Whole30 “Chicken Divan” Casserole

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Whole30 and Gluten Free

Casseroles were a big part of my upbringing.  I think many of us remember eating a lot of them that started from a condensed soup can.  This recipe is very reminiscent of a Chicken Divan dish that I ate growing up.  Back then, we used to eat it over curried rice.  I adapted this recipe so that all ingredients are clean.  It also uses some meal prep items that I always have on hand (Instant pot shredded chicken, roasted red peppers, and broccoli).  Hopefully, you enjoy it as well.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup raw cashews ( I soak them in water either the night before or cover them in hot water for about 45 minutes before they are ready to use)
  • 1 13.5 oz can of organic coconut milk
  • 1 whole roasted red pepper
  • 3 cups of cauliflower rice (I made mine and made it a bit chunkier-you can make yours or buy it, if you buy it frozen make sure you defrost, and drain)
  • 8 oz of chicken stock
  • 2 cups of Whole30 and Gluten Free Instant Pot Shredded Chicken
  • 16oz chopped broccoli (I uses frozen, I defrosted, and squeezed out water with a clean dishtowel.
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons of curry powder
  • 1 Tablespoon of mustard powder
  • 1 Tablespoons of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • Nutritional Yeast to sprinkle over the top

Directions:

  1. Combine cashews, coconut milk, and roasted red pepper into a blender.  Blend until smooth.
  2. Combine cauliflower rice and chicken stock in a skillet, cook down until al dente, usually about 15 minutes on medium heat until liquid has absorbed and evaporated.
  3. Transfer cauliflower rice to a  9×13 cooking dish
  4. Mix spices, salt and pepper together in a bowl.  Add in coconut cashew cream and whisk until well incorporated.
  5. In casserole dish, layer chicken on top of cauliflower rice, and then broccoli.
  6. Top with the sauce; using a spatula to even it out.
  7. Sprinkle the casserole with nutritional yeast all over.  The amount is at your discretion.  This adds flavor, texture, and gives that good brown layer that a casserole should have.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until golden brown.

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