Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Chef Tess' Chicken Divan Meal in a Jar (The 52 Method continues)

I receive a lot of e-mails asking me to convert family recipes into a meal in a jar. Usually I don't have time to do that service, but sometimes I will get one that sounds particularly classic. This is one of those. Chicken Divan is a dish that a lot of folks grew up eating. I know it's a comfort food for a lot of my friends who live in the mid-western United States. I love that it is based on broccoli and chicken instead of a lot of heavy starches typically seen in food storage recipes.  This makes it ideal for those watching their carbohydrate intake.  Because it doesn't expand as much as a starch, this meal only serves 4 and uses a lot more chicken. In the past I've shared a way to use this casserole base recipe as the beginning of 6 very different freezer meals (see: The Great Divan Divide Freezer Meal Post). When a reader wrote-in with her aunt Pam's version of Chicken Divan, I was excited to make it into a  meal in a jar. Will I be sharing this turned into 6 different meals over the next few weeks? You bet your food-storage-stockings! Is it a straight across translation from one recipe to another? Nope. Sorry folks, that would be almost impossible...but the flavor is really close. 

Here's Aunt Pam's recipe:

Chicken Divan –Courtesy of aunt Pam York

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts sauté in butter and add:
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Lawry’s season salt
½ cup white wine
1 large head fresh broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces, steamed
1 can cream of mushroom soup, 2 T lemon juice, ½ cup mayonnaise. 
Place chicken and broccoli in baking dish, top with sauce mixture.
Top with 1 c cheddar cheese and 1 c seasoned bread crumbs.  Bake at 350 for 20 mins.

Chef Tess' Chicken Divan Meal in a Jar 

1 tsp garlic powder
3T Burgundy wine powder (optional)
2 tsp chicken bullion
¼ cup flour or 2T cornstarch
½ cup sour cream powderHoneyville powdered sour cream
2 tsp  lemon juice powder

Place ingredients in a quart-sized jar. Shaking the powdered ingredients into the chicken and broccoli and topping with the baggie of cheese. 

Top with a oxygen absorbers (learn all about oxygen absorbers) and hand tighten the lid. You can seal with a Food Saver Vacuum Packing Jar Attachment instead if you desire. This meal should be shelf-stable 3-5 years. 

Directions to prepare meal: In a half-gallon size casserole, Add 4 cups hot water to the chicken-broccoli mixture and stir well. Allow to hydrate 10 minutes. Hydrate cheese in a separate small bowl with a light mist of water.

Sprinkle cheese over the casserole and bake 350 degrees for 20 minutes until thick and gooey. Serve warm.  

If you have any questions on this food-storage method, visit the post:

52 Method Meals in a Jar Basic Information

There you go! Another delicious meal in a jar.

Always My Very Best,
Your Friend Chef Tess

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