Chicken Divan is a chicken casserole usually served with broccoli, almonds, and Mornay sauce. It was named after the place of its invention, the Divan Parisiennne Restaurant in the New York Chatham Hotel where it was served as the signature dish in the early twentieth century. Its creator, a chef named Lagasi, created it as part of a contest, winning a small amount of money and creating their signature dish. Source – Wikipedia
I actually really like chicken or turkey divan and it is pretty straightforward to prepare. If I don’t want to cook my own chicken or turkey I sometimes buy a roast chicken or turkey breast at the deli counter and chunk it up for this recipe since it starts with cooked chicken.
Chicken Divan Prep time 45 mins Cook time 30 mins Total time 1 hour 15 mins
Ingredients • 4 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded (or head to the Deli)
• 2 to 3 heads broccoli (while at the deli grab some florets too)
• 2 cans cream of chicken soup (any cream soup will do except cheddar)
• 1½ cup mayonnaise
• ⅓ cup sour cream
• ⅓ cup chicken broth
• 2 teaspoons lemon juice
• ¼ teaspoon curry (or up to 2 teaspoons, to taste)
• 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
• bread crumbs, or Ritz crackers, crumbled
• cooked rice, for serving
Cut broccoli into florets and steam until just tender, about 2-3 minutes. place broccoli in the bottom of a 9×13 pan. in a large bowl, combine cream of chicken soup, mayo, sour cream, chicken broth, lemon juice, curry, cheese and shredded chicken. pour chicken mixture over broccoli and top with a sprinkle of bread crumbs or crushed Ritz crackers. bake at 400 for 30 minutes. serve over rice.