Chicken Divan, Lightened Up

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This Chicken Divan makeover is the BEST with no canned soups or mayo!  Just layers of tender chicken breast and broccoli in a flavorful creamy cheese sauce topped with golden breadcrumbs. Your family will thank you for this!

This Chicken Divan is an easy made from scratch casserole, perfect to prep ahead for those busy nights. Prep it ahead then pop it in the oven until cheesy, warm and bubbly at dinner time!  Casseroles are highly requested makeovers, so I try to publish a few new ones each year. Some favorites are Manicotti, Broccoli Mac and Cheese, Shepherd’s Pie, just to name a few. Put in your requests here if you have a favorite.

Chicken Divan was created in the 1930s at the Divan Parisian Restaurant in Manhattan, and since has become an American classic. While most recipes call for mayonnaise, canned soup, and a lot more fat, this recipe has been significantly lightened up to maintain it’s flavor without all the added fat.

You can make this quicker by using leftover chicken, or precooked chicken breasts. Can you use frozen broccoli? Yes, of course you can, but nothing beats the flavor of fresh broccoli in my opinion. I served this with a green salad on the side to make this a complete meal.

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Chicken Divan, Lightened Up

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336 Cals 34.5 Protein 20 Carbs 12 Fats
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Yield: 6 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: American
This Chicken Divan makeover is the BEST with no canned soups or mayo!  Just layers of tender chicken breast and broccoli in a flavorful creamy cheese sauce topped with golden breadcrumbs.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 lbs broccoli florets, (3 large heads) chopped
  • olive oil spray
  • 24 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts, (from 3)
  • kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp shallots, minced (onions would work too)
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup fat free milk
  • 2 oz dry sherry, white wine would work
  • 6 oz reduced-fat Swiss cheese, shredded or chopped fine
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add the broccoli and blanch 3 minutes. Rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. Drain well and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with olive oil spray.
  • Season the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper, to taste.
  • Pound the thicker end of the chicken breast to make it even on both sides. Heat a grill pan over medium-low heat, spray with oil and cook the chicken until browned, and just about cooked through, about 5 minutes on each side.
  • Remove from heat and transfer chicken to a cutting board. When cooled, slice chicken into bite sized pieces.
  • Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the butter and oil until melted and then add garlic and shallots.
  • Sprinkle the flour and whisk until smooth. Stir in broth, 1/2 teaspoon salt, milk and sherry and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in half of the Swiss cheese.
  • Arrange the broccoli in a casserole dish and pour half of the sauce over the broccoli and mix to coat.
  • Arrange the chicken on top and cover with remaining sauce.
  • Sprinkle the remaining Swiss cheese, grated Parmesan and top with breadcrumbs.
  • Spritz a little oil on top. Bake 30 minutes, until hot and golden.

Nutrition

Serving: 12/3 cup, Calories: 336kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 34.5g, Fat: 12g, Fiber: 4g
Blue Smart Points: 5
Green Smart Points: 7
Purple Smart Points: 5
Points +: 8
Keywords: Chicken Divan

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231 comments

  1. Just made this and am undecided if I will make again. The flavor is good but very watery. Next time I will use rotisserie chicken (too much work to sauté the chicken) and use a smaller casserole dish. 

  2. I have made this many times and love. Wanted to check if you can freeze leftovers. Thanks.

  3. Used rotisserie chicken, which worked great.

  4. I love this recipe and have made it many times! Can you assemble and freeze to use later?

  5. My husband and I love the “lightened up” versions of our favorite dishes and the Chicken Divan didn’t disappoint! I was looking for a creative way to use some leftover turkey breast and found this recipe in my search. I served it with a tossed salad for a complete meal….hubby says it’s a keeper!

  6. I have been making this for a few years and it always turns out great!t For those of us who grew up eating this casserole, if yours had a slight curry taste (my childhood version did) just add a bit of curry powder to the sauce mixture.  Thank you, Gina, for a lighter version of an American classic!

  7. I now Gina posted this YEARS ago… but I had to comment…this is great! Chicken Divan was very popular when I was growing up and I have been looking for a more “grown-up” less “soup from a can”, healthier version. This version touches all the nostalgic places for me.
    Suggestions: In my area, curry powder was typically part of the dish…so if you grew up with it that way…add curry powder to the sauce mixture! Thank you, Gina!

  8. For those of you looking for low fat Swiss cheese, Swiss Lorraine or Alpine Lace in the deli can cut you a chunk to grate.. Boar’s Head is a good choice. At our cheese counter in Kroger, Jarlsberg Lite is another
    great option sold in a block.
    Hope this helps…

  9. Can this be made ahead and frozen? We are taking a 10 day RV trip and I’m trying to make meals in advance so I can just  heat them up.
    Any ideas for “make ahead ~ freeze and reheat” would be most welcome!

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  11. My husband and I loved this!!  My kids both said it was “fine” but did eat a serving.  Mine turned out watery on the bottom as well.
    I couldn’t find low fat shredded swiss, so I used regular, which made the points value 8 freestyle points per serving.  Where can you find low fat swiss?  I would love to get the points down because it was so super yummy!

  12. My most favorite recipe. Savory, comfort food. I love it over rice. 

  13. This is a delicious recipe! I love that it is made from scratch–higher calorie or not. I actually think this is a decent amount to eat as well. I skipped any additional bread or other carb option, and just paired it with a green salad.

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  15. Made this and loved it!! My kids even ate the broccoli!!! Yum!!!

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  17. This was great, I would for sure make again. I used regular cheddar instead of the Swiss and used oatmeal instead of the bread crumbs. Next time I will add soy sauce and some hot sauce like some of the others have suggested.

