Chicken Divan {Potluck Sunday}

Happy First Day of Spring! Right now it's a beautiful 64 degrees here in North Texas. I love gaining an extra hour of daylight because it gives me a bit more time to take photographs.

My photos seem to really suffer in the winter. Just look at the photo above of my Chicken Divan. Although it's not the best photo it sure is a yummy dish, so I apologize for the crummy picture.

Chicken Divan is an oldie, but it sure is a goodie. You can find recipes for this dish all over the Internet. Some are good and some are really fancy.

For me I prefer a simple variation of this dish. I have taken a few recipes and tweaked them just a bit to come up with the perfect combination for my taste.

If I have learned one think with Chicken Divan it's best to use fresh broccoli versus frozen. To me the frozen broccoli just ends up mushy in the end. I also add a bit of broth and sour cream to my sauce.

 I really think it adds creaminess as well as thinning out the sauce just a bit. If you're looking for simple, delicious comfort food then Chicken Divan is your dish.

Here are a few step by step photos this dish. The full recipe is at the end of this post. Using a 9x13 inch baking dish add the cooked broccoli then layer the cooked chicken on top.

Mix together soup, mayo, sour cream, chicken broth and lemon juice. Pour over chicken. Sprinkle with cheese. Combine bread crumbs and butter; sprinkle over casserole.

Bake at 350* for 25 minutes covered, 5 minutes uncovered.

Serve over white or brown rice.

Chicken Divan

1 -1lb fresh broccoli (lightly steamed for 5 minutes)
3 - 4 chicken breasts, cooked & cut into pieces, reserve 1/8 cup broth
1 - 10.5 oz can cream of chicken soup
1/2 - cup mayonaise
1/2 - cup sour cream
1/8 - cup reserved chicken broth
1/2 - teaspoons lemon juice
1 - cup shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 - cup regular or panko lemon flavored bread crumbs
2 - tablespoons melted butter
Pepper to taste

Boil chicken until done or cut chicken breast into pieces and saute in 2 tablespoons olive oil sprinkled with a bit of all purpose chicken seasoning. (I use Emeriles).

Saute chicken pieces until cooked through. Set aside. Steam broccoli for 5 minutes.

Using a 9x13 inch baking dish add the broccoli first then layer the chicken on top. Sprinkle with pepper.

Mix together soup, mayo, sour cream, chicken broth and lemon juice. Pour over chicken. Sprinkle with cheese. 

Combine bread crumbs and butter; sprinkle over casserole. Bake at 350* for 25 minutes covered, 5 minutes uncovered.
I prefer to saute the chicken breasts in olive oil versus boiling. I think it adds more flavor to the chicken.

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I know what main dish I'm making for the family reunions this year. This like superb Tina.
Heidi said…
My family and I were just talking about Chicken Divan. It is something that I often take to Church Potluck Suppers, but I haven't made it in quite a while. As always, thanks for hosting this link party. You are my top referring site. Happy Spring!
Jennifer said…
I haven't had Chicken Divan in years. I always loved this dish. Thanks for the reminder. I'm going to plan to make this for my family soon.
Unknown said…
Tina this sounds so good! Another dish of yours I know my family would love! : )
This looks very good...we love chicken and broccoli so this will be a great new addition :)
Tina Butler said…
I had to go with a new linky this week. The thumbnail one from Linky Tools is messing up my post. I really like the thumbnails linkys, so I am looking into purchasing a different one.
Anonymous said…
I'm with you on taking pictures in the winter, they totally suffer! This chicken divan is TOTALLY comfort food for me. I grew up eating it and I haven't had it in so many years. I will definitely have to make room for this one in the coming weeks. I'm sure it will be a hit with my kids as well.
Julia said…
This is a great leftovers dish if you made a sunday roast and have got a lot of chicken left over. I think it sounds delicious, like healthy comfort food!
Unknown said…
Another dish that I havn't made, but I sure do need to. Happy sunday
Jane said…
Chicken Divan is one of my favorite dishes! Yum! Thanks for hosting!
Hi Tina! I am sharing my recipe for Pizza Flavors Stuffed Mushrooms. They are really easy to make and taste great.
Here is a link to a great Link up that uses a different company's "linky". I love her layout and it's really easy to use.

