Rating: 3.69 stars
29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0

Originally made in restaurants with a rich Mornay sauce, chicken divan often featured canned cream of mushroom soup, mayonnaise, sour cream and cheese--tasty, yes, but also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.

Katie Webster
Source: EatingWell Magazine, April/May 2006

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Recipe Summary

total:
1 hr
Servings:
6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 7-by-11-inch (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.

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  • Place chicken in a medium skillet or saucepan and add water to cover. Bring to a simmer over high heat. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the center, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain and slice into bite-size pieces.

  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add leek and salt and cook, stirring often, until softened but not browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Add flour; stir to coat. Add broth, milk, sherry, thyme and pepper and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Add broccoli; return to a simmer. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup Parmesan, mayonnaise and mustard.

  • Spread half the broccoli mixture in the prepared baking dish. Top with the chicken, then the remaining broccoli mixture. Sprinkle evenly with the remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan. Bake until bubbling, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Tips

Tips: To clean leeks, trim and discard green tops and white roots. Split leeks lengthwise and place in plenty of water. Swish the leeks in the water to release any sand or soil. Drain. Repeat until no grit remains.

Sherry is a type of fortified wine originally from southern Spain. Don't use the “cooking sherry” sold in many supermarkets--it can be surprisingly high in sodium. Instead, purchase dry sherry that's sold with other fortified wines in your wine or liquor store.

Ingredient Note: Most supermarkets sell broccoli crowns, which are the tops of the bunches, with the stalks cut off. Although crowns are more expensive than entire bunches, they are convenient and there is considerably less waste.

Nutrition Facts

319 calories; protein 33.3g; carbohydrates 21.3g; dietary fiber 3.6g; sugars 5.2g; fat 11.2g; saturated fat 3.7g; cholesterol 78.7mg; vitamin a iu 1700.5IU; vitamin c 41.8mg; folate 80.4mcg; calcium 227.3mg; iron 2.4mg; magnesium 52.8mg; potassium 534.5mg; sodium 778.9mg; thiamin 0.2mg.
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Reviews (9)

29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Very good - I'll make this again I have not tasted traditional Chicken Divan but my husband and I enjoyed this recipe. Per the suggestions of other reviewers I added sliced mushrooms and a little lemon juice. I also cooked the chicken with garlic and added some Panko breadcrumbs to the top of the casserole with the Parmesan cheese. Next time I will probably serve this with egg noodles but the dish is hearty enough without them. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
This was delicious! I can't believe this recipe had no butter or cream. I added a little bit of garlic powder and 2 more Tbs. of dijon mustard but that was it. This recipe was a hit with our family! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I thought this recipe was exceptional! It was light and very tasty. It was especially nice with the whole wheat no yolk broad egg noodles. It was a hit with my husband! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
YUM! i thought this was pretty darn close to regular chicken divan - except that it used parmesan instead of cheddar... i doubled the recipe (so i could freeze half) and it turned out great! a few changes i made (here they're already doubled): i added 8 oz of sliced mushrooms into the pan with the leeks 2 tsp of minced garlic with the leeks italian seasoning instead of thyme and used asiago for half the parmesan (and i dumped all the cheese into the mixture to prevent that icky crust on top!)...i think doubling the dijon like everyone else says will make it even better! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/01/2012
Fantastic i followed some other tips and added mushrooms lemon juice double dijon mustard and the panko bread crumbs. had the whole wheat egg noodles but they could do with out easily and still be just as good....FANTASTIC reheated too Pros: great for any occasion Cons: couldn't find any Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/26/2013
Low fat comfort food Just made this tonight and we were surprised how good it was. We did not have sherry and did not want to purchase a bottle so we subbed with white wine. We both enjoyed this immensely and would make it again. I wouldn't mind adding some thinly sliced carrots and mushrooms too. Pros: Lighter and tasty Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/19/2012
Something tasted funny I made this last night to the letter of the recipe. I thought this was a good basic recipe and nice and creamy/comforting but I think the sherry or the thyme was a litlte overpowering. I will make this again but probably try w/ cheddar cheese instead and cut out the thyme. I may try with mushrooms too. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This dish was very good. The consistency of the sauce was thick and a tad bland. I doubled the dijon to kick up the sauce which worked out great because that really helped develop all of the other flavors. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
09/08/2015
Chicken Divan-Not Low cholesterol! 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. Pros: Sounds delicious! Cons: Too high in cholesterol Read More