Chicken Divan Casserole

by | Jul 31, 2020 | Dinner | 0 comments

This casserole recipe came from my former mother-in-law (and still a very dear friend), it was a go-to in her home and she’s the one who actually introduced me to the chicken divan concept. With her permission, I adapted it to be “waist-watcher” friendly, but still indulgent and delicious. This is not a fancy gourmet version, but it’s every bit as divine as the traditional dish made with Mornay sauce. I’m a fan of quick and easy, and this recipe definitely delivers. In fact, I would bet that you have most of the ingredients already in your pantry! I also like this recipe because it’s perfect for meal prep and meal planning. Cook your chicken and broccoli ahead of time for a really easy dinner that comes together quickly OR you can prepare the casserole and refrigerate it for up to 48 hours; personally I think it’s better when it sits for a bit before baking. Here’s what you’re gonna need:

  • Cooked chicken
  • Cooked broccoli
  • Ritz Crackers (I use whole wheat)
  • Light Butter (my favorite is Land O Lakes Light with Canola)
  • Light mayonnaise (I use Kraft)
  • 2 cans Healthy Recipe Campbells Cream of Chicken Soup (or whatever “cream of” soup you have on hand)
  • Nonfat Greek yogurt
  • Reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • Nutmeg (you could leave this out, but why??)
  • Lemon juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons chicken broth (only if sauce seems too stiff – which is rare so I usually leave this out, it’s why it’s not listed in the main recipe)

When I was testing this recipe, I tried it with every cream soup Campbell’s makes, sans the cream of shrimp. My favorite was a toss-up between using the cream of chicken and the cheddar broccoli. The beauty of it is that you can get creative with this recipe or just use what you have.

Because this casserole calls for cooked chicken and broccoli, I typically prepare them during my regularly scheduled meal prep. For me, meal prep is on Sundays most weeks so I will plan this meal for Monday or Tuesday, that way I can throw the casserole together during meal prep. BUT if you want you can just cook the chicken and broccoli and throw the casserole together the morning or evening you plan to cook it. The casserole will keep just fine for up to 48 hours in the refrigerator before baking.

Chicken is part of my meal-prep planning each week, so I just reserve the chicken I need for this recipe (usually three large chicken breast halves, which yields about 5-6 cups cubed). I sometimes use grilled chicken and other times I just bake it. Or you can use the breast meat from a rotisserie chicken.

I love roasted vegetables, so I like to roast my broccoli for this casserole. Plus it’s quick and easy, here’s how I do it:

  • Preheat your oven to 450°. Then cut fresh broccoli into bite-size florets, give them a spray with Avocado Oil Cooking Spray, and then hit them with a little Farmer’s Dust.
  • Roast them until they just start getting some color (about 15 minutes), they should be tender but still have some crunch.

This recipe works (and tastes) just fine though if you’d rather steam it. I will say it again because it’s important, be careful not to overcook your broccoli no matter how you prepare it because the broccoli will become mush when you bake the casserole (still delicious, but no one likes mushy broccoli).

One final note, and it’s an important one; you can also prepare this as a hearty side dish using a mixture of broccoli and cauliflower instead of broccoli and chicken; it makes for a terrific (and healthy) holiday side dish.

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WW Points6
Calories337kcal
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Chicken Divan Casserole

Prep Time1 hr 20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Servings: 8
Course Main Course
WW Points6
Calories337kcal
Author: Lisa

Ingredients

  • pounds chicken breast, cooked and cubed
  • cups Broccoli, cooked fresh or frozen (I used fresh and roasted it for this recipe, see my notes below°)
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup, reduced fat
  • cup light mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 30 Ritz Crackers (I used the Whole Wheat, and SP's were calculated using the them)
  • 4 oz Cabot 50% reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp light butter (I used Land O Lakes Light with Canola Oil)
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375°. Spray a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Add your cooked chicken and broccoli to the baking dish.
  • Add the soup, yogurt, mayonnaise, nutmeg and lemon juice to a medium bowl and mix well. Then pour the soup mixture over top chicken and broccoli mixture
  • Place the crackers in a plastic ziploc bag and crush using a glass or a rolling pin. Pour into a small bowl and add butter and parmesan cheese. Mix well (I start with a fork, then finish mixing using my fingers) and set aside.
  • Top the casserole with the shredded cheddar.
  • Evenly cover the the shredded cheese with the cracker crumb mixture. Then back for 40-45 minutes at 375° until casserole is golden brown and bubbly.

Notes

You can preassemble this recipe and refrigerate for up to 48 hours, in fact, I think the casserole tastes better when prepared a day in advance.  It may increase cooking time just a bit, but it helps to remove it from the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking to bring to room temperature. 
I cooked my chicken in advance for this recipe by seasoning it with salt and pepper and baking it for approximately 30 minutes.
I also cooked the broccoli in advance. I roasted it for 20 minutes at 450°(just until it started getting some color), do not overcook, you want it to still be a bit crunchy so it doesn't turn to mush when you bake the casserole.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 611mg | Potassium: 874mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 750IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 2mg

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It's fair to say that I spent a good part of 2022 in a funk that spiraled into a complete state of stuck-ness. I felt completely out of alignment.

Stuck-ness was my norm for roughly 30 years, so I know the state all too well--consistently allowing my life circumstances to control my emotions and daily choices tends to put me in a perpetual state of doubt, that leads to paralysis. It's a real growth stunter!!!!

In 2020 I made the decision not to live like that anymore, and I stand by it. I may have lost a little ground last year, but I'm done beating myself up and hiding.

My plan is simple. You might even call it basic...😆

I'm going back to the basics.

Because they work.

💥Consistency
💥Discipline
💥Self Love
💥Accountability
💥Patience

It's a new year, and yep, still the same me. But I'm showing up with a renewed commitment in all the areas I got stuck last year (which was kind of all of them) and this time I'm coming armed with enough love and grace to push me through to the finish line.
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Fairlife Nutrition Plan protein shakes are my personal favorite, so that's what I use for them but you can use your favorite protein shake. And you can make it any flavor you'd like.

3 WW Points
Approx 100 calories
9g Protein

3.5 ounces (about 1/3 of a bottle) Salted Caramel Fairlife Protein Shake, heated
1 Packet Nestlé Sugar Free Hot Cocoa Mix
1/2-3/4 C hot water (enough to fill your mug)
3 tbsp whipped topping
Drizzle of sugar free caramel

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How about we normalize loving ourselves better instead of trying to change all that we think is wrong with us.

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I often find myself wondering what I could have accomplished if I hadn't waited so long. It's a painful thought, and left unchecked, it can turn into a death spiral of negative self-talk.

Instead, in those moments, what if we choose gratitude? If you opened your eyes this morning, you have another shot at it! Every choice you make is a chance to change your trajectory. Now if that's not something to be grateful for every day...I don't know what is!

I think CS Lewis said it best, "you can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending."

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xo Lisa
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