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The BEST From Scratch Chicken Divan – Carlsbad Cravings

a forkful of chicken divan casserole with chicken, broccoli and panko

Chicken Divan from scratch is about to turn into your favourite hen casserole!


This Chicken Divan is the BEST ever with no canned soups or mayo!  Simply layers of juicy hen and tender broccoli in probably the most flavorful wealthy, creamy cheese sauce all topped with golden crispy panko.  This Chicken Divan is a fast and straightforward casserole good for all these busy nights and you may prep it solely forward of time and bake till heat and bubbly at time for supper!  

Did you develop up on Chicken Divan?!  Chicken Divan was considered one of our household go-to dinners and my FAVORITE dinner my mother made rising up.  In truth, every time it was my birthday and I received to request my particular “birthday dinner,” it was all the time Chicken Divan.

Once I informed my sister I used to be posting a Chicken Divan From Scratch Recipe, she stated, “Oh yum! Chicken Divan is still my kids’ favorite.  Eric just requested it for his birthday dinner.”  And so, the delectable custom continues.

Nicely, virtually.  I’ve given this basic Chicken Divan recipe a recent spin with loads of taste and a sauce it would be best to faceplant into.  So, let’s get to it.

top view of easy chicken divan in a blue casserole dish with a silver spoon and some of the casserole gone

What’s Chicken Divan?

Chicken Divan was created within the 1930s on the Divan Parisian Restaurant (this the identify!) on the Chatham Lodge in Manhattan and has since turn into an American basic.

Chicken Broccoli Divan is actually a fast and straightforward hen casserole that’s characterised by a layer of steamed broccoli adopted by a layer of chopped cooked hen and topped with a wealthy and creamy sauce.

The first Chicken Divan was made with a Mornay Sauce  – a béchamel sauce with shredded or grated Gruyère cheese.  Later variations (just like the one I keep in mind from the 80s/90s), nevertheless, was typically made with cream of mushroom or cream of hen soup combined with milk, bitter cream and/or mayonnaise and cheddar cheese.

Chicken Divan toppings vary from panko to Ritz crackers to stuffing to cornflakes.

The purpose there are such a lot of Chicken Divan variations?  It doesn’t get higher than tacky hen and broccoli casserole!

side view of a serving of creamy chicken divan with mashed potatoes in a black bowl with a gold fork

Chicken Divan Recipe

There’s simply one thing so satisfying, so comforting, so outrageously scrumptious about Chicken Divan.  I personally assume it’s a texture factor.  Chicken Divan hits all the suitable notes.  You’ve tender broccoli and juicy hen blanketed in a creamy sauce with crispy buttery panko throughout a mattress of fluffy mashed potatoes to cradle each chew.  In order that’s, tender, juicy, creamy, crispy and fluffy.  I’m drooling another time.

In fact, this symphony of textures would fall flat if there wasn’t enought taste, and belief me, I’ve seen some very bland Chicken Divan recipes on the market.  My from scratch Chicken Divan recipe, my buddies, is just not one in every of them.

That is NOT your mom’s Chicken Divan.  No offense mother. There’s little question that this from scratch Chicken Divan continues to be wealthy, nevertheless it’s a lightened-up model with out the canned soup or mayonnaise that also hits all the correct notes – after which some.  It’s irresistibly creamy, tacky, comforting perfection.

chicken divan from scratch with creamy sauce

What Goes In Chicken Divan?

  • Chicken:  I exploit boneless, skinless hen breasts however you’re welcome to make use of hen thighs as an alternative.  You can even use shredded rotisserie hen however nonetheless toss it with the seasonings per recipe directions. You’ll need about four cups cooked shredded hen when you go this route.

showing how to make best chicken divan recipe by cooking chopped chicken in a pan

  • Broccoli:  I all the time use recent broccoli.  I don’t advocate frozen broccoli as a result of it tends to finish up watery and mushy as an alternative of tender.  To save lots of a bit of time, you should purchase luggage of broccoli florets, simply be sure to chop up any additional giant items so the florets are all roughly the identical measurement.

chopped broccoli florets on a white cutting board easy chicken divan recipe

  • Selfmade Cream of Chicken Soup:  My do-it-yourself cream of hen soup is epic.  It begins with a roux you then whisk in hen broth, and milk whisked with cornstarch to create a splendidly thick sauce.  You need the sauce to look a bit of on the thick aspect as a result of it’s going to skinny out some within the oven.  To this luscious sauce, we stir in hen bouillon, Dijon, Worcestershire sauce onion powder, garlic powder, dried parsley, floor cumin, and pepper.  It’s velvety, seasoned bliss.

