Fresh Food Friday Melissa’s Birthday Chicken Divan


My daughter Melissa’s favorite meal that I cook is Chicken Divan. And every year, I make this for her birthday dinner. Since her birthday is in January, it is a warm, comforting and easy-to-make meal for a special occasion. There are many recipes for Chicken Divan but this is my own (tried and true) version of this delicious casserole.

Melissa’s Birthday Chicken Divan


  • 4 chicken breasts, boiled, cooled and shredded (or you can use roasted chicken from your favorite grocery store, shredded).
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 c. mayonnaise
  • ½ c. sour cream
  • 1 T. lemon juice
  • 1 t. curry powder (if desired)
  • 2 c. sharp cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 c. fresh broccoli
  • 2 slices Italian bread, cut in cubes


  • Boil the chicken breasts until tender, cool, shred and set aside.
  • Cut the fresh broccoli into small pieces and place in the bottom of a 9 by 12 baking dish. (You can use frozen broccoli if desired but I prefer to use fresh).
  • Mix together in a bowl, the chicken soup, mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice and curry powder.
  • Cover the broccoli with the shredded chicken and then top it with soup mixture.
  • Sprinkle the cheese on top.
  • Top the cheese with the bread cubes.
  • Bake (covered) in a 350-degree oven, approximately 30 minutes. Remove the cover and bake for approximately 10-15 minutes until the bread cubes are brown and the mixture is bubbly.



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