Mom’s Easy Chicken Broccoli Casserole Recipe (Chicken Divan)

This Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole is a family favorite - we also call it Chicken Divan at our house. It is so simple to make: add broccoli and chicken to a creamy sauce, top with cheese and serve over cooked rice or potatoes.

There are some recipes on our blog that are tried-and-true favorites from our childhood and this recipe is one of them.

Our mom made this frequently for Sunday dinner and whenever I smell it cooking, it always takes me back to her kitchen on a peaceful Sunday afternoon.

If you have picky eaters who don’t love vegetables, this is a recipe that you need to try. The cheesy sauce mixed with the cooked broccoli is pretty delicious.

make sure you have these ingredients to make this easy chicken divan recipe:

Chicken Divan Ingredients:

  1. Broccoli
  2. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  3. Cream of Chicken Soup
  4. Mayonnaise
  5. Lemon Juice
  6. Curry Powder
  7. Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  8. Slices of bread
  9. Butter

Don’t forget these items too:

  • Baking dish (This one is great)
  • Measuring Cup
  • Saucepan (This pan steams broccoli)

how to make the best chicken divan:

The idea of this recipe is simple – layer chicken and broccoli in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.

Make the creamy sauce by mixing the cream of chicken soup, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and curry powder.

Pour this combined mixture over the broccoli and chicken.

Sprinkle shredded cheese over the top.

Break bread into small pieces and combine with the melted butter. Sprinkle the bread pieces over the cheese.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until it’s golden and bubbly.

You have a comfort-food dish that your whole family will love.

helpful tips when preparing chicken divan

Chicken Tips:

When it comes to the cooked chicken, I make it a couple of different ways. Sometimes I will boil whole frozen chicken breasts and place them on top of the cooked broccoli in the pan.

Sometimes I chop the chicken into bite-size pieces and spread it evenly over the broccoli (like in the picture above).

If I am really short on time, I will grab a rotisserie chicken at the store and shred it up, then spread it over the broccoli.

If you have leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, this casserole is a great way to use it up as well.

Sauce Tips:

Now for the creamy sauce…trust me, I know that the ingredients seem a little strange, but their combined flavors are incredible.

You will need 2 cans of cream of chicken soup (I usually grab the reduced-fat version), mayonnaise, a little lemon juice, and curry powder.

The curry powder adds this little kick of flavor that makes the entire dish. Mix these ingredients together and add to the chicken and broccoli in the pan.

chicken divan variations:

When we were growing up, my mom always topped it with lots of cheese and bread crumbs. Some of our readers have mentioned that they use Stove Top stuffing on top, which sounds delicious to me.
This casserole is incredibly versatile. Here are some other things you might want to try adding in (these are suggestions from our readers):
  • Fresh mushrooms
  • Provolone cheese
  • Use 1/2 cup sour cream in place of half of the mayonnaise
  • Water chestnuts
  • Cream of Broccoli soup instead of Cream of Chicken soup
  • Cheddar cheese soup instead of Cream of Chicken soup
  • Top with French fried onions instead of bread crumbs
  • Top with corn flakes instead of bread crumbs. We always serve this casserole with baked potatoes, but it’s also delicious with mashed potatoes or cooked rice.
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Serves: 8

Mom's Easy Chicken Broccoli Casserole (Chicken Divan)

This Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole is a family favorite. Add broccoli and chicken to a creamy sauce, top with cheese and serve over cooked rice or potatoes.

15 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 bunches fresh broccoli (can also use frozen)
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (cooked and cut into pieces if desired)
  • 2 (10.5 ounce) cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 slices bread
  • 1 Tablespoon butter (melted)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook broccoli in boiling salted water until tender and drain.
  3. Arrange stalks in the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 inch pan.
  4. Place cooked chicken breasts on top of broccoli.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine soup, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and curry powder; pour over chicken.
  6. Sprinkle with grated cheese.
  7. Break bread into small pieces and mix with melted butter. Sprinkle over shredded cheese.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Notes

You can also use bread crumbs in place of the sliced bread with butter.

Sometimes I add a couple tablespoons of milk to the soup mixture so that it makes a "gravy" and serve that over baked potatoes as a side dish

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32 Responses to “Mom’s Easy Chicken Broccoli Casserole Recipe (Chicken Divan)”

  1. This recipe has been in our family for 30 years and one of our favorites! Ours is just a little bit different, but the changes make a huge difference: Add a can of sliced water chestnuts (these MAKE the recipe!), chop the chicken up and sprinkle it over the broccoli instead of leaving the breasts whole, and instead of bread crumbs, in the last 15 minutes of baking, top with garlic & cheese croutons and then sprinkle with the cheese. LOVE IT!
  2. Vanessa
    This was my FAVORITE childhood recipe! My best friend’s mom would make it and every time they had it, she had to invite me over for dinner because I loved it so much! Can’t wait to make it again this week! It’s funny how much food can bring back so many memories!
  3. Suzanne R.
    This has been a favorite since i can remember....so much that i dont need a recipe. Its almost the same ecept no bread crumbs on top and only one can of the soup. Its perfect...I say if it's not broke don't fix it:) My brother will just about eat the whole thing himself.
  4. Instead of boiling the chicken or using already cooked, I will cut up the breast into bite size pieces and sauté the pieces adding some curry to that. One large breast and one can of soup is more than enough for me and hubby. I also nuke the broccoli in the same dish I will put the casserole together in. Been using this recipe for years. Originally got it from a friend then saw it in an old Better Homes and Garden Casserole Cookbook. Exactly the same. So very delicious. Good to serve for company.
  5. We just love this to go dinner recipe. We make it once a week and we love it. Always with slight changes here and there (broccoli on its own or broccoli and carrots, over rice, with salad, over baked potato, with tender stem broccoli, with asparagus, with 1tin of chicken soup 1 tin of mushroom soup or just 1 tin of the soups and 300ml of single cream, with different curry powders, or even jerk seasoning with or without the mayo,) always a favourite! Thank you !

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