Chicken Devan – A Great Freezer Meal!

by Mama Chocolate on April 22, 2011

 Mama Chocolate
Welcome to Week 6 of Fun with Food Friday
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Today you get two variations on a very similar dish! 
Lindsey Grimes sent me a recipe for a casserole which was almost identical to one that I already make and love, except her’s is basically the speedy version with more convenience-food ingredients!
So I’m gonna give you both and then show you how I put mine together!
Lindsey’s Chicken, Broccoli & Cheese Casserole

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups uncooked instant rice
  • 2 (10 ounce) cans chunk chicken, drained
  • 1 (10.75oz) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (10.75oz) can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 (16oz) package frozen chopped broccoli
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 1 pound processed cheese food, (such as Velveeta)
1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.) In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Mix in the instant rice, cover, and remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes.
3.) In a 9×13 baking dish, mix the prepared rice, chicken, cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, butter, milk, broccoli, onion, and processed cheese.

4.) Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Stir halfway through cooking to help cheese melt evenly.

This recipe is a great way to get your little munchkins to eat broccoli! :-)


Mama Chocolate’s Chicken Devan

  • 4 cups cooked rice, (I usually use brown rice)
  • 3 cups cooked chicken, (this is about 3 breasts, see my Chicken Noodle Soup recipe for easy, moist preparation)
  • 3 cups fresh cut-up broccoli (or frozen works almost as well)
  • Make White Sauce using this amazingly easy microwave recipe (double it for use in this dish)
  • 3/4 cup mayo
  • 1 to 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 Tb lemon juice
  • salt 
  • 1.5 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Press rice into a 9×13 pan.

2.) Sprinkle the cooked chicken over the rice.



3.) If you are using fresh, (not frozen) broccoli, lightly steam it first. You want it to still have some crunch, since it’ll be cooking again in the casserole.
4.) Spread the steamed broccoli over the rice and chicken.
(I think I went a little overkill here on the broccoli, but we all like broccoli here and I happened to have a lot on hand!)
5.) Take the white sauce you made using the amazing microwave recipe, (which I forgot to do!) and add mayo, lemon juice, salt and curry powder, (to your taste.)


I know I have enough curry powder for our tastes when it’s about this color after stirring thoroughly


6.) Spread the sauce over the rice, chicken and broccoli


7.) When your eager toddler begs to “help?!” and drags a chair into the kitchen all by her little self, let her sprinkle the cheddar over the top
She will love you forever. ;-)


8.) Sprinkle the breadcrumbs on top.

9.) You can now either wrap it up and freeze the dish to bake later (it holds beautifully for about 2-3 months!) or go ahead and pop it in the oven to bake for 45-60 minutes, until golden on top.
10.) Now that your little angel is no longer in her “liddle printhess dress” let her consume your creation.
If you are not a curry-lover, do not be alarmed by it’s inclusion in this dish. This is not a “curry dish.” 
It just gives the casserole a delicious deep flavor.


This is one of our favorite meals and I love  having it in the freezer ready to pop in the oven on a busy day!



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Adelina Priddis April 22, 2011 at 12:53 pm

WOW! That sounds and looks so yummy! Dinner tonight? I think so.


Random Deals April 22, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Oh my, you have made me so hungry. That looks so good! Thank you for following Random Deals. Here to return the favor. :)


fancygrlnancy April 22, 2011 at 10:11 pm

wow, can I come over for dinner? LOL!


Phil and Darby Hawley April 23, 2011 at 6:52 am

Looks delicious! I'm visiting from the Alexa HOP and a new follower :-)


Aimee @ Just Kidding Around Atlanta April 24, 2011 at 7:34 am

YUM! My chicken divan recipe is a mix between these two – it has soup, mayo & sour cream for the "sauce", plus the yummmmmmmy curry powder. But I've never used rice – mine is sometimes served over angelhair pasta but often we just serve it with crusty bread to soak up the sauce!! Love your blog – can't wait to check out more of it! New follower from the Alexa hop – stop by & say hi if you have time!

Aimee @


Diane April 27, 2011 at 3:08 pm

I fix Chicken Divan so much that my friends all call it Chicken Diane! Great pictorial!

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Crunchy Frugalista April 29, 2011 at 5:45 am

That looks amazing! I am your newest follower from the Alexa hop. Hope to see you soon at


Rachel August 25, 2011 at 9:38 am

Looks delicious and simple, I love curry and my sister just brought back some she got from india! I’ll have to try this recipe!


Kelly April 22, 2012 at 9:15 pm

What a super cute helper – and yumo!

I have a linky for baking with kids and would love you to share

Warmly, Kelly


Cindee N. June 28, 2012 at 6:22 pm

What are the instructions for baking this from a frozen state? Thanks!


Mama Chocolate June 29, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Cindee, if I’m baking it straight out of the freezer, I usually do it at 300 degrees, covered, for approx 2.5 hours!


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