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Chicken Divan

A lightened-up recipe for chicken divan made with boneless chicken breast, broccoli, and cheddar cheese.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword broccoli, Cheese, chicken
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 333kcal
Author Amee


  • 8 cups broccoli florets
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts cooked (about 4 oz each)
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4-5 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ small sweet Vidalia onion chopped very fine
  • 4 tbsp all purpose gluten-free flour I used King Arthur brand
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 2 oz dry sherry cooking wine you can use white wine, but sherry gave this dish great flavor
  • 8 oz extra-sharp white cheddar
  • ¼ cup finely shredded parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup seasoned whole wheat or gluten free breadcrumbs
  • cooking spray


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • Add the broccoli and blanch 5-6 minutes.
  • Rinse with cold water to stop the cooking.
  • Drain well and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Rub the chicken with olive oil and season with sea salt and pepper.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes (I love to use a clay roaster for this because it keeps the chicken very moist.
  • Cool and transfer chicken to a cutting board.
  • When cooled, slice chicken into bite sized pieces.
  • Heat a skillet on medium heat.
  • Add the butter and oil until melted and then add garlic and onion and cook until soft.
  • Sprinkle the flour and whisk until smooth.
  • Stir in broth, milk and sherry and bring to a boil while whisking.
  • Remove from heat and stir in half of the cheddar cheese.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Arrange the broccoli in a casserole dish and pour half of the sauce over the broccoli.
  • Arrange the chicken on top and cover with remaining sauce. Sprinkle the remaining cheddar cheese, grated parmesan and top with breadcrumbs.
  • Spray a little oil on top.
  • Bake 30 minutes, serve hot.


Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 329mg | Potassium: 542mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 997IU | Vitamin C: 83mg | Calcium: 335mg | Iron: 2mg