A rich, creamy casserole, Chicken Divan is easy to prepare and store. Packed with broccoli, cheese, and juicy chicken, the dish can feed a small militia!

Chicken Divan on a plate 

I think you will find that this is one of the best chicken divan recipe offerings out there! A chicken divan recipe with mayo and mushroom soup is one you can count on to be creamy and satisfying. Add sharp cheddar cheese, soft bread crumbs, and scrumptious shredded chicken to the mix, and you have a gastronomically happy recipe!

The dish is very easy to concoct, to boot. You basically just mix the ingredients together and pop it in the oven! Chicken Divan is a great option for larger family, church, or neighborhood gatherings where you have hungry folk coming off a long day of work and in need of more than soup and a salad to replenish their energy. You may find yourself returning to this recipe at your next potluck or party.  If this recipe makes your loved ones lick their plates clean, you might try our Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole on your next go-around.

What is Chicken Divan?

Chicken Divan was created by Chef Anthony Lagasi for the Divan Parisienne Restaurant located in the Chatham Hotel in New York City. He won an award for his creation, and it became the hotel’s signature dish. The casserole usually contains chicken, broccoli, and a rich, spiced sauce.

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What Ingredients Do You Need To Make Chicken Divan?

For the base of my chicken broccoli divan, you will need two packages of frozen chopped broccoli, thawed in advance, and six cups of shredded cooked chicken.

The rich sauce is made using two cans of yummy cream of mushroom soup, a cup each of mayo and sour cream, and a cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese. A bit of fresh lemon juice, a little curry powder, some ground black pepper, salt, milk and half a cup of white wine round out the sauce’s full flavor!

The topping is made using two cups of soft bread crumbs, some melted unsalted butter, and a spoonful of Italian seasoning.

How Do You Make Chicken Divan?

Chicken Divan with curry powder is made in four easy steps. Simply mix together the sauce, coat the chicken and broccoli with it, blend and layer on the topping, then bake and enjoy!

Step By Step How To Make Chicken Divan

Step By Step: How To Make Chicken Divan

1. Preheat oven to 350° and spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Drain thawed broccoli on a colander and dry it in paper towels.
2. In a mixing bowl, add together the soup, mayonnaise, sour cream, cheddar, curry powder, salt, and pepper.
3. Add in lemon juice. 
4. Pour in wine and milk.
5. Stir until well combined.
6. Add the broccoli to the sauce, then,
7. Add chicken.
8. Gently toss until evenly coated.
9. Pour mixture into the prepared baking dish.
10. In a small bowl, mix the topping ingredients.
11. Sprinkle evenly over the casserole. Bake for 40-45 minutes.
12. Serve.

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Chicken Divan

A rich, creamy casserole, Chicken Divan is easy to prepare and store. Packed with broccoli, cheese, and juicy chicken, the dish can feed a small militia!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 808 kcal
Author Kathleen

Ingredients

  • 2 (10 Ounce) Packages Frozen Broccoli, Chopped, Thawed
  • 6 Cups Cooked Chicken, Shredded
  • 2 (10 3/4 Ounce) Cans Cream Of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Curry Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Cup White Wine
  • 2 Cups Soft Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter, Melted
  • 1/2 Cup Milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9X13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

  2. Drain thawed broccoli in a colander then spread out on a double layer of paper towels to remove all excess moisture. 

  3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the soup, mayonnaise, sour cream, Cheddar, lemon juice, curry powder, salt, pepper, to taste, wine, and milk until combined. 

  4. Add the broccoli and chicken to the sauce and gently toss until evenly coated.

  5. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish. Pat the top to even out with a rubber spatula.

  6. In a small bowl mix together the topping ingredients. Sprinkle evenly over the casserole.

  7. Bake casserole in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until casserole is heated through the center. 

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Nutritional Information

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Nutrition Facts
Chicken Divan
Amount Per Serving (1 /8 of the recipe)
Calories 808 Calories from Fat 513
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 57g 88%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Cholesterol 138mg 46%
Sodium 1215mg 51%
Potassium 396mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 7.3g
Protein 36g 72%
Vitamin A 12.6%
Vitamin C 1.2%
Calcium 22.2%
Iron 16.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe Notes for Chicken Divan:

Wine selection: There’s no need to splurge here given the boldness of the other flavors involved. A bottom shelf varietal will do. And if someone in your party can’t abide the flavor of white wine, you can substitute chicken broth!

Internal temperature: Since the meat is already cooked, you don’t really need to reach a particular temperature for food safety reasons. Aim for 165 degrees for thorough warming (and to account for any stray bacteria)!

Variations For Chicken Divan Recipe:

Chicken Divan topped with parsley, in a casserole dish

Turkey Divan: 

One great twist on this recipe is turkey divan. Hey, tap the bird you prefer!

Chicken Divan with Rice:

Another great take on this recipe is chicken divan with rice. The rice brings some additional fullness and soaks up a lot of that amazing sauce!

Chicken Divan Casserole:

Chicken divan casserole is yet another crowd pleaser. Ignore this option at your taste buds peril!

Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole:

One of the tastiest variations is Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole. It combines the best of the two above options!

Chicken Divan from Scratch:

Chicken divan from scratch is the perfect option for those of you who enjoy putting a little extra TLC in all your home cooking. This version of the dish will obviously take longer, but your diners will notice the additional effort!

Chicken Divan on a plate

How Do You Make Chicken Divan Ahead Of  Time?

This easy chicken divan can be made up to four days in advance. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator, then reheat in the oven!

How Do You Freeze Chicken Divan?

Freeze broccoli chicken divan in an airtight, freezer safe container. Label it, and keep for up to three months. When you are ready to serve, thaw in the refrigerator the night before, then reheat in the oven.  

What Do You Serve With Chicken Divan?

Chicken divan recipes go great with simple sides like steamed vegetables, fresh salads, or plain starches like rice and biscuits!

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Step By Step How To Make Chicken Divan