Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

  • Eylphyn Posted: 03/14/10
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    As far as weeknight dinners go this is absolutely delicious! I make some whole grain rice to go with this and everyone loves it! The only thing I change is that I use greek yogurt in place of the sour cream as I always have all of these ingredients on hand so can make this recipe quickly!

  • ILMBeaches Posted: 12/18/09
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    This was a big hit and have made it several times a month.

  • rindacolleen Posted: 07/30/10
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    Terrible! I agree with the person who said it looked and smelled like vomit. I would add that it tastes like vomit. The chicken and broccoli were beautiful, but somewhere after I added the sherry and the cream of mushroom and the sour cream and the mayonnaise, the beautiful ingredients turned into a horrible mess.

  • nyca5124 Posted: 02/12/10
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    My husband liked this dish quite well, but I thought it was quite bland and boring. I didn't use all of the sauce, and thought more chicken was needed. I won't make this again.

  • corinneja Posted: 01/15/09
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    The only thing I did differently was doubled the amount of salt because I found it bland the first time I made it. It's delicious, though! I put it over rice and it makes a great weeknight meal.

  • JeninND Posted: 03/11/10
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    This is a strange casserole. I really didn't think I would like it, but I did, and my family ate it. It definitely smelled and looked like vomit though! I think it's the combination of the Parmesan and the sherry. Yuck! I served it over whole wheat egg noodles, so all that sauce went to good use. Next time I will leave out the sherry, and use fresh broccoli, UNCOOKED.

  • gshelby Posted: 01/07/09
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    Love it and it was great as leftovers. Surprised that the fat free ingredients tasted so good.

  • browney Posted: 01/05/09
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    good, solid week night recipe. Not too difficult or pricey and was tasty. The kids (3 and 18 months) loved it. Anything to get them to eat veggies. Certainly not appealing to look at but what casserole really is? Will totally make this again.

  • Camden Posted: 01/18/11
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    This is such a savory and delicious casserole and the flavors are different than the ones I usually cook with. Great for a warm and cozy meal.

  • norquista Posted: 01/06/09
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    I really love CL recipes, so it is a rare occasion that I am disappointed. Unfortunately, this recipe was EXTREMELY disappointing. It smelled like vomit when it was in the oven and looked like it when I took the dish out. YUCK! I won't be making this one again in the future (or even try to mess with it to improve the look and flavor).

  • MaggieLyn Posted: 04/17/09
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    This was delicious! I highly recommend, it makes a great meal and wonderful leftovers!

  • skicook Posted: 01/28/09
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    Good recipe that has gone into the rotation. Must add garlic!! Have used left over rotisserie chicken which gives more flavor, but adds fat. Kids and husband love it. Great comfort food. Better served with wide wheat or egg noodles. Gave 4 stars to bump up rating since I look for recipes with 4-5 stars to try.

  • Shenzi1999 Posted: 11/12/09
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    Read the reviews and still gave it a try because there are a few good ones. Was looking for a good recipe with two of my family's favorite ingredients. Such a disappointment, not to mention waste of time and money and food. It was awful, too creamy and had a funny flavor even though I cut down on the mayo and sour cream as others had suggested. My husband took one bite and said he was done, he couldn't even stand the smell!

  • Librarierin Posted: 01/14/09
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    We really enjoyed this. It isn't anything fancy but was very kid-friendly and the adults found it tasty as well. Nice weeknight meal. We made it as written--the only thing different I did was sprinkle some breadcrumbs on top to add a bit of eye appeal.

  • Ksylve1 Posted: 01/14/09
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    The meal was good, but I don't know if it is something I will make again. I followed the recipe as is, and I believe the sauce was too thick and rich and too much.

  • lisakidsrn Posted: 03/22/09
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    This was unbelievable!!! So fast and it was hard to eat just one serving. You can also make it with real mayo instead of fat-free and it's just as good if not better!!! Great for dinner or guests. Not your typical "cassarole" in its wonderful taste! I buy the quick frozen chicken breasts so I can just quickly defrost what I need for each recipe and I used 3 for this one.