  18. I think the water is from the chicken, because it is sliced. I’ve been making Chicken Divan with whole chicken breasts for years and never had this problem. If you take the chicken breasts out of the pan and slice it, you can see all of the juices escaping, and I believe it continues to happen in the oven.  After getting three pairs of thumbs down from my family, I will continue to make my old recipe. It may be the only one in my recipe box with cream of chicken soup, but it’s a family favorite.  

  19. Made a half recipe. Left the broccoli to drain for quite a while. I didn’t have any issues with soupy. I forgot the Sherry. I wanted the calories a little bit lower per serving, so I only used one ounce of cheese and no parm or bread crumbs. Added one teaspoon of curry. Instead of layering, I just mixed it all up in the sauce pan and put in a dish to bake. I am planning on eating this throughout my next six in a row rotation. Thank you for a healthful recipe.

  20. I used reduced fat Cheddar Cheese in place of the Swiss Cheese. So quick to make and delicious

  21. Where do you find reduced fat swiss (either blocks or shredded)? Or what brand? I am unable to find any reduced fat swiss that's not slices….which are hard to shred.

  22. My husband made this last night and it was really good. There was quite a bit of water at the bottom, so I am not sure if the broccoli should have been patted out after steaming? But the flavor was great. Would make again.

  23. Ok, I know this post is 4 1/2 years old but I have to tell you-

    My hubs said he thinks this is the BEST casserole he has ever eaten in his life!! This is HIGH praise as he is a lover of all carbs, so a casserole (to him) has pasta, potatoes, rice, bread, or some combo of all them!
    And to be 100% percent honest, I never really cared for Chicken Divan the "traditional" way. This is way better! Thanks so much. I'm making it for the second time now for Sunday Dinner. What I do is on Saturday, he grills the chicken and I chop and blanch the broccoli, and make the sauce and put everything in Tupperware containers. Sunday I just layer it in the dish and bake after church, so easy! Perfect. I also think you could switch it up a bit if you had the notion– different cheese, or ham instead of chicken, or green beans instead of broccoli…the possibilities are endless. 🙂

    Have a great day, Gina!

  24. I made this tonight and it was super watery. I followed the recipe exactly so I'm not sure what I may have missed? The flavor is fantastic but I was sad. I ended up using a turkey baster to suck the juice out and will thicken it tomorrow and add it back in.

  25. How far in advance can this be made and refrigerated to bake later? 24 hours?

  26. That's funny, I compared the nutritional information on this recipe to the nutritional information on the original recipe, which calls for cream of broccoli soup and regular cheese (not low fat), and the original recipe has less calories. This may very well be a more flavorful version, but it is not "lightened up."

  27. This recipe is so good! I've made it twice in two weeks! I couldn't get the shredded swiss so I used cut up slices of swiss instead! Delicious

  28. This recipe is great the way it is, however I think I will do a few tweaks the next time around. Husband noticed that it was missing a little something. I asked him what and he said the lemon and mushrooms. So, next time I think I will chop some fresh mushrooms and add when the shallot and garlic are cooking. I will also add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Over all my husband loved and said to make it again as is, but would love the added touch even more. We even thought it was much better than the original recipe that we always used made with canned soup. So much healthier as well.

  29. I have enjoyed every recipe that I have made from your site, but none have ever inspired me to write!! This was amazing!!!!!

  30. Will Frozen broccoli do?

  31. I just made this for dinner and it was delish!! I added some whole grain pasta to the bottom of my dish before the broccoli and a few mushrooms before the chicken…guess its not chicken divan anymore :-). This was super easy and now its a meal in itself.

  32. I have to say that I only recently discovered this recipe and I love it! I often make it on Sunday afternoons for a quick easy meal on Monday night! Plus, my husband who does not like broccoli loves this dish!

  33. I made this tonight with half Fat free Swiss half fat free mozzarella because my husband isn't a huge fan of Swiss. It came out amazing! This recipe is going on my casseroles list to take to friends for a nice change of pace! Love love love it!!

  34. This was really good! I added some curry powder to the chicken and to the breadcrumbs and I liked the flavor. This one is a keeper for when I need something with a rich sauce.

  35. I tried this last night and the sauce was delicious when I poured it on BUT after baking for 30mins the broccoli released so much water that the sauce was liquid and the flavor was all but gone. Next time I will try steaming the broccoli and then, since the chicken is already cooked, I will just put it under the broiler for 10mins to melt the cheese and brown off the breadcrumbs. I am hoping this will keep the sauce as thick and tasty as it was when I added it!

    Rachael

  36. I roadted a turkey breast last night so I think I will use the leftovers in this recipe in place of the chicken. Looks fantastic and I can't wait to try it!

  37. I've been a long time follower of your blog, and have made many of your recipes, but all I can say is WOW about this one! Definitely one of my all time favs! Keep them coming 🙂

  38. I tried this and the taste was great, but when I baked it the sauce got SUPER watery and it was just like broth. Help?

    • The same thing happened to me. Next time I am going to try steaming the broccoli and using the broiler to brown off the top instead of baking it.
      rachael

  39. Could I make this as is but freeze the casserole before baking it for 30 minutes? A couple I know is having a baby and I'd like to take them something they can easily make after she gives birth.

  40. This is so yummy! I think that it has a more distinct flavor than the full fat kind and best of all is that my family loves it.

  41. Made this last night for supper….wow! Delicious! Your recipes are easy to follow and they never fail to satisfy. Thank you so much! I'm diabetic and watch my carb count closely…I've found a ton of things to make that are tasty and actually good for me!

