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Chicken Divan

This Chicken Divan has juicy bites of chicken that are smothered in a simple cream sauce with broccoli and topped with a buttery Ritz cracker topping. This is a quick family dinner that you can serve with rice, mashed potatoes, or over biscuits.

Make it from scratch with my homemade cream of chicken soup recipe!

A casserole dish filled with creamy Chicken Divan with Broccoli topped with Ritz Crackers

When it comes to casserole recipes, Chicken Divan has to be right at the top of my favorites list. It’s SO easy to make and can be served with so many different side dishes. It’s make-ahead friendly, and my family just devours it every time. Let’s get into what you need to know about this recipe!

What is Chicken Divan

Chicken Divan is a creamy casserole that’s traditionally made with a simple combination of chicken, broccoli, sour cream or mayo, cream of chicken soup, milk, and simple seasonings:

  • Chicken: Leftover chicken is great in this recipe, uncooked chicken breast or thighs can also be used.
  • Broccoli: I love using fresh broccoli, but frozen works as well.,
  • Cream Sauce: The sauce consists of sour cream (or mayo), cream of chicken soup, milk, cheese, and simple seasonings.
  • Crunchy Topping: A combination of crushed Ritz crackers and melted butter is a great way to add a golden crunchy topping to this casserole. Panko breadcrumbs and butter can be used as well.

Why Is It Called Chicken Divan 

According to Wikipedia, this dish was named after the Divan Parisien Restaurant in NYC’s Chatham Hotel where it was invented and served as a signature dish in the 20th century.

How to Make It (Summary.)

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

  • Sauté diced chicken, onions, and celery in butter for 3 minutes. Add broccoli and olive oil once chicken is halfway done and cook 3-5 more minutes. Remove from heat once chicken is cooked through.
  • Add the cream of chicken soup, sour cream, milk, seasonings, and half of the cheese. Stir to combine and transfer to a lightly greased 9 x 13 inch casserole dish.
  • Top with remaining cheese. Cover and bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Remove and increase heat to 400 degrees.
  • Combine the melted butter and Ritz crackers. Sprinkle over the casserole and bake for 8-10 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Remove and let it sit for 5 minutes prior to serving.
  • Serve over rice, biscuits, or mashed potatoes.

A dutch oven filled with chicken and broccoli with sauce ingredients being added to make Chicken Divan.

Creamy Chicken Divan in a dutch oven and a casserole dish before being baked.

A casserole dish with Chicken Divan before and after being baked.

Pro Tips

  • Cooked chicken may be used in which case sautéing it isn’t necessary. I would still recommend softening the onions/celery for about 5 minutes and then cooking the broccoli for about 3-4.
  • To skip sautéing altogether, feel free to omit the onions and celery and combine uncooked diced chicken, fresh broccoli, and the sauce ingredients. Transfer to a baking dish and bake at 375, covered, for 40 minutes. Remove cover and proceed with adding the Ritz topping as outlined.
  • Frozen broccoli may be used, thaw it first and pat it dry. Sautéing it with the chicken is optional as it’s already partially cooked. I recommend if you like very soft broccoli.
  • Mayo can be used instead of sour cream.

Make Ahead Method

  • This casserole can be prepared and placed in a covered casserole dish in the fridge for up to 2 days prior to baking. Be sure to wait on preparing the topping until ready to serve.
  • Add an additional 15 minutes of covered baking time if baking from a cold state.

Storage

Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

A white plate filled with creamy Chicken Divan with a fork on the side.

Tools For This Recipe

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  • Dutch Oven – These conduct heat really well. I use mine all the time.
  • 9 x 13 baking dish The perfect size for almost any casserole recipe
  • Silicone Spatula– Easy for tossing the chicken as it cooks and for stirring in the sauce ingredients.
  • Measuring spoons I love that these are magnetic. They keep my drawer neat.

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This Chicken Divan has juicy bites of chicken that are smothered in a simple cream sauce with broccoli and topped with a buttery Ritz cracker topping. Make it from scratch or use can of cream of chicken soup!

