Chicken Divan Casserole is rich and creamy with broccoli, cheddar, and a hint of curry. It is the ultimate comfort food. Serve it on its own or with a garden salad for an easy main course.
Chicken Divan Casserole – Low Carb, Keto, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, THM S
This isn’t a new casserole for us. This is probably one of the first casseroles I ever made. My husband had a fear of casseroles, thinking they all contained peas. He is not a pea fan. This is the casserole that healed him of his fear. Like most casseroles, it is creamy and cheesy but it is unique in its use of curry powder. That is the flavor that really makes this dish special.
Traditionally Chicken Divan also uses almonds (or did when it was invented in the 1950s in NYC) but I don’t think they are necessary for a great casserole and omit them. It’s been on my to-do list since I started blogging 3 1/2 years ago so I’m thrilled to finally share it!
What is Chicken Divan
Chicken Divan is a casserole with chicken and Mornay sauce. Mornay sauce is a traditional sauce made from butter, flour, and milk with gruyere cheese added. To make a low carb version I simply use mayo, sour cream, and cheddar. This version may not be traditional but it is delicious. Most low carb white sauces use a combination of butter, cream cheese, and heavy cream. If you’d prefer to make one of those instead of using my quick sour cream and mayo combo you are welcome to.
How to Make Chicken Divan Casserole
To make chicken divan you mix together the sauce ingredients, toss in the cooked chicken and steamed broccoli, transfer to a casserole dish and top with cheddar cheese. Pop it in the oven and dinner is served!
Can I make this casserole in advance?
Yes, feel free to prep the casserole the day before or the morning of and then bake it right before serving. I’ve also made similar casseroles in the crock pot by cooking the chicken, cutting it up and draining the liquid and then adding it back with the rest of the ingredients. On days you don’t want to turn on the oven this is a great method to use!
What is Curry Powder
Curry powder is a blend of spices used most commonly in Indian curries. They are not necessarily spicy. Many are mild and flavorful. Most curry powder recipes include cumin, fenugreek, coriander, turmeric, and chili peppers in their blends. (Source: Wikipedia)
If you aren’t a fan of curry you should try my Bacon Chicken Ranch Casserole instead. That one uses dill, onion, and garlic for a ranch flavor and has the delicious addition of bacon.
What to serve with Chicken Divan Casserole
This is so filling sometimes we eat it on its own, especially as leftovers for lunch. For dinner, I might pair it with a green salad or mashed cauliflower.
Other options would be to serve it with additional vegetables, low carb biscuits, or with a soup course before the casserole.
Other Amazing Low Carb Chicken Casseroles
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- Preheat oven to 350 if baking immediately. Or you can prep ahead and keep in the refrigerator for a day or two.
- In a big bowl combine sour cream, mayo, and spices and mix thoroughly.
- Add the chicken, broccoli, and 3/4 of the cheese and mix well.
- Dump into a 9x13 baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
- Bake until hot about 35 minutes.