Chicken Divan

Chicken Divan

  • 1 whole fryer, cooked and the meat removed  – or –  4 to 5 chicken breasts, cooked
  • 2 bunches fresh broccoli, cut into spears or florets  – or –  2 bags frozen broccoli spears or florets
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (NOT Miracle Whip)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

 Preheat oven to 350.

In two baking pans or large casseroles layer the broccoli, then the chicken, chopped into bite-size pieces. Mix the next six ingredients well in a medium-sized bowl and spread over the chicken and broccoli. Sprinkle cheese on top. Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes. Serve alone or over rice.

This is a good way to use leftover chicken, just decrease the recipe as needed. Whole fryers are an economical way to cook chicken. I suggest buying two and cooking both at the same time. Reserve one and after it cools pick the meat off and either refrigerate or freeze for later recipes.

2 thoughts on “Chicken Divan

  1. CarlynB beat me to it! We also add curry powder, and just use cr of chicken soup, not cr of mushroom (though there's no reason why not.) You can also top with buttered bread crumbs and the cheese (but the cheese is a must.) This is one of my family's all time favorites. Mom usually serves it with a jello salad of lemon jello, crushed pineapple and finely grated carrot. Sounds odd but very refreshing and goes well with the heavier chicken dish. Plus rice and rolls.
    We started making this after I saw Tricia Nixon give the recipe on a TV show forty years ago, so it has definitely stood the test of time!


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