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Easy Chicken Divan Casserole

Easy Chicken Divan Casserole



A classic casserole dish made with chicken, broccoli and cheddar cheese, this easy Chicken Divan recipe is both delicious and satisfying. It will sure to become your family’s go-to dinner dish! 

I have a few recipes that I make for my family all the time. I love making easy weeknight dinners and dishes that I know everyone in my family will eat. They are my go-to’s, my dinner winners, my “specialties”. Everyone has a few of these kinds of recipes up their sleeves.

This recipe for Chicken Divan is one of my family’s go-to dinner choice and is definitely on my top ten dinners to make often. Now, I want to share my amazing chicken recipe with you so that you and your family can also enjoy it as often as we do! Get ready to add another tried and true recipe to your list of weeknight favorites: my easy and the best Chicken Divan!

A LITTLE CHICKEN DIVAN HISTORY

But first, where did chicken divan originate from or how did it get its name?

The Divan Parisien Restaurant New York City

Chicken Divan is a chicken casserole usually served with broccoli and Mornay sauce and was created by Chef Anthony Lagasi at at the Divan Parisien Restaurant in the New York City Chatham Hotel. It was the restaurant’s signature dish in the early twentieth century. The long defunct restaurant and hotel was formerly located at 33 East 48th Street in New York City.

In French, the word divan refers to a meeting place or great hall.

A Parisian chicken dish that made a restaurant famous? Sounds fancy….but the secret is, it is not fancy or hard to make at all!

Chicken Divan is essentially a casserole. It is a big pan of creamy chicken and broccoli that is covered in crunchy breadcrumbs and melted cheese. Sounds pretty amazing, right?! Well, it is! Who doesn’t love cheesy chicken?! Even my families most picky eater will devour this dish which is why I love to make it. When I have chicken divan in the oven, everyone is happy and excited for dinner.

HOW TO MAKE EASY CHICKEN DIVAN

easy Chicken Divan recipe

So how do you make such a crowd pleasing meal? Making Chicken Divan is super easy!

Easy Chicken Divan Casserole recipe

It all starts with cooking the broccoli. My recipe uses fresh chopped broccoli florets and I steam them in some boiling water to get them a little soft. While the broccoli is cooking, I mix together cream of chicken soup, mayonnaise, onion powder and black pepper.

Easy Chicken Divan Casserole

Cooked chopped chicken and the steamed broccoli are then tossed in the may mix and poured into a greased 9×13 casserole dish.

easy chicken divan recipe

The mix is topped with breadcrumbs and shredded cheese and then baked. Then, all you need to do is wait! Once the breadcrumbs start to turn a golden brown and the cheese has melted, the chicken Divan is ready to eat. Scoop a big slice onto a plate and you can start enjoying the chicken right away while it is still smoking hot.

TIPS FOR MAKING CHICKEN DIVAN

After making this dish a few hundred times, here is what I have discovered:

  1. If you do not have fresh broccoli, frozen broccoli will work perfectly. You can even steam the broccoli right in the microwave. That is one less pot to wash!
  2. Use shredded rotisserie chicken in place of regular chopped chicken to get some extra flavor and also give you one less thing to cook.
  3. Italian seasoned breadcrumbs taste great with this casserole while panko breadcrumbs add an extra crunch. Both breadcrumbs work wonderfully!
  4. Use a can of condensed cream of mushroom soup instead of cream of chicken. This will give the casserole a more earthy flavor and also add some tasty mushrooms to the dish.
  5. Add corn, peas or even steamed, chopped asparagus to the casserole for more veggies. You can really toss in any of your family’s favorite vegetables to give the casserole more nutrition and interest.

easy chicken divan casserole

As you can see, the recipe is flexible and can be customized to suit your families preferences. However, it is also perfect and delicious just as it is written. My family has approved of my chicken divan for years! And that is exactly why I am going to go whip up a tray of this casserole right now. It is the perfect, anytime dinner! I know that you and your family will love it too and it is sure to become one of your go-to meals. So, give the recipe a try today and let me know what you think. When you place the casserole on the table, be sure to mention that it is a big city, restaurant-famous meal…how did you make such a fancy meal so fast?! Enjoy

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Easy Chicken Divan


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Ingredients

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  • 3 cups cooked chicken, cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen broccoli, cut into pieces and cooked
  • 1 (10.5 oz) can cream of chicken soup
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs or Panko
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Lightly coat a 13×9 baking dish with cooking spray
  3. Cut broccoli and add to large pot of boiling water
  4. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until slightly tender
  5. Drain well
  6. In a large bowl combine soup, mayonnaise, onion powder and black pepper
  7. Stir in cooked chicken and broccoli until well combined
  8. Spread into prepared baking dish
  9. Sprinkle cheese on top evenly
  10. In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and butter, then spread evenly over cheese.
  11. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown
  12. Serve immediately

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66 Comments

  1. Msjane90
    May 3, 2021 / 5:30 pm

    This looks so good and easy to prepare!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  2. Heather
    May 3, 2021 / 12:56 pm

    Chicken divan is one of our family’s favorite meals. So yummy !

