Thursday, February 21, 2013

Chef Tess' Chicken Divan Meal in a Jar Recipe

Hello Darlings! I'm excited to visit the Cookin' Cousins today and share yet another great recipe! 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
3T Burgundy wine powder (optional)
2 tsp chicken bouillon
¼ cup Honeyville All Purpose Flour or 2T cornstarch

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 an oxygen absorber (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. 

Cooking Directions: 
 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


Anonymous said...

I would love to see more food storage recipes that are not so heavy on carbohydrates! We have diabetics in our family and really can't make use of most food storage recipes because of the high reliance on carbs. THANK YOU for this recipe!

Cookin' Cousins said...

We're planning a new Chef Tess video focused more on veggies, so keep your eyes pealed for that. Also, check out Chef Tess' last Meal in a Jar on this blog, her Healthy Lean Protein Veggie Hearty Soup:

Anonymous said...

I made the lean protein vege soup - delicious!!!!! Thanks Tess

Anonymous said...

Can you give directions to cook this on a campfire?

Anonymous said...

yes.. all my meals in a jar are used on camping trips. I would love to be able to cook this in a skillet over a campfire. Wait, I could use my dutch oven maybe? hmmmmm