  42. Everything on this site is delicious!!! I have made this twice in less than a week.. it's THAT good!

  43. This was delicious!!!

  44. Hi 🙂
    I love your recipes, they are fabulous n your website too, congratulations. But actually I have a doubt. What means the points? And how can i count them? Hope u answer soon, thank you (:

  45. I made this recipe tonight. I used turkey breast instead of chicken, colby jack cheese instead of swiss, and white wine instead of sherry as that was all I had on hand. It turned out pretty tasty. My only complaint is that it was a little watery. But when I went back for more (it was that good)… I noticed it was not as watery. Next time I make it, I will probably let it sit longer after taking it out of the oven before eating it.

  46. This was great!! I prepped chicken breasts on Sunday, then just threw it all together on Monday night. My 13 year old daughter requested that I make a chicken casserole this week, and she approved of this one! I only wish I had doubled the recipes for leftovers.

  47. Delicious! Just like EVERY other recipe of yours I have tried. I am working on losing baby weight from #3 and you make it so easy to just change my lifestyle of eating and not actually "dieting". I hate that word anyway. My husband has actually lost 15 pounds recently and the ONLY thing that has changed is the way I cook. I use your recipes at least 5 times a week and LOVE them. My kids even eat half of them and they can be picky. Thank you again!

  48. Excellent recipe for family or to bring for potluck! I serve it over rice.

  49. I'm excited to try this, I love chicken divan bu have been making it with cream of chicken soup & mayo (yikes, I know) for years. Tanks for sharing!

  50. Every time I try something from your blog I say, "This is my favorite recipe ever!" Then I try something else from your recipe list and it becomes my favorite! But this, this HAS to be my favorite. Absolutely delish. My little ones licked their plate (ok,ok maybe I did too)!!

  51. My super picky boyfriend absolutely LOVED this dish. THANK YOU! Once again, an amazing, good-for-you meal. 🙂

  52. This is baking as I type…smells delish!!!!! Can't wait for the man to get home so we can dig in!!!!

  53. I made it last night and mine also turned out watery. Maybe press the broccoli in paper towels before transferring it? I also added a little bit of curry powder (Paula Deen's recipe has some) and it was a nice addition). Love that this one is so much healthier though!

  54. I didn't hate this but I didn't love it either. Mine came out a bit watery. I followed the directions on cooking and draining the broccoli well so I'm not sure where I went wrong.

  55. I've had this on my Pinterest board for almost a year now and finally took the time to make it tonight. My only complaint is that I waited so long to try it – it was AMAZING! Thanks, Gina, for your awesome site and excellent recipes 🙂

  56. I' have made chicken divan for years… Using a recipe with mayo & cream of chcken soup (dont judge me, lol). I've been trying to eat "cleaner" so I am goin to try this, thanks for sharing!

  57. I recently discovered your site and my family is thrilled because everything I make is delicious. I can't imagine many people who are forcing their families to go along on their diets could say this! Just a little suggestion, I added a little curry to the sauce and it was yummy!

  58. I made this tonight and it was delicious – the husband loved it to. (Chicken Divan is his favorite dish).
    My grocery store doesn't sell reduced fat swiss cheese (and I didn't think of using the Laughing Cow), so I used the Sargento reduced fat Swiss slices – just broke them up – it turned out great -with nice chunks of cheese throughout. My only mistake was not salting the broccoli – I would've preferred it with a little more flavor. But other than that, it was amazing!

  59. I have a quick question.. All I have on hand is frozen broccoli, do I still need to blanch it before using in the casserole? I'm very excited to make this tonight!

    • I have that same question…would love to know the answer! 🙂

    • Just in case anyone is still looking for an answer to this question…no, frozen broccoli is blanched before freezing. Simply thaw and it is ready to use in the casserole.

  60. Made this tonight for some friends…everyone had seconds and some (me) had thirds! There is one serving left and it's in the fridge and calling my name. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe. I'm also a fan of your spinach and artichoke dip, it's a crowd pleaser!

  61. THIS WAS SO GOOD! I made it a few days ago and let me tell you… I licked my plate clean! Will be making it again soon! I love all your recipes!

  62. Great recipe! It was really delicious, and there was no way you cold tell it was a "light" recipe. I recently found your bog, and every recipe has been amazing!

  63. Again another hit! I forgot to comment 2 weeks ago when I made it. I had never even heard of Chicken Divan but I liekd the ingredients so I made it. It was awesome! Can't wait to make it again.

  64. I made this following the recipe exactly except only using half of the amount of cheese the recipe called for. It is one of my new favorite dishes – and I didn't miss the cheese at all!! Definitely recommend this recipe!

  65. Made this this evening with spinach ( steam fresh bags) and it was delicious!!!! Thanks again for another fabulous WW friendly recipe!

  66. Made this for the broccoli loving boyfriend. Only had Cabot 75% reduced-fat sharp cheddar on hand (subbed for the swiss), along with white cooking wine with lemon. Used a tad too much broccoli and it came out great–serving size is FANTASTIC. Definitely worth it!

  67. Just made this tonight. It's excellent! I used rotisserie chicken and the sherry. Wonderful!

  68. Thanks for such great looking recipes. Would LOVE some that are the creamier casserole types.
    Thanks!

  69. Just made this and it was delicious! Next time I might experiment with different veggies – brussel sprouts or cauliflower.

  70. I tried this last week and it was WONDERFUL the night I made it and we had PLENTY of left overs. What is awesome about this recipe is that it was better the next night after all the flavors had time to mix well. Loved this and will def. make again! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful recipes!

  71. I made this last night for me and my hubby and it was WONDERFUL! Made it exactly as written but had to use white wine instead of the sherry. Mine took a lot longer than 30 minutes to cook, but it was well, well worth the wait! Thanks for (yet another…how do you do it?!?!) GREAT recipe!

