CHICKEN DIVAN

CHICKEN DIVAN

 

3-4 cups broccoli florets 

1 ½ lbs. raw boneless chicken breast, chopped into 2” pieces (about 3 cups)

2 tsp. Dish off the Block Superbly Herby seasoning

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. black pepper

6 Tbs. butter, divided

1 medium onion, chopped 

½ cup dry white wine

½ cup chicken stock

1 cup light cream

½ cup sour cream

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup raw rice, cooked to package directions (about 2 ½ cups cooked rice)

40 Ritz crackers, crushed in a ziplock bag

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

 

Bring a large sauce pan of salted water to a boil and add the broccoli.  Cook for 3-4 minutes until the broccoli is bright green and tender when pierced with a fork, but still slightly crisp.  Drain in a colander and run cold water over it to stop the cooking.  Set aside.

 

Place the chicken breast cubes on a cutting board and sprinkle the herb seasoning, salt, and pepper over the top.  Massage the seasoning all over the chicken with your hands.

 

Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter in a large deep skillet.  Add the chicken and cook for 2-3 minutes, lightly browning on all sides.  Remove from the skillet and set aside – note – the chicken will not be cooked through.

 

To the drippings in the pan, add the onion and cook until soft and fragrant, about 2 minutes.  Add the wine to the pan and cook until reduced by half.  Add the cream and sour cream and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.  Cook for 2-3 minutes until a cream sauce forms.  

 

Add the cheese and stir until melted.  Fold in the rice, chicken pieces (and any juices that have formed), and broccoli. Transfer this mixture to a 9” x 13” pan that has been prepared with non-stick spray.

 

Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter in the empty skillet and add the crushed Ritz cracker crumbs.  Cook until lightly browned and spread them evenly over the top of the casserole.  

 

Bake for 25-30 minutes until bubbly and browned.

*Note – you could also make this dish in a cast iron or oven proof skillet and just top the whole thing with the cracker crumbs and bake in the same skillet.

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