This is a recipe to serve your mother-in-law; we call it a 'bride basic'. It differs from some Chicken Divan recipes because of the curry. Men love this. Wonderful! The ingredients can be 'assembled' and frozen, then baked when you're ready. Serve with rice and a fruit salad, if desired.



Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 3-quart casserole dish.

  • Arrange cooked broccoli in prepared baking dish. Arrange chicken over broccoli. Add mushrooms and water chestnuts (see Cook's Note).

  • In a medium bowl, combine the soup, mayonnaise, lemon juice, curry powder, and melted butter. Mix together and pour sauce mixture over chicken and vegetables. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake in the preheated oven until the casserole is bubbly and the cheese is golden brown, 30 to 45 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

You can substitute fresh mushrooms for the canned, if desired: simply cook one 8-ounce package of sliced mushrooms with a tablespoon of olive oil or vegetable oil in a skillet until tender, then proceed with recipe.

To substitute frozen broccoli, use two 10-ounce packages; follow the instructions for microwave or stovetop cooking until crisp-tender.

You may also use 3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves. Place chicken breasts in a saucepan in lightly salted water to cover; bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook, covered, until chicken is no longer pink in the center, about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

524 calories; 42.2 g total fat; 72 mg cholesterol; 1164 mg sodium. 18 g carbohydrates; 20 g protein; Full Nutrition

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182 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 106
  • 4 star values: 49
  • 3 star values: 15
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
This is basically the marvelous chicken divan recipe I make regularly and is so coveted by my family. However I add 1 c of sour cream to the soup/mayo/lemon juice/curry layer and this is such a must! I can't imagine it without the sour cream. I always add about 3 t of curry since it is just so yummy and seems the perfect amount. Also I never add the mushrooms as I've never heard of chicken divan w/ mushrooms. I also top this with a layer of buttered breadcrumbs and then lightly cover w/ a layer of Parmesan cheese. I think you will find the breadcrumb topping makes it so much better. This is a family favorite by almost everyone who makes it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This recipe is delicious! I've made it several times with a slight variation: 1) I cut 4 chicken breasts into cubes and boil (while steaming the broccoli)until done 2) I spread the broccoli cooked chicken water-chestnuts and fresh sliced mushroom in the casserole dish 3) I blend 1/2 cup Light Miracle Whip 2 cans of Campbell's Reduced Fat Cream of Chicken Soup juice of 1 lemon 1/2 cup (or so) of white wine 1/4 cup of chicken broth 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese and 1 tsp of curry powder 4) I pour the mixture over the meat/veggies 5) Stir the mixture together lightly 6) Cover the mixture with breadcrumbs and melted butter 7) Bake @ 350 until bubbly (30 - 40 mins). Fabulous! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Ok this is the Chicken Divan "Mamaw" used to make. Certainly not an every-day dish but for me perfect nostalgia/comfort-food. I use cream-of-mushroom instead of cream of chicken which I think added a nice touch. I told myself I was making it a bit healthier by using fresh mushrooms Campbell's Healthy Request soup(low fat & sodium) and Duke's Light mayo and it comes out beautifully. I don't think there's any other substitutions that can be made though. I tried using low-fat cheese once and it just made a yellow plastic shell that I literally peeled off the top of the casserole. I also add crushed Ritz crackers on top of it all to make a crunchy topping and I think it was an outstanding addition. (Well that could just be my nostalgia popping up again; Mamaw thought everything was better with a crunchy topping.) Anyway and as to the too "saucy" that a couple people had problems with; you're not adding water to the soup are you? Just add the condensed soup as a base you don't add the water. Those fresh mushrooms I've been using should be adding a lot more moisture than canned mushrooms but it's never been soupy for me. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I'm having friends for lunch on Sunday and couldn't find my old chicken divan recipe so I searched on All Recipes and lo and behold here it is. My original recipe did not call for mushrooms but does have one cup of cashews -- it's a wonderful additional "crunch" to the water chestnuts. Also I cut roasted chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces (shredded doesn't sound very appetizing to me!). It's a lovely easy dish served with rice and a salad. It's always been a hit with my guests over the past 20 years! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
UN believably tasty. I made minimal alterations: I used one can cream of mushroom and one can of cream of chicken and only about 3/4 cup light mayo -- think I'll cut that down to 1/2 next time since it had no shortage of creaminess. I also used about 2/3 of an 8-oz package of fresh mushrooms -- didn't bother sauteing before hand and they were great. The water chestnuts really make it -- very nice crunch. My only really issue was that it seemed like not quite enough broccoli/chicken for a 3-quart dish... I ended up using a 2-quart dish and had sauce left over (although the dish had no lack of sauce). Read More
Rating: 4 stars
4 stars because I really cut back on the creamyness of this dish. No soup used.I only used 2tbs mayo no butter and used 1/4 cup skim milk & 1/2 cup light sour cream. I also left out the water chesnuts because I don't care for them. So I used 1 cup of rice. Overall I really enjoyed this dish and I liked the mushrooms which changed it up from normal chicken divan. I topped my casserole with french fried onions. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is a fantastic recipe. I have made it about 10 times already and everytime I make it for friends they leave with the recipe in hand. I made this recipe for a cub scout gathering and had 5 people ask me for the recipe. Easy and not time consuming Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Started making this before I realized - no soup! So made microwave white sauce added cheese curry & lemon juice left out mayo. Cooked rice & stirred it in too (was making a quick trip to cottage & wanted one dish to carry for supper). Result...Yummy! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10 STARS!!! I omitted the mushrooms and water chestnuts (didn't have them) and used cream of broccoli soup. Delicious and easy -- definitely a keeper! Read More