Easy Chicken Divan Casserole With a Hint of Curry Recipe

Treat yourself to comfort food in a casserole dish with this easy-to-make Chicken Divan recipe. Layers of diced cooked chicken and steamed broccoli are covered with a creamy sauce kissed with a hint of lemon juice and curry, and piled high with gooey cheddar cheese. This chicken broccoli casserole is a surefire hit for both a casual weeknight dinner or a dinner hosted for guests.

Where did this Chicken Divan recipe come from?

I was curious to know where chicken divan got its name, and found various answers as to the history of it. This article on the history of chicken divan states that it came from the Divan Parisien Restaurant at the Chatham Hotel in New York City. But, that particular recipe is nothing like the one I’m sharing today!

The “original Chicken Divan” has a homemade sauce, and the one we’re making today is a simple sauce made with canned cream of mushroom soup. This particular recipe came right out of my recipe box written in my mom’s handwriting and says it came from my sister.;)

I’ve altered it slightly, mixing together its recipe and the Chicken Broccoli casserole recipe I used to make at the camp and conference center for hundreds of people. That particular recipe that I have written down, however, serves 63 people, so this one is a nice family friendly size. (You’re welcome.)

A large serving spoon full of Chicken Divan casserole ingredients - also known as Chicken Broccoli Casserole.

Why You’ll like this Chicken Divan with Brocolli Recipe

  • Quick & easy to layer together – Once the chicken and brocolli are cooked, this recipe comes together super quick.
  • It’s perfect for leftover chicken – If you’re looking for a yummy leftover chicken recipe – this is it!
  • The sauce adds delicious, creamy flavour – I call this one of my favorite comfort food casserole recipes. It’s delicious.
  • Serve over cooked rice for a whole comfort food meal.
Ingredients needed for chicken divan casserole with cream of mushroom soup

Ingredients for Curried Chicken Divan Casserole

  • 5 cooked skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into large chunks (about 3 cups cooked and cut into1 inch square)
  • 2- 10 ounce packages frozen broccoli (about 3 cups cooked)
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise or miracle whip
  • 1 teaspoon leamon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Step by Step Instructions for this Chicken & Broccoli Casserole

  1. Steam the brocolli until just crisp tender. (Do NOT overcook!) Once steamed, drain the broccoli with a colendar and immediately run under cold water to stop the cooking process.
  2. Layer the cooked, diced chicken in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish followed by the cooked broccoli.
cooked chicken and broccoli layered in a 9x13 inch baking dish for curried chicken divan casserole
  1. In a medium sized mixing bowl, stir together the mushroom soup, mayonnaise, lemon juice and curry powder.
ingredients for the chicken divan casserole sauce being mixed in a bowl
  1. Pour the sauce over the broccoli and chicken.
Chicken divan sauce poured over chicken and broccoli in a 9x13 inch pan
  1. Cover with shredded cheddar cheese.
cheese sprinkled on the top of chicken broccoli casserole
  1. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until it is hot and bubbly around the edges and the cheese is melted.
a pan of chicken divan casserole right after it has been taken out of the oven.

What are some side dishes served with this chicken brocolli casserole?

FAQs about Curried Chicken Casserole

Absolutely, yes! Feel free to substitute fresh broccoli for the frozen if you prefer. Just make sure to not overcook it, and drain it well.

You can make your own substitute for curry powder using chili powder and cumin or substitute it with garam masala. Here is a great article on curry powder substitutions.

Let the casserole cool completely. Transfer into a container that fits the leftovers well. Cover it tightly with plastic wrap, followed by aluminum foil and place in the freezer. It can be frozen for up to 3 months.

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Chicken Divan Casserole covered in melted cheese with the text "chicken divan casserole - broccoli & chicken with creamy sauce and melted cheese" written on it.

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