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Chicken Divan

Chicken divan in baking dish
This family favorite Chicken Divan casserole recipe is the ultimate comfort food, and children like it just as much as adults! Chicken Divan with curry powder is perfect for when you need to take a meal to someone.

Submitted by: Katie from Idaho Falls, ID
Yield: 8


Featured in this Recipe

Curry, Sweet

Sweet Curry


Jar, 1/2 Cup, 2 oz.


  • 1 large head broccoli (or about 16 frozen florets)
  • 1.5 to 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • 2 cans condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 Cup Hellman's/Best Food's mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice (fresh squeezed is better)
  • 1 Cup grated cheddar cheese
  • ½ Cup soft bread crumbs (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon melted butter (optional)

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Cut the broccoli into florets. Drop into boiling water and cook for about 7 minutes till tender-crisp. Drain.

  2. Cut the chicken into bite-sized chunks and bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes until cooked. Remove from pan.

  3. Layer cooked broccoli and chicken on bottom of 9 by 13 pan. Mix soup, mayo, lemon juice, curry; pour mixture over chicken.

  4. Sprinkle cheese evenly, then bread crumbs, then drizzle with melted butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Helpful Hints

This is delicious served over rice or noodles.

Based on 17 reviews

Customer Reviews


I have been making this version of Divan for many years. The only things I do differently are: 1) use a slightly scant 1 T. Curry powder, 2) Season the chicken lightly with Kosher salt. Then a pinch or 2 each of garlic powder & dried thyme leaves( NOT ground thyme) .I do not cook the chicken till fully cooked but just ALMOST fully cooked. It will finish cooking in the oven . I use panko for the top….2T melted in a bowl or small saute pan and stir in the panko, and toss to coat. Them put that combo on top of the a very light sprinkling of extra cheddar on top of casserole and then top eith the butter panko mix. Then bake closer to 35ish minutes .
NOYE :To me it is important to use Helmans ORIGINAL mayo, not the low fat or olive oil ones. Also if you try to use the Cambells healthy choice cream of chicken soup, the filling will turn out a bit watery b/c that one is watered down to cut the fat.


Am I the only one that thinks it’s funny that the recipe says (fresh squeezed is better) on the lemon juice? Yet it’s author perfectly fine with condensed soup?
Why not have a link to a classic chicken veloutè as well.

Debra W

Been making this for several years. It is a big hit. It freezes well. Paula Deans recipe calls for crushed potato chips on top. If I freeze it, hold off on the chips till I bake it frozen. Takes about 20 minutes longer but is still delicious!

Ellen N.

This recipe is fantastic! So flavorful. It’s become one of our go-to winter comfort dinners. So easy, and perfect as written. You can make it even easier by using rotisserie chicken.

Isabel S Cooper

This has been a favorite for my family. While stationed in Bermuda in the late 70s a kind person shared this recipe. Mine includes water as well. My daughter even asked for recioe while in college. Many generations!!


I have been making this from the back of a Campbell’s Soup can for 30 years. It’s a great quick meal, but never had a layer of cheddar cheese. I think that came along when our American diets demanded more fat. Classic chicken divan does not have cheddar cheese.

Dawn in the South

I’ve been making this 20 years, I’m heavy in the curry. Instead of bread crumbs I use crushed ritz crackers with butter or crushed onion rings no butter.. Awesome homey goodness.😎

Sudy Hurst

I also pour the melted butter over the diced bread in a bowl and toss it and then pour that on top. So good!

Sudy Hurst

Love this!! I triple the curry 😀

Interested in opinion on whether to freeze before or after cooked. And also what the other 4 top dishes for the person who said this was in the top 5! Thank you!

Nancy G

I have been making this recipe foe probably 40 years! It is always a big hit. The curry powder makes it. I cut the recipe in half for just two of use for dinner. Love it and never get tiredof it.

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