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Marion Stroud's Chicken Divan


Marion Stroud lives in Bedford, England, the town where John Bunyan wrote his classic 'Pilgrim's Progress' when he was in prison for preaching as a non-conformist. She is the author of 24 books, some of which have been translated into 14 different languages. She enjoys entertaining and this recipe is one of her favourites for parties or 'Pot Lucks' as the quantities can be adjusted according to the numbers of guests expected.

Marion's latest book It's Just You and Me Lord 
A book of prayers for every aspect of a woman's life. It is published by Discovery House and will be available via Sam's Club in time for Mother's Day, through shops or by direct mail from Discovery House www.dhp.org .

Marion's recipe for Chicken Divan.

This is a good dish to serve at a party, as you can assemble it to step 3. ahead of time, then heat the sauce, pour it over, add cheese and breadcrumbs, and pop it into the oven at the last minute.

4 lbs cooked chicken [or 10 cooked chicken breasts]
12 slices bacon grilled
20 ozs broccoli partly cooked
4 oz fresh breadcrumbs
4 oz grated cheese

Sauce

I can condensed mushroom soup
½ can chicken stock
I cup mayonaise
I tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon curry powder

1. Remove flesh from the chicken and cut up.
2. Layer chicken, broccoli and bacon in oven proof dish.
3. Mix ingredients for sauce
4. Heat the sauce and pour over chicken mix.
5. Top with breadcrumbs and grated cheese.

Put in the oven at 180 degrees for 30 mins, or until the cheese has melted and the breadcrumbs are crisp. Serve with green salad and herb bread – I suggest Ciabatta. Serves 10