje Ut Pretty Monday.

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  46. Diane says:

    such a sweet story. It’s so funny how we associate memories with food. I’m glad you have such wondrful memories to go with this fine dish. It looks like a winner dinner for sure!

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  48. I love reading your blog because I always find amazing looking recipes that I have never heard of before :) This chicken sounds so delicious!!

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  50. Oh gosh Katerina! Chicken Divan was one of the first dishes I made for my husband…and that 38 years ago! Thank you for the lovely reminder….I must certainly make it again for him one day soon!

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  52. This sounds so good, perfect comfort food for fall!

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  54. Erica (@Erica's Recipes) says:

    “If the guy wasn’t good enough, I could always enjoy my dinner” – this is hilarious. I am the same – “at least there will be food” :) I so enjoyed this post and your story! We make Chicken Divan in the US too of course and I love the delicious differences in your recipe – no Swiss, lots of Parm, and the almonds! Love love!

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  56. Abigail says:

    Perfect comfort food for winter! Love it!

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  58. Sandra says:

    Wow! What a scrumptious dish! All the flavors in this chicken divan are a perfect match and it sounds like you and your husband are too :)

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  60. se ve muy sabrosa es irresistible,abrazos y saludos

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  62. Wow, that sauce would be great on so many things. YUM!!

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  64. katy allred says:

    Love this, I’m always looking for new ways to make broccoli exciting. Cheese, of course!!

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  66. LydiaF says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary! The color on the chicken divan looks amazing! I’ll bet everyone enjoyed it :)

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  68. This is the kind of food I want to enjoy on rainy days too. Lovely dish.

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  70. My mouth is watering! Thanks for the great recipe and Happy Anniversary!

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  72. I need to make this! Thanks for sharing on the Healthy Living Link Party.

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  74. Happy Anniversary! What a perfect dinner!

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  76. grace says:

    that sauce looks like velvet! what a great version of a wonderful dish–this is comfort food at its finest!

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  78. Kate says:

    I love that you have a dish that will always remind you of that momentous first meeting.

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  80. Susan says:

    You’re going to love this, Katerina. The first meal I cooked for my future husband a long time ago when we started dating was Chicken Divan! We’re still together too :) I haven’t made it in ages and thank you for reminding me of this delicious creation.

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  82. Chicken divan is a great classic! Love the connection with the meeting of the new husband, happy meeting anniversary :-)

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  84. nipponnin says:

    Great recipe but I love most of all, the lovely story. He sounds like a very caring, intelligent person. Happy anniversary to you and your husband. I wish I could see your wedding picture.

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  86. Είναι πολύ όμορφο που ένα τόσο κομψό και ιδιαίτερο πιάτο, κρύβει μια τόσο ξεχωριστή και τρυφερή ιστορία.
    Το συγκεκριμένο φαγητό το έχω εδώ και καιρό στη λίστα με τα υπόψη μου, καθώς συμπαθώ ιδιαίτερα τόσο το κοτόπουλο όσο και το μπρόκολο :)
    Και αυτή η σάλτσα… αχ!
    Σε φιλώ

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  88. ZazaCook says:

    Joyeux Anniversaire Katerina! I am going to save your recipe and make it soon! Looks so good:)

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  90. This looks so good! Pinned and scheduled to share on Facebook!

    Found you on Simple suppers Tuesday blog hop!

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  92. Barbara says:

    Comfort food at its finest, Katerina! Always love that touch of nutmeg in a mornay sauce. Makes all the difference.
    Wish we’d get just a small touch of cool weather here, but will have to wait until at least December!

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  94. mia maria says:

    Να είστε πάντα ευτυχισμένοι Κατερίνα μου και να χαίρεσαι και το μπαμπά σου! Το φαγητό είναι πολύ νόστιμο!

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  97. Liz says:

    What a fun story of how you met your husband! I haven’t made chicken divan in years—I’m going to add it to my menu soon! Yours looks divine!

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  99. Sues says:

    Yum! I’ve never made a chicken divan before, but this is convincing me I need to try it!

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  101. αγαπημένο φαγητό συνδυασμένο με αγαπημένες αναμνήσεις!! τέλειο!

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  103. mila furman says:

    So I have never actually realized what chicken divan is..and while this really is a fab recipe…my fave part of this post is the story of how you met your hubs! #love

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  105. Happy anniversary! What a great meal to celebrate and remember your fated meeting!

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  107. Happy Anniversary!!
    The chicken looks so beautifully done and delicious.

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  109. Ola says:

    What a romantic story behind the recipie! Congratulations! 15 years a long period!

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  111. Happy Anniversary Katerina ! How many years have you been married? Your Chicken divine looks absolutely divine and so creamy and delicious. I am pinning this to our group chicken a bizillion ways board.

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