Chicken Divan Recipe

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Chicken Divan

From Dorothy McNett's recipes at www.dorothymcnett.com. This is a great "dinner in a dish". If cooking for 1-2 people, cut recipe in half.

3 tablespoons olive oil
4 chicken breasts or thighs, skinned and cut into serving pieces
Sweet Hungarian paprika
sea salt
freshly ground peppercorns
1 bunch fresh broccoli, sliced
1 shallot, finely diced
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
freshly ground peppercorns
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
grating of whole nutmeg
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 cup milk
1 cup grated cheddar or Gouda cheese
quartered artichoke hearts, optional
1 cup crushed potato chips or cracker crumbs
olive oil or butter (about 1 tablespoon or so)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In saute pan with heavy bottom, heat olive oil. In meantime, sprinkle chicken pieces with paprika, salt and pepper. Gently stir fry chicken until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Remove to 9 x 10 casserole dish. Put broccoli, shallots, and mushrooms in glass or ceramic batter bowl, cover and microwave on high 5 minutes. Add to chicken. In batter bowl, combine butter, flour, salt, pepper, mustard, and nutmeg. Microwave on high 30 seconds. Whisk in chicken stock and milk. Microwave on high 2 minutes, whisk well. Microwave another 2-3 minutes, or until sauce has thickened. Blend in cheese to melt. Pour over chicken mixture, tossing to coat all ingredients and adding artichoke hearts if desired. Sprinkle with crumbs. Drizzle with oil or dot with butter chunks. Bake 30-40 minutes, until bubbly on the top.

Recipe created 2002-02-17.

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