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Chicken Divan Recipes

Updated on November 5, 2012
Chicken Divan
Chicken Divan | Source

Recipes For Chicken

Do you ever make Chicken Divan? It’s one of our favorite recipes for chicken. It’s amazingly delicious, and when served with rice, you have all four major food groups covered: a nice healthy cruciferous vegetable with the broccoli, lean protein from the chicken, dairy from the cheese in the sauce, and a grain/starch with the rice. A Chicken Divan Recipe can also be pretty adaptable. If you don’t like broccoli or don’t have any on hand, use asparagus, instead. I even know someone who makes her chicken casserole with green beans! I’m not sure I’d care much for that, but to each her own. Today, I’m sharing with you two Chicken Divan Recipes. The first one is my favorite, and the second is a quick and easy Chicken Divan you can throw together when you’re in a hurry. Both chicken recipes here can be made with practically any type of cooked poultry. With Thanksgiving coming up soon, you might want to keep this recipe in mind as a way to use leftover turkey. I’ve done this several times, and the results were great – a nice change from turkey sandwiches.

I often turned leftover poultry into chicken casseroles.
I often turned leftover poultry into chicken casseroles. | Source

Chicken Casseroles

I love chicken casseroles, and I’ve come up with numerous original chicken casserole recipes. The old man isn’t too crazy about chicken, and serving the fowl in a casserole is his favorite way to eat chicken. This goes back to his childhood. His parents were sort of poor, and they kept a flock of chickens in the yard. It was their main source of meat, and they ate it almost every day. Needless to say, hubby got “burned out” on chicken recipes, and he especially detests dealing with the skin and bones. I guess that’s why he prefers chicken casseroles – he doesn’t have to worry about the skin, the bones, the gristle, or the cartilage.

One of the great things about chicken casserole is that many are quick and easy. If you use leftover chicken or the canned version, you won’t even have to bother with cooking the poultry. You can use other leftovers, too, like rice, broccoli, or asparagus. Basically, all you need is some cooked chicken, some rice and/or veggies, and some type of sauce to hold everything together. You can top the dish with crushed potato chips, crushed crackers, grated cheese, or bread crumbs. For a Mexican flair, use crushed tortilla chips on top.

Chicken Broccoli Casserole is great with rice.
Chicken Broccoli Casserole is great with rice. | Source

Chicken Divan

What the heck is Chicken Divan, anyway? Basically, it’s a chicken broccoli casserole with a cheesy sauce. The hotel that gets credit for serving the dish is the New York Chatham Hotel. The establishment’s restaurant was named Divan Parisienne Restaurant. The original was a chicken casserole that included broccoli and almonds, covered by Mornay sauce. Okay, so what’s Mornay sauce? Generally speaking, Mornay is a Bechamel sauce to which cheese has been added. Béchamel, a creamy white sauce made with butter, onions, milk, and flour, is often used in French cooking. It’s traditionally seasoned with white pepper, salt, and just a sprinkle of nutmeg or ground cloves.

To make Mornay sauce, Bechamel is enhanced with grated or shredded cheese or cheeses. Traditionally, the top choices were parmesan and Gruyere, but today’s versions of chicken divan might include Gruyere, parmesan, sharp cheddar, white cheddar, Swiss, or a combination of these cheeses.

Chicken divan has been around since the early 1900s, and it’s often changed somewhat to match the desires of the cook preparing the dish. Sometimes the traditional broccoli is replaced by asparagus, and a quicker and easier sauce is used. Some people also like to include rice, making it more of a chicken broccoli casserole with rice. The seasonings are also varied, depending on the tastes of the individual cook or chef. I’ve created a table to give you some ideas about creating your own chicken divan recipes.

Chicken Divan Recipes - ingredients

Sauce Ingredients
Seasonings/Other Ingredients
white sauce
dry bread crumbs
milk or cream
crushed potato chips
cream of chicken soup
crushed saltines
cream of mushroom soup
crushed Ritz crackers
cream of broccoli soup
crushed tortilla chips
broccoli-cheese soup
french fried onions
cooked bacon
sour cream
black pepper
cornflake crumbs
white wine
white pepper
parmesan cheese
cheddar cheese
soft white bread
parmesan cheese
curry powder
crushed stuffing mix
Swiss cheese
cornbread crumbs
white cheddar
lemon juice
shredded cheese
Boil chicken in salted water.
Boil chicken in salted water. | Source
Let chicken cool.
Let chicken cool. | Source
Slice broccoli into individual stalks.
Slice broccoli into individual stalks. | Source
Cook broccoli in broth.
Cook broccoli in broth. | Source
Tear cooked chicken into small pieces and place in pan or dish.
Tear cooked chicken into small pieces and place in pan or dish. | Source
Layer cooked and drained broccoli over chicken.
Layer cooked and drained broccoli over chicken. | Source
Make the sauce.
Make the sauce. | Source
Spread sauce evenly over chicken and broccoli.
Spread sauce evenly over chicken and broccoli. | Source
Top with cracker crumbs and bake.
Top with cracker crumbs and bake. | Source

Recipe For Chicken Divan

This is a wonderful recipe for chicken divan! Try serving it with white rice, yellow rice, or wild rice. It’s also good on toast points. If you have leftovers, store them covered in the fridge and reheat in the microwave. For a smaller amount, just cut all the ingredients in half.

How does my recipe sound?

4.2 stars from 5 ratings of Chicken Divan

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: 8 servings


  • 6 large chicken breasts, or thighs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bunches fresh broccoli
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup with herbs
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sliced cooked mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion, scallions, or leeks
  • 1 sleeve Ritz crackers, crushed


  1. Place chicken in a large pot and cover with about three inches of water. Add salt and bring pot to a boil. Cook chicken until done. Remove chicken and allow to cool.
  2. While the poultry is cooking, prepare the broccoli by cutting it into individual stalks. Cook broccoli in chicken broth until fork tender.
  3. When chicken is cool enough to handle, remove skin and bones. Tear flesh into small pieces and place in the bottom of a large, deep baking pan.
  4. Drain broccoli and arrange on top of chicken.
  5. Combine both cans of soup, mayonnaise, cheese, seasonings, and milk until smooth. Add mushrooms and stir gently.
  6. Sweat onion in microwave and add to sauce mixture. Spread sauce over chicken and broccoli.
  7. Crush crackers and sprinkle evenly over casserole.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on how deep/large the casserole is.
This Easy Chicken Divan uses canned chicken.
This Easy Chicken Divan uses canned chicken. | Source

Easy Chicken Divan

If you think Easy Chicken Divan is too pretentious a term to use with this recipe, call it Easy Chicken And Broccoli Casserole. The terminology you use won’t affect the taste at all! You can whip this dish up in no time, and while it’s baking, you can attend to something else. Cook a bowl of instant rice in the microwave, and you’ll have a delicious meal with little time and effort. If you have leftover cooked rice, add it to the chicken broccoli casserole for an even easier meal.


10-ounce bag frozen chopped broccoli

12.5-ounce can chunk white chicken

1 can cream of broccoli soup

½ cup grated sharp cheddar

¼ cup milk

2 tablespoon mayonnaise

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Pinch curry powder

Crushed buttery crackers

Directions: Cook broccoli and drain well. Drain chicken and add to broccoli. Combine with soup, cheese, milk, mayo, and seasonings. Turn into a baking dish and top with cracker crumbs. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes.

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