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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 15 reviews

Customer Reviews

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.


I’ve been making this recipe for 10 years! Exactly these ingredients. I personally scale it back on the curry powder but oh my lord, PLEASE try this!! You won’t be disappointed.


I had this recipe years ago, and lost it. This is exactly the same, except mine called for bigger chicken pieces, parboiled first, and 1 tsp. curry instead of 2. It was a family and company favorite, served with crusty bread. I am looking forward to making it. I might stay with the 1 tsp curry which just gives it a little pizzazz, but no curry taste.

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