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Chicken Divan

This tasty chicken divan recipe was given to me by a friend years ago, and it's been a family favorite ever since. My daughters enjoy making this dish in their own homes and get the same enthusiastic compliments I always do! —Mary Pat Lucia, North East, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 cup cooking sherry or water
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen cut or chopped broccoli, thawed
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 3 to 4 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs


  • In a small saucepan, melt 1/4 cup butter. Add flour, stirring until blended. Stir in the cream and cooking sherry or water; cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 2 more minutes. Blend in soup until smooth; remove from the heat and set aside.
  • Place broccoli in an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Cover with rice and then half of the sauce. Top with chicken. Stir shredded cheese into remaining sauce; pour over the chicken.
  • Melt the remaining butter and toss with bread crumbs. Sprinkle over the casserole. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35-45 minutes or until heated through.
Editor's Note
To make soft bread crumbs, tear bread into pieces and place in a food processor or blender. Cover and pulse until crumbs form. One slice of bread yields 1/2 to 3/4 cup crumbs.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 412 calories, 24g fat (12g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 798mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 22g protein.

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  • Adele
    Jul 3, 2020

    With all due respect, if you don't add broccoli, it's not chicken divan. I've made something like this for many years. I've got this on my menu for the next time I cook a roast chicken. This is the recipe I will use.

  • quiltpinky1
    May 13, 2020

    Everyone loved this and a definite keeper! Made as is but did put some almonds on top,, took some to neighbors and they loved it too. Will be serving this to my bridge group when we start meeting again. Great find!

  • icunrse
    Feb 16, 2020

    Delicious!! I used broccoli cheese and creamy cauliflower soups. I also didn’t have sherry, so I omitted it. I was afraid it would be too much, but it was absolutely my favorite version of chicken divan. I miss a crunch, so next time I’ll add some slivered almonds.

  • Jennifer
    Feb 10, 2020

    Everyone in my family loves this recipe. From adults to small children. I wouldn’t change a thing about it.

  • Sandi
    Sep 30, 2019

    Folks...this is a delicious recipe. Chicken Divan is supposed to have broccoli in it, so providing a 1-star rating because you don't think it should include it, is pure poppy-cock! LOL I prefer using fresh broccoli, only because I think frozen adds more water content in the end result, but either is fine. This is a keeper, thank you!

  • Marianne
    Aug 16, 2019

    The broccoli is way too strong for this delicate sauce. I will not make it again.

  • Deborah
    Feb 3, 2019

    I made this per recipe the first time. I thought it could be better so the second time I changed it up a bit. Substituted 1 can cream of celery soup for the cream of chicken and crushed Stove Top stuffing for the soft bread crumbs. YUM!!

  • PrplMonky5
    Dec 14, 2017

    I cut this in half for just my husband and I and put it all in an 8x8 pan. I really think you could taste and smell the cooking sherry so I would definitely suggest using that over the water. The meal had a different flavor than I expected and we were pleasantly surprised. I do feel it could have done better with a bit more rice. I hate the texture of frozen broccoli so I used fresh that I had steamed. A good meal, but I'm not sure how the leftovers will hold up. 4-star for now, I'll update to 5 if the leftovers are still good.

  • Sue
    Oct 1, 2017

    This dish was rated very high by my family of 11, which is a hard feat to accomplish in this household. I did make a few changes tho, instead of half n’ half i made my own, and I used Chicken broth instead of Sherry, added more broccoli, doubled the rice and slightly more chicken, and for the bread crumbs I substituted crushed cornbread stuffing cubes…very tasty

  • bernerlover
    May 25, 2017

    I really liked it but I did make a few changes. I used fresh broccoli (I cooked it for 2 min in microwave), I used chicken broth in place of sherry or water, and I topped it with a can of french fried onion rings instead of the breadcrumbs. I really loved the onion rings on top. I also used double the rice.