For this enchanting dish, you will need:
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and diced
2 cups fresh broccoli florets, blanched
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper, to taste
Olive oil, for cooking
Step 1: A Serenade of Chicken Start the culinary symphony by cooking the boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Season them with salt and pepper to taste. In a hot skillet drizzled with olive oil, cook the chicken until it reaches a golden-brown hue and is thoroughly cooked. Once done, allow the chicken to rest for a few moments before dicing it into bite-sized pieces.
Step 2: A Whirlwind of Broccoli While the chicken takes a respite, plunge the fresh broccoli florets into a pot of boiling water for a quick blanching. This not only brightens the broccoli’s color but also ensures a delightful crunch in the final dish. Once blanched, drain the broccoli and set it aside.
Step 3: A Melody of Creamy Sauce Now, let’s compose the heart of this symphony – the creamy sauce. In a mixing bowl, combine the shredded cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, heavy cream, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir the ingredients until they harmonize into a smooth and velvety sauce.
Step 4: The Ensemble In a lightly greased baking dish, arrange the blanched broccoli as the first layer. Sprinkle a touch of salt and pepper to enhance its flavor. Next, lay the diced chicken pieces gently over the broccoli, creating the second layer of this culinary masterpiece.
Step 5: The Crescendo Pour the luscious creamy sauce over the broccoli and chicken, allowing it to cascade into every nook and cranny. The sauce ties the dish together, like a conductor uniting the orchestra. Ensure the sauce envelops the ingredients, promising a symphony of flavors in every mouthful.
Step 6: The Finale Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Place the dish in the oven and let it bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the sauce bubbles and the cheese turns a golden brown. As the Broccoli Chicken Divan bakes, the kitchen fills with a savory symphony of aromas.
And there you have it – the Broccoli Chicken Divan, a symphony of flavors that transforms everyday ingredients into a culinary masterpiece. With its succulent chicken, vibrant broccoli, and the rich creaminess of the sauce, each bite transports you to a world of gastronomic delight. So, gather your ingredients, let the flavors harmonize, and savor the enchanting Broccoli Chicken Divan with friends and family. Bon appétit!