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 lbs. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, see notes
  • Salt/Pepper, to taste
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 stick celery, diced
  • 4 cups broccoli florets, about ½ lb.
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 10.5 oz. cream of chicken soup
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon mustard powder
  • 2 ½ cups cheddar cheese, shredded

Topping

  • ½ cup crushed Ritz crackers, or panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons butter

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
  • Melt butter in a dutch oven or large pot over medium heat. Add the chicken, onions, and celery and toss to coat. Sauté for 3 minutes, until chicken is about halfway done, then add the broccoli and 1 Tbsp olive oil.
  • Cook for 3-5 more minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Remove from heat.
  • Add the cream of chicken soup, sour cream, milk, seasonings, and half of the cheese. Stir to combine.
  • Transfer to a lightly greased 9 x 13 casserole dish and top with remaining cheese.
  • Cover and bake for 20 minutes. Remove and increase heat to 400 degrees.
  • Combine the melted butter and Ritz crackers. Sprinkle over the casserole and bake for 8-10 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Remove and let it sit for 5 minutes prior to serving.
  • Serve over rice, biscuits, or mashed potatoes.

Notes

  • 2 lbs. of chicken is equal to about 4 cups diced or 3 medium chicken breasts.
  • Cooked chicken may be used in which case sauteing it isn’t necessary. I would still recommend softening the onions/celery for about 5 minutes and the broccoli for about 3-4.
  • To skip sautéing altogether, feel free to omit the onions and celery and combine uncooked diced chicken, fresh broccoli, and the sauce ingredients. Transfer to a baking dish and bake at 375, covered, for 40 minutes. Remove cover and proceed with adding the Ritz topping as outlined.
  • Frozen broccoli may be used, thaw it first and pat it dry. Sauteing it with the chicken is optional as it’s already partially cooked. I recommend if you like very soft broccoli.
  • ½ cup crushed Ritz = about 14 of them or ½ sleeve.

Nutrition

Calories: 611kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 49g, Fat: 39g, Saturated Fat: 20g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 186mg, Sodium: 978mg, Potassium: 927mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 1414IU, Vitamin C: 58mg, Calcium: 449mg, Iron: 2mg

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37 comments on “Chicken Divan”

  1. Excellent I omitted the onion and celery sour cream because I didn’t have it in stock and since I was making for only two I cut recipe in 1/2. Also used mayonnaise because I didn’t have sour cream. Turned out delicious next time I will try with the other ingredients. I would make again my husband loved it it’s now on the weekly rotation thank you 

  2. So delicious my husband and 16 month old son both loved it. I’ll forsure be making it again in the future. Thank you 😋

    • You’re very welcome Melissa! Thanks so much for the great review, that’s so cool your 16 month old son loved it! Thanks so much for the great comments and review!😃

  3. Made this tonight. Very Yummy! Will make again!

  4. loved it! didn’t have ritz crackers so i used crushed cheese-it’s! mmmm!

  5. This was the best chicken divan dish I have ever made! The sour cream made the dish. I also loved the idea of lightly sautéing the broccoli as opposed to steaming it so it wasn’t too mushy. I used a can of gluten free cream of chicken soup and it worked beautifully, even though I omitted the milk. My 16 year old son and husband both went back for seconds so this dish will be prepared again!

    • Sounds like you did a great job Meg! Always a great sign when your husband and 16 year old son go back for seconds! Thanks so much for the great comments and for taking the time to leave a review!😍

  6. Very good- especially with home made cream of chicken soup. Nice refresh of an old favorite.

  7. This was absolutely delicious. 

  8. I was craving my mom’s chicken divan recipe and I hadn’t had it for years but the recipe I found in my recipe box didn’t seem like what I remembered so I started looking for a replacement. This looked like a good one. 
    I did use fresh broccoli and I would recommend that when doing so you sauté for the full amount of time listed in the recipe I did have some larger pieces that had a little bit of crunch but it will be perfect after I warm it up the next day or so. I had cooked two large boneless skinless chicken breasts in my instant pot and shredded them to use in this recipe. The only change I made was instead of the Ritz cracker topping I sprinkled the top with Durkee onions because that’s the way my mom‘s recipe was and I did like the flavor although next time I make this I will try the crackers because I love the buttery flavor of the Ritz. This is now my go to chicken divan recipe! I’m sure my mom wouldn’t mind 😉

    • I’m so happy you found this recipe Julia and it worked as a good replacement for your mom’s recipe! Using Durkee onions for a topping is a great idea😋. Thanks so much for the great comments and review!

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