Saturday, February 2, 2013

And another one.

I took chicken out for dinner tonight and given Justin's disgruntled attitude when I told him we were having chicken, I knew I had to come up with something good! So, I visited one of my favorite food blogs, Eat Yourself Skinny, and perused Kelly's recipe section and found this recipe for Chicken Divan:

Here are your ingredients:

Recipe adapted from Gina's Skinny Recipes

1 1/2 lbs broccoli (3 large heads) chopped
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 Tbsp. light butter
2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 Tbsp. shallots, minced (onions would work too)
4 Tbsp. flour
1 cup fat free chicken broth
1 cup fat free milk
1/4 cup white wine (or dry sherry)
6 oz. shredded reduced fat swiss cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper
Cooking spray

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Add the broccoli and blanch for about 3 minutes.  Rinse with cold water to stop the cooking.  Drain well and set aside.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper.  Using a grill pan, saute chicken on medium-low heat on both sides until browned, and just about cooked through, about 5 minutes on each side.  Remove from heat and transfer chicken to a cutting board.  When cooled, slice chicken into bite sized pieces. 

Heat a medium skillet on medium heat.  Add the butter and oil until melted and then add garlic and shallots (or onions).  Sprinkle flour and whisk until smooth.  Stir in broth, milk and wine (or sherry) and bring to a boil.  Remove from heat and stir in half of the swiss cheese.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Arrange broccoli in a casserole dish and pour half of the sauce over the broccoli.  Arrange the chicken on top and cover with remaining sauce.  Sprinkle in remaining swiss cheese, grated parmesan cheese and top with bread crumbs.  Spray a little oil on top.  Bake 30 minutes, serve hot. 

I knew I had most of the ingredients on hand, so I decided I would whip this baby up ... and it was fabulous! So fabulous in fact, Justin said this is one of his favorites! Oh yeah, wife of the year right here, y'all!

I made the following changes:
  1. I used frozen veggies;
  2. I used both broccoli and cauliflower;
  3.  I didn't add shallots or onion;
  4. I used coconut oil instead of olive oil;
  5. I used 1/4 cup heavy cream because I didn't have any milk;
  6. I used an asiago/parmesan blend; and,
  7. I used panko breadcrumbs
Let me know if you give it a try and if you make any changes!

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