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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
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional


  • 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. If desired, sprinkle with parsley before serving.
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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  • Ginger
    Dec 26, 2020

    I did not care for this recipe, I had had Chicken Divan years ago and wanted to make it. Others may like it but it was not one I will repeat.

  • Cheryl
    Oct 10, 2020

    Disclaimer - I haven't actually made this yet, but it sounds wonderful and am looking forward to it! I wanted to respond to Deb, who stated in her review that the rice never cooked. You're supposed to cook the rice BEFORE adding to the recipe.

  • Deb
    Oct 8, 2020

    The flavor was good, but no matter how long I cooked it the rice never cooked. So sad.

  • Pamela
    Sep 24, 2020

    Haven't made this yet but why use cooking sherry? If you can't drink it; don't cook with it. That being said I'll use sherry wine and when I don't, I have substituted dry vermouth which you can drink.

  • Kim
    Sep 9, 2020

    Really good, but no need for two cans of soup! One was perfect!

  • Kris
    Aug 12, 2020

    I made this recipe and my family really enjoyed it. I used a half cup of sherry and I thought it was too much. I will use 1/4 cup next time. I did add some fresh tarragon and chives from my garden and it was delicious. This a rich and comforting casserole. I will make it again. I like the idea of adding the fried onions on top. Will try that next time.

  • 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.