  72. Just saw this recipe featured in All You magazine, and I will be trying it later this week! Can't wait!

  73. YUM! Thank you Gina! This is delicious!

  74. This was very good. I added cooked brown rice to the recipe. Thanks Gina!

  75. bombay, sure leeks would be great.

    did you use the printer friendly button??

    reena, lol yes we do! my husband doesn't care for steak much and I LOVE it.

  76. update: my boyfriend LOVEDDDDDDDDDDDD this. like, one of his favorite things i've ever made him and he asked me to make it again. haha, amazing… i guess sometimes we have different tastes! 🙂

  77. this one was just okay. compared to the awesomeness of all of your other recipes i've tried, this one tasted a little TOO "skinny." oh well, i'll keep trying more recipes!

  78. ok, i can't figure out how to print on one page, am i missing something?

  79. I just made this last night and LOVED IT! I may have cooked the sauce a little too long because it got a bit thick & difficult to cover all of the broccoli/chicken, so just for the heck of it I'm going to double the sauce next time and call it 8 servings (8 pts per serving, according to recipe builder). Thanks for a fantastic recipe!

  80. Hi Gina! I read a Chicken Divan recipe that called for Leeks. Can I incorporate leeks in this recipe? Maybe 1 cup of broccoli and one leek (1 leek would probably come out to 1/2 cup- 1 cup).

    Thanks for all the great recipes!

  81. I like the flavor the sherry adds but wine would work in a pinch.

  82. Hi Gina, I don't have sherry in the house but do have a bottle of Pinot Grigio. Can this be a possible substitute?

  83. We had this for dinner last night and I was extremely pleased!!!! Everyone loved it! I used chopped cooked chicken that I had in the freezer and I made my own breadcrumbs with frozen bread heels and some seasoning. I couldn't find RF Swiss, but I used a Sargento Swiss/Gruyere blend – it was only a 5oz pkg, so I assumed points stayed the same 🙂 Thank you so much for providing DIVINE WW-friendly recipes!

  84. Perhaps your white sauce could have cooked longer before you added the cheese. As far as flavor, season it to your taste.

  85. Hi!

    I made this tonight and I must have done something wrong because it was a bit bland. I seasoned the chicken with salt and pepper before cooking it. I also added salt and pepper to the sauce. What else could I do to give it more zing? Also, it was not as firm as your picture looked. Any suggestions for that?

    Thanks!!!!!

    Sloane

  86. Hi,
    Do you melt the Laughing Cow cheese first?

  87. Love this recipe! Made it for dinner tonight. There are even plenty of left overs. The kids were even happy. Feels too rich to be light.

  88. i'm only cooking for two, would it work to just half this recipe and put it in 8×8 pan?

  89. I would love to make this for my mom tonite, however she is taking Coumadin and can't have Broccoli. Was wondering if Cauliflower would work just as well, and maybe adding some baby bella mushrooms. what do you think Gina?

  90. I've made this several times and my husband and I always fight over the left overs but this week, I did a little something different. Turns out, I forgot to by swiss cheese, but I did have Laughing Cow Garlic & Herb wedges, so I used 6 of those instead.

    It was amazing!!!

    Such a great twist to this favorite recipe for us.

  91. So glad you enjoyed it, and for sharing with your dad!

  92. Gina, I have made many of your recipes and I turned my father on to your site as well ( I believe he has been in touch with you!) Anyhow this recipe was sinfully delish!!! I did half brocolli and added spinach and sauteed onions and mushrooms…I had lots of points left today so I had 1.5 servings and it was such great comfort food! Thanks so much for this amazing resource!

  93. You could make the whole thing without the crumbs and cheese and refrigerate, then when you are ready to bake add the topping.

    To freeze I would probably bake it half way, then let it cool and freeze. If it's in a metal tin, it could go from freezer to oven.

  94. Hi!

    I just recently discovered your site and I LOVE it! If I were to make this casserole ahead of time and freeze it, would I follow the recipe all the way through (including baking it) before freezing? When you thaw, how long do you leave it out? Do you reheat it in the microwave or oven? Last question….is there a way to make this ahead of time? Could I do all the steps but baking it, leave in the fridge and then bake it when I get home from work?

    Thanks!
    Sarah

  95. Lol!! That's my kind of breakfast 🙂

  96. Made this last night and all I could think of all night long was the leftovers in the fridge. Having it for breakfast today.
    Yumm Yumm Yumm..
    My husband says I HAVE to include this in our weekly dishes. I suggested changing it a bit by adding mushrooms or peas.
    NO he said.. It's delicious just the way it is. Thanx Gina for keeping our meals interesting, low fat and soo yummy…
    Colette

  97. May be making this tonight for the boyfriend. Thank you so much for giving me a divan recipe that doesn't involved canned condensed (i.e. uber processed and salty) cream of mushroom soup. I've been searching for years for this!

  98. Made this last night. Loved the taste and so did my hubby, but it was a little watery even though I drained the broccoli. Should I have let it sit for awhile after taking it out of the oven so it could firm up? Thanks for all the great recipes.

    Jacque

  99. Awesome recipe! I didn't have swiss cheese so I used Mozzarella instead, and I didn't have wine, but I added a touch of dijon mustard. Delish! My husband told me to "remember this one"…Guess he liked it too! Thank you!

  100. Made this today – it was so nice to have a 'cheesy' lower fat dish. I eat this with a side of arugula and it was the perfect side. Sauce was a little runnier that I would have liked, but now I know to thicken it up a bit more before placing it in the oven. Thanks, as always, for the great recipe!