top view of creamy mornay sauce for chicken divan in a blue saucepan

  • Cheese.  I exploit freshly grated Parmesan for its salty chew and cheddar for it’s sharp richness.  Please solely use freshly grated cheeses as a result of the pre-shredded varieties don’t soften almost as nicely – particularly Parmesan.
  • Bitter Cream.  Bitter cream is a should in my guide for the marginally tangy basic Chicken Divan style.  I exploit ½ cup however you’re welcome to make use of much more.  Full fats bitter cream melts simpler than nonfat, however you’ll be able to definitely use nonfat with this data.  For full disclosure, I’ve not tried this Chicken Divan recipe with Greek Yogurt.
  • Panko.  Don’t skip the panko crunch, it’s certainly one of my favourite elements!  Panko is a method of Japanese bread crumbs that’s fluffier and bakes up a lot crispier than bread crumbs.  It’s situated with the opposite breadcrumbs on the grocery retailer.  I used Italian fashion panko (which means it’s seasoned with Italian seasoning), however you need to use plain panko as properly.

showing how to make chicken divan from scratch by toasting panko topping in a skillete

How To Make Chicken and Broccoli Divan

Step 1 – Season Chicken:  Chop your hen into chew measurement items then season them with salt, pepper and paprika whereas nonetheless on the slicing board.   Ensure you dab your hen of extra moisture earlier than including the seasonings in order that they stick properly and so your hen will sear as an alternative of simply steam – that is very true in case you are utilizing frozen, defrosted hen which can launch extra moisture.

showing how to best chicken divan recipe by tossing chopped raw chicken with salt, pepper and paprika on a white cutting board

Step 2 – Steam Broccoli:  Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to a big skillet and warmth over medium excessive warmth till extremely popular.  Add the broccoli and sauté for 30 seconds. Add ½ cup hen broth, cowl pan, and decrease warmth to medium. Steam broccoli till tender however not limp, about 2 minutes. In the event you like your broccoli on the softer, extra fall-apart aspect, then steam nearer to three minutes.

showing how to make chicken divan by steaming broccoli in a blue skillet

Take care you drain your broccoli nicely earlier than transferring it to a 9×13 casserole dish or the surplus moisture could make your sauce watery.

showing how to make easy chicken divan by adding steamed broccoli to a casserole dish in a single layer

Step three – Prepare dinner Chicken:  To the now empty skillet, soften one tablespoon butter (might sub olive oil) over medium warmth. Improve warmth medium excessive and add hen in a single layer and sear for one minute with out shifting then proceed to prepare dinner and stir hen till cooked via.  Take care to not overcook your hen as a result of additionally it is going to bake within the oven.

up close of cooking chopped chicken in pan showing how to make chicken divan without cream soup

Evenly layer hen on prime of broccoli.

showing how to make easy chicken divan by layering chicken on top of broccoli in a 9x13 casserole dish

Step four – Make Sauce:  To the identical skillet (don’t wipe out), soften 2 tablespoons butter with 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium warmth.  Whisk in flour then prepare dinner, whereas stirring for 1 minute.  Flip warmth to low then progressively whisk in hen broth and 1 cup of milk.  Whisk cornstarch with remaining cup milk and add to skillet adopted by Dijon, Worcestershire sauce, hen bouillon and all spices/seasonings.

showing how to make hommade cream of chicken soup for chicken divan by whisking together milk, chicken broth and seasonings

Convey sauce to a boil, whisking continually then scale back warmth to a simmer, whisking typically till thickened.

showing how to make easy chicken divan by adding chicken broth and milk to a pan to make mornay sauce

Take away from warmth and whisk in ½ cup sharp cheese till melted adopted by Parmesan cheese till melted. Whisk in bitter cream till blended.

showing how to make from scratch chicken divan by adding cheese to homemade cream of chicken soup

showing how to make from scratch chicken divan by making mornay sauce in a blue pan

Step 5 – Layer:  Pour sauce evenly over hen and broccoli.  It is going to appear to be loads of sauce however belief me, it’s good.  Nobody needs dry Chicken Divan!

showing how to make chicken divan by pouring creamy sauce over chicken and broccoli

Chicken Divan

Prime with remaining 1 cup cheddar cheese adopted by panko.

Step 6 – Bake:  Cowl Chicken Divan with foil and bake at 350 levels for 30 minutes or till scorching and bubbly.

top view of chicken divan from scratch in a blue casserole dish with a silver spoon and some of the casserole gone with mashed potatoes on the side

 

How you can make additional crispy panko topping

You’re welcome so as to add your panko to the highest of your Chicken Divan and bake per directions after which broil, however the finish end result all the time leaves me wanting crispier panko.

To get the ULITMATE buttery, crispy panko topping, I exploit the method I exploit in my Million Greenback Macaroni and Cheese – as a result of it’s million greenback scrumptious.

First, soften butter in olive oil over medium warmth in a skillet. Add panko and stir to coat. Proceed cooking till crumbs develop into golden brown.   This offers you probably the most spectacular crispy panko as soon as baked on prime of you Chicken Divan each time.

up close of a serving of chicken divan with broccoli and chicken with mashed potatoes in a black bowl with a gold fork

Chicken Divan Recipe Variations

You’ll be able to adapt this Chicken Divan to make different hen casserole recipes.

  • Veggies: You’ll be able to swap the broccoli out for different veggies similar to asparagus, zucchini cauliflower or peas.
  • Cheeses: You’ll be able to combine up the cheeses with Gruyere, pepper Jack, and so on. to create a unique taste profile.
  • Seasonings: You possibly can swap a few of the seasonings out for Cajun spices to combine issues up.

a spoon in easy chicken divan casserole with creamy mornay sauce

CAN I PREPARE CHICKEN DIVAN AHEAD OF TIME?