Thanks for hosting!
Thanks for hosting! I brought some no-yeast cinnamon buns.
This recipe looks so good. You just can't beat comfort food. Thanks for posting!
Looks delicious even for non broccoli lovers like myself. That would be a great way for me to eat it!
Brandie said…
Chicken Divan...mmmm. The photos aren't bad at all!!
Thank you again for hosting the potluck!
Tammy said…
Hi Tina, I love your idea of potluck Sunday and having a link party with it..I've done it in the past with you and receive many visits to my new blog, which is great since I am just a couple months old! But, I really liked your pictures of the links...I think that is what makes it so fun to find one to link to, the pictures of the dish is what makes me click on a link.....just a suggestion! thanks for your awesome blog, I have enjoyed you for a few years now!
Anonymous said…
This looks sooo good. I want to try it but one question. Emeril's chicken seasoning, are you referring to his Essence? Do you have a recipe for it? Thanks

Tina Butler said…
actually it is Emerils Chicken Rub. Tammy I added a message above that the thumbnail linky through Linky Tools formally Mcklinky was giving me problems with my posts. I don't know why all of sudden all the problems started. I too like the thumbnails so I am looking into another webiste. The thumbnail linkys are not free they are though paid membership. I just did not want to have no way for anyone to link up this past Sunday so I just did a regular link up. Hopefully i can get the thumbnails going again.
This is what I need for a gathering. Big recipe and a big meal! Thanks a lot .
Anonymous said…
Great! I have a potluck supper coming up at my church. This is perfect! Thank you!!
Elena said…
Thank you. This is the best recipe for my family dinner. I invited my aunts (4 aunts) with their family to my house and I prepare a special dinner.
Tracey M. said…
YUM! I love chicken divan. It reminds me of my mom's cooking. I am saving this recipe for making in the future!
Leslie said…
Yum..comfort food at its finest!
Brunella Brunet said…
My favorite is Tamale Pie. Loved by the whole family.
Anonymous said…
Love your blog! I just got your No Peek Beef Tips recipe to try and decided to have a look at the other recipes you have. When I saw Chicken Divan I had to see how you make it. My sister showed me a way to make this years ago and I use it often. Its similar to yours, but instead of cooking things seperately, like the chicken and broccoli, first...its all done in one pan :)
I put chopped chicken breast (boneless/skinless) in bottom of casserole dish in a single layer, then I top this with raw cleaned and chopped broccoli florettes. I mix a can of cream of chicken soup with some mayo and spoon it on top of the broccoli and spread it. Top with cheese, then butter moistened bread crumbs and bake.
The juice from the cooking chicken mixes with the soup mixture to make an awesome creamy sauce that cooks the broccoli at the same time! Plus the broccoli is still a little crunchy which I love :)
Unknown said…
This recipe sounds delicious. Low-carb is important to me because of having Diabetes. I will desinitely try this one. Thank you.
Lindsay said…
This recipe is SOOOO delicious! I found it on Pinterest. I love chicken divan but the recipe I had called for 3 cans of cream of soup. This recipe is so much better with only one can of cream of soup! YUM! I LOVE IT. I will be making this many times into the future. And I made it easier by using a rotisserie chicken, and bagged fresh broccoli too! Mmm!
heart2heart said…
Yum is all I heard! The only difference is I added 1/2 tsp or so of curry powder! Once you try it you'll wonder how you didn't know about it! And I'm not a fan of Cream of Chicken soup, so use the combo/blend Campbell's makes, Cream of Chicken AND Mushroom soup! Delicious!! Thank you for all the work you put in to make our families tummy's so happy!!