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Easy Chicken Divan

This Easy Chicken Divan is a classic chicken casserole recipe. I updated this chicken and broccoli family favorite and there’s no condensed soup!

If you want to try a meatless version of this recipe give my Broccoli Cheese Casserole a try!

Chicken Divan Is An Easy and Family Friendly Dinner Idea!

I am always looking for an easy chicken recipe for our weeknight dinners. And really, what’s better than a chicken casserole? This Easy Chicken Divan recipe can be prepped in minutes and using a rotisserie chicken makes everything easier! This dish is a family favorite that my kids devour.

Chicken Divan is an easy chicken casserole recipe

What is Chicken Divan?

Chicken Divan was a chicken casserole that I grew up eating. My mom was a casserole queen, and this one was in regular rotation. Essentially it’s a creamy chicken and broccoli casserole recipe, topped with cheese and breadcrumbs. It is kid-friendly and is sure to be an instant favorite if you’ve never had it!

I updated my mom’s recipe a little bit. I left out the condensed soup in my recipe, and added a LOT more broccoli. We are big broccoli people, so this was an easy variation.

My mom always served this over white rice, but you can certainly serve it over brown rice, pasta, or even stuffed in a baked potato!

How to make Chicken Divan

How Do You Make Chicken Divan?

The beauty of this recipe is that is is ULTRA easy! Like I said before, you can even use rotisserie chicken in this and save the step of cooking the chicken!

All you do is place chicken and broccoli in a baking dish and cover it all with an easy cream sauce mixture!

Can You Use Fresh Broccoli Instead of Frozen in Chicken Divan?

The answer is yes! You can use fresh broccoli in place of frozen (and thawed) broccoli in this chicken casserole recipe. BUT you will need to lightly blanche the fresh broccoli in boiling water to cook it slightly before mixing it with the chicken. If you skip this step, the broccoli will remain very crunchy in the casserole.

What Could I Use in Place of Broccoli?

Options to sub in for broccoli are:

  • Cauliflower
  • Green Beans
  • Brussels Sprouts

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Chicken Divan is an easy chicken casserole recipe

Easy Chicken Divan

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: serves 6
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dinner

Description

This Easy Chicken Divan Recipe is a classic casserole updated! No condensed soup in this recipe!


Ingredients

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  • 4 cups cubed, or shredded chicken, cooked
  • 2432 ounces frozen broccoli florets, thawed
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon, I prefer ‘Better Than Bouillon’ or use 2 bouillon cubes
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup plain breadcrumbs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the chicken and broccoli evenly. Place the mixture into the prepared pan.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together the sour cream, mayonnaise, heavy cream, chicken broth, bouillon, and pepper. Pour the sour cream mixture evenly on top of the chicken and broccoli.
  4. Sprinkle the cheese evenly on top.
  5. In a medium bowl combine the butter, salt, and breadcrumbs. Evenly sprinkle the breadcrumbs on top of the cheese layer.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes until warmed through and toasted on top.
  7. Serve warm.

Notes

You can serve this Chicken Divan over rice, pasta, or on its own. You can even stuff the mixture into a baked potato!

Store airtight in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 555
  • Sugar: 3.7 g
  • Sodium: 497.5 mg
  • Fat: 37.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17.1 g
  • Protein: 37.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 145.3 mg

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32 comments on “Easy Chicken Divan”

  1. Yum! Love that it didn’t have condensed soup in it. Used a bunch of fresh blanched broccoli. Upped the broth to 1/3 cup. Added some red pepper flakes.
    Will mix in cheese next time. Didn’t like it just on top. And used seasoned Panko for the topping mixture.

  2. You say you use ‘raw’ chicken in the recipe, but in your pictures showing the prep your chicken is definitely cooked. The recipe says ‘diced or shredded’ and as someone said you can’t shred raw chicken. I question if 25-30 minutes would be a long enough cooking time if you’re using raw chicken, especially if you’re using thighs. I make chicken divan often but never with raw chicken.

  3. Kassie Ogden

    I just made this recipe last night. I cooked and added 2 cups brown rice to the casserole because I love one dish meals. The rice was an awesome addition. The broccoli (I used fresh from the refrigerator) was still raw and crunchy. You should definitely at least par-cook the broccoli first. I also didn’t do the breadcrumb topping. I just doubled the cheese from one cup to 2 cups and put 1 cup in the sauce and sprinkled 1 cup on top. YUM.

  4. I assume you cook the chicken first? And the 30 min is really just to get all the ingredients to play nice together? Or, do you dice raw chicken and the 30 min is enough to cook it through?
    – Dad Trying to Cook too.

    1. Yes, it’s cooked chicken. Sorry, I saw there was a response to this question from me that was meant for another question.

  5. Amazing recipe. Cheese and mayonnaise taste delicious with this crunchy chicken.

  6. Just dropping by to tell you I love this recipe and I linked to it in one of my recipes for chicken. (publishing soon)

  7. I made this last night for dinner. It turned out really good! I loved the crunchy topping, that sent it over the top for me! 🙂

  8. Edward Blocker

    I just loved it, I’m not only going to give it 5 stars. But, I’m going to share it with all my website’s followers on the social media. Thank you for giving me something useful to share it today!

  9. I made this last night and it was pretty good. The only thing was the bottom was watery. I think it’s from the thawed broccoli. Next time I will par cook the broccoli and drain it well before adding it to the chicken.

    1. I made this tonight and the same thing happened for me but I used fresh broccoli and blanched it. Did you ever come up with a solution to the watery bottom?? Great recipe otherwise!

  10. This recipe looks wonderful and don’t judge me, but I like using canned soup in casseroles :-0 If I use a can of soup, would I still use the other ingredients or maybe scale them back a bit? Thank you!

  11. I made this last night and it was soooo gooodddd!! Love that it doesn’t have cream soup as an ingredient. Thank you for the recipe!

  12. This looks great! I grew up with my mom serving chicken divan over egg noodles. All of us are from-scratch cooks in our 30s now, but we all go crazy over it when we go home to visit. Especially if she’s made strawberry jello salad to go alongside (sounds gross, but don’t knock it til you try it).

    That’s all a very long way of saying that i’m excited to try your soup-free version.

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