  3. May 3, 2021 / 2:32 am

    I have never heard of chicken divan. This sounds interesting, and a lovely dinner idea.

  4. May 3, 2021 / 1:09 am

    Chicken divan casserole looks delicous perfect casserole dish. i need to try it.

  5. Catalina
    May 2, 2021 / 6:00 pm

    Chicken and broccoli are so perfect together! It’s definitely a must try recipe!

  6. May 1, 2021 / 3:15 pm

    Beautiful photos! I love a good casserole and saving this one to share with the family! Any way I can sneak in veggies with meat and get the kids to eat them is a win!

  7. MELANIE EDJOURIAN
    May 1, 2021 / 2:41 pm

    This sounds like both a tasty and easy to make dish. Perfect to throw together over the weekend for an easy family meal.

  8. May 1, 2021 / 2:21 pm

    I am always on the lookout for new chicken recipes to try. I’m going to save your recipe for later. Looks good!

  9. Kathy
    May 1, 2021 / 12:40 pm

    I’ve never had this before. It sure does look good. I’m always looking for new recipes with chicken. I’ll have to give this a try.

  10. May 1, 2021 / 12:24 pm

    I love finding recipes that are easy to make, healthy and delicious! I am adding this to our meal plan for next week. I am sure my family will love it.

  11. Nikki Wayne
    May 1, 2021 / 4:16 am

    I love brocollis! And it makes it look more appetizing!

  12. April 30, 2021 / 9:36 pm

    I need to make this for dinner. My husband would love it for sure.

  13. Elicitfolio
    November 13, 2020 / 12:26 pm

    I made the Chicken Divan for dinner tonight for my family and it was a hit! This is literally the best chicken casserole I’ve ever made! I also brined my chicken for more flavor 👌

  14. Lily
    November 11, 2020 / 10:34 am

    Wow interesting dish here. I can see this being an easy dish for dinner

  15. November 7, 2020 / 11:08 am

    The dish looks tasty. Have passed this recipe to my best friend! She is going to try it. I will let you know about her views too!

  16. November 5, 2020 / 7:27 pm

    Chicken divan was always a family favorite at my house, but I haven’t made it in ages. I am actually thinking I’ll make it tonight! Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. Mayuri
    November 5, 2020 / 9:47 am

    Yum! This looks so delicious. I am going to try out this recipe for thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing!

  18. November 5, 2020 / 2:57 am

    These looks so delicious recipe perfect serving for dinner I would love to try these recipe save this post!

  19. Kita Bryant
    November 5, 2020 / 1:20 am

    I have not had chicken divan in a long time. I would love to make a dish of this.

  20. Catalina
    November 4, 2020 / 9:15 pm

    Chicken and broccoli are so good together! Love how creamy is this casserole!

  21. November 4, 2020 / 7:36 pm

    I love casserole, I am sure my family will love this recipe. I could make on this tomorrow. Bookmark your sit!

  22. Tasheena
    November 4, 2020 / 7:04 pm

    I love trying casserole recipes for my family. Looking forward to trying this recipe.

  23. November 4, 2020 / 6:19 pm

    This is such a simple but amazing recipe. I love trying different chicken recipes.

  24. November 4, 2020 / 5:51 pm

    Yummy! This Chicken Divan Casserole is perfect for the Keto lifestyle! I would replace the breadcrumbs with pork, Thanks!!

  25. November 4, 2020 / 5:34 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious. I love that it is so easy to make! I will have to get the ingredients and try iy out soon!

  26. November 4, 2020 / 5:25 pm

    I struggle every single day trying to find something to make for dinner. This one is perfect for tonight. Thank yoU!

  27. November 4, 2020 / 2:54 pm

    Casserole dishes are such a great comfort food this time of the year when it is cold outside. Thanks for the easy chicken divan casserole recipe! Sounds delish!

  28. November 4, 2020 / 1:44 pm

    This a recipe that I would pass to my mom to make for my dad! Beautiful pictures, I’m sure it tastes great too.

  29. Jen
    November 4, 2020 / 12:10 pm

    This sounds delicious! My kids love broccoli so I will definitely be trying this. Thanks for such a simple dinner idea.

  30. November 4, 2020 / 11:35 am

    Cccchhhiiiccckkkeeeennnnnnn, we go!!!! Looks really great, to me.

  31. November 4, 2020 / 8:21 am

    Easy Chicken Divan Casserole looks so tasty! i bet my family would love this for dinner. So good!

  32. Ruth I
    November 4, 2020 / 8:13 am

    Wow! i love chicken and cheese recipe’s.I’m excited to give this a try. My family will love this dish.

