Friday, April 22, 2011

Fun with Food Friday - Chicken Devan

 Mama Chocolate

Welcome to Week 6 of Fun with Food Friday
(ALERT: Read to the bottom for extra bonus entries opportunity!)

Check The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom for another recipe review this week!

Today you get two variations on a very similar dish! 
Lindsey Grimes sent me a recipe for a casserole which was almost identical except her's is basically the speedy version with more convenience-food ingredients!
So I'm gonna give you both and then show you how I put mine together!

Lindsey's Chicken, Broccoli & Cheese Casserole
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups uncooked instant rice
  • 2 (10 ounce) cans chunk chicken, drained
  • 1 (10.75oz) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (10.75oz) can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 (16oz) package frozen chopped broccoli
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 1 pound processed cheese food, (such as Velveeta)
1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.) In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Mix in the instant rice, cover, and remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes.
3.) In a 9x13 baking dish, mix the prepared rice, chicken, cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, butter, milk, broccoli, onion, and processed cheese.
4.) Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Stir halfway through cooking to help cheese melt evenly.
This recipe is a great way to get your little munchkins to eat broccoli! :-)

Mama Chocolate's Chicken Devan

  • 4 cups cooked rice, (I usually use brown rice)
  • 3 cups cooked chicken, (this is about 3 breasts, see my Chicken Noodle Soup recipe for easy, moist preparation)
  • 3 cups fresh cut-up broccoli (or frozen works almost as well)
  • Make White Sauce using this amazingly easy microwave recipe (double it for use in this dish)
  • 3/4 cup mayo
  • 1 to 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 Tb lemon juice
  • salt 
  • 1.5 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Press rice into a 9x13 pan.

2.) Sprinkle the cooked chicken over the rice.

3.) If you are using fresh, (not frozen) broccoli, lightly steam it first. You want it to still have some crunch, since it'll be cooking again in the casserole.

4.) Spread the steamed broccoli over the rice and chicken.
(I think I went a little overkill here on the broccoli, but we all like broccoli here and I happened to have a lot on hand!)

5.) Take the white sauce you made using the amazing microwave recipe, (which I forgot to do!) and add mayo, lemon juice, salt and curry powder, (to your taste.)

I know I have enough curry powder for our tastes when it's about this color after stirring thoroughly

6.) Spread the sauce over the rice, chicken and broccoli

7.) When your eager toddler begs to "help?!" and drags a chair into the kitchen all by her little self, let her sprinkle the cheddar over the top

She will love you forever. ;-)

8.) Sprinkle the breadcrumbs on top.

9.) Bake for 45-60 minutes, until golden on top.

10.) Now that your little angel is no longer in her "liddle printhess dress" let her consume your creation.

If you are not a curry-lover, do not be alarmed by it's inclusion in this dish. This is not a "curry dish." 
It just gives the casserole a delicious deep flavor.

This is one of our favorite meals!

We'll be doing this again next Friday, and we need your recipes!

To encourage ya'll to produce your tasty gems, I'm offering 10 extra entries into any ONE giveaway of your choice for each recipe you submit, (you can send me as many as you like!)

Just send the recipe(s) to and add the 10 entries into the appropriate box on the giveaway entry form.

Don't forget to check The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom to see what Michelle cooked up this week!

If you have a blog post about a favorite recipe, I'd love it if you'd comment with a link to it!
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Mama Chocolate

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At April 22, 2011 at 12:53 PM , Blogger Adelina Priddis said...

WOW! That sounds and looks so yummy! Dinner tonight? I think so.

At April 22, 2011 at 2:11 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my, you have made me so hungry. That looks so good! Thank you for following Random Deals. Here to return the favor. :)

At April 22, 2011 at 10:11 PM , Blogger fancygrlnancy said...

wow, can I come over for dinner? LOL!

At April 23, 2011 at 6:52 AM , Blogger Darby Hawley said...

Looks delicious! I'm visiting from the Alexa HOP and a new follower :-)

At April 24, 2011 at 7:34 AM , Blogger Aimee @ Explore, Learn, Have Fun! said...

YUM! My chicken divan recipe is a mix between these two - it has soup, mayo & sour cream for the "sauce", plus the yummmmmmmy curry powder. But I've never used rice - mine is sometimes served over angelhair pasta but often we just serve it with crusty bread to soak up the sauce!! Love your blog - can't wait to check out more of it! New follower from the Alexa hop - stop by & say hi if you have time!

Aimee @

At April 27, 2011 at 3:08 PM , Blogger Diane said...

I fix Chicken Divan so much that my friends all call it Chicken Diane! Great pictorial!

New follower via the alexa hop

At April 29, 2011 at 5:45 AM , Blogger Crunchy Frugalista said...

That looks amazing! I am your newest follower from the Alexa hop. Hope to see you soon at


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