The theme for today seems to be “Things That Do Not Cooperate.” It’s a Monday, that tends to be the case. After starting off with a bang by getting almost no sleep last night, I spent the bulk of my thirteen hour work day handling Christmas merchandise. Yes, you read that correctly, Christmas merchandise. I won’t spark any religious debates by discussing the irony that is a Pagan building Christmas displays while surrounded by Halloween merchandise. Long story short, dinner almost consisted of peanut butter on saltines, washed down with beer. I kid you not, the day, while not completely without its bright points, was that trying.
I rummaged through the cabinets (meal plan? what meal plan?), and discovered I had all of the ingredients for a casserole similar to one my mom used to make. I suppose when you’ve had a long day and you’re too old to need your mommy, you’re still not too old to replicate her comfort food. Considering the theme for today is “Things That Do Not Cooperate,” I will remind you that most casseroles just aren’t pretty, and this one is particularly not photogenic. What this one lacks in beauty, it makes up for in taste. The real beauty of it is that it comes together quickly and it’s quite forgiving. Measurements really aren’t critical here, and if you work quickly and keep the ingredients warm as you assemble it, the time it spends in the oven is minimal.
Chicken Divan Casserole
- 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed and cooked
- 2 C. frozen broccoli, thawed or fresh broccoli, steamed
- 4 C. cooked rice (I used brown, mom used to use white)
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 C. breadcrumbs (fresh or dried, seasoned or plain, I used panko)
- Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
- In a large bowl or skillet, combine the chicken, broccoli, rice, and soup.
- Season with salt and pepper as desired.
- Pour into a 9×13″ glass baking dish and spread evenly.
- Sprinkle the top with the cheese, top with the breadcrumbs.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese has melted.