Broccoli Chicken Divan


 Okay, I’m going to be honest with you. When I first read this recipe title a year ago, I had never heard of “divan”. Also, I wasn’t sure how to pronounce it. What I thought was, “Isn’t a ‘divan’ like a sofa or something?”

I first came across a chicken divan recipe from Paula Deen. Then I found several other chicken divan recipes, most of which contained broccoli. I’m still not entirely sure what the word “divan” implies in this context. Google did little to clear up the issue, but through looking at several divan recipes, here’s how I see it: Divan is a fancy name for casserole. Does anyone else have a better definition for divan?

Regardless of the name, Herb and I LOVE this recipe.

Broccoli Chicken Divan

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped broccoli, cooked
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 can broccoli cheese soup
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-3 tablespoons butter
  • 8-12 crushed crackers (I used Ritz)

Recipe Directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cut your chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces. Add olive oil and chicken to the skillet. While chicken is cooking, sprinkle with the garlic powder. When chicken is cooked through, turn off heat and set aside.

I used the steam-in-the-bag broccoli, so all I had to do was microwave it for a few minutes, and BAM – fresh, steamed broccoli. I do, however, like to chop my broccoli a little bit after it’s cooked because I prefer the smaller pieces. Anyway, after your broccoli is cooked, layer it on the bottom of a deep dish pie plate (or casserole dish if you don’t have one).

Next, layer the cooked chicken on top of the broccoli. In a mixing bowl, combine the soup, milk, 1/2 cup of the shredded cheddar cheese, and salt and pepper to taste. Pour this over the chicken and broccoli.

Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese over the top of the divan.

In a small bowl, melt the 3 tablespoons of butter. Combine the crushed cracker crumbs (say THAT five times fast!) with the melted butter, and sprinkle this over the top of the divan.

Bake for 15 minutes. Then dive in!!!


We give this recipe 5 out of 5 herbs! One of our favorites in the Herb household!


 Anyone have any insight on what a ‘divan’ is? Unless otherwise informed, I’m sticking by my theory that it’s a fancy word for casserole!!!

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4 comments on “Broccoli Chicken Divan

  1. I like the casserole definition 🙂 And I LOVE that you made this in a pie plate, so pretty and fancy!

    • Mrs. Herb on said:

      Thank you! The casserole definition is the best one I’ve got! I loooove my pie plate, which is actually a flan dish (?) but since I don’t make flan… pie plate it is! But I digress…Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I’m making this fancy casserole for dinner tonight! 🙂

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