Delicious Chicken Divan Recipe | The Recipe Critic

Delicious Chicken Divan Recipe | The Recipe Critic


Chicken divan is a creamy chicken casserole recipe topped with crispy buttered breadcrumbs. It’s easy to make, can be prepped ahead of time, and is a classic family favorite.

Complete the meal with some roasted lemon parmesan garlic asparagus and a pot of perfect basmati rice.    

A spoon taking a scoop of chicken divan out of a white casserole dish.

Easy Chicken Divan

Chicken divan is comfort food at its finest. Shredded chicken is wrapped up in a creamy cheese sauce, topped with buttered breadcrumbs, then baked until bubbly and delicious. 

It’s always a winner at our dinner table and there are rarely leftovers. 

But when we can’t finish it all, it’s just as delicious warmed up for lunch the next day. 

A wooden spoon scooping chicken divan out of a casserole dish.

How to Make Baked Chicken Divan:

This is a very simple recipe that can be divided into 3 parts:

  1. Cooking the chicken: Poach chicken breasts and then shred them, but you can easily use leftover or rotisserie chicken.
  2. Making the sauce: After you whisk some butter and flour in a pan, simply add the other sauce ingredients and let the cheese melt. Easy!
  3. Buttering the breadcrumbs: Simply mix some panko or breadcrumbs with melted butter. 

Once you have these three parts ready to go, all you have to do is assemble the casserole and pop it into the oven!

What is in the sauce?

Chicken divan sauce is a creamy cheese sauce. There are many different variations, but we love ours best because it’s both easy to make and flavorful. 

  1. Butter 
  2. Flour
  3. Cream of chicken soup
  4. Cheese
  5. Milk
  6. Sour cream
  7. Dijon mustard

A white bowl with chicken divan with broccoli and rice on the side.

Can Delicious Chicken Divan be Made Ahead of Time?

Yes! Chicken divan can be prepped and assembled up to 2 days in advance. 

Tip: It is best to prevent the breadcrumbs from becoming soggy. Take the breadcrumbs and store in a separate container. When ready to serve the casserole, add them to the casserole just before you put it into the oven.

Chicken Variations:

This is a flexible recipe. We often add different veggies, rice, or noodles to the dish.

If adding variations, reduce the chicken to 3 chicken breasts and use 2 cups of the variations. Here are a few ideas:

  • Peas (thawed)
  • Onions (sauteed)
  • Broccoli (lightly steamed)
  • Rice (cooked)
  • Egg noodles (cooked)
  • Bacon (cooked crispy)

A wooden spoon scooping chicken divan out of a casserole dish.

Make a Complete Meal!

The creamy sauce is delicious spooned over rice or noodles. Try this chicken divan with a side of vegetables.

Here are a few that go well:

Chicken divan in a white bowl with broccoli and rice.

More Amazing Casserole Recipes:

A white bowl with chicken divan with broccoli and rice on the side.

Chicken Divan

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 30 minutes

Total Time 50 minutes

Author Kristen Stevens

Servings 6 servings

Chicken divan is a creamy chicken casserole recipe topped with crispy buttered bread crumbs. It’s easy to make, can be prepped ahead of time, and is a classic family favorite.

The Casserole

  • 4 pieces chicken breast (or 5 cups cooked shredded chicken)
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese

The Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup (10 ½ ounces)
  • 1 ½ cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Nutrition Facts

Chicken Divan

Amount Per Serving

Calories 336 Calories from Fat 243

% Daily Value*

Fat 27g42%

Saturated Fat 16g80%

Cholesterol 78mg26%

Sodium 537mg22%

Potassium 437mg12%

Carbohydrates 11g4%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 4g4%

Protein 13g26%

Vitamin A 817IU16%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 382mg38%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

 

 

 

 


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