Everyone loves this super easy, super cheesy Broccoli Chicken Divan casserole!

This fresh and healthy recipe is a weeknight winner and a potluck crowd-pleaser. This classic dish has been a family favorite for decades and it’s easy to see why. Whether it’s served up with favorite mix ins or toppings like French fried onions or enjoyed according to the exact recipe instructions, Chicken Divan is always divine! And since it’s one of those entrees that “always turns out” there is no need to worry about whether or not guests will enjoy it. 

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What is Broccoli Chicken Divan?

  • Divan (pronounced “dee-von”) is characterized by a creamy cheese sauce mixed with chicken and broccoli, named for a hotel in NYC. It’s an elegant dish that’s easy to make! 

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Why We Love It

  • Quick and easy, broccoli chicken divan can be ready in less than 30 minutes using pre-cooked or leftover chicken!
  • Cook this economical entrée for bigger families! Just add a salad like Red Leaf Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette and some No Knead Bread for dipping into the sauce!
  • Make it low carb by using crushed pork rinds instead of Panko breadcrumbs. Or simply go without the breadcrumb topping altogether and top with extra cheese.
  • Make it vegetarian by replacing the meat by layering in white or long-grain brown rice, egg noodles, or penne pasta.
  • Tastes better the next day and is a great lunchtime meal for school or work!

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Ingredients and Variations

CHICKEN: Chicken breasts are lower in calories than beef, turkey, or pork, but those proteins can be used instead if desired. And even cooked smoked salmon works well. This is a great recipe for using up leftover meat and veggies!

BROCCOLI: Fresh broccoli gives this dish a burst of colorful crunch! Cauliflower can be used, and some sliced mushrooms and slices of bell peppers add texture and flavor! Frozen broccoli can be used, or even a bag of mixed vegetable medley.

SAUCE: Cream of mushroom soup makes a great base for the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and milk. Canned soup is a real timesaver! Don’t forget the sour cream. Cream of chicken or cream of broccoli soup can be used, too! For an Indian-style casserole stir in a jar of prepared yellow or red curry sauce.

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How to Make Broccoli Chicken Divan

The steps for prepping this savory casserole are so simple. Serve it over rice, noodles, or mashed potatoes, if desired.

  1. Prep chicken & saute until cooked through. (If using cooked chicken, cut it into evenly sized chunks.)
  2. Blanch broccoli pieces until tender. Drain & place in casserole dish.
  3. Mix 1 cup of cheddar cheese with sauce ingredients. Fold in chicken & pour over the top of the broccoli. Sprinkle with remainder of cheddar.
  4. Prepare breadcrumb topping & cover the casserole. Bake (per recipe below).

In a Crock Pot or Slow Cooker:

  1. Cut chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces and sauté until cooked through. If using cooked chicken, cut it into small pieces.
  2. Blanch broccoli pieces in boiling water until tender. Drain and put on the bottom of a Crock Pot.
  3. Mix 1 cup of cheddar cheese, soup, sour cream, and seasonings. Fold in chicken and pour over the top of the broccoli. Sprinkle on cheese.
  4. Cook on low for 4 hours or on high for 2 hours (long enough to heat through.
  5. Prepare breadcrumb topping and cover the casserole. Cook another 30 minutes.

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Leftovers

For best results, store leftovers in a covered container for up to 4 days. Reheat portions in the microwave. Freeze cooled portions in quart-sized zipper bags with the date labeled on the outside for up to 4 weeks. Allow to thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat as desired.

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Broccoli Chicken Divan

Savory and delicious Broccoli Chicken Divan is a favorite. Serve it over rice, noodles or mashed potatoes.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings
Author Candace

Ingredients  

  • 4 chicken breasts about 2 pounds (or 3 cups cooked chicken), cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil if using raw chicken breasts
  • 1 ½-2 pounds broccoli cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese shredded, divided
  • 10 ½ ounces condensed cream of mushroom soup 1 can (or cream of chicken soup)
  • cup sour cream
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon each garlic powder, onion powder, dry mustard powder, and pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Breadcrumb Topping

  • 3 Tablespoons Panko bread crumbs or buttery crackers (like Ritz crackers)
  • 1 Tablespoon melted butter