  101. This was so yummy! I used what I had at home so my version didn't end up being as skinny as the original but it was delicious! I used whole milk instead of fat free milk and cheddar cheese instead of low fat swiss. The only bad part is I couldn't stop eating it! Delicious!

  102. So tasty Gina! I added 1tsp curry powder to make it taste like my mom's. It is definitely a new staple in the house. Thanks so much!

  103. Lulu, it sounds like your white sauce had to cook a little longer to thicken. It shouldn't have been runny. Sorry it didn't work out.

  104. As much as I wanted to love this casserole, I'm afraid I didn't. It was runny- the sauce never thickened at all.

  105. Chicken Divine, love that! Love the idea of using laughing cow! Thanks September

  106. I'd like to rename this recipe Chicken DIVINE in all it's creamy deliciousness. Gina – you did an excellent job taking a traditionally heavy recipe and making it WW-friendly, all the while retaining it's comfort-food quality.
    The best part is, next time I make it I can make it the night before and just stick it in the oven the next day, pair it with a salad, and have a great weeknight dinner half an hour later. Even my boyfriend went back for seconds – he was shocked when he found out it was WW.
    Just a note – I used Laughing Cow light swiss instead of shredded swiss – I had all the other ingredients on hand – it was a great substitute and I think added extra creaminess.
    I've seen so many other recipes on here I can't wait to try. Thank you!!

    – September

  107. My pleasure Morgan!! I don't have a go to dressing in my fridge because I usually whip up a quick vinaigrette depending on what I am making or in the mood for. I switch the vinegars up or sometimes use lemon or lime, with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Very basic!! I usually chop onions and tomatoes and let the oil and vinegar or lemon juice sit for a while and let the juices from the tomato become part of my dressing. Then when dinners ready I throw in the lettuce and anything else I may add and toss it all up.

  108. Hi Gina! I really can't thank you enough! I always felt like I was depriving myself when I was trying to lose weight, but now you have made it posssible for me to enjoy food in a new and exciting way and lose weight AND feed my family healthy food. Your amazing! Thanks for all your hard work! I was wondering, when you add a salad as a side, what is your go-to basic dressing that you use most often that doesn't add many points. I have tried a few of yours and they are all delicious, but I was wondering if you had one that you kept on hand in your fridge all the time that would go with almost any meal. Thanks again!

  109. Thanks Maryann!

  110. Made this today and it was awesome!! It was easy to do too! Thanks Gina for all the wonderful recipes. This is pretty much the only website I go to for healthy low fat meals and they are all so different. You're the best!

  111. Tried this tonight! It was awesome! Thanks Gina!!

  112. Congrats Kimberlynn!!! So happy your family loved this.

  113. Hi Gina…it's been a while since I've left a comment, but I've been following your blog and enjoying your recipes for quite a while now. I just wanted to let you know that this recipe is absolutely FABULOUS!!! It's gone to the top of my list and will be a 'go to' meal from now on.

    My 9 year old daughter who's sitting here with me right now wanted me to let you know this…it's yummy wummy in my tummy!!! I think that about says it all.

    Oh, and by the way, I'm down 50 pounds so far and have truly changed the way my family eats…thanks in large part to you!!!

    Be blessed.

  114. Made this last night, yum! And LOVE the nice big portions. All your recipes are great Gina, thanks so much. You've made WW easier for me!

  115. I made this tonight for dinner and it was so good. I did use frozen broccolli for ease and cost – but I thought it was fine – maybe got a little mushier than it would have if it was fresh though. I followed everything else just as written. The kids loved it too!

  116. I was wondering why the swiss was measured in oz and not cups like the parmesan. It's out of the oven and smells great, so I guess it doesn't matter!

  117. I just made this two nights ago. My husband does not like broccoli, but he ate this up. It was absolutely delicious and super easy to put together after work for dinner. We were both in awe at how healthy it was too! Thank you for the recipe!

  118. Zooey, yes, or leave it out.

  119. What if you don't keep alcohol in the house? Can I use more chicken broth instead of the sherry?

  120. Not sure how it would turn out with fish, maybe tilapia or flounder would be nice?

  121. I found your blog by accident and I was ready to cook something in the middle of the night:)
    I have tried this and the whole family loved it (even the no-broccoli eaters:)) but since we also have a vegetarian at home I was wondering what to do so chicken got exchanged by fish and it was so yummy as the chicken version!!
    Thanks Gina!!

  122. That's exactly how I would hope it tasted! Thanks for your comment 🙂

  123. I have been looking forward to making a recipe from your blog for weeks, and finally got a chance tonight. I made the Chicken Divan, and it was FANTASTIC! I put it over brown basmati rice, and both my husband and I loved it. Not only did it not taste low-fat, but I actually feel kinda guilty! It tasted too rich to be 'skinny'! I can't wait to try another recipe!

  124. Youre welcome Angela!!

    Sarah, I bet he did 😉

  125. Super delicious! Pretty sure my husband loves me more after this dinner. Thanks!

  126. Thanks for another great recipe. We had this for dinner Friday night and it was fantastic. I added mushrooms and 1 T more of garlic and shallots. So good.

  127. Cheryl, I don't either but started to after so many requests for them.

    Rebekah- I hope to soon!!

  128. This dish was fantastic! I even made it twice in one week and took one portion to a friend who had just come home from the hospital. It felt so nice to take a healthy, & filling home-cooked meal to a friend recovering. LOVE this site!!!! Please publish a cookbook!!

  129. Gina,
    This was such a hit with my children. I don't usually make casseroles, but they all LOVED this! My 8 yr. old wants it every night, lol! Thank you!

