This Chicken Divan recipe is loaded with chunks of tender chicken and broccoli, smothered in a rich and creamy sauce, and topped with crisp, buttery bread crumbs.
Chicken Broccoli Divan
Hello again! It’s Alicia from The Baker Upstairs, and I’m so excited to share a delicious dinner recipe with you! This creamy and flavorful chicken divan recipe is so easy to make, and so yummy that the whole family will love it. It’s loaded with chunks of tender chicken and broccoli, smothered in a rich and creamy sauce, and topped with crisp, buttery bread crumbs. It is comfort food at its best!
With the all of the cold weather this time of year, I am always on the lookout for delicious and cozy recipes that can warm up those cold nights. This chicken divan fits the bill perfectly! We ate a similar dish fairly often when I was a child (although we just called it chicken and broccoli casserole), and it reminds me of home and good memories whenever I eat it. My kids love it too, so it is a staple at our house!
Chicken Divan Casserole Tips
There are a huge variety of recipes out there for chicken divan, and most of them use condensed soups and/or mayonnaise. Since I’m totally a made-from-scratch girl, I decided to make up my own sauce recipe. It’s just as creamy and flavorful as the traditional recipe, but it tastes even better because it’s homemade!
Because the sauce and casserole ingredients are common, we usually have them on hand. They include:
- chicken broth
- sour cream
- chicken (instructions for cooking chicken HERE.)
And for the topping:
- bread crumbs
Having the homemade sauce makes this chicken divan so delicious!
For non-mushy broccoli:
The key is to only cook it about halfway before adding it to the casserole mixture. The broccoli will cook the rest of the way as it bakes, and it comes out of the oven still green and tender, instead of mushy and bland. It makes for a much prettier presentation, and tastes better too.
What to serve with chicken divan?
We like to serve it with rice, but it’s also delicious over noodles or mashed potatoes. If you want to skip out on a few carbs, it’s great all by itself, too.
Can you make Chicken Divan ahead of time?
Yes, you can make it up to 24 hours in advance. Just cover with saran wrap and keep refrigerated until ready to bake.
Can you freeze Chicken Divan?
Prepare casserole in disposable baking dish, cover with foil and bag if possible. Let thaw in fridge for 24 hours before baking.
So many reasons to love this chicken divan!! The leftovers will reheat well, and I love that the recipe makes enough for two meals for my family. I totally love those cook once, eat twice kind of dinners!
Complete the meal by also making:
For more chicken casseroles, check out:
- Chicken Broccoli Casserole
- French Onion Chicken Casserole
- Chicken Alfredo Casserole
- Green Bean and Chicken Casserole
- Chicken Noodle Casserole
Chicken Divan Recipe
for the casserole:
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 3 cups broccoli florets cut into bite sized pieces
- 3 cups cooked chicken cut into bite sized pieces
for the topping:
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- Preheat the oven to 375, and spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray.
- In a large skillet, heat the butter over medium heat, until melted. Add the flour and whisk to combine. Cook 2-3 minutes, or until bubbly and golden. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth, followed by the milk, stirring constantly to prevent lumps. Cook the sauce until thickened and bubbling. Remove the sauce from the heat, and stir in the sour cream and salt.
- Add the broccoli to a microwave safe bowl with 2 tablespoons of water. Cover and microwave on high for 2 minutes, or until softened slightly but not fully cooked. Drain well.
- Add the broccoli and chicken to the skillet with the sauce, and stir to combine. Pour into the prepared baking dish, and sprinkle with the cheddar cheese.
- In a small bowl, mix together the melted butter and bread crumbs. Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the top of the chicken mixture.
- Bake 20-25 minutes, or until the bread crumbs are golden brown and crispy, and the sauce is bubbling. Serve hot with cooked rice, noodles, or mashed potatoes.