  33. Nikki Wayne
    November 4, 2020 / 8:09 am

    Omg! This looks so satisfying,yum! Now I know what to serve for Christmas.

  34. November 4, 2020 / 8:08 am

    This post makes me hungry by just looking how delectable it looked like. I must try this recipe for the weekend. Perfect for family gathering. 🙂

  35. Marjie Mare
    November 4, 2020 / 4:02 am

    I must give this recipe a try before the weekend. Thanks for sharing.

  36. November 4, 2020 / 3:30 am

    I’d love to try this dish! It looks delicious. Thank you for the recipe!

  37. Heather
    November 4, 2020 / 3:21 am

    Our family loves chicken divan! It’s always a huge hit for dinner!

  38. Kathy
    November 4, 2020 / 1:48 am

    This sure does look amazing. I love making casseroles. I really love chicken too, so I’m sure I’ll love this. I’ve been looking for recipes to use up chicken too. I can’t wait to try this.

  39. Ben
    November 4, 2020 / 12:53 am

    Aww yeah. This gets five stars and then some. This looks absolutely amazing!

  40. November 3, 2020 / 9:31 pm

    I used to have a dish like this when I was a kid, but lost the recipe! Thanks for posting this 🙂

  41. November 3, 2020 / 9:09 pm

    I love a good casserole. This chicken dish is perfect for when my mother-in-law visits us. She LOVES chicken recipes.

  42. November 3, 2020 / 9:06 pm

    This looks like it will become a family favorite! I love casseroles.

  43. November 3, 2020 / 8:44 pm

    OK now this looks like it would be delicious and the fact it is easy I may just be able to make it myself, you never know.

  44. November 3, 2020 / 8:38 pm

    I’ve never heard of Chicken Divan before, but I love chicken, broccoli & cheese so I’m going to give this a try!

  45. Kimmy
    November 3, 2020 / 7:58 pm

    Oh this looks super yummy!

  46. November 3, 2020 / 7:32 pm

    This looks yummy — I make this but with curry powder instead of onion powder — didn’t know it had a fancy name 🙂

  47. Amber Myers
    November 3, 2020 / 4:41 pm

    I’ve always enjoyed casseroles. This one looks like a tasty dish. I’ll have to give it a try!

  48. November 3, 2020 / 4:28 pm

    Saving and I CANNOT wait to make this! I’ve had something similar and its outstanding!

  49. November 3, 2020 / 4:03 pm

    This looks absolutely amazing. My mom made something similar growing up, she just called it chicken broccoli casserole, but it was essentially the same as this, and oh so delicious!

  50. November 3, 2020 / 3:18 pm

    My partener will love this as he is a big fan of brocolli and chicken. I should make it tomorrow to take it to the job. He’ll be surprised!

  51. Melanie williams
    November 3, 2020 / 2:32 pm

    Ooo not heard of this dish before, but it sounds all very nice and I bet it tastes good. Will give this a try thank you x

  52. Erin
    November 3, 2020 / 12:18 pm

    This looks so very delicious, and easy to make! I love casseroles with veggies that I could make on a busy weeknight.

  53. November 3, 2020 / 12:16 pm

    Chicken Divan is one of my all-time favorite meals. My gram made it, my mom made it, and now I make it for my family! And it’s a big hit with everyone!

  54. November 3, 2020 / 12:01 pm

    Oh wow, yummy! I have all the ingredients for this dish. I’ll try it for dinner.

  55. November 3, 2020 / 12:00 pm

    This looks awesome! I love all that cheesy goodness, and the broccoli in there is a great way to get in the veggies so that the kids will eat them.

  56. November 3, 2020 / 9:05 am

    When it comes to chicken the more ways there are to cook it the more I love it!

  57. Ryan Escat
    November 3, 2020 / 8:56 am

    I bet my mom would love this. She loves cooking this type of dishes, vegetables and cheese.

  58. November 3, 2020 / 5:33 am

    This chicken casserole looks so amazing and so yummy! It does look easy to make and I’m sure I would love it!

  59. Krystal Miller
    November 3, 2020 / 3:46 am

    This will make a great weeknight meal for my family.

  60. November 3, 2020 / 2:30 am

    Yum! This looks so good! Especially in this chilly weather!

  61. November 3, 2020 / 2:14 am

    This looks delicious, and easy! I am always looking for casseroles with veggies that I could make on a busy weeknight. This would be perfect!

  62. Sherry
    November 3, 2020 / 2:13 am

    I don’t know why I have never made this before. It’s so easy! I am sure my family will love it.

  63. November 3, 2020 / 12:47 am

    This is exactly the type of casserole that my family loves. I’m printing it out to make for them this week!

  64. November 3, 2020 / 12:33 am

    My husband would love this dish. He is a big fan of chicken and cheese.

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