  • elizabeth20 Posted: 02/02/09
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    I grew up on chicken divan - once a week in my house. This recipe is a mess. Too much of everything, no flavor. Yuck. For a better recipe use 1 can cream of chicken (lofat), 1/4 cup mayo (lofat or fat free), shredded cheddar (again, reduced fat), lemon juice, curry power, shredded chicken and broccoli, Top with breadcrumbs and bake. Flavorful and completely unlike this mess.

  • Whiskey Posted: 03/03/09
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    Was served this at a party last night. It was yummy. At first I wasn't sure because it's not pretty, but the taste was fantastic. I look forward to making it and serving it with a starch side.

  • BarbPila Posted: 03/07/09
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    Too much mayo! That was pretty much the only thing I could taste. I made this exactly as the recipe said but will make several modifications if I try it again. Less mayo, less milk and few more seasonings. Maybe crushed onions or something on top to give it a little crunch. This was very disappointing as is...

  • ahstomberg Posted: 11/08/09
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    This casserole definately has some good flavors in it, but I would probably change a few things to enhance the recipe the second time around. I would add more vegetables and/or rice.

  • Bmullins Posted: 08/10/09
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    This recipe is very similar to one I have made for years called "Chicken Divan". This recipe is more involved and the results are NOT as good. It really has too many unnecessary steps and messes up too many dishes. The taste is somewhat "Blah". I will not bother to make it again.

  • GJohnson Posted: 09/22/10
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    My family loves this recipe! It's comfort food trimmed-down a bit. I agree that it may not smell wonderful, but the taste is fabulous. Our three kids under the age of 5 all enjoy it as well, which we love since the vegetable is in the casserole. This recipe made the "keeper book" years ago!

  • Robin4 Posted: 07/09/09
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    My husband and I really enjoyed this recipe. This makes great portion sizes for eating small meals a day. I would make this again.

  • rhuber34 Posted: 10/16/09
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    Amazing! Easy to make and has a great flavor!

  • No Longer Registered Posted: 07/14/09
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    MAKE SURE you add enough chicken. I made this mistake and it turned out a mess. The worcestershire sauce overpowered any other taste in the dish, and the sour cream made it tangy and sour. Even if I did add the half breast I was missing, I think this is a disgusting sweet and sour mixture. I picked out the chicken and tried to wipe off the sauce. On the other hand, my boyfriend loves it and expects me to make it again. What?? Ha! I've concluded you either LOVE or HATE this recipe, but I'm hoping my boyfriend doesn't bring it up because I certainly don't have a desire to make it again.

  • cladronka Posted: 09/24/09
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    Did not like it....don't bother try another great recipe on this website.

  • kellyhall Posted: 12/22/09
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    This is a terrible dish. Too much mayo, spices cannot hide the overpowering creamy mayo going on here! I love chicken and broccoli so this was a real let down.

  • ncparkins Posted: 08/20/09
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    Loved it. Made it twice in a week. I could eat the sauce on its own. I actually eliminated the Mushroom Soup and the Worcestershire Sauce and it was perfect!

  • Heidelind1 Posted: 10/17/09
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    I wouldn't make this for company cause it looks like a mess, but the taste of this dish is really good. It's very heavy and keeps you full for a long time.

  • dezlorelle Posted: 12/11/10
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    Yummy! Just made this tonight and it was very good. However I was lazy and used canned shredded chicken and it was still good.

  • justmedonna Posted: 02/11/11
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    I added baby red potatoes under the mixture....number 1

  • Izalea Posted: 11/02/10
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    This is a decent recipe - good for a weeknight for the family. It pleased my picky parents in law! Personally I found it a bit 'goopy' - thick and sticky sauce - but that is just personal preference as it tastes fine, even without the sherry, which I didn't have on hand.

  • Angiesue82 Posted: 10/08/10
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    I have tried doezens of Cooking Light receipes, normally I'm very satisfied. This one was bad enough that I was compelled to review. Way too timing consuming for a week night casserole. Taste was not appealing. I agree with others that it was oddly sweet - and yes I used evaporated and not condenced canned milk. There was way too much "sauce" for the amount of chicken/broccoli. I even served it over pasta to give it some additional texture - still bad. Not worth the effort - try something else.

