Dairy Farmers of Canada

Easy Chicken Divan

This recipe is taken from the 2000 Milk Calendar. A great way to use up leftover cooked chicken or turkey. Serve with rice, pasta or on a toast.

  • Prep: 15 min - 20 min
  • Cooking: 30 min - 35 min
Yields 4 - 6 servings
easy chicken divan


  • 1 bunch broccoli
  • 3 cups (750 mL) thickly sliced cooked chicken
  • 1 pinch of paprika
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups (500 mL) Milk
  • 3/4 cup (180 mL) grated Mozzarella or Canadian Cheddar cheese
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) freshly grated Canadian Parmesan cheese
  • Pepper to taste
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Preheat oven to 350 °F (180 °C).

Peel broccoli stems and quarter lengthwise. Cut broccoli into 3-inch (8 cm) pieces. In large saucepan of boiling water, cook broccoli for 2 to 3 min or until tender-crisp; drain well. Place in 13 x 9 inch (33 x 23 cm) baking dish. Arrange chicken over top.

In saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat; stir in flour until smooth. Whisk in milk; cook, stirring frequently, until thickened. Stir in mozzarella cheese and 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the Parmesan cheese until melted. Season with pepper.

Pour over chicken and spread evenly. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tbsp (30 mL) Parmesan cheese and paprika. Bake, covered for 25 min. Uncover and bake for 5 min longer or until hot and bubbling.


For 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) cooked chicken: cook 1 1/2 lb (750 g) bone-in chicken thighs in microwave, covered, on High power for 10 to 12 min. Discard skin and bones; cut meat into strips.

Healthy Eating Tip: Turkey parts, which are extra lean, are now available in supermarkets and can be a nice change from chicken.

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