I know there are many variations to this classic dish and everyone has their own style of making it, but this is the way I like to make it and there is never any leftovers!
The traditional style is usually full of many calories, but I like to call this my skinnier recipe :)
Chicken Divan... my way!
2 cups shredded or diced cooked chicken
1 can Healthy Request cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup mayo ( I use Smart Balance mayo - see below for info)
1 bag of frozen broccoli
pinch of salt & pepper
1 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
1 splash of lemon juice
3 tablespoons melted butter
2 cups crushed cornflakes
I like to use the Smart Balance mayo because it is so much better for you!
Light, delicious taste
Half the fat and 44% less calories compared to regular mayonnaise
Excellent source of ALA Omega from canola and flax oils (500mg per serving, 30% of the 1,600mg daily value)
No hydrogenated oils
No partially hydrogenated oils
0g trans fat
100mg of natural plant sterols per serving
Now onto the recipe..............
First grease a 9x13 baking dish & layer the broccoli on the bottom
Next, layer the chicken on top of the broccoli
Mix the cream of chicken soup, mayo, salt & pepper, lemon juice, and cheese in a bowl
Spread the mixture over the chicken
Next is where you can be creative and top it off with whatever you want! Some ideas are breadcrumbs, croutons, french fried onions, or nothing at all...
I like to top mine with cornflakes to give it that extra crunch!
After crushing up the cornflakes, add the melted butter and sprinkle the mixture on top !
Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes...
I served mine on top of some brown rice and a side of butternut squash!
This is one of my favorites :)