This Chicken Divan Casserole recipe was given to me many many years ago. This is the traditional recipe with rice, broccoli, and chicken that made its way every fall and winter and was always a hit.
Lately, this recipe is often referred to as Chicken and broccoli casserole on the interwebs. It is a little deceiving because REAL chicken divan is made from a Mornay sauce (with Gruyere cheese). But, I still call this Chicken Divan casserole because back in the '90s that's what everyone called it.
How is your week going? We are enjoying the cool weather of the season and enjoying watching our sports. There is nothing like getting together with family and friends around the television to enjoy a good game or movie.
Today’s recipe is a retro recipe for the season when you are looking for a tasty casserole to serve. I love simple recipes like this one because while it takes a few minutes to put together, they are relatively inexpensive ingredients.
All the flavors come back just like I remember them and sometimes it is fun to just be nostalgic and have a vintage recipe for dinner.
This recipe is always eaten completely and it warms up really well as leftovers too! That is the great thing about casseroles, as you can usually get two meals out of it.
List of main ingredients:
Chicken– Use chicken from four medium cooked chicken breasts. You can also use rotisserie chicken to save time.
Broccoli – I use fresh steamed broccoli but you can use cooked frozen broccoli.
Rice – I like to use a boxed chicken rice recipe for extra flavor.
How to make Chicken Divan Casserole
The full recipe is below, but here are the major steps. It is all about layering.
- Start with rice.
- Top with broccoli.
- Add chicken
- Add sauce and breadcrumbs and bakc.
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Chicken Divan Casserole
Chicken Divan Casserole
- 4 cooked chicken breasts
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1 package rice
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon curry powder
- 1 tablespoon butter
- ½ cup crushed bread crumbs.
- 2 cups cooked broccoli chopped
- Cook rice according to package directions.
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- In a greased 9x13" pan, layer cooked rice.
- In a bowl, mix cream of chicken soup, mayonnaise, cheese, lemon juice, and curry powder. Set aside.
- Layer broccoli and chicken over rice and top with mayonnaise mixture.
- Melt the butter in the microwave and mix with the bread crumbs.
- Top casserole with bread crumbs and bake for 18-20 minutes.
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Well. These are a few of my favorite things! I see every food group represented here. I'm in.
Very true! I had not even thought of that! 🙂
How much is a package of rice in measurement. I don’t buy pre-cooked rice.
About 2 - 2 1/2 cups of cooked rice will work.
Great recipe. Thanks.
I can probably piece together how to finish this recipe, but step #7 stops at “melt the.” Anyway! This has all the same ingredients as my mom’s recipe that I was raised eating often, but includes rice, so I’m going to give it a try! Thanks!
Thank you so much, Jan for letting us know! We fixed it and really appreciate you informing us. Hope you loved the casserole.❤️
This recipe is kind of confusing where do you put the cream of chicken soup and are you doing two layers of the mayonnaise mixture one over the rice and one on top of the broccoli and chicken help
Hey Bridget, Sorry if it is confusing. The cream of chicken soup mixture goes on after the chicken and before the cheese and breadcrumbs. Hope that helps!
I just saw the part in the recipe that was confusing and rewrote it. Thanks again for reaching out!
It doesn’t say anywhere in the instructions where to use the cream of chicken soup. Does it go in the mayonnaise mixture?
Yes, thank you for noticing. The directions have been modified.