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Make Ahead Chicken Divan
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4.75 from 8 votes

Make Ahead Chicken Divan

Make Ahead Chicken Divan is the perfect dish to serve at a dinner party or anytime for that matter. Tender chicken and fresh broccoli are cooked in a luscious white sauce and topped with Parmesan cheese and paprika. It's a breeze to put together and is absolutely delicious, especially when paired with yellow rice with peas. Your guests will think that you slaved all day in the kitchen!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 344kcal
Author: Chula King

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breasts skinned and boned, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 12 ounces fresh broccoli stalks
  • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons sour cream
  • 3 Tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Paprika for color, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350º F.
  • Lightly brown chicken breasts seasoned with salt and pepper in 1 tablespoon of the butter, about 3 minutes per side. Set aside. (See Tip 1)
  • Steam broccoli for 5 minutes. Set aside. (See Tip 2)
  • To prepare cream sauce, heat remaining 3 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan. Add flour, and cook 2 minutes over medium heat, making sure that the flour does not brown. Gradually add milk, whisking or stirring constantly. Cook and whisk until mixture comes to a boil and is thickened and smooth. Add 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of pepper and 2 tablespoons of sour cream. Whisk until well combined.
  • Arrange broccoli, with the florets facing out in a casserole dish sprayed with non-stick spray. Place chicken in center of casserole dish. Pour sauce evenly over chicken. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and paprika. (See Tip 3)
  • Bake at 350º F for 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly. Serve with yellow rice and green peas, crusty French bread and a chilled white wine such as chenin blanc or chardonnay. Yield: 4 servings. (See Tip 4)

Notes

  1. I like to cut the chicken breasts in half after they're cooked to make it easier to serve the Chicken Divan.
  2. If you don't have a steamer, you can boil the broccoli for 3 to 4 minutes and drain well.
  3. May be prepared in advance up to this point and refrigerated.
  4. This is also delicious with Mushroom Risotto.

Nutrition

Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 515mg | Potassium: 744mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1160IU | Vitamin C: 76.9mg | Calcium: 220mg | Iron: 1.2mg