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Chicken Divan, Lightened Up

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This made the chicken divan lighter, made from scratch without the canned broth. increase.

Broccoli and chicken divan

chicken divan

If you’re looking for a healthier version of this classic casserole dish, look no further! This light chicken divan is low in fat and calories and full of flavor. Made from scratch without using canned soup. Prepare it ahead of time, then pop it in the oven until it’s bubbly hot at dinner. Casserole gets a lot of requests for remakes so I try to publish a few new ones each year.Some favorites are manicotti, broccoli his mac, cheese, shepherds his pies and more. If you have a favorite, please put a request here.

chicken and broccoli casserole

This healthy version of chicken divan has chicken protein and broccoli fiber. A popular comfort American dish perfect for potlucks, family gatherings, or weekday dinners.

What is Chicken Divan?

A chicken divan is a classic American casserole typically featuring chicken, broccoli and a creamy sauce. It is believed to have started in the 1930s at the Divan Parisian Restaurant in New York City. The dish is named after the word “divan” which means restaurant and long, low sofas without backrests.

Classic recipes for chicken divans typically include cooked chicken, steamed broccoli, mayonnaise, sour cream, or creamy mushroom soup in a rich, creamy sauce, topped with cheese and breadcrumbs. Casseroles are typically baked until golden brown and bubbly.

healthier chicken divan

Today there are many variations of chicken divan. My version uses light ingredients that also have gluten-free options.To make a vegetarian version, you can use tofu or other chicken substitutes.

Most recipes call for canned broth and more fat, but this recipe is significantly lighter to preserve flavor without added fat.

how to freeze

  • First, let the casserole cool completely before freezing. You can freeze the whole casserole or divide it into individual servings for easy reheating.
  • Then wrap tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place in a freezer-stable container or freezer bag. Label the container or bag with the date and contents for easy identification later.
  • When you’re ready to reheat, thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then bake in a 350°F oven for 30-40 minutes, or until thoroughly heated and bubbly.
  • Freezing can extend the shelf life, but be aware that the texture of the broccoli may soften a bit and the sauce may separate a bit. It has no effect.

Chicken Divan can be frozen for 2-3 months and refrigerated for 4 days.

what to eat with chicken divan

Chicken Divan is a hearty casserole that can be served alone as a main dish or paired with complementary side dishes to create a more complete meal. Side dish options are:


  • Using leftover rotisserie chicken breasts, or pre-cooked chicken breasts, will help you do this more quickly.
  • Can I use frozen broccoli? Yes of course you can, but in my opinion nothing beats the flavor of fresh broccoli.
chicken divan

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Preparation: 30 minutes

cooking: 30 minutes

total: 1 time

yield: 6 serving

Serving size: 1 2/3 cup

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with olive oil spray.

  • Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil and garlic to a large frying pan and sauté over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add the broccoli, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1 tablespoon water and cover.

  • Cook for 3 minutes until the broccoli is soft and crisp. Transfer to baking dish.

  • Beat the thicker side of the chicken breast so that both sides are even. Coat chicken with mayonnaise and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper.

  • Heat the frying pan to medium heat, and when the oil is hot, grill the chicken for about 5 minutes on each side.

  • Remove from heat and transfer chicken to a cutting board. When cool, cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces.

  • Reduce heat in skillet to medium. Add and melt the butter and remaining oil, add the shallots and cook until tender, 2-3 minutes.

  • Sprinkle with flour and stir for about 1 minute. Add broth, milk, 1/2 teaspoon salt and sherry and simmer over low heat for about 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in half of the Swiss cheese.

  • Pour half the sauce over the broccoli and mix. Arrange chicken on top and cover with remaining sauce.

  • Sprinkle with the remaining Swiss cheese, grated Parmesan cheese and top with bread crumbs.

  • Sprinkle a little oil on top. Bake for 30 minutes, until hot and golden.

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Serving: 1 2/3 cup, calorie: 387 kcal, carbohydrates: twenty two g, protein: 42 g, obesity: 14.5 g, saturated fat: 5.5 g, cholesterol: 112 mg, sodium: 606.5 mg, fiber: 3.5 g, sugar: 5.5 g

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