Chicken Divan is a delicious, easy to make casserole, with chicken breasts and broccoli, baked in a creamy cheese sauce, and served on a bed of fluffy rice.Chicken Divan is a delicious, easy to make casserole, with chicken breasts and broccoli, baked in a creamy cheese sauce, and served on a bed of fluffy rice.
Over 39 years ago, just before getting married, a friend gave me this recipe for Chicken Divan. At this point in my life it would be difficult to count how many times I have made this fantastic casserole recipe over the years. It has been a family favorite!

According to Wikipedia, Chicken Divan was named after the Divan Parisienne Restaurant in New York City where it was created for a contest their Chef entered. His recipe for a chicken casserole, with broccoli, in a creamy Mornay sauce won the contest and became the restaurant’s signature dish!

How I Received This Recipe For Chicken Divan

Many years ago I was given the recipe by my friend Elnora when I was getting married. I worked for Elnora’s husband in the Music Department at the church I attended, and that is how we met.

Now, over 40 years later, I am so grateful she gifted me with her recipe, because we truly LOVE this chicken divan.  The recipe makes a phenomenal tasting casserole that serves 8-10 people, and is VERY easy to prepare!

Here’s how you make this: (by the way… when I took these photos I only made HALF the recipe, which is reflected in the photos).

How To Make Chicken Divan

Before assembling the casserole, cook boneless chicken breasts in boiling water (can add onion, celery, and carrots to water for additional flavoring if desired) until done. Remove and let cool. Once chicken is cool, cut it into bite-size pieces, and set aside.

Spray a 9×13 baking pan with non-stick spray. Arrange thawed broccoli across bottom of baking pan. Sprinkle generously with grated Parmesan cheese.

Broccoli and Parmesan in casserole dish

Arrange the chicken cubes on top of the broccoli.  Sprinkle again with Parmesan cheese.

Chicken breast cubes placed on top of broccoli

In a medium bowl, combine cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, mayonnaise, grated Cheddar cheese, lemon juice, curry powder, and salt and pepper. Mix until fully combined. The sauce will be fairly thick.

Sauce is mixed together for chicken divan.

Spoon or pour the sauce evenly over the top of the casserole, spreading it out, to cover.  Generously sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese, then lightly sprinkle with paprika.

Chicken casserole is sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and paprika.

Time To Bake The Chicken Divan!

Place several small pads of butter on the top of the chicken divan casserole. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes, until golden in color. The cheese sauce should be bubbly around the edges of the pan.

Pads of butter placed on top of casserole before baking

When the chicken divan is done, remove the pan to a hot pad, and let it sit for 5-6 minutes. This will allow the casserole time to firm up a bit (the sauce is VERY hot!).

Chicken casserole will be golden brown and bubbly when done baking

Time To Serve It And Eat!

When ready, serve hot over fluffy rice, and ENJOY this delicious chicken divan casserole! It’s wonderful, because you’ve got chicken, rice AND broccoli all in one dish. The leftovers are fabulous, as well.

Chicken and broccoli casserole is served over white rice

Chunks of chicken breast taste magnificent with the sauce and broccoli. Placing it on a bed of rice provides a great medium to soak up some of the delicious sauce! It’s SOOOO delicious!

Chicken divan over rice, on plate with fork

While I know this is not the most “health-conscious” or calorie-conscious meal, sometimes ya just gotta go for it and enjoy a great meal! Everything in moderation, right? Sure hope you will try this recipe… it’s a definite KEEPER!

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Chicken Divan
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 
Chicken Divan is a delicious, easy to make casserole, with chicken breasts and broccoli, baked in a creamy cheese sauce, and served on a bed of fluffy rice.
Category: Entree - Casserole
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken divan
Servings: 10 servings
Calories Per Serving: 482 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 3 boneless , skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 small packages frozen broccoli spears
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • Salt and pepper , to taste
  • Parmesan cheese (fresh grated OR can use "green shaker can")
  • Paprika (to sprinkle on top of casserole prior to baking)
  • Butter (enough for small pads of butter on top of casserole)
  • Rice , prepared according to instructions on package
Instructions
  1. Cook chicken breasts in water (enough to cover); bring to a low boil, cook until chicken is done (about 25-30 mins.). See *NOTES. When done, remove chicken from water. Let cool, then cut into bite-sized cubes.
  2. Spray a 9x13 baking pan with non-stick spray. Place thawed broccoli evenly on bottom of baking pan. Sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese. Evenly arrange the chicken pieces over the broccoli. Sprinkle again with Parmesan cheese.
  3. In a medium bowl, fully combine (with a spoon) cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, mayonnaise, grated cheddar cheese, lemon juice, curry powder, and salt and pepper (to taste). Pour or spoon sauce evenly over top of casserole. Spread out, to cover entire casserole. Generously sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, then lightly sprinkle with paprika. Dot the top of casserole with small pads of butter.
  4. Bake casserole, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes, until casserole is bubbling all around the edges and is golden brown in color. Remove casserole. Let it sit for 5-6 minutes to allow time to firm up just a bit.
  5. Serve casserole hot over a bed of fluffy rice... and ENJOY!
Recipe Notes

Original recipe says to cook chicken with onion, celery & carrots for flavor. I have never done this, but include it in case you wish to do so. The original recipe also said to cook the frozen broccoli, but I find that if I thaw it out completely, then pat it dry, there is no need to cook it.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Divan
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 482 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 734mg32%
Potassium 433mg12%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 605IU12%
Vitamin C 41.7mg51%
Calcium 156mg16%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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2 Comments on Chicken Divan

    • Good morning, Gabriele! Thank you for taking the time to write me a note. I’m so glad you enjoyed the chicken divan! It’s one of my all-time favorite casseroles. Hope you have a wonderful day.

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