  • abcfoodie Posted: 01/20/10
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    With a little personal tweaking this has become a favorite. I substitute a tablespoon of Dijon mustard for the nutmeg. Also, instead of a cup of Parm I stir in about 1/2 cup of lowfat cheddar or sometimes Jarlesburg cheese and then just sprinkle some grated parm on top. serve over rice.

  • myboyzmama Posted: 05/06/10
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    This would have been a perfect recipe had the broccoli not been pure mush since receipe called for boiling for 5 minutes and then baking for 50 minutes! About 30 minutes into the baking, i realized the mistake....too late

  • TaraMundo Posted: 05/07/10
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    I'm surprised how many people don't like this meal...This is my husband's absolute favorite dish! I always follow the recipe and use good-quality parmesan cheese. But now I'm afraid to make it for company because maybe we're just strange to love it so much!

  • racheleec Posted: 03/28/11
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    This is a good weeknight recipe, though I don't know I would have it for a special occasion. I subbed greek yogurt for the sour cream and chicken broth for the dry sherry. I also added about a tablespoon of dijon. To deal with the gloppiness that others wrote about, I added 1 cup of uncooked brown rice and it worked out great.

  • holtcm25 Posted: 07/22/10
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    I LOVE this recipe!! The meat is tender, the broccoli is delicious and it's low fat! It makes me sad that people don't like it!!

  • SpinGal Posted: 01/18/11
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    I LOVE this. And my husband does too. I prepped it Sunday afternoon, refrigerated it, and popped it in the oven Monday after work. A couple minor changes: (1) used fresh broccoli and followed the same cooking instructions. (2) Since I didn't have any sour cream on hand, I drained some low-fat yogurt for a few hours until it was about that consistency and used it instead. (And I'd do it that way again since I always have plain yogurt on hand.) (3) Since my husband is not a Parmesan lover, used 1/4 C. parm and 1/4 C. grated sharp cheddar. I served it over jasmine brown rice and give it rave reviews. It's satisfying, homey, great for a winter night.

  • TheOCfoodie Posted: 08/03/10
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    Warning, warning... do not make this recipie without reading comments from other readers!!!!!! The evaporated milk made this recepie TOOOOOOOOO sweet! I would only make this again if it was not included. I had to do everything I could in order to salvadge all of the lovely chicken and broccoli I made with this recipie. Even tried cayenne pepper to try to distract from the massive amounts of sweetness. I would only make again if I could remove the evaporated milk.

  • Lsouth Posted: 08/16/10
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    People - Evaporated milk is NOT the same as Sweetend condensed Milk - that is your mistake - Evaporated milk is just milk with part of the water removed to thicken it. That will fix your sweetness problem - I make variations of this all of the time - it is great.

  • Mickeysue Posted: 03/31/11
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    I cannot believe this recipe does not have 5 stars! It's sooo good, and tastes like the original recipe from the 60's or 70's!!! I used Miracle Whip instead of mayo, and I really think that makes it! Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly. try it, you'll like it!!!

  • konekel Posted: 01/06/11
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    This is a great casserole and the portions are good sized. Serve over rice - yum!

  • christine62055 Posted: 01/25/11
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    Absolutely love this recipe! It is light and savory, looks beautiful and is great for potlucks and entertaining. (I substituted poultry seasoning for nutmeg and chicken broth for sherry.)

  • andrea3967 Posted: 03/07/11
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    I used 1/8 cup of white vinegar mixed with 1/8 cup of water instead of the dry sherry. Recipe was very good. Be careful when heating the milk mixture. It can burn easily.

  • eatsleeprun Posted: 02/22/11
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    Fantastic recipe! It deserves 5 Stars! A family favorite in my house. Healthy, low fat, easy to make, & delicious. What's not to like? I use fresh, organic broccoli and substitute greek yogurt for the sour cream. I serve it with a field green salad and I feel good about what I've fed my family that day.

  • sorourke1 Posted: 06/13/11
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    The taste was just OK. The problem was cooking it for 50 minutes at 400 degrees. It was totally dessicated and almost burned. I used low fat mayo and low fat sour cream, and then sauteed the chicken and cooked some white wine over the drippings. When I mixed that in, the color and flavor improved. Nobody had seconds.

