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Easy Chicken Divan Recipe with Broccoli - a Light Version

Updated on April 12, 2019
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Baked Chicken Broccoli Divan

Chicken Broccoli Divan fresh out of the oven
Chicken Broccoli Divan fresh out of the oven | Source

A Lighter Chicken or Turkey Divan Recipe

I must say that I love the creaminess of a good, fattening chicken divan. I know that it is loaded with calories from the cream of chicken soup, mayonnaise, and butter. Perhaps those ingredients are what makes the dish so tasty. Yes, I'm sure it is in part, but there's more to it.

I do love the broccoli, too, though, which is part of the pull for me. Chicken divan (or turkey divan, a dish I've actually come across more often--is an excellent way to use broccoli in cooked dishes. Since the first time I tasted turkey divan, it became one of my favorite dishes. Having more frequent access to chicken, that's what I use when I make the casserole at home.

Recently, I decided to try a reduced calorie version of the creamy, fattening chicken divan, and the result was a very tasty dish. I was pleased.

What Does "Divan" Mean?

A divan is an older term for a couch or sofa. So why is it used in a recipe? Well, the French use of divan gave the connotation of a grand ole meeting place, it seems. A New York restaurant noticed that and adopted the "divan" as part of its chicken recipe to give off a sense of elegance. I'll agree that turkey divan does sound much more elegant than turkey sofa, don't you?

Turkey divan is the name of the dish I discovered and enjoyed where I used to work. Using the original meaning of divan, my friend would laughingly call the dish "turkey couch."


Rate this Light Chicken Divan Recipe!

4.7 stars from 3 ratings of Light Chicken Broccoli Divan Recipe

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: Serves 8 people 1/8th of casserole each
Cook chicken until done. I seasoned it with just a bit of Goya Adobe seasoning. Season as you see fit or skip seasoning.
Cook chicken until done. I seasoned it with just a bit of Goya Adobe seasoning. Season as you see fit or skip seasoning. | Source
Steam chopped broccoli.
Steam chopped broccoli. | Source

Ingredients for Light Chicken Divan

  • 2 cups chicken breasts, chopped
  • 4 cups broccoli, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 can (10 oz) cream of chicken soup, reduced fat
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup milk, 1% or skim
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • garlic salt, to taste
  • Option: Season chicken while cooking: use salt, pepper, seasoning salt, or other favorite

Broccoli Chicken Divan before going into the oven!

Spread liquid mix over broccoli and chicken.
Spread liquid mix over broccoli and chicken. | Source

Instructions for Light Chicken Divan

  1. Cook chopped chicken on stove until browned.
  2. Meanwhile, chop up 4 cups of broccoli and steam in double boiler on stove or in microwave.
  3. Mix together in a bowl the soup, milk, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and shredded cheese. Sprinkle in salt, pepper, and garlic salt to taste.
  4. Melt the butter and mix in the bread crumbs.
  5. Layer 9 x 13 casserole dish or pie dish with broccoli and then chicken. Spread the liquid mixture on top.
  6. Sprinkle bread crumb mixture on top.
  7. Place casserole in preheated 350 degree oven until cheese is melted--about 20 minutes.
  8. This dish goes well served with rice.

Crumb Topping

Crumb topping made from butter and bread crumbs
Crumb topping made from butter and bread crumbs | Source

Light Chicken Divan

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/8 casserole
Calories 289
Calories from Fat171
% Daily Value *
Fat 19 g29%
Saturated fat 3 g15%
Unsaturated fat 2 g
Carbohydrates 11 g4%
Sugar 1 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 22 g44%
Cholesterol 60 mg20%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

How Did the Light Chicken Divan Turn Out?

This light chicken divan recipe came out very well. It was a hit with my boyfriend, as we enjoyed it with rice. It didn't have as much of the creamy goo that I have loved with previous divans, but it made up for that in flavor. I probably used about half of the soup and mayonnaise that typical chicken divan recipes call for. I might opt to use more of the creamy stuff the next time I make this recipe in order to compare results. I estimated my servings to be larger than some might. Smaller servings would bring down the calorie count per serving even more.

I give this chicken divan experiment a big thumbs up!

Additional Nutrition Facts

A serving also contains a large amount of recommended daily vitamins. See below. A serving also contains about 400 mg sodium. (I used low fat, reduced-sodium cream of chicken soup in this recipe.)

Check this out:

Vitamin A: 22.5%

Vitamin B12: 6%

Vitamin B6: 26.9%

Vitamin C: (a whopping) 96.7%

Vitamin E: 9.9%

Calcium: 5.6%

Copper 7%

Folate: 13.2%

Iron: 10/6%

Magnesium: 10.4%

Niacin 48.5%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Source: Spark Recipes

Backed light chicken broccoli divan topped with shredded cheese--all ready to go into the oven. Yummy!
Backed light chicken broccoli divan topped with shredded cheese--all ready to go into the oven. Yummy! | Source

© 2012 Victoria Lynn


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