Green Bean Chicken Divan

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The name of this dish indicates that yes, we still have beans coming off the vines in the garden. And that is a very true statement! The second planting is also producing, which puts me on high alert for cooking them in new and different ways because as luck would have it, we are also running out of freezer space.....

Green Bean Chicken Divan
Green Bean Chicken Divan

But the whole "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade" mentality is but a shifting of gears and in the process, a delicious dinner was created. This is also a basic lesson in the combining of leftovers, and getting a whole new meal out of them in the process!

When I looked into the refrigerator what I had was some leftover roasted chicken, some leftover rice and green beans from the garden. Separately not one of these is a star, but together they are a shining example of how to assemble dinner. Otherwise known as, cook with what you have. We have made this a couple of times and it is always delicious and, none goes to waste!

Green Bean Chicken Divan, a delicious use of what you have on hand!

Chicken Divan according to Wikipedia, is a chicken casserole invented at and named for the by-gone Divan Parisian Restaurant in New York's Chatham Hotel. In addition, in France, the word divan refers to a meeting place or great hall.  Honestly, the only connection to the Green Bean Divan we enjoyed and the original signature dish, was a meeting of flavors.

Green Bean Chicken Divan
by the seat of my pants!
350-degree oven

2 c  leftover cooked chicken 
1/1/2 c cooked rice OR leftover rice dish with complimentary flavor
3-4 c whole green beans
1 c bone broth
garlic salt
fresh thyme
ground pepper
2 T mayonnaise
1/4 c Parmesan cheese
1-2 c 1Shredded mild cheddar or Colby jack - if desired

Place green beans in the bottom of a 2 qt dish. Sprinkle with 1 T of the bone stock, cover and place in the oven to steam while preparing other ingredients.10 minutes, or so will warm and begin steaming the beans.

Heat the stock, season to taste with garlic salt, thyme, and fresh ground pepper. Add the rice, mayonnaise, and Parmesan cheese. This will look more like a rice sauce, do not panic!

Remove beans from the oven, down the center of the beans, layer the chicken. Pour the rice over the chicken, covering the chicken evenly with the rice. 

Bake 30 minutes, sprinkle with the shredded cheese, bake 15 minutes more. 



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  1. This looks delicious like all your home cooking does. I just thought of another way to use green beans:
    9x13 dish, place Kielbasa or other sausages, quartered red potatoes, sliced onion, green beans. Add about 1/2 cup water, salt and pepper to taste, and top with a drizzle of oil/and or butter. Cover with foil and bake at 400 for about 40 minutes. Easy, delicious supper.


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