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:
- Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
- Cream of Chicken Soup
- Lemon Juice
- Curry Powder
- Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- Slices of bread
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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
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.
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:
- 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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- Pesto Chicken Casserole
- Teriyaki Chicken Casserole
- Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole
- Texas Ranch Chicken Casserole
- Chicken Alfredo Gnocchi Casserole