Chicken Divan Casserole

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4.8 from 10 votes
This Chicken Divan recipe is one of my family's favorite easy casseroles. It's made with shredded chicken, chopped broccoli, a creamy sauce and topped with cheese and a crispy cracker crust. PURE COMFORT FOOD!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 35 minutes

This Chicken Divan recipe is one of my family’s favorite easy casseroles. It’s made with shredded chicken, chopped broccoli, a creamy sauce and topped with cheese and a crispy cracker crust. PURE COMFORT FOOD!

Chicken Divan casserole on a spoon

My mother-in-law introduced me to this recipe many years ago. It quickly because a family favorite because it’s incredibly easy to make, freezes well and is amazing when the leftovers are reheated.

What is Chicken Divan Casserole?

Chicken Divan is a delicious casserole that is full of cooked chicken, fresh broccoli and a creamy sauce. The entire casserole is topped with a layer of cheese and then a crispy, buttery cracker crust.

The recipe was invented at the Divan Parisien Restaurant in the New York City Chatham Hotel in the early 1900’s. Since then, this classic American casserole has become a family staple in many households.

How to Make This Chicken Divan Recipe – Step by Step 

  • Cook the Chicken: The first step in making this Chicken Divan casserole is cooking the chicken. You can use any type of chicken that you’d like. I like roast chicken breasts – here’s a great tutorial.
  • Shred the Chicken: Next you need to shred the chicken into bite sized pieces.
  • Chop the Broccoli: I like to use fresh broccoli for this recipe. I chop into small, bite-sized florets.
  • Make the Sauce: Combine the sauce ingredients with the cooked chicken and chopped broccoli.
Step by step instructions for making chicken divan casserole
  • Shred the Cheese: shred your favorite cheese – I prefer cheddar. You can use what ever type you prefer. And spread an even layer of the casserole.
  • Make the Cracker Topping: Crush the crackers and mix them with melted butter. Spread the cracker crumbs in an even layer on top of the casserole and bake until cooked through.
Instructions for making the cracker topping.

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Can You Freeze Chicken Broccoli Divan?

Absolutely! One of my favorite things about this recipe is that I can freeze it. When I make this recipe, I always make a double or triple batch so that I can stash it in the freezer for dinner at a later date.

I like to use these pans when freezing this casserole. I’ve found that they are great for going straight from the freeze to the oven.

Chicken broccoli divan on a wooden plate with flowers on the side.

What Kind of Chicken Can You Use for Chicken Divan?

This is the beauty of this recipe…you can use whatever chicken you have on hand. As long as you have the specified amount of cooked chicken in the recipe (see below), you are good.

Here are some options you can try:

  • Poached chicken breast or thighs
  • Roasted chicken (I love this recipe)
  • Store bought, rotisserie chicken

I would probably refrain from using canned chicken, however. The texture is just too fine for me.


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A serving of chicken broccoli divan on a wooden plate.

Expert Tips for Making the Best Chicken Divan Casserole

There are so many variation of this classic, comfort food, casserole around.

  • Change up the flavor: Try adding a bold flavor, like curry, to the sauce for even more flavor. Chicken Divan with curry is really popular.
  • Try a fancy style: The Paula Deen Chicken Divan recipe is an elevated version of my recipe. She uses white wine and bread crumbs in her version.
  • Make your own sauce from scratch: If you want to take this to the next level, try making your own cream sauce. You can use this recipe as a base.

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Chicken Divan Recipe

4.8 from 10 votes
This Chicken Divan recipe is one of my family's favorite easy casseroles. It's made with shredded chicken, chopped broccoli, a creamy sauce and topped with cheese and a crispy cracker crust. PURE COMFORT FOOD!
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Servings: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chicken cooked and cut/shredded into bite sized pieces
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 3 10.5 ounce cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons House Seasoning Blend
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 sleeve saltine crackers crushed
  • 4 Tbsp butter melted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Combine the chicken, broccoli, soup, mayonnaise and House Seasoning Blend in a 13×9 inch baking dish.
  • Sprinkle shredded cheese on top of mixture.
  • Combine crushed crackers and melted butter; Spread on top of shredded cheese.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.

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Expert Tips

  • Change up the flavor: Try adding a bold flavor, like curry, to the sauce for even more flavor. Chicken Divan with curry is really popular.
  • Try a fancy style: The Paula Deen Chicken Divan recipe is an elevated version of my recipe. She uses white wine and bread crumbs in her version.
  • Make your own sauce from scratch: If you want to take this to the next level, try making your own cream sauce. You can use this recipe as a base.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 1214mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 815IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 288mg | Iron: 1mg

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21 thoughts on “Chicken Divan Casserole”

  1. 5 stars
    This chicken, broccoli, and cheese casserole is so good! Such yummy flavors and great comfort food when it is chilly outside. Thanks for the clear instructions.

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  2. Chicken Divan is my family’s favorite recipe too! My recipe is so similar to yours that I know you have a fantastic dish! LOL
    Just a simple note: I always make a double batch so that I have left overs. The next day I use the casserole to make chicken broccoli enchilada’s. I simply roll up the left over filling in flour tortilla’s, place them in a baking dish that is coated with non-stick spray, pour a large can of green chili enchilada sauce over them, cover and bake for 40-45 min at 350 degree’s.
    Top with additional cheese during the last 10 minutes of baking if you want.
    Trust me, you will become seriously hooked!
    Best wishes for a wonderful 2011!
    Amber

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    • WOW, Amber! What an awesome suggestion! I will definitely need to give this a try! Thank you so much for sharing!

      Have a wonderful New Year! 🙂

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  3. That is comfort food at its best… and a good use for leftover turkey!
    another friday’s favorite for sure 🙂

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  4. what a beautiful and easy dish. i love that it can be prepared in advance and then just popped in the oven—great busy night dinner! i will definitely be trying this out with leftover turkey (providing we have any) 🙂 thank you for sharing this with tuesday night supper club…have a wonderful thanksgiving!

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  5. Mmmm, creamy rice and turkey! This is always a good choice for post holiday leftover (or cooked fresh any other time!). Thanks.

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  6. I have made this casserole before, but never with saltines on top. I can absolutely imagine what a great addition they would be and will add them next time I make this.

    Yumm!

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  7. I’m glad to see this recipe because this is something I’ve always heard about, but have never tasted. I think I missed out on something growing up! Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

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  8. Oh yummy! I will have to try this. I make something similiar with chicken, broccoli, and sour cream instead of the mayo. However, I want to try your recipe with the saltines, fun!

    One of our favorite casseroles can be found on my blog under the recipes label. It’s has hamburger (we use ground turkey), tomatoes, penne pasta and mozarella cheese. It can be made ahead and frozen or put in the fridge til later.

    Thanks for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday.

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  9. that sounds good – at first i thought you wrote cream of mushroom soup & that never goes over well here – but cream of chicken sounds delish!

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