Completely!  In contrast to pasta casseroles which may turn out to be much less creamy if assembled forward of time as a result of the pasta soaks up the sauce – Chicken Divan is PREFECT to assemble forward of time and can simply develop into extra flavorful.

To make Chicken Divan forward of time, assemble the casserole in response to recipe directions as much as the purpose of baking. Cowl Chicken Divan with foil and refrigerate.

When able to bake, let Chicken Divan sit on the counter whereas the oven preheats.  Bake for 35 minutes at 350 levels or till heated via, and bubbly across the edges.

an up close serving spoon of chicken divan casserole with chicken and broccoli

How Do you Reheat Chicken Divan?

To reheat Chicken Divan within the oven, cowl the casserole with foil and bake at 350 levels for 30 minutes or till scorching and bubbly.

You possibly can reheat particular person servings of Chicken Divan within the microwave with wonderful outcomes.  I typically add a splash of milk to the casserole earlier than reheating after which combine it in so it emerges simply as creamy as the primary day.

top view of a serving of best chicken divan with mashed potatoes in a black bowl

WHAT SHOULD I SERVE WITH CHICKEN AND BROCCOLI CASSEROLE?

I wish to serve Chicken Divan with mashed potatoes or Chicken Divan with rice – each are fabulous.   You would additionally serve it with quinoa, cauliflower rice and even pasta.

To finish your meal, serve Chicken Divan with an enormous inexperienced salad, bread and fruit.  If you would like some further aspect choices, it might be fantastic with my Good Fruit Salad or Winter Fruit Salad, Wedge Salad, Fluffy Dinner Rolls or Tacky Pull Aside Pesto Bread.

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Chicken Divan

This Chicken Divan is the BEST ever with no canned soups or mayo!  Simply layers of juicy hen and broccoli in probably the most flavorful wealthy, creamy cheese sauce all topped with golden crispy panko.

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Components

  • 1 half lbs. hen breast chopped into chew measurement items
  • 1/four tsp EACH salt, pepper, paprika
  • 1 16-20 oz. bag broccoli florets
  • three tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil divided
  • 1/three cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups low sodium hen broth divided
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons hen bouillon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 half teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp EACH onion pwdr, garlic pwdr, dried parsley
  • half teaspoon floor cumin
  • 1/four teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese divided
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup bitter cream

Panko Topping (non-compulsory)

  • three/four cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon additional virgin olive oil

Elements

  • 1 half lbs. hen breast chopped into chew measurement items
  • 1/four tsp EACH salt, pepper, paprika
  • 1 16-20 oz. bag broccoli florets
  • three tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil divided
  • 1/three cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups low sodium hen broth divided
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons hen bouillon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 half teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp EACH onion pwdr, garlic pwdr, dried parsley
  • half teaspoon floor cumin
  • 1/four teaspoon pepper
  • 1 half cups freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese divided
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • half cup bitter cream

Panko Topping (optionally available)

  • three/four cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon additional virgin olive oil
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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 levels F. Calmly spray a 9×13 pan with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. Whereas the hen continues to be on the chopping board, dab with a paper towel then toss with 1/four teaspoon salt, 1/four teaspoon pepper, 1/four teaspoon paprika. Put aside.

  3. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to a big skillet and warmth over medium excessive warmth till very popular. Add the broccoli and sauté for 30 seconds. Add half cup hen broth, cowl pan, and decrease warmth to medium. Steam broccoli till tender however not limp, about 2 minutes. Switch broccoli to ready pan in a fair layer.

  4. To the now empty skillet, soften one tablespoon butter (might sub olive oil) over medium warmth. Improve warmth to medium excessive and add hen in a single layer and sear for one minute with out shifting hen then proceed to prepare dinner and stir hen till cooked by way of. Evenly layer hen on prime of broccoli.

  5. To the identical skillet (don’t wipe out), soften 2 tablespoons butter with 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium warmth. Whisk in flour then prepare dinner, whereas stirring for 1 minute. Flip warmth to low then steadily whisk in remaining 1 1/2 cups hen broth and 1 cup of milk. Whisk cornstarch with remaining 1 cup milk and add to skillet adopted by Dijon, Worcestershire sauce, hen bouillon and all spices/seasonings.

  6. Deliver sauce to a boil, whisking always then scale back warmth to a simmer, whisking typically till thickened. Take away from warmth and whisk in 1/2 cup cheddar till melted adopted by Parmesan cheese till melted. Whisk in bitter cream till blended. Pour sauce over hen and broccoli and unfold into a good layer. Prime with remaining 1 cup cheddar cheese.

Panko topping:

  1. Soften butter in olive oil over medium warmth in a medium skillet. Add panko and stir to coat. Proceed cooking till crumbs grow to be golden brown. Evenly sprinkle over cheese. Cowl Chicken Divan with foil and bake at 350 levels for 30 minutes or till scorching and bubbly and cheese is melted.

  2. Serve Chicken Divan over mashed potatoes or rice.

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