|Hidden-Cauli Chicken Divan|
I recently polled y'all asking for your childhood favorite dishes, that you'd love to see somewhat "healthified". I had never heard of Chicken Divan before the poll, but it was hands down one of the TOP requested items!
Upon further inspection of classic recipes, I can understand why. It's rich, comforting and frankly, usually packed with addictive MSG, found in all canned "cream of's". But I knew I could find a way to create fabulous, gotta-have-more flavor without any fake foods.
In my version, I sub half of the cream cheese for yogurt, and I rely on the sweetness of sautéed alliums (onion, shallot, garlic) for depth of flavor. I also use rotisserie chicken to save time, but you can certainly cook it up yourself if you prefer! And perhaps best yet, I managed to hide a whole 12 ounce bag of cauliflower rice in this dish! It adds volume and texture but you cannot taste it at all.
This is a recipe where quality matters. If possible, look for cream cheese, yogurt and cheddar that's source from pastured raised cows or is at least organic. The dish makes a ton of food, so you're saving $ on multiple meals. If you can splurge on quality dairy, it will make a difference on how your body digests and assimilates it.
I have enjoyed my Chicken Divan over buttery rice, noodles and even scooped with chips...all equally delicious. That said, it's completely keto, if you want to just serve as-is or with some more non-starchy veggies.
For those of you who grew up with this dish, please let me know if I did it justice, if there's room for improvements! xo