  130. What a sweet husband you are!

  131. Ok so I usually give my wife the recipe off of your site but this time I cooked for the first time ever. I waited for her to come home and eat. She couldn't believe it and when asked I told her it was from Gina. I want to thankyou for the recipe. It was fantastic!!! I recommend this recipe.

  132. I agree, you can never have too much garlic!!

    Tiffany, mushrooms would be wonderful in this! And would give you bigger portions. Thanks!

  133. p.s. I'm just now reading comments & forgot to mention that I did pencil in on my printed out recipe to add mushrooms next time during the sauteing process b/c I think it would be so good w/ them. I see I'm not alone.

  134. I made this last night and LOVED it! It's a keeper, especially since I can make rice on the side for my husband to put it on top of and I don't feel like I'm depriving him of a substantial meal while I'm trying to be good. Thank you so much!!!

  135. I just made this tonight and it is FANTASTIC! I couldn't find reduced fat swiss, so I used regular, but didn't use quite as much. I'm also making it into 8 6-points plus servings instead of the other way around. I used more shallots and garlic than called for, but I don't think "too much garlic" exists! It is seriously fantastic! I'd never even had Chicken Divan. It's amazing that now that I'm doing Weight Watchers, I'm trying so many wonderful new things, thanks to you, Gina!

  136. Pat, yes, I think it would freeze fine. Most casseroles do. I have a freezer friendly section too.

  137. Just have to tell you that we made this for supper tonight and it was FANTASTIC! Yummy comfort food for not many points!

  138. Do you think this can be made ahead and frozen? I am helping my very pregnant daughter stock up her freezer before the baby comes, and this looks wonderful. Did you ever consider adding a note to your other casserole recipies stating whether or not they would be good candidates for the freezer?

  139. I love the new plan! I've lost twenty pounds on it without a plateau. It is amazing how everybody reacts differently to changes.

  140. My husband is my test subject! Sometimes it's good and sometimes it's bad, but you can't win them all!! He understands 🙂

  141. Gina, I was reading all the comments and I noticed that you mentioned you have mistakes sometimes. So, who do you test your recipes on, my husband often complains about being my test subject. I think he is afraid that he is the first!!!!
    Gail Taylor

  142. Your Divan was divine, thanks!

  143. Love the changes and adding mushrooms!

    I'm sure this is good with any cheese!

  144. I wasn't sure I would like this one, but I've tried almost all your other recipes and everyone seemed so wowed by it on the comments, so I decided to give it a whirl…AMAZING! Loved every last bite, so did my kids! I couldn't find shredded swiss so I did what someone else suggested and used the Laughing Cow light swiss and then sprinkled it with a little fat free cheddar. Ridiculously good!

  145. Made this tonight and it was great! I added 10oz. sliced mushrooms before I added remaining cheese and breadcrumbs. I also took a reviewers suggestion and put the milk and flour in a sealed container, shook it like it was my job and added the milk and flour together. I used low fat colby jack and sprinkled some truffle oil on it after it was out of the oven. YUM! thanks

  146. I have a new favorite recipe! Wow! This was delish. I served it over rice and it was amazing. I didn't have wine or sherry in the house and it was still good! Thank you so much! I have tried a lot of your recipes and love every one of them.

  147. Tried this tonight! It was fantastic. My husband loved it! Thanks for such wonderful ideas!!

  148. Your comments all made me in the mood for this again! I guess I'll be making this next week 🙂

  149. I made this last night, and my husband couldn't get enough! We've never had Chicken Divan before, but I think we're hooked! We used red. fat casserole cheese (mozz, cheddar, and monterrey jack) and it was delicious! Thanks Gina!!

  150. I am making this tonight and can't wait! I'm actually going to cook my chicken in the crock pot today. I'm also adding in some carrots (in the crock with my chicken.. will transfer them to the casserole) and using a different cheese. I don't care for swiss that's the only reason. This looks delicious though and I've never even had chicken divan. 🙂

  151. So happy you all loved this, Miss G- I always experiment on my brother too 🙂

  152. I just made this tonight for the first time. In fact, this was my first time trying Chicken Divan. I only had Monterrey Jack and Cheddar cheese, so I used a little of both. Oh my goodness. This came out SO delicious and smelled so good while it was baking! I always make new recipes when my brothers come over and they always say, "Oh no. G is making one of her experiments again." They gobbled this one up! Thanks for another awesome recipe!!

  153. I've made this several times and it's very yummy. It's now one of our regular go-to meals. I love your site and you have fantastic recipes. Thanks for your hard work!

  154. I really enjoy your blog and have made this recipe twice now. It is a big hit with both the 4 yr old and hubby! Thank you so much for sharing with us!

  155. I made this for dinner a few nights ago. Really, really good. My very picky 8 and 5 yr olds ate and that is the ultimate compliment! I will definitely make this again. Was even better the next for lunch

  156. I just made this for dinner (New Years Day) It was so delicious, the whole family loved it. This one is definitely going in the recipe box!

  157. I made this using leftover turkey from Christmas dinner and my husband and I both LOVED it! This one is a keeper.
    Tonya

  158. I always buy Pecorino Romano and Parmigiano Reggiano. They cost a little more, but the flavor is so much better. Since we are cutting so much fat out of our diet I feel it's really important to use quality ingredients. It really makes a BIG difference.

  159. Gina, can you tell me if the grated parm is fresh or the Kraft brand in the green and yellow plastic container? I couldn't tell from the photo. Can't wait to make this!

  160. This is SO much lighter but still looks fantastic! I love a good casserole.

  161. Make this for dinner tonight and it was delicious and very easy to make. Thank you!

  162. Thanks for this delicious recipe! My fiance loves Chicken Divan and I was so happy to see this healthier version. He has seconds! I also appreciate all of the other comments and that you answer them! I'm going to use reduced fat cheddar next time I think.

