Super Easy Chicken Divan


Before I became a full time stay at home mom/MBA student.  I pictured myself the domestic Goddess.  Beautiful dinners every night and a clean house most days (since I hate cleaning most days seems the realistic image).  In reality I’m lucky if I have 30minutes once everyone is asleep at night to read.  Just feeding, changing and playing with a 20month old and a 4 month old takes up most of my time.  And since I’ve been trying to loose weightI steal the hour out of the day when they are both napping to exercise rather than clean or prep those beautiful dinners previously mentioned.  But I digress.

Since coming to grips with the reality of my situation I have been collecting an arsenal of all kinds of simple recipes.  This is one of my favorites that I’ve come across and has become part of our monthly dinner rotation.  The part that takes the longest is cooking the chicken.  And you will see in a note I left below to make that easier for myself I boil the chicken.  I throw it in the water add some seasoning and forget about it for awhile.  Plus, I don’t have to worry too much that it will get dry.  This casserole also freezes well so with just Vince, Fallyn and I this recipe is plenty for two night’s dinners.

Ingredients:
1-1.5lbs cooked chicken (I like to boil and shred it.  I add lots of seasoning to the water and its easy to shred up for any casserole.)
2cans cream of chicken soup
1can cream of mushroom soup
1/2cup mayo
14-16oz bag frozen broccoli (cooked according to package directions, I cook it a little less then what I would normally do because it cooks more in the oven.)
1bag (about 2cups) of shredded cheese of your choice.  I like sharp cheddar but my mom uses mozzarella.

Directions: 
In a large mixing bowl stir together the chicken, 3 cans of soup and mayo.   Once they are well mixed fold in broccoli and a small handful of cheese.  Pour mixture into a 9×13 or 2 8×8 casseroles pans.  Bake at 375 for 30-35minutes.  I like to make 2 8×8’s and throw one in the freezer.

Vince likes this recipe over rice.  I am happy with it alone and a salad on the side.  You can add salt and pepper while mixing I usually only do a little pepper and let people salt and pepper more if needed.  I don’t like adding salt since so many of the ingredients have a high sodium content already.

Enjoy and let me know what you think!!

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