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a 9x13 baking dish (or a 3 quart casserole dish).
  • If using raw chicken breasts, in a large skillet, heat olive oil on medium high. Add the chicken pieces and cook until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, place broccoli in a large pot boiling water and cook 2-3 minutes or just until tender crisp. Drain well and put in the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine 1 cup cheddar cheese, soup, sour cream, milk, and seasonings. Stir in chicken and spread on top of broccoli in baking or casserole dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • In a small bowl, mix bread crumbs and butter. Sprinkle over the cheese.
  • Bake 20-22 minutes, or until the breadcrumbs are lightly browned and the mixture is bubbly and hot.
  • Serve over rice, noodles, or mashed potatoes, as desired.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 454 | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 916mg | Potassium: 1102mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1219IU | Vitamin C: 103mg | Calcium: 337mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing!!! Used broccoli, cauliflower and a little mushroom. Tasted delish and hubs says it is award winning. Served over rice. Thank you

  2. Absolutely love this!! Definitely a family favorite even for my 1 year old! Next time I want to try to add a crust to the top, how do you think that would turn out? What would be the best way to possibly add that?

    1. I’ve never tried it with a crust Erin. I’d think that you could add a crescent roll crust to it. Bake at 375 for about 22-26 minutes, or until golden brown. Cover and bake for about 10 more minutes, until the sauce is bubbling. Let us know if you try it!

    1. Hi Hahna, you could use plain yogurt, greek yogurt, or mayonnaise in place of the sour cream in a pinch. It may change the taste slightly, but it’ll still be delicious!

  3. 5 stars
    Awesome dish. It was easy to make and was delicious. Followed the recipe exactly but may have added a little extra cheese and panko on top. My husband said not to lose this recipe!

    1. I’m so happy to hear that you love this chicken divan! Extra cheese and panko never hurt anyone, right? 😉

          1. I usually use ½ cup of milk. You could try ½ cup and see if you would like to add a bit more milk to reach the desired consistency. Enjoy Tasha!

    1. Skip the blanching in step 3. Thaw and drain the broccoli and proceed with the rest of the recipe as written. Enjoy Juliann!

  4. If making in the crockpot do you cook the chicken prior to putting in? This may be a dumb question because I know I’m overthinking this lol

    1. Not a dumb question Adrienne! This is covered in the narrative, that you would saute until the chicken is cooked through when making this recipe in the crockpot. Enjoy!

  5. 5 stars
    This is my first time making this recipe. I am on a low carb diet so I substituted crushed pork rhind panko crumbs for zero carbs. (For the topping anyway). It came out fantastic. Followed the recipe exactly except for the crumb topping. This will be added to my rotation for sure. Thank you so much for this recipe.

  6. 5 stars
    I’m not usually much of a “casserole” style dish – but this was delicious, very flavorful, and quick to put together! I served over some Banza chickpea pasta for added protein and it was a great pair. Will definitely make again!

    1. Hi Vicki, I’ve found the chicken to be tender when making this dish. Cutting it in bite sized pieces helps. You can also cook it a little less before baking if you’d like.

    1. Thank you Tillie! I’m so happy to hear that you love this chicken dish. Great additions – I’ll give those a try myself!

  7. Can I use microwave steamed broccoli? If so should I partially cook it and then add it to the dish to cook more?

    1. Yes Jessica, you sure can. I do this often. I’d cook it so it’s a little less cooked than you’d like at the end. Enjoy!

  8. 5 stars
    I made this tonight. I under cooked some penne noodle and just mixed everything together. Put the cheese and breadcrumbs on top. Cooked it for 20 minutes. It came out perfect! My daughter asked for seconds.

    1. Yes Nikki, it’s actually perfect to freeze then bake. Doubling and eating one now and one later is a great idea! Prepare casserole, and instead of baking, wrap tightly and freeze. Take it out of the freezer the night before baking, and pop in the refrigerator to thaw overnight. Then bake as directed, until heated through and bubbling. It may take a little extra time if it is really cold out of the fridge. Enjoy the chicken divan, it’s a very popular choice!

  9. Just wondering can we replace sour cream with soup or just omit sour cream or what can I put in instead of sour cream

    1. Hi Linda, while the taste may change slightly, you could try extra soup, or yogurt. Enjoy! It’ll be delicious either way!

  10. This is so, so good!! Made according to recipe and will not change a thing the next time I make it!!

    1. I’ve never tried that Judy, but I think it may be better adding the potatoes on top (sort of like Shepherd’s pie). Let us know if you try it, it sure sounds delicious!

  11. 5 stars
    Feeding a larger crowd. Added some rice to the side and fresh shaved off corn on the Cobb before the final cheese and breadcrumbs. A couple ears sprinkled. Love this recipe. Thanks. A hit with all.
    Cucumber and tomato salad completed the meal. For dessert a Cherry and Strawberry Delight in 9×13 pan. Half side of each.
    Again, awesome!