Chicken Divan Casserole

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With tender chicken, broccoli, cheddar cheese, and crispy bread crumbs, this creamy chicken divan casserole is a fancy name for a good down-home casserole.

Bowl of chicken divan casserole from Southern Plate.

If you’re from the South, you grew up with your share of casseroles. Made with cream of chicken soup or cream of mushroom soup, is there any other kind of casserole? Now, when I first tried chicken divan I was convinced this was a Southern recipe but lo and behold, it is traced back to New York City! According to good ole Wikipedia ‘divan’ means ‘meeting place’ in French. Well isn’t that sweet!

Speaking of sweet, this easy chicken divan recipe is simply divine. It’s extra creamy thanks to the mayonnaise and cream of chicken soup. But then we go and load it with chicken, cheese, broccoli, and some bread crumbs on top. Who can say no to a creamy, cheesy, and scrumptious concoction like this chicken broccoli casserole? Not me! Serve it over rice and enjoy a heavenly hearty meal.

chicken divan casserole ingredients

 Recipe Ingredients

  • Chicken
  • Cream of chicken soup
  • Mayo (you can use sour cream and milk if you prefer a tangy flavor)
  • Lemon juice
  • Broccoli
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Butter
  • Bread crumbs or panko breadcrumbs (Japanese bread crumbs are worth it if you can find ’em)

How to Make My Chicken Divan Casserole Recipe

Shred the chicken.

The first thing we do is shred the cooked chicken.

If you want an incredibly easy way to shred meat you can find that right HERE.

Mix together the soup, mayo, and lemon juice.

Then mix the cream of chicken soup with the mayo (or sour cream and milk) and lemon juice.

broccoli layer in casserole dish.

The broccoli layer goes first in the casserole dish.

Add shredded chicken on top of broccoli.

Pile that shredded chicken evenly on top of the broccoli florets.

Spread creamy mixture over chicken.

Spread the creamy sauce next over that chicken layer.

Sprinkle with cheese and bread crumbs mixed with butter.

Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese and bread crumbs mixed with butter.

baked chicken divan casserole

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes, covered in foil, and then for 5 minutes uncovered.

And voila: your chicken divan casserole is ready to serve to your hungry family.

Bowl of chicken divan casserole.

I serve mine with brown rice or cauliflower rice cooked in chicken broth.

It’s a cheesy, yummy meal. Comfort food at its best.


  • Store casserole leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven, microwave, or the air fryer.
  • You can also freeze leftovers for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge before reheating as mentioned above.

Recipe Notes

  • If you want to make homemade cream of chicken soup rather than use canned soup, you can find my recipe here.
  • You can use either frozen broccoli or fresh broccoli florets. Personally, for this casserole, I used fresh broccoli and steamed it lightly first.
  • Instead of chicken breast, you can use rotisserie chicken. You can also use leftover turkey if you make it during the holidays.
  • Substitute the bread crumbs for 1/2-cup of crushed Ritz crackers or crushed potato chips.
  • If you like, garnish with chopped fresh parsley before serving.
  • Substitute the broccoli for one of these vegetables or use a combination: cauliflower, peas, green beans, carrots, corn, and mushrooms.

Recipe FAQs

Should you have soft or crunchy broccoli florets in your chicken divan casserole?

This is totally up to personal preference. Some people like their broccoli soft and others like a little texture and crunch. If you want the broccoli soft then steam for 3-5 minutes before adding it to the pan. However, if you like a little more texture and crunch then just throw those little green beauties in the pan raw.

What do you serve with chicken divan?

I like to serve my chicken divan with rice. But you might like to serve it with a side salad, your favorite pasta, homemade buttermilk biscuits, mashed potato, or some homemade rolls.

Can I make chicken divan ahead of time?

Yes, you can make this chicken divan casserole up to 3 days in advance. Store the covered baked casserole in the fridge and then quickly reheat before serving. Alternatively, you can store the unbaked casserole in the fridge and bake it when ready. You’ll need to add about 10 minutes to the cooking time.

