This Chicken Divan recipe is a family favorite in our home. It is super simple to make and it tastes delicious!!! Loaded with juicy chicken and fresh broccoli, this recipe is one that everyone will love!
I love serving this delicious chicken recipe with a delicious Side Salad, a warm batch of Homemade Dinner Rolls or a healthy batch of Roasted Vegetables.
Easy Chicken Divan Recipe
This recipe for chicken divan is one of my mother-in-law’s claim to fame! My husband used to ask her to make for his birthday every year when he was still living at home and he still requests it when we visit her home a few times a year. My kids now love it and squeal with delight when I tell them it happens to be on the menu.
The creamy sauce with the moist chicken and soft broccoli is literally mouth-watering good. And don’t even get me started on the crispy layer of cheese that’s on top. Yum!
I just love how simple this recipe is. It takes only a few easy ingredients that you probably already have on hand to make a delicious dinner. You’ll need the following:
- Boneless and skinless chicken breasts
- Frozen broccoli
- Cream of chicken soup
- Sour cream
- Cheddar cheese
How To Make Chicken Divan
Fill The Pan – To make chicken divan, you’ll start by laying the chicken breasts on the bottom of a 9 x 13 casserole dish. Next, pour the frozen broccoli all around the chicken.
The Sauce – Next, in a separate bowl, mix together the cream of chicken soup, mayo and sour cream. If you want, you can also add a tablespoon of lemon juice and a quarter teaspoon of curry for extra flavor. It tastes amazing without it, so it’s purely optional depending on your preference. Finally, pour the sauce over the top of chicken and broccoli.
Topping – Sprinkle shredded cheese over the top of the entire pan. If you have the time, grab a block of cheddar cheese and freshly grate it. Otherwise, the pre-shredded cheese works great too. I just think there’s just something about freshly grated cheese that’s extra delicious.
Optional Topping – You can top your chicken divan with an optional cornflake topping, if desired. Simply melt the butter and mix it with a half a cup of crushed cornflakes. Then sprinkle it over the top of the cheese for a little extra crunch with each bite.
Cook – Bake the chicken divan at 350 degrees F for about 30-45 minutes or until the chicken is completely cooked.
Serve – Lastly, invite me over to eat dinner with you, and you’re done! 🙂
Serving Chicken Divan
My favorite way to serve this chicken divan recipe is over a bed of rice. Simply make a batch of your favorite rice recipe and lay a piece of chicken on top and smother it in the creamy divan sauce. The extra sauce from the pan combined with some rice is amazingly delicious!
More Easy Chicken Recipes
- Teriyaki Chicken Recipe
- Baked Italian Dressing Chicken
- Crock Pot Chicken Tacos
- Chicken and Mashed Potato Bowls
- Easy Garlic Chicken Recipe
Here is the simple recipe, along with a video showing how to make this easy dinner.
Chicken Divan Recipe
- 1 small bag frozen broccoli
- 1 10.5 oz can cream of chicken soup
- 2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts- cut into cutlet-sized pieces
- 1 cup of mayo
- 1 cup of sour cream
- 1-2 cups of grated cheddar cheese
- 2 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted mixed with 1/2 c. crushed corn flakes
- 1 Tbsp. of lemon juice & 1/4 tsp. curry
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Lay chicken on the bottom of a 13x9 casserole dish, then place broccoli all around the chicken.
- Next, in a separate bowl, mix together the soup, mayo and the sour cream. (Add optional spices above if you'd like)
- Pour the sauce on top of chicken and broccoli, and then sprinkle with cheese.
- Lastly, add the optional corn flake topping, if desired.
- Bake for 30-45 minutes or until the chicken is cooked.
Doesn’t this look delicious?
I love this dish and have had many variations of it. I like to add a little more flavor so before layering broccoli, I season chicken with Mrs Dash Garlic or other no salt seasoning. I also chop up onion and toss in with chicken and the broccoli. I always add lemon juice to the cream mixture. Finally instead of cornflake crumbs try smashing cheezit or ritz crackers and add a little pepper to the melted butter. It is great as is but I like to enhance the flavors.
I love those variations!!
Chicken Divan has always been a favorite of mine. Great way to use up left over Turkey or chicken. But this recipe is awesome since it uses uncooked chicken instead of precooked chicken. Now I can make regularly and not just when using up leftovers.
Can I use rotisserie chicken? Is the cook time different?
I’ve never done it, but it should work fine! I’d lower the cook time just a little, as you’ll still need it to bake long enough to cook the frozen broccoli. Good luck!
We LOVE this recipe and have made it several times as written…no adjustments are needed! Thanks for always being a great place to find good content and recipes!
Thanks Jenny! You’re too sweet!
I was thinking of maybe subbing the mayo and sour cream for a plain greek yogurt and cream cheese mix instead? Kind of odd, I know, but got to work with what I have during this quarantine! Do you think that could work?
I’ve obviously never tried that combo before so I’m not sure how it would taste but I think the consistency should work. If you try it, let me know how it turns out.
This is how my mother used to make chicken divan. It’s delicious.
This is such a delicious comfort food meal. We love this especially on cold nights!
Wow this made the perfect dinner!
So glad you enjoyed it!
So creamy and delicious! Wow! I made this for my large family with very picky children and it was a huge hit!!
LOL, my kids are the same way.:) Glad to hear it was a hit with them!
I am adding this chicken divan into our weekly rotation. It’s delicious!
Thanks Anna, so glad you enjoyed it!
This is a classic from my childhood. LOVE IT.
Same here! Chicken Divan was one of my mom’s go-to recipes as a kid!