Monday, July 17, 2006

Curry Chicken and a Really Big Zucchini

Once I learned that broccoli is good, one of my favorite dishes to eat became Curry Chicken Divan. Over the past few years, I've tinkered with the recipe a bit and lightened it up. For those of you afrain of "lightening up" an already good recipe, this still turns out great! It has a light curry flavor combined with creaminess and the healthful (as Rachel Ray would say) ingredients of broccoli and chicken breast.

Curry Chicken Divan
2-3 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless) boiled, chopped
2-3 small heads of broccoli (or one large bag frozen chopped), cooked
1 can cream of chicken soup (I use 98% fat free)
1 cup yogurt (or 2/3 cup yogurt, 1/3 cup mayo)**
1 tsp curry powder
1/2 cup New York or sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup crackers, crushed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Put cooked broccoli in the bottom of a casserole. Put chopped chicken on top of broccoli. Combine soup, yogurt, curry powder, and cheese. Pour over top of chicken (I don't usually use all of this mixture, but it is creamier if you do!). Crush crackers over the casserole. Spray with cooking spray or dot with butter. Bake for 30 minutes.

**The last time I made this, I didn't have much yogurt and only used ~1/2 cup and it still worked. So, if you don't have "enough" go ahead and try. it may surprise you!

From this recipe, I"ve decided that I really like curry but don't have any other recipes. If you have a good one, let me know. I may try something with shrimp next time. That, I think, would be yummy! Chieck this recipe and other great ARF recipes at Sweetnicks for ARF foods day tomorrow!

BTW, anyone have any good ideas about what to do with a HUGE zucchini? I may put it in a soup or make zucchini bread.


Annie said...

I have made this recipe for Stuffed Zucchini and Red Bell Peppers by Giada DE Laurentiis and liked it a lot. I don't know how you feel about meatloaf, but it's kind of like a mini meatloaf inside of the zucchini. Although it's made with ground turkey instead of ground beef. Hope that helps!
P.s. I'm looking forward to your meme!

barb said...

my husband once grew a zucchini that eneded up the size of a basell bat and he entered it in a county fair thingy - well he won for the largest and then gave it to the school.
Zucchini bread is a favorite of ours.

The Cookbook Junkie said...

I'm posting a simple recipe with zucchini tomorrow. Tell them to wait.

My favorite recipe with curry powder is mulligatawny soup but I've never made it because the hospital I used to work in made the best mulligatawny in their cafeteria. I know I'll never be able to duplicate it. It had big chunks of apples and I never passed it up. I don't even know if they made it there or bought it prepared. It was always the same so I bet they bought it prepared.

You can make a dip for veggies with curry powder too. Just mix it with your favorite dip base (mayo, sour cream, yogurt, etc).

Unknown said...

Annie - The stuffed zucchini looks good. I've had something like that before, but this is a different recipe. I do like the fact that it is ground turkey. For some reason, I'm not a big ground beef fan at this moment in time.

Doodles- Thanks for coming to my site. Big vegetables just amaze me! I mean, how do they get that big?!

CBJ - Looking forward to the recipe. The apple curry soup sounds good. I may have to try something like that in the fall.