You may also like these casserole recipes:

Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Rice Casserole

Cracker Barrel Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

Chicken Noodle Casserole

Grandma’s Sweet Potato Casserole

chicken Divan casserole Southern plate

Chicken Divan Casserole

With tender chicken, broccoli, cheddar cheese, and crispy bread crumbs, this creamy chicken divan casserole is a fancy name for a good down-home casserole.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: casserole, chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 186kcal


  • 1 packet frozen broccoli florets
  • 3 cooked and shredded chicken breasts
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs soaked in 1 tablespoon of melted butter (I used Italian breadcrumbs)


  • Steam broccoli and drain it, or if you enjoy some crunchy broccoli just wash it and add the raw broccoli florets directly to the casserole dish. Place the shredded chicken on top.
    1 packet frozen broccoli florets, 3 cooked and shredded chicken breasts
  • Mix together the soup, mayo, and lemon juice. Pour this soup mixture over the chicken in the baking dish and sprinkle it with the shredded cheese. Combine the bread crumbs and butter and sprinkle this over the top of the casserole.
    1 can cream of chicken soup, 1/2 cup mayo, 1/2 tsp lemon juice, 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes covered in foil and 5 minutes uncovered.


Calories: 186kcal
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  1. I “GOOGLED” Chicken Divan and this is what I found in wikipedia….

    “Chicken Divan is a chicken casserole usually served with broccoli, almonds, and Mornay sauce. It was invented at and named for the by-gone Divan Parisienne Restaurant in the New York Chatham Hotel.

    The Divan Parisienne served Chicken Divan as its signature dish in the early twentieth century. The chef or chefs who originally created it are unknown. In France the word divan refers to a meeting place or great hall. This name was chosen to attract the attention of the Divan Parisienne owners by implying a kind of continental elegance.

    The dish is now commonly prepared with regular Parmesan cheese and remains one of the most classic American casserole dishes today. ”

    Of course SP’s recipe is much less complicated…..

  2. Chicken Divan is an awesome receipe and I’ve made it for years. I have always added my rice to the broccoli, cheese and chicken mixture (with more cheese so it doesn’t get to crunchy. I’ve also added carmalized onions to the whole thing and oh my, what a difference it makes to the flavor.

    Thanks Christy, I’m new to your website and find it to be awesome. I love your stories and I too have always dreamed of living in a barn. But you bloom where you’re planted and for me that’s in Maryland.

  3. My bunch gets home in shifts, so to speak, and this looks like it would serve that purpose well. My non-cooking son could just pop some in the microwave when he gets home at 10:30, without a lot off assembly, etc. We all love broccoli, chicken, and cheese so this would be great for us. i don’t know why i never made it before, matter of fact i believe i have the fixins at home!

    1. p.s. i made this for Chas the night before she left for the latest overseas mission trip. she loved it and left the sweetest thank you note to her mama!

  4. This is one of my family’s favorite recipes but we do it a little different. We mix the chicken, broccoli, and sauce together instead of layering it and we add slivered almonds to it…adds a nice crunch. And we top ours with crushed Ritz crackers and drizzle with melted butter…yummy.

    I also make a veggie casserole that is similar to this and it’s my family’s favorite veggie casserole too. Can’t go wrong with this sauce and it’s versatile and sooo good.

  5. After making this last night I have to say we loved it. My kids, who hate broccoli actually ate it. Instead of using the bigger broccoli florets, I used chopped broccoli (that seems not to stand out so much. I made it a game cause I knew they wouldn’t touch it with broccoli…told them the first one to finish their casserole would get a dollar. They started gobbling it up. Then they were like…yumm that was really good. They said they couldn’t taste the broccoli cause of the other ingredients. I’m so glad to have a recipe with broccoli I can actually feed my kids and they will eat it. Thanks!! *BTW, I gave them both a dollar, hehe!*

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