When I need a chicken recipe that can easily feed a hungry group, I pull out my tried and true chicken divan recipe. This dish always gets rave reviews at potlucks or sports parties, after long days of moving or tackling projects. It’s rich and tasty and packs the belly-filling punch you’d expect from a winner chicken dinner.
And — and — it preps in fifteen minutes. Yep. 1-5.
I defy you to find other chicken casserole recipes that cover so many delectable bases! Break out your sturdiest casserole dish: it’s baking time!
Chicken divan is more than a quick, hearty crowd-pleaser — it has Parisienne origins! Born of a New York-based hotel chef in the early twentieth century, chicken divan is, at its core, a dish the combines chicken, broccoli, and a creamy sauce.
So when you whip this up, you can tell your guests that you’re serving them a meal of the elite! But I also love that this chicken has:
- A fifteen-minute prep time
- Easy-to-find ingredients
- A perfect of balance of savory and creamy
- WHITE WINE!
Want to make sure your chicken divan is as close to the original as possible? Want to serve up an updated version, perhaps something in a creamy chicken and rice angle? I’ve got you covered, friend!
Leftovers: This recipe calls for pre-cooked chicken, so keep those leftovers! I love using leftover rotisserie chicken or even chopped BBQ chicken. If you don’t have leftover chicken handy, you can simply saute up some beforehand.
White wine: I love cooking with wine — mostly because I can use the bottom-shelf, $5 bottles! Since this recipe has so many other tasty ingredients, the flavor of the wine is mellowed out. Don’t feel like you have to use expensive bottles! And if you’re not keen on using wine, you can always replace it with chicken broth.
Cheese, please! This recipe calls for cheddar cheese — but don’t feel limited to that! Feel free to swap out the cheddar for parmesan or Gruyere!
Other add-ins: Two other historical additions to this recipe are mushrooms and water chestnuts. If you’ve never had water chestnuts in a dish, you are missing out — they add a truly unique crunch that will make your casserole pop while bringing many additional nutrients!
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)!
Chicken Divan With Rice Storing Tips
This recipe is known for being an army-feeding dish — so you’re likely to have army-sized leftovers! How should you store them? Read on!
Can You Freeze This?
Alas, this is one casserole you probably shouldn’t freeze. Mayonnaise-heavy casseroles like in this recipe technically can be frozen, but as you thaw your casserole to reuse it, the mayonnaise tends to break, which means the eggs, oil, and vinegar in the mayonnaise will separate and leave you with a weird, gloopy sauce.
The taste will still be fine, but the texture may not be pleasant. Freeze at your own discretion!
Make Ahead Tips
This easy recipe can be made up to four days in advance. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator, then reheat in the oven!
How Long Can You Keep This In The Fridge?
Once cooked, you can store your chicken for up to four days. After that, the mayonnaise content will start doing unfortunate things to the casserole, and it won’t be safe to eat your luscious Parisienne creation.
- Mexican chicken casserole is another favorite in my household. Anything with ooey-gooey Mexican cheese, right? And chicken stuffing casserole is a guaranteed way to bring smiles to your dinner table.
- Is there anything more satisfying than a bowl of steaming chicken and rice soup on a chilly day? If you take the divan base, up the liquid content, and toss in some wild rice, you’ll have the next level dish, creamy chicken and wild rice soup.
- Casseroles like my Campbells chicken and rice are so easy to transfer over to slow-cooking methods. Instant Pot chicken and rice, simply prep this meal as the recipe outlines, only using the Instant Pot. Then plug in your Instant Pot according to its soup setting. Get ready to dig in!
- Do you love tortillas? White chicken enchiladas and sour cream chicken enchiladas are for you to try!
- 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen broccoli, chopped, thawed
- 6 cups cooked chicken, shredded
- 2 (10 ¾ -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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
- Drain thawed broccoli in a colander then spread out on a double layer of paper towels to remove all excess moisture.
- 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.
- Add the broccoli and chicken to the sauce and gently toss until evenly coated.
- Pour mixture into prepared baking dish. Pat the top to even out with a rubber spatula.
- In a small bowl mix together the topping ingredients. Sprinkle evenly over the casserole.
- Bake casserole in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until casserole is heated through the center.
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Has this Chicken Divan recipe made you realize that your life is sorely lacking on casserole recipes? Don’t worry — I’ve got you covered!
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- Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas – are filled with a cheesy, honey lime chicken filling!
- Mexican Chicken Casserole – is a creamy decadent flavor bomb with a taco twist!
- Chicken Tater Tot Casserole – is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
- Dorito Chicken Casserole – tender rotisserie chicken meets cheesy snack food crunch
Whether you need to fill hungry stomachs after a big game or you want to wow at a potluck, this chicken divan is your best bet. Creamy sauce, rich chicken, that perfect crunch of broccoli and breadcrumbs all come together into the epitome of a perfect casserole.
What event are you taking Chicken Divan to? Let me know in the comments!