  • Annsley423 Posted: 05/08/11
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    I must agree with other reviews that there was definitely something off-putting regarding the smell of the dish. While the flavor and consistency was good the smell out weighed the positive qualities of the dish. Usually my boyfriend helps himself to seconds of everything I make, but he was "full" after a small portion and declined taking some to work for lunch the next day. I ate the leftovers just because I didn't want to waste the food / money by throwing it out. I can't think of a way to improve this since I cannot pinpoint which combo of ingredients produced the strange smell, so I won't be making this again.

  • newthings14 Posted: 06/15/11
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    It was good my boyfriend really enjoyed it thats good because i made enough to feed an army he will be eating it for a few days ha. I on the other head found it to be a bit heavy for me. I think it would be a good meal in the winter time. Looking forward to trying many more new recipes :-)

  • mariayork67 Posted: 04/21/11
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    ABSOLUTELY VOMITROCIOUS!!!!! The best thing to do with this recipe is to never make it. I used full fat ingredients for more flavor and freshly grated parm. cheese. Horrible presentation and flavor. It's like when you are absolutely starving and the only thing to eat is canned spaghttieos that your kids eat, so you eat it to keep from starving. Then and only then would this dish be edible. The chicken was overcooked as well as the broccoli. The other flavors just did not mesh. If I wanted this food I could have gone to my local hospitals cafeteria. Gave it to the dog. Can't wait to see how that turns out!!!

  • Lippychick Posted: 08/31/11
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    I wont be making this again the kids full and felt sick after a tiny portion I couldn't even bring my self to do the usual try and eat another little bit it is so heavy....to be honest the smell alone is enough to put you off the whole house smells awful had to open all the windows to try and get rid of it !!!

  • asutton Posted: 10/11/11
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    The first time trying this recipe was ok but it was rather salty. So I made a lot of changes because I wanted it much creamier. Here was my recipe. 1 pkg frozen broccoli (cook on stove top how the pkg suggests) 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 1 cup 2% milk 1/4 cup all purpose flour 1/4 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. ground pepper Dash of ground oregano 1 container Philadelphia Cooking Creme (Savory Garlic) 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1 can cream of mushroom 2 cups mozzarella Preheat oven 400 degrees Cook broccoli. Cook chicken in 1/2 cup water until done. Then dice into bite size pieces. Whisk 1/2 cup milk, flour, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and oregano together in saucepan on low. Stir cream cheese, cream of mushroom, and remaining milk into bowl, then add to the saucepan and mix until smooth. Add 1 cup cheese. Grease 13X9in baking dish, then add creamy mix, chicken, and broccoli and stir until combined well. Use remaining cheese to cover mixture. Bake for 35 min

  • donnaluv2cruise Posted: 10/27/11
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    I love this recipe.. I've made it quite a few times already. The only thing I do different is add 2 packs (about 3 cups,) or cooked brown rice.

  • SandyPTA Posted: 10/31/11
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    My husband and I love this recipe. Comfort food for sure. A little too mayoneesy (!) so I cut back a little on that and I love the nutmeg so add a touch more. Definitely food for a cooler night.

  • JenniLou2 Posted: 12/13/11
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    Thought this was good. Served over rice...too dry. Will make solo next time.

  • nmgiampapa Posted: 01/04/12
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    This recipe is a keeper for sure. Everyone loved it including the kids. That makes it worthy of 5 stars in my book. It was easy to make and I keep all of the ingredients except for the sour cream as staples in my house making this a great recipe in a pinch.

  • Munchita Posted: 12/19/11
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    I thought that this was very good and filling. The only thing I did different was use 1/2 cup of mayo instead of 1 cup.

  • Adshehan Posted: 02/04/12
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    This was a great weeknight dinner - good comfort food! Will add to my list of favorites.

  • JessicaKeay Posted: 05/08/12
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    Not overwhelmed but not underwhelmed at the same time. I think it could use low-fat cheddar cheese for color and next time maybe a small amount of mustard instead of the worcestershire sauce. I didn't eat it with any kind of noodles or rice, decreased the sherry & mayonnaise so it wouldn't be goopy after reading the reviews.

