I found Puff Pastry Shells at Fareways and had to get them. They seldom have them, so I stocked up. They must have them for Christmas. You can use them for so many things. You can put the makings for chicken pot pie in them, or a pastry cream but for today, I’m making something that a friend made for me over 25 years ago and I loved it. This is not her recipe but it tastes a great deal like hers. I have just made it super simple by using cans of soup.
Chicken Divan in Puff Pastry Shells
1 package of Puff Pastry Shells
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
½ cup grated cheddar cheese
1 tbs. of Worcestershire sauce
2 large chicken breasts
1 can of Cheesy Broccoli soup
1 can of Cream of Mushroom soup
1 cup chicken broth
Kosher salt and pepper
Add enough water just to cover chicken breasts. Salt water and poach your chicken breasts until they are done. Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces. Save a cup of the broth after poaching your chicken.
Heat the oven to 425°F as package directs. Lay out your shells on a baking sheet. Do not let them touch. You get 6 in a package.
Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until the shells have risen and browned.
Let cool, take the tops off of the shells with a knife. The centers will have a little raw unbaked dough that I remove with a fork. Set the shells aside.
Add your chicken back into the pan and add the Worcestershire sauce, broth, and the cans of soup. Mix well. Add your cheddar cheese and let it melt while folding it into your mixture. Taste and see if it need salt. I just add pepper because the soup has plenty of salt in it.
Fill each pastry shell with the Chicken Divan. Put the lid back on. Serve while it is hot.
It makes a complete meal or you can serve it with a side salad.
Variation - Want to add a little more flavor you can grate some carrot and/or onion and add to the soup mixture. If you love broccoli, you can use frozen broccoli for bigger bites of broccoli and just leave out the cheesy broccoli soup. Add another 1/2 cup of cheese to the mixture if you leave out the broccoli soup.
Thanks Connie for introducing me to this and the many years of friendship and memories going back over 40 years. Connie died from cancer and I miss her and her generous heart.
Life is short so be happy and may God bless you and yours.