  163. Made this for dinner tonight and it was INCREDIBLE. I will definitely use this recipe many more times.

  164. I made this a couple of nights ago and it was yummy! I knew I'd be making it on a busy night, so I bought a bag of diced oven-roasted chicken to use (w/fresh brocolli) and it tasted great in the casserole. I made a half batch and it was the perfect amount for my small family for dinner, plus lunch for me the next day. Thanks Gina!

  165. Chicken Divan is one of my favorite dishes…but I haven't made it in forever because of the amount of calories and fat! I love that you made this WW friendly…and thank you so much for including the old points as well, I'm not switching over!

  166. Thanks, but you never see the failures. I have them often, just never post those 🙂

  167. Made this yesterday for my parents (im the cook of the house) and they loved it. My mom especially loved the broccoli. Honestly you are a genius.

  168. Just made this for my roommates and they loved it! I joined weight watchers a few weeks ago, and as a college student this website has saved me with amazing new recipes for me to try without having to go far! Thank you, Gina!

  169. I just made this and it was really good! Only thing is my husband called while I was making it and I forgot to put in half of the flour so…was a little runny but – flavor was delish! I added tarragon when I salt/peppered the chicken breasts and also added a container of sliced cremini mushrooms to the recipe as well….YUM! Can't wait to try it again using ALL the flour 🙂 Thanks for all your recipes!

  170. Not a fan of broccoli, huh? Let me know how he likes it.

  171. I made this dish this morning put it in the fridge will bake for tonights dinner- I cannot wait, it smelled sooo good…. My husband said what is all that broccoli for LOL I said just wait til you taste it before you go sour on me….

  172. I've never had a tater tot casserole! lol I'll see what I can do 🙂

    I wish more people realized Healthy can be Delicious!

  173. YUMMY! I made this for dinner on Sunday! My family loved it, and my friend who is affraid of broccoli enjoyed every bite of it! She even went for seconds!!! Between my Husband, Son, Friend, and myself there was only 1 little scoop left over for my lunch on Monday! 🙂 Thanks for the great recipe! I am trying to make my friend realize because it's healthy doesn't mean it's not good! Gina, your recipes help me do that! 🙂

  174. How about a make over of the good ole' tator tot casserole? My little one loves it…but it is like a brick of meat and tots!

  175. I think this would be great to freeze.

  176. This looks absolutely delicious!! Do you think this could be frozen for later?

  177. This is the first time i visit your blog… i'm bookmarking it to save other recipes for later… This one is very tasty!

  178. Great idea Christine, never thought of using Laughing Cow!

  179. I used half laughing cow light Swiss in the sauce and then grated Swiss on to of everything and the sauce came out really creamy and delicious! Thanks for a terrific recipe Gina!

  180. Thanks Gina! I made this for dinner tonight. Next time I will reduce the amount of broccoli (way to much for me) and increase the amount of chicken. Otherwise it was delish!

  181. I made this last night and it was so good. I got a little crazy with the salt, but it still tasted so decadent! I've lost over 20 lbs and I honestly think that I owe a lot of that to Gina!! I like to COOK. I'm not interested in quick fix meals and was upset that I would not be able to really cook tasty food on ww. Thanks for all of the wonderful recipes and keep them coming!!

  182. This sounds great! It looks like one of those dishes that tastes bad for you but isn't!

  183. This looks fantastic! I plan to make this dish this coming dish. Thank you for using the new Points Plus! I bet that is a lot of work for you! We appreciate it!

  184. Look at that cheese all over the chicken! Yummy!

  185. Gina, you hit it out of the park with this one!! Just made it for dinner and both my husband and I went back for seconds. I did notice that the oil and shallots were left out of the instructions, but it was pretty easy to figure out where they fit in. As a time saver, I used 2 drained cans of Kirkland's canned chicken breast (from Costco), which is already cooked. I also used light cheddar cheese instead of swiss, only because the store I went to didn't have light swiss. Anyway, it was fabulous. I thought the sherry was the crowning touch– made it perfect! I am forwarding this recipe to many people I know! This would be a GREAT make-ahead meal.

  186. Gina, Quick question? When do you cook the 2 Tbsp shallots? I also noticed 2 Tsp of olive oil? When you you add this ingredient? Please adjust your recipe as I a a very novice cook. Thank you for all you do.

  187. Yum! I'm trying this next week. I'd love to see a lighter version of my two favorite casseroles: sweet potato (the brown sugar and nut topped variety, not marshmallows) and broccoli.

  188. this looks fantastic!

  189. Green bean casserole recipe would be amazing! Or hashbrown or macoroni casserole with cheese and ham. Yummm 🙂

  190. This was absolutely delicious! Thanks for all you do!

  191. You could always leave it out Allison.

  192. Is there anything non-alcoholic that I can use in place of the sherry or white wine?
    This looks delicious! I am just starting to learn the new PointsPlus program, so thank you for updating so quickly!

  193. Thanks Kathryn!! So are you saying you didn't use any butter or oil?

  194. Tried this last night, and it was fab! For those of you who are leery about the butter, I have a trick — in an airtight container like Tupperware, mix the 4 tbsp of flour and 1 cup milk. Put the lid on, and shake like crazy to blend everything together. Add to the saucepan, and it will thicken up really nicely. Thanks again for another great recipe, Gina! -Kathryn

  195. It is what it is- thanks for noticing that! Melt butter and oil, then sauté galic and shallots. Then add flour.
    I'll fix this shortly!!