  • sheilakitzman Posted: 04/18/13
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    This was a hit with the family (even my picky 9 year old cleaned her plate). I salted the broccoli and chicken when I removed them from the boiling water. I substituted Marsala for sherry because that is what I had on hand. As they say "winner, winner chicken dinner. "

  • jtkcookin Posted: 11/25/12
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    Made this for dinner hoping it would taste like a lighter version Chicken Divan - my husband's favorite. Followed the recipe exactly as given, and very disappointed with the results. There was way too much sauce for the chicken & broccoli - and the sherry overpowered the dish. My 3 year old refused to eat it, and my husband and I had a hard time stomaching our meals. I don't think this recipe belongs in the "Best of Cooking Light" - which is where I found it.

  • stacy12345 Posted: 04/04/13
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    Me and my daughter really liked this recipe! I would have liked a little more broccoli in it.

  • Phoebegetsfit Posted: 03/06/13
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    This really hits the spot when you're craving some good gooey comfort food. I would recommend baking the chicken instead of boiling it to keep it from getting too tough.

  • blondi6354 Posted: 01/20/13
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    My roommate and I love this recipe. Great to have in the fridge to heat up for dinner during the week. I use the olive oil based mayonnaise to cut down on calories/fat. I also go lighter on the sauce than the recipe calls for. We love it!

  • kodibug84 Posted: 12/16/12
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    This was pretty good. I made it as directed and served it with salad. It was very filling and my husband loved it.

  • ellemichelle Posted: 10/26/12
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    Wow, wish I had read through the reviews before I made this. All we could taste was the mayo, and I had even substituted fat free greek yogurt for the sour cream (I can only imagine how much more sickeningly fattening and thick this would've been if I hadn't!). I think I may try again but substituting yogurt for all the mayo as well.

  • KaitieFO Posted: 10/03/12
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    Did anyone use non-fat Greek yogurt instead of the mayo or sour cream? Any success--and how much did you use?

  • HeathLynnC Posted: 12/29/12
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    This is a hit at our house. My kids ask for it on a regular basis. I serve it over rice with a side salad. It's similar to a stroganoff not chicken divan, so if that's what you're looking for I'd look elsewhere.

  • GlenGerson Posted: 10/16/13
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    Thanks for making me hungry! While I am not strictly vegetarian ( I'll eat anything) these recipes look amazing and I will definitely try them very soon.

  • leahcaroline Posted: 09/27/13
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    Made this on a weeknight for my boyfriend and me. It was great. I cut the recipe in half since it's just the two of us, and that was simple to do and still came out fine. I'm adding this one to the regulars list.

  • MrsHerholdt Posted: 01/12/14
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    This is an odd recipe, but not bad. I thought about adding a cup or two of cooked brown rice to bulk it up (way more sauce than chicken/broccoli), but in the end, decided to just serve it over the rice. If I made it again, I think I'd omit the sherry, which I think makes it taste/smell weird. Lastly, 50 minutes at 400 degrees for such a shallow casserole would have burned it. I cooked it for about 35 minutes and it was completely bubbling and brown on top.

  • monaweinberg Posted: 01/21/14
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    My family loved it. I substituted Chardonnay for Sherry.

  • jhoward0145 Posted: 06/24/14
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    Mine turned out really soupy...if that is how it is supposed to be, then YUCK. The cream of mushroom should be replaced with something else...maybe cream of chicken. Still too soupy. Not making again and I'm on the search for a different recipe :(

  • MusicLover82 Posted: 07/06/14
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    Way too much mayo in this recipe...it smelled funky when you reheated it too. I won't be making this again.

  • Demonkira Posted: 06/12/14
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    I think a lot of the bad reviews for this are due to the fact that people are using the wrong Sherry. The recipe doesnt call for "cooking sherry" but a dry sherry. I hear cooking sherry is already horrible. I really liked how this turned out. I looked at the comments before hand and was a bit skeptical but still rather enjoyed it. I modified it a bit and only cut the Sherry like someone suggested and replaced it with some riesling as that was what i had at the time and enjoyed the calmer flavor it gave the dish. Even fed it to my roommate who hates mushrooms with a passion and she didnt even notice the cream of mushroom! She loved it! Ill break that news to her when the left overs are gone though...

  • HackerChick Posted: 07/20/13
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    Disgusting! CL recipes are usually good so even though this only had 3 stars I made it, thinking what a healthy dish. YUCK! I can't eat this it tastes so bad.

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