EatingWell's Chicken DivanNearly all my favorite comfort-food recipes include a creamy sauce. But I can do without all the richness and calories.
Chicken Divan, a '30s-era casserole of sliced chicken breasts and spears of broccoli baked in a sauce of butter, flour, milk and cheese or canned soup, was one of these favorites that just cried out for a healthy, delicious makeover. My sister Katie, a recipe developer and food stylist at EatingWell, put her expertise to work on this comfort-food classic.
Luckily at EatingWell we've developed plenty of techniques for making "cream" sauces without the (heavy) cream. EatingWell's take on Chicken Divan is a perfect example of how delicious a lightened cream sauce can be. The "rescued" version has fat cut by 66 percent, sodium reduced by 33 percent and calories lowered by 40 percent, and yet it retains its luscious appeal and is true to the spirit of the original dish.
The fix is relatively simple:
- Rather than use canned creamed soup, we use low-fat milk