As have others, I tweaked this a bit. Added fresh crushed garlic to the sautéed leeks, and after taking the broccoli sauce off the stove, in addition to the Parmesan and mayonnaise , I added 1/4 cup creme fraiche, a tsp of curry powder and tablespoon of lemon juice. (I left out the thyme). I also put in 1/4 cup white wine I instead of sherry. The flavor was excellent and more like a traditional divan. The overall calorie increase was only 50 per serving, and well worth it for the additional creaminess.
From EatingWell: April/May 2006
Originally made in restaurants with a rich Mornay sauce, chicken divan often featured canned cream of mushroom soup, mayonnaise, sour cream and cheese—tasty, yes, but also loaded with fat and salt. Our revised version has all the flavor of the original with only half the calories and a fraction of the sodium. Use leftover cooked chicken breasts, if you have them on hand, for an even faster dinner.
28 Reviews for Chicken Divan
This has 76mg cholesterol which means it is NOT low in cholesterol as you show it to be. Not heart healthy either. To be low cholesterol it MUST be 50mg or less in cholesterol.
This was delicious -- the family and I all loved it. I followed suggestions from multiple review and doubled the mustard (DO IT! It would have been a little bland without that.) and added sliced mushrooms to the leeks (a nice addition). Otherwise made this exactly as written. It's a great dish. The chicken was tender, and the favor of the broccoli was a terrific balance to the sauce. When I make it again (and I definitely WILL!), I might add just a little more flour ... the sauce seemed very slightly thin. But in general, this was a big winner, and the entire household loved it.
Doubled recipe and shared meal with friends. Next time, I Next time I will add 2 cloves minced garlic to leeks, double pepper to 1 teaspoon and increase Dijon mustard to 3 teaspoons. For best flavor, use fresh broccoli and use dry sherry versus cooking sherry. Definitely a keeper recipe!
I thought this was pretty good but not great. The mistakes I made were not cutting the broccoli up smaller and steaming it first (it was a bit on the raw side), and adding the full amount of thyme. The thyme was pretty overpowering so I would cut that in half. As others have suggested, I will add mushrooms and lemon juice next time. I also used grilled chicken breasts, the smoke flavor didn't really go with the rest of the dish.