  196. I wanted to say, weight watchers or NO weight watchers, this looks delicious none the less. Apart from the "healthy" factor, I admire that your recipes are easy. Looking at this one, I just thought of broccoli and cheddar soup. Creamy and cheesy? Can't go wrong with that! I bet that there weren't very many left overs 🙂

    Priyanka

    HealthyEating101

  197. Gina:
    I made this tonight. I added poultry seasoning to the chicken when I sauteed it which gave added flavor. When I serve this as left overs tomorrow I am going to serve it with (over, perhaps, or mixed in) some whole grain penne thus making it a bit of a chicken pasta primavera.

    Question: the recipe calls for olive oil and shallot although I didn't see where the shallot was used and the only reference to the oil was to "spray a little oil on top" at the end before baking (which I doubt would be 2 tsp, but could be I guess). Just wanted to clarify that for future reference.

    And, I used low fat mozzarella as I forget to get the swiss and it was fine, but I think I'd like the bite of swiss a little better in this.

  198. Oh Gloria, you're funny!
    wwsuzi- Great gift for new moms! Yes, I would put it all together and let them bake it. Easy! If you cook it then re-heat it, you just want to be sure you don't dry the chicken out.

    Rachel, not ALL my recipes, big job! But I'm making my way through them.

  199. YUM! I'm going to make this this weekend! I can't believe you've converted all your recipes (past AND present!!) to PointsPlus…you rock!

  200. My casserole request: Baked Chicken Spaghetti! 🙂

  201. This looks great – can't wait to try!
    Any sense of how this would fare reheated? Or preprepared and delivered? I'm always on the lookout for tasty things which can be given to new parents, but everything that's good and reheats well is usually fattening!

  202. winner winner chicken dinner!
    This is one of my favorites~ thanks for making it skinny. 🙂

  203. Hi Gina,
    WOW…My mom used to make chicken divan when I was little. I'm going to send this over to her, and make it myself! THanks for posting old and new point values…it'll be a real help as we all adjust to the new points system!

  204. Thank you for incorporating points+! This will definitely help me in adjusting to the new program!

  205. I've never had Chicken Divan before but it looks very good!

  206. As usual, great lightened up recipe! I made something similar this week with ground turkey breast, broccoli and a light cheese sauce (for the anonymous question re: cheese, I used 2% Mexican Four Blend Shredded Cheese).

  207. Thanks for helping with the printing issues. The Chicken Divan recipe looks devine! I can't wait to try it.

  208. YUM! Everything you made looks so delicious that I want to bite the screen!!
    Best,
    Gloria

  209. Love you all! Ok, cheese- Use any cheese you want, it originally calls for gruyere, but reduced fat cheddar or mozzarella I'm sure would be good.

    I could have cheated with a canned soup recipe, but honestly, I've never made a casserole with canned soup, am I the only one? Making this from scratch gives you a lot of control of exactly what goes into it.

    And yes, the print button is awesome! My designer, Kristin Call was able to find this feature and it's great. I'm putting her button up soon if anyone has a blog and needs this feature. Just make sure you click on the recipe before you use the button or it won't work right. Still tweaking.

    PointsPlus- Yes, I am busy adding new points to all my older recipes, so thanks for your patience! If there is a recipe you want me to prioritize, leave a comment under that recipe and I'll do my best.

  210. I love that this isn't goopy…I don't like goopy 🙂

  211. Awesome! An early Christmas gift! By some magic, I can now PRINT recipes! A magic "PRINT" button mysteriously appeared and solved my printing problem. Now I hope it doesn't disappear as mysteriously as it appeared! Love these recipes, Gina! Thanks!

  212. As many others have expressed, Thx for posting the PointsPlus so quickly! I am going to forward this to all my WW PointsPlus buddies.

  213. Hi Gina,
    Can you explain the "Points Plus" program? I follow weight watchers diligently, but on my own, I am not an official member nor do I go to meetings. I would like to learn about the new program to see if I want to try it or stay with the one I am on. The recipe looks fabulous as usual 🙂

  214. Looks delicious. Thanks for the points plus already! I have been eating from your site for the past 6 months and I have lost 65lbs and my husband has lost 45lbs. Most importantly my young children are growing up in a healthy house!

  215. I have always wanted to make this dish! I love that you are not using canned soup. Thanks for posting.

    One question: is there another type of cheese that would work well for this dish? I am not a fan of swiss.

    Thanks to anyone's ideas! ~ NKB

  216. This looks so delish! I may be going to the store so I can make this tonight. I love the new print feature.

  217. I recently discovered your site and have already made several things from it, all of which have been wonderful. Thanks so much for the time and dedication you put into publishing your recipes. I am amazed that you are so on the ball that you are already listing the new WW Points Plus!

  218. thanks for switching over to points+ so quickly … you rock 🙂

  219. Amazing. I was just thinking last week that I'd love to try Chicken Divan again, but wondered if I could make it lighter. Then I thought of you. Then I saw this! You must be a mind reader. Thanks.

  220. This looks delicious and even I think I can do this! Thanks, can't wait to make it.

  221. yum!!! cant wait to try – thanks for posting the new points – i love the new plan. scared me at first but its so much better – still have a lot to learn about it but I love free fruit!

  222. This looks so good. My family loves chicken divan but I'm always worried about how much fat is in it, so I'm thrilled that you've lightened up our favorite recipe.

  223. THANK YOU for posting the old points as well!!! im not switching over…totally anti. This will really help a lot of your followers who are like me!

  224. is there anything you do that DOESN'T look fabulous?

  225. Yum, I can't wait to try this Gina. I love chicken casseroles:)

  226. This sounds delicious!! I can't wait to try it. I love chicken divan and this sounds so much healthier.