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 1/2 cup Honeyville freeze-dried chicken
1 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp Chef Tess All Purpose Seasoning
3T Burgundy wine powder (optional)
2 tsp chicken bullion
¼ cup flour or 2T cornstarch
½ cup Honeyville Instant Non-fat dry milk powder
1/2 cup Honeyville freeze-dried cheddar cheese(in a bag)
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