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Lighter Chicken Divan

Lighter Chicken Divan

I’m always looking to make my favorite foods just a little lighter without sacrificing flavor. By using less light mayonnaise and more skim milk as well as light cheese, and lean chicken breast, I think I’ve accomplished it!

I tried to think about a song with light in it that actually meant “less” instead of rays from the moon (moonlight). I found my quarry in the song “Travellin’ Light” by Paul Whiteman’s band with Billie Holiday singing. Billie Holiday isn’t listed in the credits, but trust me–it’s her.

Lighter Chicken Divan



  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place broccoli in large casserole dish. Allow to completely thaw then sop up water in the bottom of the dishes with paper towels.
  3. In a large pot combine soup, mayonnaise, lemon juice, curry powder and skim milk. Allow to simmer over low heat. Add cheese and stir as it melts.
  4. Add diced, cooked chicken to soup mixture and stir. Remove from heat.
  5. Pour mixture over broccoli. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes covered. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes longer or until bubbly and broccoli is slightly less bright green.
  7. Serve over warm rice.

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About Jillaine: As a professional jazz singer who also studies law, savoring daily nosh with family refreshes me. You are invited to my table to try great food, hear tasty music, and join in upbeat conversation!

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